Palermo ended their six-game winless run by plunging Udinese further into crisis with a humiliating home result.
The Friulani were thrown into a pre-match training retreat by the furious club owners after their midweek 1-0 defeat to Parma. The Rosanero were also stuck in mid-table comfort and therefore looking distracted of late, all focus dominated by the bidding war for €40m rated Paulo Dybala.
Thomas Heurtaux, Maurizio Domizzi and Lucas Evangelista missed out for the hosts, while Edgar Barreto and Michel Morganella didn’t make the trip.
This was the 17th edition of this Serie A fixture with eight home wins, five draws and three Palermo victories, the most recent being 2-1 in 2007.
Antonio Di Natale curled just past the far top corner in the opening minutes, but the Sicilians broke the deadlock in spectacular style.
Achraf Lazaar unleashed an unstoppable missile from distance that flew into the far top corner, giving Orestis Karnezis no chance.
Cyril Thereau had the ball in the net moments later, but had strayed offside. Instead, Palermo doubled their advantage when Dybala held off Molla Wague to pull back from the touchline for Luca Rigoni.
The Rosanero really should’ve been 3-0 up, as on the stroke of half-time Dybala dribbled round Karnezis only to hit the neat post of an open goal from a tight angle.
The Friulani were insulted by their own fans and the atmosphere only got worse after Chochev was allowed a free header on Andrea Rispoli’s cross. It was the Bulgarian’s debut Serie A goal.
Palermo nearly made it 4-0, but Rispoli saw his low volley smack against the base of the far post.
Less than 20 seconds later, Di Natale pulled one back for Udinese, running on to a through ball to fire past Stefano Sorrentino at the near post. That was his 204th Serie A goal, just one shy of Roberto Baggio's career tally.
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