An Antonio Candreva chipped penalty proved decisive as Lazio conquered Udinese at the Stadio Friuli.
The Aquile had gone from Champions League hopefuls to crashing disappointment with two consecutive defeats to Cesena and Genoa. Federico Marchetti, Lorik Cana and Stefano Mauri sat out bans with Senad Lulic and Filip Djordjevic on the treatment table. Udinese hadn’t won on home turf since October 26, but missed Panagiotis Kone, Giovanni Pasquale, Alexandre Geijo and Maurizio Domizzi.
It was a very special game for Antonio Di Natale, making his 407th appearance for Udinese – a new all-time club record.
Last season Lazio won this fixture 3-2, but Di Natale’s free kick was fingertipped out from under the bar in the opening minutes.
The referee awarded a penalty when Molla Wague was adjudged to have shoved Miroslav Klose in the back as they tried to get on the end of an Antonio Candreva cross from the right. Candreva took the spot-kick himself and chipped the goalkeeper in a Panenka style against his old club.
Etrit Berisha was alert to Di Natale’s lob, but after the restart Lazio wasted a double chance when Candreva’s shot was parried by Karnezis and Felipe Anderson blasted the follow-up over the bar.
Silvan Widmer crucially blocked a Dusan Basta cross before it could reach Klose, while Berisha parried from Emmanuel Badu and smothered the Di Natale follow-up.
Udinese were pouring forward and Berisha flew to acrobatically fingertip a Lucas Evangelista snapshot out from under the bar.
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