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Sant'Elia (ATT 10,000) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: G Rocchi

Cagliari Cagliari vs Udinese Udinese

Cagliari 0

M Pinilla (S/O 90+4)

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Udinese 1

R Pereyra (56)

Fourth win in a row for Udinese

Last Updated: 27/04/13 7:41pm

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Roberto Pereyra: Scored the only goal of the game

Roberto Pereyra: Scored the only goal of the game

Udinese moved up to fifth in Serie A with their fourth win in a row thanks to Roberto Pereyra's goal in a 1-0 win against Cagliari.

Pereyra, who hit the crossbar in the first half, made amends with a more difficult effort midway through the second half to lift Udinese into a qualifying berth for the Europa League, ahead of the remainder of the weekend's matches tomorrow.

Cagliari's reaction was too little too late and they ended the game with 10 men after Mauricio Pinilla was shown a red card deep in stoppage time.

The game was officially a home one for Cagliari, despite being staged in the distant Trieste.

In fact, given the location just 50 miles from Udine, there were more visiting fans in the Stadio Nereo Rocco, and Udinese made it look more like a home game on the field.

Pereyra should have given them the lead in the 11th minute, but he struck the crossbar with a shot from just six yards out.

It was the biggest chance in a bland first half which saw Antonio Di Natale also test Cagliari goalkeeper Michael Agazzi from distance.

Cagliari produced nothing in attack and deservedly fell behind in the 66th minute.

Pereyra made up for his easy miss in the first half by taking a more difficult opportunity from the edge of the penalty area, curling his shot low into the far corner of Agazzi's goal.

Ten minutes later, Di Natale missed a good chance to seal victory, but after beating the offside trap, he touched the ball too far in front of himself, allowing Agazzi to collect.

Udinese's lead never looked in any danger, despite a late rally from Cagliari which still failed to produce any shots on target.

And the hosts lost Pinilla deep into stoppage time when he let his frustration get the better of him and charged Giampiero Pinzi from behind near the touchline.

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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 16 27
5 Lazio 16 27
6 Genoa 16 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 16 24
9 Udinese 16 22
10 Palermo 16 22
11 Inter Milan 16 21
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 16 17
14 Empoli 16 17
15 Torino 16 17
16 Chievo 16 16
17 Atalanta 16 15
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7