Udinese dominated possession and had numerous chances, but only beat Genoa thanks to an Emanuele Calaiò deflection.
Serie A Week 5 kicked off at the Stadio Friuli with Udinese bringing back Antonio Di Natale after he was rested for a 2-1 defeat to Chievo, while Genoa gave Moussa Konate his first start alongside Alberto Gilardino. Absentees included Maurizio Domizzi, Zeljko Brkic, Juraj Kucka, Luca Antonelli and the suspended Thomas Manfredini.
The Friulani’s unbeaten Serie A home record stretched back 20 games. From a corner Mattia Perin parried Thomas Heurtaux from point-blank range and the Di Natale follow-up was charged down in the six-yard box.
Maicosuel curled a wonderful effort from the edge of the box that scraped the far top corner of Perin’s goal.
Konate made an immediate impact, his fierce angled drive well beaten away by Ivan Kelava. At the other end, Di Natale thought he had scored the opener, but he was flagged offside when pouncing on a parried Emmanuel Badu effort.
Danilo nodded a Di Natale corner just over the bar and Roberto Pereyra’s backheel flick was deflected past the back stick.
In the second half Di Natale’s free kick was deflected over the bar, but Naldo should’ve kept his header on target from the resulting corner.
Di Natale was caught inches offside from a Pereyra through ball, while penalty appeals were waved away for Daniele Portanova’s challenge on Badu.
A nicely-worked Genoa passing move concluded with Andrea Bertolacci’s shot charged down from the edge of the box.
Muriel cut in from the left and his screamer flashed off target, as did Naldo’s effort, while Portanova had to barge Muriel over to stop him sprinting into the box.
That free kick broke the deadlock, as Di Natale fizzed in his shot from the left flank and it took a decisive deflection off the head of Emanuele Calaiò to beat Perin at the near post. At first this was assigned as an own goal, but was then awarded to Di Natale, as the original effort was on target.
Genoa fought back and Luca Antonini fired over, but Badu could’ve made it 2-0 when he ran on to a Di Natale through ball on the counter and narrowed the angle just a little too much to finish it off. The move continued and Perin plucked a Muriel strike out of the air.
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