Udinese scraped a 0-0 draw with SPAL, because Juan Musso saved an Andrea Petagna penalty at the 98th minute.
The Friulani sacked Igor Tudor, but won their debut under caretaker manager Luca Gotti, 3-1 away to Genoa. He was still in charge awaiting developments going into this relegation clash with bottom of the table SPAL. The visitors had Igor suspended, Marco D’Alessandro and Mohamed Fares injured.
In the opening minutes, Ilija Nestorovski managed to get a shot away from the tightest of angles, it squirmed along the line only to bounce off the inside of the far post.
Nestorovski did have the ball in the back of the net on eight minutes, but he was flagged offside for his header on Ken Sema’s cross.
Jasmin Kurtic’s header was well parried by Juan Musso on a corner, while Etrit Berisha had to be at full stretch to claw away a low Rolando Mandragora chest and volley.
Gabriel Strefezza drilled just wide from distance for SPAL, while Rodrigo De Paul’s volley was deflected just wide on a Sema assist by some desperate Nenad Tomovic defending.
De Paul blasted another shot over following a promising Okaka pull-back, while Mandragora’s angled drive skimmed the far post.
The game seemed to be heading for a 0-0 draw when there was an incident at the 95th minute. The referee viewed it on the VAR on-field monitor and saw Sema had essentially punched the ball off the chest of a SPAL player in the penalty area when clearing a corner.
Substitute Andrea Petagna stepped up, kept his penalty low, but not quite angled enough, as Juan Musso got down very quickly to palm it off the line.
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Saved pen: Petagna 98 (S)