Antonio Di Natale’s goal was cancelled out by Diego Perotti as Udinese and Genoa shared the spoils.
The Friulani aimed to end their club record run of six consecutive home defeats, but last week’s win at Bologna came at a hefty price, as Duvan Zapata was ruled out for four months. In turn, Genoa had lost all three away fixtures this season and welcomed Mattia Perin back to the bench after shoulder surgery.
Goran Pandev was suspended with Ezequiel Munoz, Tino Costa and Cristian Ansaldi sidelined. The hosts missed Duvan Zapata, Guilherme, Alexander Merkel and Thomas Heurtaux.
Genoa had won this fixture only five times in the top flight, drawn five and lost 11, but last season emerged 4-2 winners from the Stadio Friuli.
Antonio Di Natale and Sebastien De Maio had to be patched up after a nasty clash of heads in the opening minutes. Diego Perotti’s cross took a deflection to skim the near post, then Orestis Karnezis took the sting out of another snapshot.
Di Natale almost curled in directly from the corner flag, forcing Eugenio Lamanna into a tricky save at the near stick, while Karnezis flew to fingertip a Serge Gakpe header out from under the bar.
Di Natale broke the deadlock straight after the restart, tapping in at the back post when two Genoa defenders failed to cut out a Dias Felipe knockdown from the Francesco Lodi free kick.
Leonardo Pavoletti came off the bench and immediately tested Karnezis with a right-footed effort, while Genoa had the ball in the net only after the offside flag had been raised.
Genoa received a penalty for the extremely clumsy Danilo high challenge on Serge Gakpe. Perotti stepped up and converted after an incredible slow run-up to equalise.
Marquinho almost won it at the death, but was denied by a crucial Lamanna save and on the corner Silvan Widmer hit the bar!
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