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Stadio Friuli 8th February 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: L Banti

Udinese Udinese vs Chievo Chievo

Udinese 3

A Di Natale (56)
M Bruno Fernandes (74)
E Agyemang-Badu (86)

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Chievo 0

Udinese record much needed win

Last Updated: 08/02/14 8:03pm

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Udinese celebrate their victory

Udinese celebrate their victory

Udinese pulled away from the Serie A relegation zone thanks to a 3-0 win over Chievo.

Antonio Di Natale's third goal in his last four games unlocked the game for the Friulian side.

Bruno Fernandes and Emmanuel Badu completed the rout to take Udinese nine points clear of the drop zone.

The win also means Udinese can go into their midweek Coppa Italia decider with Fiorentina in confident mood.

Buoyed by a 2-1 win over Fiorentina in the first-leg of that semi-final tie on Tuesday night, Udinese were looking to transform their cup form into league points to lift them away from the danger zone.

It looked like they were in cup mode too when Andrea Lazzarri fired a shot just wide early on, but Chievo resisted their early attacks.

The visitors almost snatched the lead on the half-hour mark when Cyril Thereau hit the post with a backheeled effort at the end of a swift counter-attacking move.

Chievo continued to sit back, soak up the pressure and seek chances on the break, but they almost came undone 10 minutes before half-time when Lazzari teed up Antonio Di Natale, but his delicate attempt to lob Christian Puggioni saw him simply hand the ball to the Chievo custodian.

There was nothing at all simple about the execution of a volley which gave Udinese the lead in the 56th minute as Di Natale latched on to Dusan Basta's ball to continue his recent scoring spree.

He then put Pereyra through to square low for Fernandes to make it two in the 76th minute and effectively put the points in the bank for the Zebrette.

Di Natale was subsequently removed with coach Francesco Guidolin already starting to think ahead to Wednesday's Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg trip to Fiorentina, a game they will now go into with even more confidence after Badu completed the comfortable victory over Chievo.

Luis Muriel and Bruno Fernandes were both involved in setting up the winger, who side-footed the ball in to secure the points.

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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 15 26
5 Genoa 15 26
6 Lazio 15 26
7 AC Milan 16 25
8 Fiorentina 15 23
9 Udinese 15 21
10 Palermo 15 21
11 Inter Milan 15 20
12 Sassuolo 16 20
13 Verona 15 17
14 Empoli 15 16
15 Torino 15 14
16 Atalanta 15 14
17 Chievo 15 13
18 Cagliari 16 12
19 Cesena 16 9
20 Parma 16 7