Fabio Quagliarella was on target again to sink his old club and secure Torino’s 1-0 win.
The Friulani dropped from third place to fourth after a controversial 1-1 draw with Cesena, so were eager to get back on track. Antonio Di Natale turned 37 this week and was partnered by 19-year-old Lucas Evangelista. Toro had Omar El Kaddouri and Kamil Glik banned following a heated defeat to Napoli, while Migjen Basha, Marcelo Larrondo and Paulo Vitor Barreto were sidelined.
Udinese had won this fixture eight times, most recently 1-0 in 2007-08, but Amauri’s shot was charged down in the opening minute.
Cristian Molinaro volleyed a corner on to the side-netting, then Cyril Thereau’s glancing header skimmed the far post on a Di Natale free kick.
Giuseppe Vives thumped the base of the upright with his low strike, while Amauri acrobatically volleyed over the bar.
After the restart Vives was again so close to giving Torino the lead, but this time Orestis Karnezis was equal to it.
Amauri got his head to a corner, but it was somehow stopped from going over the line by a combination of Allan and Karnezis.
The pressure finally paid off with Quagliarella scoring against his former club, steering a looping header in from an improbable angle when Vives knocked down Molinaro’s cross.
Quagliarella forced another save from Karnezis with his fierce shot, but Cyril Thereau wasted a golden opportunity to equalise when blasting a Bruno Fernandes assist over from close range.
Karnezis flew to fingertip a Vives strike out from under the bar and Jean-Francois Gillet needed a rare save on Guilherme.
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