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Hidetoshi Nakata inspired Bologna to an excellent 3-1 victory at Udinese as the visitors checked their hosts' European aspirations.

The Japanese star was in mercurial form at Stadio Friuli and also opened his goals account by grabbing Bologna's second of the evening.

Tomas Locatelli put Bologna ahead on 22 minutes with a superbly-taken goal but the hosts were undeservedly level on the stroke of half time.

Martin Jorgensen's free kick was pulled back to the edge of the box, where Marek Jankulovski was waiting to chest the ball down and unleash a firm volley beyond Gianluca Pagliuca.

But Bologna were in front again two minutes after the interval when Nakata's long-range free kick somehow found a way past Morgan De Sanctis, who should have stopped the shot.

Udinese harshly had a Vincenzo Iaquinta goal disallowed for offside but Bologna poached their third in the 89th minute, with Nakata supplying Leonardo Colucci with the chance to fire home past De Sanctis.

The home side were then awarded a dubious penalty after Cesare Natali was adjudged to have fouled Carsten Jancker. Jorgensen scored his first attempt but the kick was ordered to be retaken, with the Scandinavian denied by Pagliuca at the second time of asking.

In injury time, Udinese had another goal chalked off after Jancker blatantly used his hand to divert the ball beyond Pagliuca.

Lecce increased their prospects of staying in Serie A with a thrilling 3-2 success at Chievo Verona.

The visitors remain in the bottom four in the table but have moved level on points with closest rivals Modena following the triumph.

Andrea Barzagli's own goal on 16 minutes put Lecce ahead and they were further in control on 21 minutes courtesy of Javier Chevanton.

Chievo reduced the arrears on the stroke of half time when Brazilian midfielder Luciano poached a goal.

Lecce, though, restored their two-goal cushion on 57 minutes when Marco Cassetti (pictured) found the back of the net.

The hosts set up a tense finale when Lorenzo D'Anna stroked home an 87th minute penalty but Lecce held on to clinch a much-needed three points.