Cyril Thereau’s well-worked goal proved enough for Udinese to conquer the Olimpico and go third, as Lazio again failed to make pressure count.
The Aquile were fresh from a surprise defeat to Genoa, having dominated the match and wasted numerous scoring opportunities. On the other hand, the Friulani beat Napoli 1-0 despite missing Gabriel Silva, Simone Scuffet and Maurizio Domizzi. Antonio Di Natale was rested, while Federico Marchetti returned for his season debut. Lazio lost Dusan Basta, Santiago Gentiletti, Lucas Biglia, Stefan Radu, Ederson, Alvaro Gonzalez and the suspended Stefan de Vrij.
Luis Muriel immediately tested Marchetti on a free kick from a tight angle, trying to surprise him at the near post.
Emmanuel Badu had an accidental coming together with Marco Parolo and had to be helped to a stretcher looking very dazed, barely conscious, but was given the all-clear after a few minutes of treatment.
There was chaos in the Lazio box on 22 minutes. Marchetti came tearing out and collided with Muriel, who got back up quickly to aim at an empty net, but Diego Novaretti had scrambled back for a goalline clearance. A wayward Eddy Onazi effort turned into an assist that Miroslav Klose only scuffed at Orestis Karnezis.
Udinese broke the deadlock when Muriel spread the play for Silvan Widmer to roll a low cross and Cyril Thereau got between centre-backs to smash home from seven yards. Muriel suffered a knock in that move and was stretchered off, making way for Bruno Fernandes.
Felipe Anderson was impressive, but dragged a couple of good chances wide, while Thereau went in for a diving header and turned off target under pressure from a boot. Edson Braafheid pulled just past the near post with the aid of a deflection, then Candreva’s ball flashed across the face of goal with nobody there to tap in.
Panagiotis Kone fired over straight after the restart, while substitute Filip Djordjevic tested Karnezis. Largely Lazio continued their season-long pattern of possession without managing to score, as Candreva’s fierce free kick was pulled wide.
It was all the Aquile in the second half, but Karnezis at full stretch got a touch to Djordjevic’s cross and nobody was ready to finish it off, then he smothered a Keita Balde Diao strike.
The tension got to Senad Lulic, who was booked for aiming a throw-in at Badu’s back, which the referee considered to be a petulant and unsporting gesture.
This win was a particularly special moment for Udinese assistant manager - and former Lazio star - Dejan Stankovic.
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