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Stadio Friuli (ATT 18,000) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: S Peruzzo

Udinese Udinese vs Palermo Palermo

Udinese 1

T Heurtaux (S/O 61)
A Di Natale (89)

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Palermo 1

J Ilicic (33)

Di Natale denies Palermo

Last Updated: 15/12/12 7:35pm

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Antonio Di Natale: Late leveller

Antonio Di Natale: Late leveller

Antonio Di Natale was Udinese's saviour once again with his last-gasp goal earning the Friulians a 1-1 draw at home to Palermo.

Josip Ilicic put the visitors in front in the 33rd minute with Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic getting caught out by a divot on a far from regular pitch after recent snow.

Brkic then kept Udinese in the game before Di Natale struck to grab a point for the home side, who extend their unbeaten run to three games.

Fabrizio Miccoli provided the first threat of the match in the fifth minute when he twisted and turned inside the penalty area but pulled his shot just wide of the left-hand upright.

Two minutes later, Robert Pereyra squandered the chance to give the home side the lead when his first touch let him down with only Samir Ujkani to beat.

He was still able to nudge the ball past the Palermo goalkeeper, but he only found the side-netting from a tight angle.

Palermo took the lead in the 33rd minute when Ilicic's shot from outside the penalty area took a wicked bounce off a divot just in front of Brkic and looped over him.

Ilicic then showed a more negative side of his game by taking a dive inside the penalty area after touching the ball past Udinese defender Danilo, earning a yellow card for his attempt to deceive the referee.

A minute later, Dusan Basta blazed a 20-yard effort wide of the far post as Udinese showed a rare sign of life.

Maurizio Domizzi's headed goal was rightly ruled out for offside in the 50th minute after Giovanni Pasquale's shot was pushed onto the post by Ujkani.

Giampiero Pinzi then had a shot saved as the game opened up with chances at both ends.

The best chances arrived at the goal defended by Brkic with Franco Brienza shooting just over the crossbar in the 69th minute.

Brkic made a string of fine saves to make up for any blame he could have taken in the goal before Udinese found an unexpected equaliser in the 89th minute.

Ujkani lost his grasp of the ball when he clashed with the legs of his own defender Ezequiel Munoz - and Di Natale was on hand to poach his 10th goal of the season and grab a point.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 16 39
2 Roma 16 36
3 Napoli 16 27
4 Sampdoria 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7