Saturday March 24, 2012 Day 29 Finished Stadio Renzo Barbera

Palermo 1 - 1 Udinese

  • Miccoli 31’

  1. Late leveller earns Udinese draw

    Late leveller earns Udinese draw

    Gabriel Torje’s goal six minutes from time cancelled out Fabrizio Miccoli’s first-half strike as Palermo and Udinese contested a 1-1 draw. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Palermo
    • Udinese
    • 90+3' And there's the whistle. Spoils shared between Udinese and Palermo. Thanks for joining me today, follow on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 90+2' Now Asamoah is caught by Miccoli as we stutter our way to the finish.
    • 90+1' Donati trips Torje just inside the Palermo half.
    • 90' Three minutes added on at the end here.
    • 89' Barreto makes way for Francesco Della Rocca, for what looks like an injury.
    • 88' You get the feeling there still could be one last goal in this game...
    • 87' Foul by Ekstrand on Ilicic, which this time is actually given in the forward's favour.
    • 85' Aguirregaray is almost put through, but it's well intercepted by the away defence.
    • 84' And here come the hosts on the counter - Miccoli sprints to the right-hand byline and crosses low - Ilicic! Just misses making contact with it! Now it's Udinese's turn in this end-to-end passage and Pereyra cuts inside for Torje! 1-1!!
    • 83' Now the striker triggers the offside flag after a neat Abdi dummy on a long ball upfield.
    • 82' Di Natale! Shoots across the keeper but it goes wide of the far post!
    • 81' That was a bad decision. Udinese lucky to not be down to ten, not to mention the dangerous position of that potential free-kick. Matias Aguirregaray comes on for Balzaretti.
    • 80' Ilicic has space on the right to move into the penalty area! It looks like Ekstrand has his shirt, he goes down and the ref blows his whistle! Is it a red for Ekstrand? No! Books Ilicic for diving!
    • 79' Balzaretti fouls Pereya and the free-kick is in Di Natale territory - 25 yards and central... but he hammers it straight to Viviano.
    • 78' Ilicic twists and turns before having his 20-yarder blocked by the head of Coda.
    • 76' Mistake by Ilicic almost puts Palermo in trouble, but they're able to recover. Some heavy pressure in the hosts' half in the last few minutes though.
    • 75' Di Natale's swivelling volley goes wide for a goal kick - though the skipper is furious he wasn't awarded a corner, as he feels there was a nick off the defender.
    • 74' Torje is threatening to make a difference here. Quite a few promising runs and neat turns. Just needs something extra on his balls into the danger zone.
    • 73' Migliaccio is booked for a late slide in on Ekstrand.
    • 72' Abdi latches onto a great pass down the right and wins a corner off Labrin, but the hosts' subsequent counter soon peeters out.
    • 71 Miccoli hooks a shot wide after good work by Barreto to keep the attack alive.
    • 70' Hernandez makes way for Josip Ilicic in the hosts' first change.
    • 68' Abdi charges through the centre, but his shot from 25 yards leaves a lot to be desired. It dribbles well wide of goal.
    • 67' Gabriel Torje comes on for Pazienza in Udinese's final switch. Palermo have yet to employ any of theirs.
    • 66' A Pinzi cross is mis-hit and goes behind for a goal kick.
    • 65' He tries to smash it, but finds nothing but the wall.
    • 64' Coda upends Miccoli just before the 'D'. This will be another chance for the pint-sized attacker to weave some magic.
    • 63' Pinzi's cross from the right triggers the offside flag against Armero.
    • 61' Di Natale finds Asamoah at the far post! He mis-hits and it's off target from only a few yards!
    • 60' While Udinese have had more shots - 13 to Palermo's six - both sides have nonetheless only put three apiece on target.
    • 59' Not a good ball in and an even worse attempt at a follow-up from Armero ends the move for the visitors.
    • 58' Miccoli's corner delivery is defended and Udinese break... conceding a corner of their own.
    • 57' Whipped into the box... and Danilo has to head the threat behind.
    • 56' What appears to be a deliberate handball by Ekstrand leads to a free-kick out on the right wing but not a second yellow. He got off the hook with that one. Replays show it was a very deliberate handball.
    • 55' Armero! Just off target following a lovely touched assist inside from the left by Asamoah.
    • 54' Barreto fouls Pazienza in the middle of the park.
    • 52' Now Pinzi tries either a cross or a shot - whichever he was going for, it neither tested the keeper nor picked out the run of Di Natale.
    • 51' Great turn by Abdi on the right-hand side of the area, but his cross attempt is caught by Viviano.
