Fiorentina dominated for long periods at the Stadio Friuli, but were still beaten 1-0 by Udinese.
Antonio Di Natale returned from injury to face current Capocannoniere Giuseppe Rossi, though Mario Gomez was still sidelined and Luis Muriel only fit for the bench after international duty. David Pizarro and Juan Cuadrado returned to face their former club.
Fiorentina did not have a good record at the Stadio Friuli, losing six of their last seven visits.
Cuadrado’s early strike was too central to trouble Zeljko Brkic, but Udinese lost Gianpiero Pinzi to injury after just 19 minutes.
Danilo and Allan just about managed to stop Rossi turning in from 12 yards, but Cuadrado went on one of his slaloms between the entire Udinese defence to force Brkic into a one-handed save at the near post.
Brkic needed another fine parry on Alberto Aquilani at the same spot after Manuel Pasqual knocked down a Gonzalo Rodriguez long pass.
It was Udinese who surprisingly took the lead against the run of play. A Di Natale free kick was flicked on by Roberto Pereyra for Tomas Heurtaux to volley in at full stretch at the back post.
A long Pizarro ball found Cuadrado, whose first touch let him down, allowing Brkic to pluck it off his feet.
Neto fumbled a simple Dusan Basta cross and was fortunate he managed to scramble the Di Natale follow-up out for a corner.
Di Natale’s volley was over the bar and Neto did well to stay on his feet as Luis Muriel ran on to a long ball, blocking the finish one-on-one.
There was another extremely dangerous counter, as Fiorentina were all in the opposition half, but this time Neto came flying out to anticipate a smart Gabriel Silva effort.
Neto parried a Muriel free kick and also blocked the Allan follow-up, then Gabriel Silva smashed his shot straight at a defender’s face and Neto stood his ground to block a Muriel chip.
It was end to end stuff, but in the final minutes Widmer somehow prodded wide in front of an open goal when Fernandes rolled across for him.
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