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Stadio Friuli 19th April 2014 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: G Calvarese

Udinese Udinese vs Napoli Napoli

Udinese 1

M Bruno Fernandes (54)

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Napoli 1

J Callejon (38)
F Fernandez (S/O 89)

Napoli hopes look over

Last Updated: 19/04/14 4:16pm

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Bruno Fernandes scores for Udinese

Bruno Fernandes scores for Udinese

Napoli's hopes of catching Roma in second place effectively ended by a 1-1 draw at Udinese on Saturday.

Jose Callejon gave the Azzurri the lead in the first half, but Bruno Fernandes levelled in the 55th minute for an Udinese side who showed great pride, even with little at stake for them.

Napoli's woes were compounded late on when Federico Fernandez was sent off, leaving them to finish the game with 10 men.

Marek Hamsik was restored to the Napoli starting XI, despite a recent dip in form, and the first chance of the game fell his way, with a header toward the top left-hand corner which was saved easily by Simone Scuffet.

Emmanuel Badu was creating problems down the Udinese left, often losing his marker and finding the whole length of the pitch in front of him, but twice his final ball was lacking.

That outlet was soon closed off by Napoli coach Rafael Benitez, who saw his side take the lead through Callejon in the 39th minute.

Duvan Zapata headed a throw-in across the area, where the Spaniard sent a powerful volley past Scuffet before the Udinese goalkeeper even had time to react.

Udinese's reaction came swiftly, with Muriel beating the offside trap, but Pepe Reina was quick to sense the danger and even quicker off his line to get to the ball ahead of the Udinese forward in the 50th minute.

Five minutes later, a mistake by Reina gifted Udinese an equaliser.

The Spanish goalkeeper's pass to Valon Behrami was too soft and Giampiero Pinzi intercepted to set up Fernandes, who curled his shot into the far corner.

Muriel had a goal rightly disallowed for offside in the 77th minute as Francesco Guidolin's men looked for a winner.

Napoli, without the injured Gonzalo Higuain, lacked ideas in pursuit of a winner and had to settle for only a point, which they held on to with only 10 men after Fernandez was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Gabriel Silva.

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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