Rodrigo De Paul’s strike proved enough for Udinese to beat sorry Genoa and clamber out of the relegation zone, but there was drama with a late disallowed goal and red card.
This was an early relegation dogfight, as both teams were in the bottom three with just one win to their names and coaches under pressure. Gerard Deulofeu missed out because he became a father hours before kick-off, while the visitors missed Nicolò Rovella, Cristian Zapata, Davide Zappacosta, Domenico Criscito, Marko Pjaca and Francesco Cassata.
Mattia Perin parried a Rodrigo De Paul cross at the near post, while Stefano Sturaro twice tried to curl in directly from the corner flag and very nearly managed it.
Genoa should’ve taken the lead on 22 minutes, but Mattia Bani couldn’t keep his free header on target from eight yards.
Instead, Udinese broke through when Roberto Pereyra rolled across for Rodrido De Paul, who arrowed a right-foot finish into the far bottom corner from the edge of the area.
There was a concern on the stroke of half-time when Davide Biraschi fell awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder and he made way for Edoardo Goldaniga.
Luca Pellegrini fired over from a promising opportunity and Goran Pandev hesitated with his chance, allowing Bram Nuytinck to block.
Rolando Mandragora made his comeback from another serious knee injury and tested Perin from distance, but Genoa had the better of the second half, failing to make the most of chances, particularly Gianluca Scamacca’s fresh-air shot.
De Paul was unlucky not to complete his brace on 84 minutes, as a free kick went over the wall and dipped onto the crossbar.
Genoa poured forward in stoppages and there was drama, as Juan Musso made a sensational one-handed save on Mattia Bani. On the resulting corner, Bani nodded it down for Scamacca to volley in from six yards, sparking wild celebrations. However, at the 94th minute, VAR confirmed Scamacca had a foot offside and it was disallowed.
The chaos still wasn’t finished, as then Jens Stryger-Larsen was going clear on goal when wiped out by Mattia Perin for an inevitable and avoidable red card. It means the goalkeeper will be suspended, even though it was practically the last kick of the game. Edoardo Goldaniga barely had time to put on the gloves when the final whistle blew.
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Sent off: Perin 96 (G)