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Stadio Friuli (ATT 13,000) 24th November 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: P Tagliavento

Udinese Udinese vs Fiorentina Fiorentina

Udinese 1

T Heurtaux (34)

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Narrow win for Udinese

Last Updated: 24/11/13 5:41pm

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Thomas Heurtaux of Udinese Calcio celebrates

Thomas Heurtaux of Udinese Calcio celebrates

Udinese stifled the threat of Serie A's most prolific striker to take all the points points from Fiorentina's visit to Stadio Friuli.

Italy international Giuseppe Rossi has been in searing form this season, scoring 11 goals in 12 league games to lift Fiorentina to fifth, but he was barely given a sniff on Sunday afternoon as Udinese earned a first clean sheet in six games in a 1-0 win.

Udinese's defensive steel meant Thomas Heurtaux's first-half goal was all that was required to secure a first win in three, while defeat for La Viola snapped a run of three straight wins in all competitions.

Udinese bossed the contest from the opening whistle, with Andrea Lazzari and Borja Valero both having efforts on target inside the first 15 minutes.

Fiorentina's best spell of the opening half - and the whole match as it would transpire - came in a two-minute spell just before the half-hour as first Juan Guillermo Cuadrado and then Alberto Aquilani were both denied by fine Zeljko Brkic saves.

Brkic's heroics looked all the more vital in the 34th minute when the hosts went ahead, Antonio Di Natale crating the chance with a cross than was touched on by Roberto Pereyra to the far post where Heurtaux dived in to head home.

The second half was all about Udinese with the visitors - the off-colour Rossi among them - reduced to a string of hopeful efforts from distance.

The action at the other end was rather more fraught, with Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto forced to save from Di Natale and twice from Luis Muriel, before Silvan Widmer missed a glorious chance to increase the margin of victory in injury time when he somehow skewed wide from close range.

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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