Serie A Week 8 - 21 Oct 2012 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 1 - 0
Maicosuel 53 (U)
Stadio Friuli

Despite playing with 10 men for an hour, Udinese still managed to squeeze past Pescara thanks to Maicosuel.

Francesco Guidolin won his appeal against a touchline ban, so was on the bench for this match, although the Friulani were still without Luis Muriel Dusan Basta, Emmanuel Badu and Giovanni Pasquale. Pescara needed a boost after their 3-0 home defeat to Lazio, but missed Alessandro Crescenzi, Giuseppe Colucci and Terlizzi.

The Delfini had lost their previous six consecutive visits to Udine between Serie A and B. Armero’s deflected angled drive dribbled wide and Quintero tested Zeljko Brkic from his free kick. Giampiero Pinzi lasted only 21 minutes before requesting a substitution for muscular problems.

Antonio Di Natale’s first touch let him down on Andrea Lazzari’s long pass, then Romagnoli stopped Maicosuel from turning in the follow-up.

On the half-hour Quintero dribbled towards the area and was tripped on the very edge of the box by Danilo, who received his second yellow card, reducing Udinese to 10 men. From that free kick, Quintero curled it over the wall to crack against the crossbar.

Mattia Perin smothered a Lazzari header and Jonathas hit the side-netting, but Udinese had penalty appeals for Modesto’s challenge on Maicosuel.

Udinese thought they had taken the lead on 40 minutes when a free kick was touched on by Maurizio Domizzi for Di Natale at full stretch at the back post, but the linesman was correct in flagging him offside.

Mehdi Benatia stung Perin’s gloves with a powerful finish from well over 25 metres.

Udinese broke through after the restart despite playing with 10 men. An Armero cross from the left should’ve been cut out by Manuele Blasi, but he horribly scuffed the attempted clearance and allowed it through for Maicosuel to fire in from six yards.

The Friulani held control of the match, risking only from Quintero free kicks and Brkic turning a Caprari snapshot round the post.

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Udinese: Brkic; Domizzi, Benatia, Danilo; Pereyra (Coda 83), Allan, Pinzi (Faraoni 22), Lazzari, Armero; Maicosuel (Willians 78); Di Natale
: Perin; Balzano, Romagnoli, Bocchetti, Modesto; Nielsen (Bjarnason 72), Blasi, Cascione, Weiss (Vukusic 54); Quintero; Jonathas (Caprari 54)
Ref: Giannoccaro

Sent off: Danilo 30 (U)