A Ruslan Malinovskyi rocket from distance was not enough for Atalanta, because Beto popped up with a stoppage-time header to snatch the Udinese equaliser.
La Dea were fresh from a dramatic 3-2 defeat at Manchester United, having been 2-0 up at half-time, and the injury crisis got worse with Merih Demiral only fit for the bench, Joakim Maehle out with a stomach bug, joining Rafael Toloi, Berat Djimsiti, Matteo Pessina, Robin Gosens and Hans Hateboer on the treatment table. Roberto Pereyra was suspended and Gerard Deulofeu injured, so the Friulani moved Nahuel Molina and Ignacio Pussetto upfront.
It was Udinese who had the first real chance on 22 minutes, Beto’s angled drive across the face of goal finding Nahuel Molina sliding in at the back post, only able to steer it onto the upright.
Argentina international Molina threatened again, blasting not far wide of the far top corner after bursting down the right.
Duvan Zapata’s effort was deflected over from close range, then Josip Ilicic also thumped the frame of the goal from close range on a Duvan Zapata pull-back from the by-line.
Mario Pasalic tested Marco Silvestri after riding a tackle to go clear and after the break Ilicic curled just wide of the far bottom corner.
The deadlock was finally broken on 56 minutes with a simply unstoppable left-foot missile from Ruslan Malinovskyi, unleashed from 25 metres out into the bottom corner.
Malinovskyi tested Silvestri again at the near post, but there was a huge scare in the final minute when Rodrigo Becao’s through ball bounced off Matteo Lovato and Musso had to desperately scramble back to claw it off the line. Gian Piero Gasperini was also sent off for dissent.
Deep into stoppages, Udinese did snatch the equaliser with Beto’s glancing header from a Lazar Samardzic corner, his third consecutive match on target.
Atalanta 1-1 Udinese
Malinovskyi 56 (A), Beto 93 (U)