Andrea Favilli’s first ever Serie A goal proved the difference to maintain Verona’s perfect start to the season, as Udinese clipped the crossbar twice.
This was the Friulani’s first game of the season, as their Week 1 fixture with Spezia was postponed to September 30.
Hellas drew 0-0 with Roma in the opening match, but won 3-0 by default because Amadou Diawara was irregularly fielded. Marco Benassi, Alan Empereur and Andrea Danzi were out injured, while Udinese missed Bram Nuytinck, Rolando Mandragora, Mato Jajalo and Jens Stryger-Larsen.
Mattia Zaccagni wasted an early golden opportunity, firing wide after he was sent clear by the Antonin Barak slide-rule pass, with Kevin Lasagna also off target from Mamadou Coulibaly’s assist.
Adrien Tameze hit a half-volley to skim the upright and Rodrigo De Paul forced a tricky save from Marco Silvestri, but Samuel Di Carmine limped off before half-time.
Udinese had the best chance in first half stoppages, De Paul curling a free kick for the head of Rodrigo Becao, with Silvestri getting just enough of a glove on it to turn the ball onto the crossbar.
Lasagna wasn’t far off target either, but Samir was unlucky to see his header from another De Paul set play clip the top of the bar.
Verona finally created a trademark passing move with Davide Faraoni stinging Juan Musso’s glove from 14 yards.
It was Hellas who broke through with Andrea Favilli’s first Serie A goal. He was alert to strike on the volley from six yards when Antonin Barak’s cross took a deflection off Faraoni, surprising Udinese defenders.
Lasagna was off balance and failed to make the most of a Stefano Okaka assist, while chaotic defending kept out a series of corners, including Becao and Lasagna blasts over from close range.
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