Andrey Galabinov scored both goals in an historic first ever Serie A victory for Spezia, but Udinese will be kicking themselves after losing to 10 men.
This Week 1 fixture was postponed from September 19-20 because Spezia’s season ended so late due to the Serie B promotion play-offs.
Spezia hit the back of the net after only a couple of minutes, when a corner was cleared to the edge of the box for a Matteo Ricci daisy-cutter in off the inside of the post. However, it was harshly disallowed via VAR because of an offside position early in the move, when the initial cross was charged down.
Udinese wasted a golden opportunity to equalise, as Jeroen Zoet fumbled a Samir cross only for Stefano Okaka to blast over from six yards.
Kevin Lasagna also had a goal ruled offside, as he was clearly over when turning in the rebound from a blocked Okaka effort.
Spezia finally had one that counted when Emanuel Gyasi burst down the left and floated in a cross for Andrey Galabinov, left unmarked for his header from seven yards. So far, Spezia scored two Serie A goals and Galabinov was responsible for both of them.
Galabinov should’ve had another, but his blushes were only spared by the offside flag after ballooning wide when clear on goal.
Udinese poured forward without being very effective, but Spezia were forced into a change when goalkeeper Zoet appeared to suffer a groin strain as he kicked a long ball clear.
Zoet was stretchered off and within minutes of coming on, Rafael had to deal with a Kevin Lasagna finish.
There was another blow for Spezia, as captain Claudio Terzi was sent off for his second bookable offence, leaving them down to 10 for almost half-an-hour.
Nonetheless, Udinese remained ill-disciplined and chaotic, with Fernando Forestieri hitting the upright from point-blank range, although to save his blushes, play had already been halted. Rafael also did well at full stretch to palm away the Ouwejan scorcher.
Deep into stoppages, the entire Udinese team was crowded around the Spezia penalty area for a set play. Rafael smartly took advantage and hit a long ball for Galabinov, who was in the centre-circle, allowing him to run clear on goal and nutmeg Juan Musso for 2-0. It was an historic moment, Spezia’s first ever Serie A victory.
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Sent off: Terzi 65 (S)