Gabriele Angella snatched a career first brace as Udinese caught a last-gasp point after Chievo missed a penalty.
Eugenio Corini took on his mentor Francesco Guidolin, as he was his captain while they worked together at Palermo. Now Corini is a Coach in his own right and had been unbeaten until last week’s 5-1 thrashing by Milan. Bostjan Cesar, Boukary Drame, Nicolas Frey and Lorenzo Squizzi were absent, forcing a reshuffle in defence. Udinese also needed to get over a heavy defeat, as they lost 3-1 to Young Boys in the Europa League on Thursday. Mehdi Benatia, Giampiero Pinzi, Emmanuel Badu, Gabriel Silva, Luis Muriel, Willians, Giovanni Pasquale and the suspended Maurizio Domizzi missed out.
Chievo’s last home win over Udinese was a 2-0 result in November 2006. Curiously, Udinese striker Mathias Ranegie forgot this was an away match and missed the team bus, so had to travel to Verona by car.
Cyril Thereau had two early angled drives, then Luciano’s first touch let him down when one-on-one with Zeljko Brkic.
On the half-hour mark Chievo had a great chance, as Thereau chested down a cross to fire inches past the far top corner.
Chievo broke the deadlock thanks to a howler from Udinese goalkeeper Brkic, who had already been under fire in recent weeks. He flapped at a long ball and allowed Marco Andreolli to fire under the bar from six yards.
Moments later, Udinese thought they had equalised with Andrea Lazzari, but the linesman raised his flag for an offside position that did not seem to be accurate.
The equaliser did arrive a minute later, as Allan’s cross found Gabriele Angella for a diving header at the back post.
Lazzari’s fierce volley was on the side-netting with the last kick of the first half. Another Brkic error straight after the restart saw Udinese defenders scramble clear.
Stefano Sorrentino was also worked, as he showed great reflexes to deny Lazzari from point-blank range.
The referee pointed to the spot for a Danilo push as the free kick was floated in. Luciano stepped up, but the penalty thumped the crossbar!
Danilo gave away another penalty in the final minutes for bringing down Thereau and earned a red card. Alberto Paloschi took on the responsibility and this time blasted it centrally under the bar on his comeback from a long injury lay-off.
However, 10-man Udinese immediately got it back on track, as a cross found Angella in the middle and he held his ground to smash under the bar from six yards.
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Missed penalty: Luciano 68 (C)
Sent off: Danilo 88 (U)