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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)


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 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 34 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Empoli 34 41
14 Chievo 34 41
15 Verona 34 40
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16