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1 - 3 Udinese
Okaka 12, 44 (U), Samir 41 (U), Dionisi 85 (F)
Stadio Comunale Matusa

Udinese made short work of already-doomed Frosinone, including a Stefano Okaka brace, to give their Serie A safety a real boost.

The Canarini were already relegated, but wanted to go out with a bang and hosted an Udinese side hovering only two points above the drop zone. Marco Sportiello was suspended with Federico Viviani and Bartosz Salamon injured, while the Friulani were without Nicolas Opoku, Seko Fofana, Antonin Barak and Valon Behrami, but William Troost-Ekong returned to the line-up.

Andrea Pinamonti ran on to a long ball and flicked it over Juan Musso, but Sebastien De Maio was back to clear.

However, Udinese took the lead with a great solo effort from Stefano Okaka. He caught Luca Valzania in possession, barged between another two defenders and his angled drive took a deflection off Lorenzo Ariaudo into the far bottom corner.

Camillo Ciano stung Juan Musso’s gloves twice in the same move, a pair of half-volleys testing the Udinese goalkeeper, then his free kick flashed past everyone without finding a decisive touch.

Frosinone were pouring forward, though Rodrigo De Paul forced a save on the counter. Udinese doubled their lead just before half-time, as De Paul’s free kick found a close-range header from defender Samir.

Suddenly, the Canarini fell apart and Udinese took full advantage. De Paul intercepted a Paolo Sammarco pass in midfield, surged forward, sent Kevin Lasagna clear and the striker unselfishly rolled across for Okaka to tap in.

After the restart, Frosinone tried to get back into it, but while Juan Musso’s error gifted the chance to Pinamonti, he made up for it with a one-handed save.

De Paul’s attempt was palmed over, then Francesco Bardi rushed off his line to parry from both Jens Stryger-Larsen and the Lasagna follow-up.

Frosinone deserved at least a goal from the game and Luca Paganini thought he’d scored it from nine yards, but Musso managed to block with an outstretched boot in a fantastic reaction save.

The Canarini eventually did get on the scoresheet, although Musso would blame the extraordinary thunderstorm that came down on the Stadio Benito Stirpe in the second half.

A corner found substitute Federico Dionisi’s diving header and it skidded off the wet surface under the goalkeeper’s hand, not bouncing at all.

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: Bardi; Capuano, Ariaudo, Brighenti; Paganini; Beghetto, Valzania (Maiello 80), Sammarco, Ciano (Zampano 73); Pinamonti, D Ciofani (Dionisi 64)
Udinese: Musso; De Maio, Troost-Ekong (Nuytinck 76), Samir; Stryger-Larsen, Mandragora, Sandro (Hallfredsson 62), De Paul, D’Alessandro; Lasagna, Okaka (Pussetto 86)
Ref: Pasqua