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Renzo Barbera (ATT 17,000) 8th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Giannoccaro

Palermo Palermo vs Udinese Udinese

Palermo 2

F Miccoli (pen 34)
A Hernandez (81)


Udinese 3

L Muriel (9)
G Angella (64)
M Benatia (83)

Palermo woes continue

Last Updated: 08/05/13 10:47pm

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Josip Ilicic of Palermo and Marques Allan of Udinese compete for the ball

Josip Ilicic of Palermo and Marques Allan of Udinese compete for the ball

Mehdi Benatia's late winner moved Palermo closer to relegation following a heart-breaking 3-2 defeat at home to European-chasing Udinese.

The Sicilians twice equalised with Abel Hernandez's 81st-minute strike seemingly grabbing at least a precious point.

But Benatia stole that away two minutes later, after Stefano Sorrentino saved from Luis Muriel, to leave Palermo four points from safety with two games left.

Udinese's sixth successive win moved them into the European places with Muriel (10) and Gabriele Angella (64) scoring the goals.

In between time Antonio Di Natale saw a penalty save but it mattered not thanks to Benatia.

Udinese grabbed their early lead following a counter-attack that saw Gabriel Silva feed Muriel to fire in just under the crossbar.

Palermo showed they were capable of recovering the deficit as Alejandro Faurlin headed a Fabrizio Miccoli cross just over before the veteran striker equalised from the penalty spot.

Miccoli drew the foul from Thomas Heurteaux on 35 minutes before lashing in the spot-kick.

Palermo continued to threaten after half-time, with Miccoli at the centre of the action, as he shot over after being found by Edgar Barreto.

Miccoli then beat the offside trap only to again lose his composure and fire wide.

The tension thickened when Salvatore Aronica handballed inside the box only for Sorrentino to save Di Natale's powerful right-foot shot.

Udinese did retake the lead on 64 minutes when Angella met a Di Natale corner with a firm header.

Palermo rallied again with Hernandez curling in a right-foot volley but the hosts' survival hopes hit the rocks moments later when Benatia was left with a tap in after Sorrentino had done well to deny Muriel.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 32 73
2 Lazio 32 59
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 32 56
5 Sampdoria 32 50
6 Fiorentina 32 49
7 Genoa 32 47
8 Torino 32 47
9 Inter Milan 32 45
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 32 41
12 Verona 32 39
13 Udinese 32 38
14 Chievo 32 37
15 Sassuolo 32 36
16 Empoli 32 35
17 Atalanta 32 31
18 Cagliari 32 24
19 Cesena 32 23
20 Parma 32 16