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Italian Serie A

Stadio Friuli (ATT 16,000) 7th April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Damato

Udinese Udinese vs Chievo Chievo

Udinese 3

A Di Natale (20, 25)
M Benatia (85)


Chievo 1

P Papp (35)

Di Natale brace sinks Chievo

Last Updated: 07/04/13 4:44pm

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Antonio Di Natale celebrates for Udinese

Antonio Di Natale celebrates for Udinese

Antonio Di Natale returned to scoring form as his two goals guided Udinese to their first win in four Serie A matches as they beat Chievo 3-0.

Di Natale scored twice in five first-half minutes as he recorded his 16th and 17th goals against the Flying Donkeys.

Paul Papp pulled one back 10 minutes before the break only for Di Natale to turn provider with Mehdi Benatia on target five minutes from full-time.

The result was Udinese's first since they beat Pescara at the start of March and boosts their chances of a European spot.

It was all Udinese in the opening stages.

Roberto Pereyra fired in a right-footed shot from the edge of the area which was well saved by Christian Puggioni before the goalkeeper went down well to his right to thwart Allan.

It was no surprise when the hosts went ahead in the 20th minute when Di Natale pounced on a clumsy backpass by Francesco Acerbi to slot into an empty net.

Francesco Guidolin's team doubled their lead five minutes later when Pereyra produced an inch-perfect pass to Di Natale who fired high into the top left-hand corner.

Despite having shown nothing at all, Chievo halved the deficit in the 35th minute.

Papp headed Cyril Thereau's free-kick against the post only for Marco Rigoni to react and send a low ball across the six-yard box which Papp slotted home.

Di Natale almost restored their two-goal lead shortly before half-time but Puggioni was equal to his shot from outside the area.

Chievo came close to equalising shortly after the break but Zeljko Brkic blocked Sergio Pellissier's effort with his body.

Puggioni then kept out Andrea Lazzari's shot to his right before Di Natale skimmed the bar.

The hosts were then grateful to Brkic after the goalkeeper repelled Thereau's shot and with five minutes remaining they sealed victory.

Di Natale's run to the byline was followed by a lob over Puggioni which found Benatia, who scored from close range.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10