Juan Guillermo Cuadrado scored against his former club and earned a penalty as Fiorentina beat Udinese 2-1.
The Viola had lost momentum in recent weeks and both sides were suffering from an injury crisis. David Pizarro and Manuel Pasqual returned for the hosts, though Mario Gomez, Giuseppe Rossi, Juan Manuel Vargas and Ante Rebic remained sidelined with Stefan Savic suspended. Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale, Maurizio Domizzi, Maicosuel and Gianpiero Pinzi didn’t make the trip.
Udinese had lost their last six consecutive visits to Florence, but both sides had a series of early chances with Widmer charging down a Juan Guillermo Cuadrado effort, Luis Muriel going on the counter and a Ryder Matos header off target.
Simone Scuffet performed a fine save on a Matos header and as the move continued Josip Ilicic volleyed over from the edge of the box.
Gonzalo Rodriguez needed a sliding tackle to block Muriel as he was pulling the trigger in the penalty area. Scuffeto was again called into action to deny Alberto Aquilani after a Cuadrado back-heel flick, then Aquilani’s diving header from the corner whistled just wide.
Fiorentina did take the lead with a stroke of luck, as Scuffet appeared to have a Cuadrado snapshot from distance covered until a deflection off Danilo left him stranded. Cuadrado is still co-owned by Udinese.
Matos and Ilicic had more attempts charged down, while Roberto Pereyra couldn’t keep his header on target from a Thomas Heurtaux cross.
Bruno Fernandes got round Nenad Tomovic, but his angled drive was pulled across the face of goal. At the other end, Scuffet had his gloves stung by Cuadrado.
A Matos volley seemed to be scuffed, but the ball took a deceptive swerve and skimmed the back post. Heurtaux anticipated Cuadrado, but his backpass for Scuffet was extremely risky and the 17-year-old goalkeeper had to be on his toes.
Cuadrado smashed a free kick just over the bar and then fell under a soft Danilo challenge from behind that the referee considered worthy of a penalty. Gonzalo Rodriguez stepped up and blasted a powerful penalty to send Scuffet the wrong way.
Udinese got themselves back into the game late on almost by accident, as Bruno Fernandes whipped in what appeared to be a cross from the right side of the pitch and it flashed across Norberto Neto into the far top corner. It might’ve taken a deflection on the way through.
Moments later, Cuadrado cracked his shot against the crossbar from the tightest of angles. Deep into stoppages Udinese almost grabbed a point with Heurtaux’s header just over from a corner.
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