Udinese suffered a third consecutive defeat, as Romulo’s deflected effort proved enough to give Brescia a precious away victory.
This represented an early relegation dogfight between two teams who have stuttered, with surprise sack talk already around Brescia boss Eugenio Corini. Rodrigo De Paul began his three-match ban for slapping Inter’s Antonio Candreva, so Ignacio Pussetto supported Kevin Lasagna. Mario Balotelli and Daniele Dessena were suspended for the Rondinelle, who last week fumbled a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 against Bologna. Bruno Martella, Ernesto Torregross, Giangiacomo Magnani and Emanuele Ndoj were injured, but Romulo returned to his more traditional midfield role, with Nicolas Spalek as trequartista behind hitman Alfredo Donnarumma.
Pussetto flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal from the by-line, but Donnarumma pounced on a poor back-pass and was only denied by Juan Musso from point-blank range.
Chancellor had to time his sliding tackle on Kevin Lasagna perfectly, otherwise it was a red card, as he was clear on goal right on the edge of the box.
Seko Fofana and Donnarumma shots were deflected wide, while Lasagna volleyed over from a Ken Sema cross and Spalek’s effort did not match the excellent team build-up.
Donnarumma shrugged off defenders to run on to a through ball just before half-time, but Musso stood his ground and drew the save.
Straight after the restart, Udinese thought they had received a penalty for Cistana’s challenge on Pussetto. However, VAR confirmed the contact came outside the box, so the resulting Mato Jajalo free kick stung Jens Joronen’s gloves.
Musso at first was shaky on a Becao back-pass, but made up for it with a one-handed save on Dimitri Bisoli’s angled drive. Pussetto was booked for simulation and on the counter, Brescia took the lead.
Romulo’s low effort from the edge of the box took a deflection off Sebastien De Maio to completely wrong-foot Musso, dribbling into the far bottom corner. It was his first goal in the Brescia jersey.
It was almost 2-0, as Musso flew for a fingertip save on Stefano Sabelli’s exceptional looping volley from outside the D, while Udinese attacks were uncoordinated and chaotic.
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