Antonio Di Natale came to the rescue again, wiping out Alessandro Diamanti’s opener for a 1-1 draw in Bologna.
It was an increasingly desperate situation at the Dall’Ara, as the Rossoblu had lost their last four games and were in penultimate place. Udinese had improved after a rough start, fighting back to snatch a last-gasp win at Roma and draw with Catania. Robert Acquafresca, Carvalho, Henry Gimenez and Cesare Natali missed out for the home side, but Alessandro Diamanti returned from suspension. The visitors were without Luis Muriel, Mehdi Benatia, Giovanni Pasquale, Giampiero Pinzi, Gabriel Silva and the banned Danilo, while Antonio Di Natale started despite not being 100 per cent fit.
Bologna had to make a last-minute switch to introduce Michele Pazienza when Diego Perez picked up a muscular problem in the warm-up.
Stefano Pioli was forced into his second change with Archimede Morleo appearing to suffer a right thigh strain.
It was a tense affair with both sides clearly nervous, but the deadlock was broken 30 seconds after the restart.
Bologna took the lead with one of the first real chances of the game, as a Manolo Gabbiadini pass was rolled across from the left for Diamanti to sweep home from close range.
Zeljko Brkic smothered a long-range Diamanti snapshot, as Bologna seemed to be woken up by that goal after a soporific first half.
Udinese were uninspired, but could always rely on Di Natale to grab their equaliser. A cross took a deflection and Di Natale was the quickest to react, smashing in on the half-volley from 12 yards. It was his 160th Serie A goal.
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