SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 36 - 6 May 2018 (11.30 UK)
Udinese 0 - 4 Inter
Ranocchia 13 (I), Rafinha 43 (I), Icardi 45 (I), Borja Valero 71 (I)
Dacia Arena

Inter ran riot to intensify the Udinese crisis, including a Seko Fofana straight red card using VAR, with a 4-0 victory.

Udinese have managed only two points from their last 14 Serie A games and equal the club record winless streak set in 1951 and 2006.

The Friulani finally ended their run of 11 consecutive defeats, but new Coach Igor Tudor only managed a 3-3 draw at already-relegated Benevento on his debut, so they were still very much in the danger zone. Luciano Spalletti’s side needed a win to keep their slender hopes of Champions League football alive, but Matias Vecino and Danilo D’Ambrosio were suspended after a controversial 3-2 defeat to Juventus, with Roberto Gagliardini injured. Joao Miranda pulled out in the warm-up, replaced by Andrea Ranocchia.

Inter had won their last four trips to Friuli, but were surprisingly beaten at San Siro in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Within four minutes, Danilo had to clear an Ivan Perisic free header off the line, then Albano Bizzarri got down to palm away a low Joao Cancelo cross-shot.

The pressure finally paid off, as a corner found the glancing header of Ranocchia to go in off the inside of the far post. The man who wasn’t originally in the starting XI opened the scoring.

Udinese were rattled and Danilo forced into his second goal-line clearance of the opening 17 minutes. Bizzarri rushed off his line to clear from Icardi, it fell to Perisic and the shot was hooked away from an open goal.

Antonio Candreva is still looking for his first goal of the season and blasted over when Icardi was waiting for the pass, then Valon Behrami turned a free header over at the other end.

Udinese finally came out of their shells and should’ve equalised on 36 minutes, as Kevin Lasagna went clear on a Rodrigo De Paul through pass, but his finish was parried by an outstretched Samir Handanovic foot one-on-one.

Bizzarri beat away a Marcelo Brozovic free kick, then Rafinha got his first Serie A goal with a great solo move. He shrugged off a defender, everyone expected him to roll it across to Candreva, but instead he fired in low at the near post.

Moments later, Icardi followed suit, scoring from the exact same position, squeezing his finish between Samir and the upright.

Things got even worse for Udinese straight after the restart, as Perisic was clattered by Seko Fofana, who seemed to briefly stand on his ankle. After viewing it again on VAR, referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni flashed the straight red card.

The game was effectively over and the hosts looked as if they wanted to simply go home. The atmosphere was very tense, with Udinese ultras chanting insults at owner Gianpaolo Pozzo and waving money during every substitution.

Borja Valero added a fourth goal, left undisturbed to redirect a deflected Perisic effort in off the inside of the far post.

Yann Karamoh came off the bench and wasted a golden opportunity for 5-0, as he was sent clear by Eder only to blast it on to the crossbar.

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Udinese: Bizzarri; Stryger-Larsen, Danilo, Samir; Widmer, Balic, Behrami (Jankto 73), Fofana, Ali Adnan; De Paul (Barak 51); Lasagna (Perica 79)
Inter: Handanovic; Cancelo, Skriniar, Ranocchia, Dalbert (Santon 69); Borja Valero, Brozovic; Candreva (Karamoh 79), Rafinha (Eder 83), Perisic; Icardi
Ref: Mazzoleni

Sent off: Fofana 49 (U)