Seko Fofana’s snapshot gave Udinese their second consecutive victory to secure Serie A safety.
The Friulani finally ended their disastrous run last week under new Coach Igor Tudor, meaning they could even lose and survive as long as Crotone and SPAL didn’t win.
Valon Behrami sat out a ban with Gabriele Angella and Andrija Balic injured, while Filip Helander was suspended for Bologna, who also missed Mattia Destro, Rodrigo Palacio, Erick Pulgar and Giancarlo Gonzalez.
Jens Stryger-Larsen was unlucky not to score after 18 minutes, as his scorcher clipped the crossbar.
Udinese did break through at the end of a well-worked move, as Antonin Barak’s slide-rule pass released Seko Fofana for a precise angled drive into the far bottom corner.
Larsen skipped past Adam Masina and saw his effort parried by Angelo Da Costa, from which Kevin Lasagna turned in the rebound, but only after he’d been flagged offside.
Bologna lost Riccardo Orsolini to a muscular problem, then Udinese had penalty appeals waved away using VAR as the Lasagna volley struck Masina’s hand.
After the restart, Lasagna’s low drive was palmed away by Angelo Da Costa, who got back up to deny the Jakub Jankto follow-up too.
Rodrigo De Paul was unlucky not to make it 2-0, his effort kept out by the upright.
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