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Marc' Antonio Bentegodi (ATT 20,000) 10th May 2014 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: D Tomassi

Verona Verona vs Udinese Udinese

Verona 2

L Toni (pen 14)
E Hallfredsson (54)


Udinese 2

A Di Natale (56)
E Agyemang-Badu (90+1)

Udinese make late point

Last Updated: 10/05/14 7:32pm

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Luca Toni puts Maurizio Domizzi under pressure

Luca Toni puts Maurizio Domizzi under pressure

A last-gasp equaliser from substitute Emmanuel Badu saw Udinese cancel out Hellas Verona's two-goal lead and force a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Eighth-placed Hellas retained faint hopes of qualifying for the Europa League and veteran striker Luca Toni put them on the right track with his 20th goal of the season.

Emil Halfredsson struck after the break to temporarily lift Verona into sixth place, but a wonderful goal on the volley from Antonio Di Natale - his 190th in Serie A - convinced Udinese to fight back.

As Hellas retreated to survive four minutes of stoppage time, midfielder Badu emerged from the dugout to rattle home a late leveller that called time on Verona's European challenge.

After 14 minutes of fruitless tussling, Hellas won a penalty when Alessandro Agostini was upended by Allan after dribbling past two men.

It fell to the 36-year-old Toni, who last reached the 20-goal mark in Italy while at Fiorentina back in 2007, and he rolled back the years to send Simone Scuffet the wrong way and put Hellas ahead.

His fellow veteran Di Natale, also 36, then tried to force Udinese back into the tie with a sighter, which Verona goalkeeper Rafael smothered with some difficulty.

The hosts should have made it 2-0 - and Toni should have scored his 21st goal of the season - shortly before the break.

Toni looked poised to wheel away in celebration when pinging the ball towards the empty goal at the end of a swift counter-attack, but Danilo somehow got back to clear off the line.

Five minutes after the restart, Thomas Heurtaux missed a gilt-edged chance to level for Udinese as he slammed Di Natale's pass wide from two yards out.

And Verona made sure to punish their opponents for their profligacy as soon as they could.

This time Scuffet had no time to think about which way to leap as Halfredsson's improvised swing at a Juanito cross doubled Verona's lead.

Perhaps still smarting from his failure to peg the Gialloblu back immediately after Toni's opener, Di Natale dragged Udinese back into the contest with a goal of real quality in the 56th minute.

With his back to goal, the wily Neapolitan hooked the incoming ball with his left boot before spinning and volleying under the crossbar with his right.

Then, on the hour mark, substitute Fabrizio Cacciatore saw his bullet header cleared off the line by Allan as Verona pushed to restore their two-goal advantage.

Udinese looked more likely to score next, though, with Heurtaux's swerving attempt deflecting off Rafael Marques before Vangelis Moras dispossessed the lurking Di Natale.

The Gialloblu continued to live dangerously through the final exchanges and Di Natale really ought to have done better with his free header at the far post.

However, one minute into stoppage time, Badu arrived from the bench to complete the comeback with a daisy-cutter that left Rafael open-mouthed.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 28 67
2 Roma 28 53
3 Lazio 28 52
4 Sampdoria 28 48
5 Napoli 28 47
6 Fiorentina 28 46
7 Torino 28 39
8 AC Milan 28 38
9 Genoa 27 37
10 Inter Milan 28 37
11 Palermo 28 35
12 Udinese 27 33
13 Empoli 28 33
14 Sassuolo 28 32
15 Chievo 28 32
16 Verona 28 32
17 Atalanta 28 26
18 Cagliari 28 21
19 Cesena 28 21
20 Parma 26 9