Udinese ended their negative streak with a surprise victory over a Bologna side who seem to have lost their way, as Stefano Okaka proved decisive.
Rodrigo De Paul was still suspended after a three-match ban for insulting the referee, while Bologna missed Mitchell Dijks and Danilo was not 100 per cent fit.
Ilija Nestorovski was a surprise pick to start upfront with Stefano Okaka and made an immediate impact, because his header forced a difficult early save from Thomas Skorupski.
Udinese did break through when Okaka peeled off his marker and got a glancing header to Jens Stryger-Larsen’s cross at the near post.
The two Bologna substitutes combined, as Skov Olsen controlled a Rodrigo Palacio cross only to fire wide from close range.
Kevin Lasagna came off the bench and threatened to double Udinese’s lead, firing over along with Seko Fofana.
Bologna kept the pressure on, without creating that much genuine danger, but were furious at the final whistle when the referee did not allow more stoppages despite medical treatment for Rodrigo Becao. Roberto Soriano was sent off after the game for dissent.
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Sent off: Soriano 96 (B)