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Italy Serie A

Stadio Friuli 23rd February 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Marco Di Bello

Udinese Udinese vs Atalanta Atalanta

Udinese 1

A Di Natale (pen 71)

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Atalanta 1

D Brivio (24)

Di Natale strike saves Udinese

Last Updated: 23/02/14 5:20pm

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Luis Muriel moves forward

Luis Muriel moves forward

Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale's second-half equaliser denied Atalanta their first win on the road since October 5 on Sunday afternoon.

The Bergamaschi looked to be heading for a long overdue win when Davide Brivio gave them a 24th-minute lead at the Friuli stadium.

However, Di Natale earned and converted a penalty 19 minutes from time to earn his side a share of the spoils.

The outcome in Udine lifted Atalanta to 14th place, level on 28 points with Udinese, who are 12th. Both sides are eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Atalanta were unlucky not to take a seventh-minute lead when Giacomo Bonaventura surged inside the area and fired a left-footed shot that struck the far post.

In the 20th minute, Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet was at full stretch to keep out Maximiliano Moralez's acrobatic effort from 20 yards.

Atalanta took a deserved lead before the half-hour mark when an unmarked Brivio met Cristian Raimondi's cross at the far post and beat Scuffet.

The home side struggled to break down Atalanta's well-organised defence until the 69th minute, when Nico Lopez found Di Natale in the box and his right-footed attempt was kept out by Atalanta goalkeeper Andrea Consigli.

Di Natale made no mistake seconds later when the referee pointed to the spot after he was brought down inside the area by Guglielmo Stendardo.

The veteran striker sent the ball to the right corner of goal, out of Consigli's reach.

Substitute Luca Cigarini was unfortunate not to put Atalanta 2-1 up five minutes from time after his fierce strike from outside the area struck the bar with Scuffet already beaten.

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Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 90
2 Roma 34 82
3 Napoli 34 68
4 Fiorentina 34 58
5 Inter Milan 34 56
6 Parma 34 51
7 AC Milan 34 51
8 Torino 34 49
9 Verona 34 49
10 Lazio 34 49
11 Atalanta 34 46
12 Sampdoria 34 41
13 Udinese 34 39
14 Genoa 34 39
15 Cagliari 34 36
16 Chievo 34 30
17 Sassuolo 34 28
18 Bologna 34 28
19 Livorno 34 25
20 Catania 34 23