Udinese rattled the woodwork twice and Antonio Di Natale’s penalty was parried, as Bologna earned a point at the Stadio Friuli.
Francesco Guidolin faced his former club and there was celebration in the air, as yesterday Udinese formally signed the 99-year lease with the council to build their new stadium. Giampiero Pinzi was still sidelined, but Antonio Di Natale returned to the starting XI. Bologna made the trip without Diego Perez and suspended star Alessandro Diamanti.
Gianluca Curci needed a fantastic reaction save to change direction and deny Roberto Pereyra’s sliding finish from point-blank range on Maicosuel’s cross.
Maurizio Domizzi was incredibly fortunate to escape a yellow – or even red – card when handling to intercept a long ball that would’ve sent a Bologna striker clear on goal.
Udinese hit the upright on 28 minutes when Allan’s shot from the edge of the box took a double deflection.
The Friulani were again denied by the frame of the goal in the first half when Andrea Lazzari’s curler hit the top of the post where it meets the crossbar.
Alberto Gilardino hesitated at the dawn of the second period when trying to turn in order to get the ball on his stronger foot and was crowded out with Manolo Gabbiadini awaiting the pass.
Saphir Taider pulled Pereyra back from his shirt as he was running into the box and Di Natale stepped up to take the penalty, but it was weak and Curci saved it!
Luis Muriel’s spectacular overhead kick landed on the roof of the net, as Udinese were simply unable to take their many chances.
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Saved penalty: Di Natale 65 (U)