SERIE A MATCH REPORT

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Udinese 2 - 2 Cagliari
Joao Pedro 39 (C), Allan 55 (U), Thereau 57 (U), Avelar pen 91 (C)
Stadio Friuli

Cagliari converted a last-gasp penalty to snatch a point away to Udinese.

Antonio Di Natale returned from a bout of flu and was sorely needed, as the Friulani missed Giampiero Pinzi, Guilherme, Alexandre Geijo, Emmanuel Badu, Zapata, Lucas Evangelista, Luis Muriel, Wague and the suspended Silvan Widmer. Cagliari boosted their chances of survival with victory over Cesena last week, but Coach Gianfranco Zola had to do without Andrea Cossu, Victor Ibarbo, Antonio Balzano and Luca Ceppitelli.

Cagliari last conquered the Stadio Friuli in the 2007-08 Serie A season. Zeljko Brkic faced his former teammates and had to smother a Di Natale left-foot strike.

The visitors took a surprise lead with their first chance, as Godfred Donsah dribbled forward from his own half to set up Joao Pedro’s quickly-taken angled drive.

Hallberg received his Serie A debut after Maurizio Domizzi went off with a suspected sprained ankle.

Allan got Udinese back on level terms with a wonderful solo effort. He gathered in midfield, resisted an attempted trip and smashed the low finish into the far bottom corner.

Just 120 seconds later the Friulani had turned the game around completely. Di Natale robbed Pisano and crossed for the head of Cyril Thereau.

Di Natale should’ve had a third, but came sliding in just a fraction too late to meet Thereau’s assist.

As the game was already in stoppages, Thomas Heurtaux handled in the box and Danilo Avelar converted the penalty to draw Cagliari level.

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Udinese: Karnezis; Heurtaux, Danilo, Domizzi (Hallberg 45); Piris, Allan, Bruno Fernandes, Kone, Gabriel Silva; Di Natale (Pasquale 88), Thereau
Cagliari: Brkic; Pisano (Sau 62), Capuano, Rossettini, Avelar; Dessena, Crisetig, Donsah; Joao Pedro (Farias 71), Ekdal; Longo (Cop 78)
Ref: Di Bello