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Italian Serie A

Stadio Friuli (ATT 13,000) 6th January 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Angelo Cervellera

Udinese Udinese vs Verona Verona

Udinese 1

R Pereyra (43)

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Verona 3

L Toni (8, 39)
J Iturbe (70)

More woe for Udinese

Last Updated: 06/01/14 4:29pm

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Verona celebrate Luca Toni's opener

Verona celebrate Luca Toni's opener

Udinese's struggles look to have carried over into the second half of the Serie A season as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat to a Hellas Verona side who had previously won just once away from home in this campaign.

In the build-up to the match Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale had said coach Francesco Guidolin could remain calm as the players had the quality to turn their campaign around, but Guidolin was far from relaxed as he was sent to the stands for dissent before half-time with his team slumping to a 10th defeat of the season.

Luca Toni scored twice in the first half to put Verona on top and although Roberto Pereyra got one back before the break, Guidolin's emotions boiled over, with his mood hardly improved by Juan Iturbe's third for Verona 20 minutes from time.

Toni needed only eight minutes to bag the opener for the visitors, slotting home from the edge of the area.

It was the first chance of the game, and one of only a handful in the first half.

Udinese looked uninspired, with Dusan Basta's ambitious long-range shot their only attempt before Toni doubled

the lead in the 39th minute, meeting Romulo Souza's cross to beat Zeljko Brkic from close range.

Four minutes later, Pereyra raised home hopes with a close-range volley but, after Guidolin's departure, the first half ended with Toni going close once more for Verona.

Udinese started the second half brightly, but Thomas Heaurtaux volleyed high over the crossbar and then sent another shot wide before Rafael de Andrade made two fine saves to deny Di Natale from close range.

Verona substitute Iturbe then killed off the hosts by snatching the ball from the feet of Danilo Larangeira and racing into the area to fire past Brkic.

Toni then passed up another chance to complete his hat-trick, and although Udinese ended on top, creating a couple of chances for Bruno Fernandes, it did little to improve the mood of the home crowd.

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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