SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 12 - 23 Nov 2014 (14.00 UK)
Udinese 1 - 1
Di Natale 45 (U), Radovanovic 67 (C)
Stadio Friuli

Antonio Di Natale scored his 200th Serie A goal in 400 games, but Chievo held Udinese to a draw.

The Friulani were without Panagiotis Kone, Gabriel Silva and Luis Muriel, but welcomed back Antonio Di Natale as they hoped to end a run of one point from three games. Chievo had a disastrous start to the season and sacked Eugenio Corini, but Rolando Maran finally got a victory before the break for international duty with Sergio Pellissier’s brace. Riccardo Meggiorini was suspended with Ruben Botta, Perparim Hetemaj and Gennaro Sardo also sidelined.

Udinese had won the last four editions of this fixture and Antonio Di Natale’s curler was dealt with by Albano Bizzarri. Danilo had the ball in the net on 24 minutes, but he was offside on Di Natale’s free kick.

Emmanuel Badu’s effort from distance clipped the frame of the goal, then Ezequiel Schelotto nodded just wide from Valter Birsa’s free kick.

Chievo did precious little for the first half, yet had two fantastic chances on 38 minutes. First Danilo performed a goalline clearance on Pellissier’s angled drive, then Birsa blasted under the bar only to find an acrobatic Orestis Karnezis save.

Di Natale broke the deadlock and it was an historic moment, his 200th Serie A goal in 400 games. Guilherme knocked down a cross for his rapid half-volley from 12 yards.

Alberto Paloschi drilled just wide and Chievo got back on level terms with an Ivan Radovanovic right-foot screamer from over 25 metres that flew past a helpless Karnezis into the far corner.

Surprisingly, Chievo had the better of the second half and looked more likely to get all three points at the Stadio Friuli.

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Udinese: Karnezis; Piris (Fernandes 76), Danilo, Heurtaux, Domizzi; Allan, Badu (Widmer 69), Pinzi (Zapata 83), Guilherme; Thereau, Di Natale
: Bizzarri; Frey, Dainelli, Gamberini, Zukanovic; Schelotto (Bellomo 60), Radovanovic, Izco, Birsa (Cofie 87); Pellissier (Maxi Lopez 67), Paloschi
Ref: Cervellera