Roberto Pereyra’s early goal proved enough to give Udinese the victory, although Torino thumped the crossbar.
The Friulani were still smarting after their last-gasp defeat to Milan with a non-existent penalty, for which Danilo began a two-match ban. Andrea Lazzari was also suspended and Zeljko Brkic injured, while Emmanuel Badu was on African Cup of Nations duty. Toro missed Rolando Bianchi, but had Angelo Ogbonna back on the bench for the first time since he underwent surgery.
These are the draw specialists in Serie A, as Udinese played nine stalemates and Torino 11 going into this weekend. However, the Granata had lost their previous three visits to the Stadio Friuli. It was a special game for Paulo Vitor Barreto, who left Udinese in January in fairly bitter circumstances.
Within the opening three minutes Jean-Francois Gillet had to handle an Antonio Di Natale volley and long-range Giampiero Pinzi strike.
It was only a matter of time and Roberto Pereyra broke the deadlock when an initial Di Natale rising drive was palmed away by Gillet into the South American’s path.
Toro tried to fight back, but Riccardo Meggiorini nodded off target from Alessio Cerci’s cross. Gillet got away with a howler as he rushed off his line and allowed Di Natale to dribble round, but by that time defenders had got back to cover the open goal.
Maicosuel thought he had doubled Udinese’s lead, but thumped the base of the upright from 12 yards after pouncing on a D’Ambrosio error.
Toro had penalty appeals before the break for Allan’s clumsy tackle on Mario Alberto Santana.
Cerci came so close to pulling the Granata level on the hour mark, but his screamer from distance cracked against the crossbar with Daniele Padelli well beaten.
Di Natale squirmed away between five Torino shirts for a right-foot angled drive that whistled inches wide.
Torino Coach Giampiero Ventura was sent off on 80 minutes for dissent, as he thought Mehdi Benatia had tripped one of his players in the box.
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