SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 17 - 15 Dec 2012 (17.00 UK)
Udinese 1 - 1
Ilicic 33 (P), Di Natale 89 (U)
Stadio Friuli

Palermo thought they had done enough to earn their first away win of the season, but Antonio Di Natale rescued a point for 10-man Udinese in the final minute.

Francesco Guidolin faced his former club without Mehdi Benatia and Willians, but opted for Roberto Pereyra as support for Antonio Di Natale after two wins on the bounce. The Rosanero unleashed an all-new trident attack with Paulo Dybala, Josip Ilicic and Fabrizio Miccoli together, though Michel Morganella was suspended.

Miccoli drilled just wide after five minutes, while Samir Ujkani smothered at Pereyra’s feet after a poor first touch on Danilo’s counter-attack.

Ezequiel Munoz’s header into the ground was off target from a corner and Zeljko Brkic smothered another Miccoli attempt.

However, the Udinese goalkeeper was at fault when he got down too early, allowing a long-range Ilicic snapshot to bounce in front of him and over his prone body. It was only the third goal Palermo have scored away from home this season.

There was controversy soon after, as Ilicic burst into the box and appeared to be tripped by Danilo, but he was only booked for simulation. Ilicic’s dramatic fall made it look like a dive when in fact there was contact on his ankle.

Dusan Basta turned an angled drive inches wide and Danilo blasted over after Ujkani’s error. Udinese were struggling and threw on Luis Muriel for his first game since September 2. The Colombian immediately earned a free kick, which Di Natale curled off target.

After the restart Ujkani palmed a Giovanni Pasquale strike on to the upright, but when Maurizio Domizzi turned in the rebound he was offside.

Muriel was in fine form and threaded through for Giampiero Pinzi only for the midfielder to fire straight at the goalkeeper.

Palermo were under siege and locked down even more by replacing both strikers. They were given a helping hand, though, as Thomas Heurtaux was harshly shown a second yellow card for a tackle in midfield on Santiago Garcia.

Edgar Barreto got his head to an Ilicic corner, but couldn’t find the target, as in the final stages Udinese poured forward leaving huge gaps at the back. Brkic had to deny Arevalo Rios, Pisano’s header and a Franco Brienza counter.

However, Udinese thanked their captain for snatching an equaliser in the final minute. Ujkani managed to beat away a Muriel attempt, but could do nothing on Di Natale’s follow-up.

Ilicic tried to restore the advantage, but this time Brkic was ready to pluck the shot out from under the bar. 


Udinese: Brkic; Heurtaux, Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Pinzi (Lazzari 67), Allan, Badu (Muriel 41), Pasquale; Pereyra (Maicosuel 77); Di Natale
: Ujkani; Munoz, Donati, Von Bergen; Pisano, Barreto, Kurtic, Garcia (Giorgi 72); Ilicic, Dybala (Arevalo Rios 57); Miccoli (Brienza 46)
Ref: Peruzzo

Sent off: Heurtaux 61 (U)