Serie A Week 21 - 21 Jan 2018 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 1 - 1 Spal
Samir 11 (U), Floccari 49 (S)
Dacia Arena

SPAL arguably had the better of this game and were only denied victory by an Alfred Gomis error early on.

The Friulani seemed like a different team since Massimo Oddo took over, on a positive run of four wins and a draw. Gabriele Angella, Ali Adnan and Valon Behrami were on the treatment table, while SPAL missed Marco Borriello, Bartosz Salamon and Pa Konate, but could count on January signing Jasmin Kurtic.

Udinese took the lead when a Rodrigo De Paul corner found Samir’s header at the near post, but goalkeeper Alfred Gomis made a complete hash of what should’ve been a routine save.

De Paul sent Kevin Lasagna clear, but the striker fired over from a promising position. Instead, SPAL equalised straight after the restart, as Mirco Antenucci’s wayward cross-shot turned into an assist for Sergio Floccari to tap in from six yards.

Antenucci pounced on a poor Danilo back-pass, but Albano Bizzarri rushed off his line to intervene, then the goalkeeper flew to palm a Vicari header out from under the bar on a corner.

SPAL improved as the game wore on and had the best chances to win it, but Bizzarri was also alert on Alberto Grassi and Danilo charged down Antenucci’s effort.

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Udinese: Bizzarri; Nuytinck, Danilo, Samir; Larsen, Barak, Balic (Maxi Lopez 73), Jankto (Hallfredsson 68), Pezzella; De Paul, Lasagna
Spal: Gomis; Cionek, Vicari, Felipe; Lazzari, Kurtic, Viviani (Schiattarella 78), Grassi, Mattiello (Drame’ 89); Floccari, Antenucci
Ref: Doveri