Verona came back from 2-0 down including an acrobatic Cyril Ngonge bicycle-kick and Lorenzo Lucca bagged a brace for Udinese, but Thomas Henry snatched a point deep into stoppages.

This was a relegation dogfight and a derby for the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, as well as Gabriele Cioffi facing his former club. The injury list for the hosts just keeps getting longer, including Jaka Bijol, Domingos Quina, Gerard Deulofeu, Brenner, Enzo Ebosse, Kingsley Ehizibue, Vivaldo Semedo and Keinan Davis. Hellas missed Isak Hien, Pawel Dawidowicz, Riccardo Saponara, Giangiacomo Magnani and Jayden Braaf, but Marco Davide Faraoni returned from his ban.

The situation immediately got worse when Isaac Success limped off with an injury after just eight minutes.

Nonetheless, Udinese took the lead when Christian Kabasele was left completely unmarked at the back post to slide on to the Lazar Samardzic free kick.

The Friulani doubled their lead as Roberto Pereyra’s cross from the left found substitute Lorenzo Lucca to spring the offside trap against static Verona defenders, free to flick in off the outside of the boot.

However, Kabasele charged down the Cyril Ngonge strike with his arm, allowing Milan Djuric to convert the penalty low and hard into the bottom corner.

Verona came out fighting for the restart and completed the comeback in real style with a spectacular Ngonge bicycle kick from the Tomas Suslov cross.

Lorenzo Montipò used his knee to parry a Pereyra strike at the far post on a corner, but Udinese did restore their advantage with a towering Lucca header on the Florian Thauvin cross from the left, hanging in the air for an age.

Sandi Lovric really should’ve sealed it moments later when robbing Bruno Amione, but then turned wide of the empty net.

Darko Lazovic tried to win a penalty for Verona, but visibly ran straight into Walace, then Thauvin’s low curler from the edge of the area bounced off the upright.

It wasn’t over, as deep into stoppages Marco Silvestri flapped at thin air on the Ngonge cross and substitute Thomas Henry flew for the glancing header. It was his first goal for 15 months after a long lay-off for a serious knee injury.

Udinese 3-3 Verona

Kabasele 16 (U), Lucca 30, 72 (U), Djuric pen 36 (V), Ngonge 61 (V), Henry 97 (V)

03-12-2023 14:00
MatchDay 14

Player statistic

1st half
    6' Yellow card Milan Djuric
Christian Kabasele
(Assist: Lazar Samardzic)
Goal 16'    
Lorenzo Lucca
(Assist: Roberto Pereyra)
Goal 30'    
    37' Penalty Milan Djuric
Jordan Zemura Yellow card 43'    
Martín Payero Yellow card 45+1'    
    45+4' Yellow card Bruno Amione
2nd half
    50' Yellow card Diego Coppola
    61' Goal Cyril Ngonge
(Assist: Tomas Suslov)
Lorenzo Lucca
(Assist: Florian Thauvin)
Goal 72'    
    82' Yellow card Cyril Ngonge
    89' Yellow card Thomas Henry
    90+7' Goal Thomas Henry
(Assist: Cyril Ngonge)

Match statistic

39
Possession %
61
12
Total shots
13
6
Shots on target
4
5
Shots off target
5
1
Blocked shots
4
5
Corners
3
3
Offsides
1
16
Fouls
13
Udinese
Verona

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
27
2
Defender
66'
13
Defender
33
Defender
88'
18
Defender
24
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
87'
37
Midfielder
67'
11
Midfielder
7
Attacker
7'
1
Goalkeeper
2
Defender
42
Defender
8
Midfielder
84'
24
Midfielder
90
Midfielder
33
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
26
Attacker
38
11
Attacker
79'

Substitutes

93
Goalkeeper
15
Attacker
40
Goalkeeper
3
Defender
5
Defender
21
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
31
16
Defender
4
Midfielder
66'
26
Attacker
67'
17
Attacker
7'
19
87'
12
Defender
88'
17
Attacker
5
Defender
22
Goalkeeper
18
Midfielder
34
Goalkeeper
25
Midfielder
3
Defender
32
Defender
77
Attacker
37
Midfielder
13
Attacker
75
99
79'
9
Attacker
84'

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