Udinese got back on track with a victory away to Sassuolo, who saw Simone Zaza score a goal and get sent off.
The Serie A new boys had a dreadful start to the season, but had dragged themselves off the foot of the table with four points from the last two rounds. Udinese were fresh from losing their 22-match unbeaten home record to 10-man Roma on Sunday, but welcomed back Maurizio Domizzi from injury.
Only four points separated these teams going into the Mapei Stadium and the Friulani had lost all of their away games.
Udinese took the lead with an Antonio Di Natale penalty after Reto Ziegler clumsily brought down Dusan Basta in the box.
Ezequiel Schelotto went off with an ankle injury, but Sassuolo were able to draw level. Simone Zaza ran on to a long ball that Naldo should’ve dealt with, robbed the defender and slid his angled drive past the goalkeeper at the near stick.
Udinese restored their advantage after the restart when Roberto Pereyra ran from the centre-circle and spread it to the left for Luis Muriel’s wonderful curling finish into the far top corner. It was the Colombian’s first goal in five games.
Gianluca Pegolo used his legs to deny Naldo from point-blank range, but Sassuolo went down to 10 men when Zaza went straight through the back of Gabriel Silva.
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Sent off: Zaza 80 (S)