Andrea Belotti ended his goal drought with a wonderful coast-to-coast solo effort, but Udinese saw a goal harshly disallowed.
The Granata were watched by Coach Walter Mazzarri in the stands due to his touchline ban, joined by suspended Afriyie Acquah and injured Lyanco, but Andrea Belotti was finally ready to start after his latest injury setback. Udinese were missing a few figures in defence, as Danilo was suspended with Ali Adnan and Gabriele Angella sidelined.
The last Udinese win over Torino was back in 2015, followed by a pair of 2-2 draws and two defeats. There have been 19 goals in the last four meetings between these sides.
Iago Falque almost opened the scoring with an audacious free kick from the tightest of angles, denied only by the crossbar.
They came even closer from another set play, Nicolas Burdisso’s header cleared off the line by Kevin Lasagna.
However, Udinese seemed to take the lead, as Lasagna’s header bounced off the crossbar and Antonin Barak’s scuffed finish on the rebound bobbled into the far bottom corner. However, after four minutes and a VAR viewing, the referee disallowed it for a Maxi Lopez push on Nicolas Burdisso. It seemed extremely harsh, as the cross had already gone over the pair and it made no real difference to the goal, while Burdisso hadn’t even complained.
Instead, Torino broke the deadlock from Iago Falque’s corner, Nicolas N’Koulou leaping in front of two defenders at the near post for a glancing header under the bar.
It was almost 2-0 in first half stoppages, but Albano Bizzarri was decisive first on the Belotti flick with the outside of the boot, then fingertipping the Niang follow-up round the far post.
Lasagna limped off with a hamstring injury, but Belotti marked a great comeback with his first goal of 2018. Il Gallo started the run from his own half, held off Samir shoulder-to-shoulder and placed a precise angled drive into the far bottom corner.
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