Antonin Barak’s volley has given Udinese their first win after one point from 13 rounds, breaking two points clear of the relegation zone.
It was too late for Hellas to avoid relegation, but the Friulani still had hope despite a disastrous run of one point from their last 13 rounds. Igor Tudor was their third Coach of the campaign and so far had a 3-3 draw at already-relegated Benevento and a 4-0 defeat to Inter under his belt. Seko Fofana was suspended with Gabriele Angella injured, but Rodrigo De Paul returned to the starting XI.
Verona were on a run of five consecutive defeats that mathematically doomed them to the drop.
Within the opening 120 seconds, Rodrigo De Paul ran on to an Antonin Barak slide-rule pass and his angled drive flashed inches past the far post.
Kevin Lasagna then forced a desperate save out of Nicolas, but Udinese finally broke through as Barak at full stretch got on the end of a Jakub Jankto cross from six yards.
Barak’s rocket stung the gloves of Verona goalkeeper Nicolas, as did Lee Seung-Woo at the other end. Udinese wanted a red card for Fossati, who took down Lasagna on the counter, but the referee opted for a yellow.
De Paul drilled a couple of solo efforts wide, but Verona made very little impact on the Udinese back line.
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