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Stadio Friuli (ATT 15,000) 5th May 2013 - Kick off 11:30 Ref: P Tagliavento

Udinese Udinese vs Sampdoria Sampdoria

Udinese 3

A Di Natale (29, 52)
L Muriel (87)


Sampdoria 1

Eder (34)

Udinese well placed for Europe

Last Updated: 05/05/13 2:38pm

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Reginaldo Maicosuel tries to go past Jonathan Rossini

Reginaldo Maicosuel tries to go past Jonathan Rossini

Udinese's European hopes remain healthy thanks to a convincing 3-1 win over a Sampdoria side who are looking over their shoulder with a great deal of concern.

The two now have just three Serie A games left to play and this success put Udinese to within four points of Fiorentina in fourth - losers at home to Roma last night - and are one behind fifth-placed Roma.

More importantly they have a four-point buffer over Inter Milan in seventh and, with Roma still to try and take a European spot via the Coppa Italia, Udinese are a good bet for the Europa League at least.

Antonio Di Natale was their matchwinner today, scoring twice to take his tally for the season to 21, with their other goal arriving from Luis Muriel. Eder had levelled for Samp, who have six points on the bottom three heading into the games later today.

With a European campaign on offer to them, it was no surprise to see Udinese fly out of the blocks as Di Natale went close to putting them ahead with five minutes gone, scuffing wide from a Dusan Basta cross.

Samp responded with a cross-shot from Eder which skipped wide, and the same man was then denied by the legs of Zeljko Brkic as the visitors impressed.

They were behind with 29 minutes gone, though, as Di Natale took in a pass from Maurizio Domizzi and did the rest.

But Samp hit back and got the goal their play had warranted five minutes later, with Eder curling in a beautiful 18-yarder.

It was end-to-end fayre and Di Natale's header flew over the crossbar, before the seasoned striker made it two seven minutes after the break, snaffling possession inside the area and lobbing in a brilliant goal.

That did not deter Samp, though, and Eder, on a one-man mission, drilled in a strike that was hacked off the line, while the same man's free-kick drew a save from Brkic.

Eder needed help and Gianluca Sansone nearly gave him some with a low strike which thumped the post, while Brkic was called upon again to repel another Eder free-kick.

The wasted chances would cost the away team, however, as with three minutes left Sergio Romero failed to clear and Muriel was able to tuck in a clincher.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Inter Milan 32 45
8 Genoa 31 44
9 Torino 31 44
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Udinese 32 38
13 Sassuolo 31 36
14 Chievo 31 36
15 Verona 31 36
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13