Udinese under caretaker manager Luca Gotti fought back for a surprise 3-1 win away to Genoa, as Thiago Motta showed tactical naivety.
The Grifone had turned a corner since replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli with Thiago Motta, beating Brescia 3-1 and only falling to a Juventus stoppage-time penalty midweek after going down to 10 men. Francesco Cassata saw red in Turin and was therefore suspended here, with Domenico Criscito, Stefano Sturaro and Andrea Favilli injured.
Udinese sacked Igor Tudor after conceding 11 goals in two games against Atalanta and 10-man Roma, so Luca Gotti was caretaker manager until a new coach could be appointed. Mato Jajalo sat out a ban in midfield and Jens Stryger-Larsen was still on the treatment table.
It was a strong start from the Grifone, Juan Musso rushing off his line to stop Paolo Ghiglione making the most of a Ken Sema back-pass.
After intense pressure, Genoa finally broke through with a wonderful team goal. Goran Pandev and Christian Kouame had a double give and go inside the penalty area until the Macedonia international fired in from 12 yards. The Udinese defenders were chasing shadows.
Udinese got back on level terms with a moment of magic from Argentina international Rodrigo De Paul, who smashed a right-foot finish into the near top corner from outside the box, giving Ionut Radu little hope.
The Friulani’s confidence was growing as the half went on and they threatened a complete turnaround. First Ilija Nestorovski’s chest and volley whistled just wide, then Rolando Mandragora couldn’t keep his finish on target.
Kouame stung Musso’s gloves at the near post after good work from Ghiglione, while Lasse Schone’s free kick skimmed the bar.
However, as Genoa threw more and more forwards on, they became unbalanced and Udinese started to create real problems on the counter-attack.
It made the difference at the 87th minute, as Walace laid it off perfectly for Ken Sema’s angled drive into the far bottom corner from 10 yards, turning the game around.
Genoa had the chance to equalise with a desperate Bram Nuytinck block on Andrea Pinamonti, but Udinese went immediately up the other end to add a third with Kevin Lasagna, who flicked it over Antonio Barreca to go clear.
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