Serie A Week 20 - 5 Jan 2018 (17.00 UK)
1 - 1 Udinese
Radovanovic 9 (C), Tomovic og 40 (U)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Chievo had by far the better of this game, but saw a goal disallowed for a very tight offside and gifted Udinese the equaliser.

The Friulani came into this clash with five consecutive victories under Coach Massimo Oddo, but in that same spell Chievo had managed only one point and were the first side to lose against Benevento. Lucas Castro, Riccardo Meggiorini and Alessandro Gamberini missed out for the hosts, with Roberto Inglese not fully fit after a knock. Udinese had to do without Ali Adnan, Valon Behrami and Gabriele Angella.

The last time Chievo lost to Udinese was in November 2015, a 3-2 result at the Bentegodi, followed by two wins and three draws.

Within three minutes, Albano Bizzarri had beaten a Mariusz Stepinski header off the line from Valter Birsa’s corner, then Ivan Radovanovic broke the deadlock with a scorcher. He let it bounce just outside the box and hit a missile of a left-footed half-volley that ricocheted in off the underside of the bar at the far top corner.

The Flying Donkeys thought they had added a second when Birsa’s free kick met Fabrizio Cacciatore for a glancing header into the near top corner. However, after several minutes, VAR officials confirmed there was an offside position. Only the technology could’ve made that decision, because he only had a shoulder over the line.

Chievo were always first to the ball and far more aggressive, as Radovanovic stung Bizzarri’s gloves from distance with another fierce strike.

However, Udinese equalised with practically their first chance and it was gifted to them. Giuseppe Pezzella rolled across the six-yard box and Nenad Tomovic stuck out a foot, deflecting it into his own goal.

The Friulani almost went into the break ahead, as Lasagna didn’t get enough power to a deflected corner.

Silvan Widmer and Rodrigo De Paul saw dangerous shots charged down in the box, while there was controversy when Perparim Hetemaj went down in a wrestling match with his marker, but they appeared to be holding each other. On the counter from that corner, Samuel Bastien threw himself in the way of Jakub Jankto’s finish.

Udinese almost went 2-1 up six minutes from time, as Jankto threaded through for Lasagna, but Tomovic made up for the own goal with a decisive block.

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: Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Bani, Tomovic, Gobbi; Bastien, Radovanovic, Hetemaj; Birsa (Leris 89); Pucciarelli (Garritano 75), Stepinski (Pellissier 67)
Udinese: Bizzarri; Nuytinck, Danilo, Samir; Widmer, Barak, Fofana (Hallfredsson 85), Jankto, Pezzella (Stryger-Larsen 87); De Paul (Perica 75), Lasagna
Ref: Chiffi