SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 8 - 20 Oct 2019 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 1 - 0 Torino
Okaka 42 (U)
Dacia Arena

Stefano Okaka’s header from point-blank range proved enough for Udinese to beat Torino, as a second half fightback was insufficient.

Rodrigo Becao was not fully fit, while Simone Zaza continued to suffer from a muscular problem, so Simone Verdi again partnered Andrea Belotti. Udinese Coach Igor Tudor was in the stands due to a touchline ban.

There was a huge double chance for Udinese in the opening couple of minutes, as first Ken Sema saw his shot cannon off the upright, then Stefano Okaka fired the rebound wide.

Mato Jajalo saw his snapshot palmed round the base of the upright by Salvatore Sirigu, while Diego Laxalt had penalty appeals rejected and the foul given against him when going shoulder-to-shoulder with Nicholas Opoku.

Jajalo and Rodrigo De Paul also had attempts from the edge of the box, eventually breaking through when Rolando Mandragora knocked down a cross to the back post for Okaka’s header from point-blank range.

Toro were utterly toothless, so Simone Zaza replaced Sasa Lukic for the second half. They were certainly more determined, as within 60 seconds Andrea Belotti’s bicycle-kick had forced a tricky Juan Musso save out from under the bar.

The Granata poured forward, although it left gaps at the back and Lyanco had to charge down a De Paul counter. It remained wide open to the end, with Iago Falque’s strike deflected wide by William Troost-Ekong’s shoulder, then Sirigu flying to fingertip a De Paul screamer over.

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Udinese: Musso; Opoku, Troost-Ekong, Samir; Ter-Avest (Becao 63), Mandragora, Jajalo (Walace 73), De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Lasagna (Nestorovski 85)
Torino: Sirigu; Izzo, Nkoulou, Lyanco; Ansaldi, Baselli, Rincon, Lukic (Zaza 46), Laxalt (Millico 84); Verdi (Iago Falque 61), Belotti
Ref: Abisso