    • 50' Great slide by Balzaretti to prevent Pereyra a chance of a cross at the expense of a corner which comes to nothing.
    • 49' Joel Ekstrand earns the first booking of the game for a foul on Hernandez.
    • 48' Di Natale tries his luck from just inside the box, but in a crowded box he is only able to shoot wide.
    • 47' We had a double substitution at the break as Udinese look to freshen things up: Roberto Pereyra and Pablo Armero are on for Pasquale and Basta.
    • 46' Udinese get the second half underway.
    • 45+2' And that's it for the first half. Palermo lead by a goal to nil.
    • 45+1' Great work by Asamoah leads to a square pass to ABDI! Keeper's beaten, but it's just gone the wrong side of the far post!
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the half.
    • 44' It comes back to Balzaretti, who tamely drives low and straight at Handanovic.
    • 43' Miccoli volleys Donati's loft pass towards the near post across goal, but nobody is able to get a final touch on it.
    • 42' Micolli goes for goal from just outside the box when Migliaccio was free to his right. It's wide and Udinese take the goal kick.
    • 41' Few sloppy passes in a row from the hosts, but through them all they're able to keep possession.
    • 40' Mass appeals for a handball as the free-kick hits the wall, but Udinese counter only for Donati to get in a crucial interception on a cross-field pass to an unmarked Pasquale.
    • 39' Basta is lured into conceding a foul out by the left-hand corner flag by Balzaretti. Good cut inside from the midfielder.
    • 37' The corner came off Milanovic last, but is cleared by the hosts.
    • 36' Abdi has a 20-yard drive closed down at the expense of a Udinese corner.
    • 35' Great run across goal from Di Natale to meet Asamoah's central ball into the area, but his low shot is well held by Viviano.
    • 34' Abdi is caught offside as Udinese head up the other end looking for a leveller.
    • 33' Miccoli tries to muscle his way into the box again, from central this time, but is outnumbered off the ball.
    • 32' After that wayward cross just a minute beforehand, such improved accuracy on that excellent finish. Udinese on the other hand deserve to go behind for repeating their mistakes allowing him to roam free on that channel.
    • 31' But he's been picked out on the left once more, with just as much space and he's got room to move inside... he does just that and shoots! Low far corner, 1-0!
    • 30' Miccoli finds acres of space on the left, but lets himself down with a poor cross effort which misses the crowded area completely.
    • 28' Hernandez tries to knock the ball over Paienza and latch onto it with his pace, but overhits it and the ball crosses the byline.
    • 27' Game is slowing down now, after that promisngly open start.
    • 26' Hernandez drives at goal from the left, but cannot find the target. Goal kick.
    • 24' Pinzi was the man with the delivery.
    • 23' Di Natale meets a cross from the right at the far post, but is at too tight an angle for his volley attempt to do anything but miss the target by some distance.
    • 22' Rough slide in by Ekstrand on Miccoli, which the Swede is lucky to not be booked for.
    • 21' Di Natale has a long-range free-kick effort closed down by the wall.
    • 20' Hernandez fouls Danilo in the middle of the park.
    • 19' Danilo heads it upwards, and it goes well over the bar.
    • 18' Asamoah wins the visitors a corner, making it one apiece so far.
    • 17' Udinese have had the edge in the early possession charts, with 58% of the ball.
    • 16' And now it's Pisano's turn to overthink a ball into the danger zone. Handanovic claims.
    • 15' Hernandez curls a clever through pass into the Udinese box. So clever, in fact, that even his own team-mates failed to read it.
    • 14' Turn and a decent shot by Di Natale, but straight at Viviano.
    • 13' Ekstrand is upended by Hernandez and wins a defensive free-kick.
    • 12' Basta's cross has way too much on it, and sails behind for a goal kick.
    • 11' Another dribble from the lively Pasquale, this time cutting inside but having his run ended by Ekstrand.
    • 10' Pressure ends at the corner as a free-kick is awarded to Udinese for a high foot.
    • 9' That's going for the top corner from Miccoli! Great one-handed parry by Handanovic! Corner coming up.
    • 8' Miccoli shields the ball well and earns the free-kick from Danilo. Just over 20 yards out, slightly left of centre.
    • 7' Pasquale embarks on a run down the left, but settles for the attacking throw which the away side play short and retain possession back in their own half.
    • 6' Nice fast pace already being set in this one, though. We'll see if they can - or want to - keep it going.
    • 5' Pisano gets space on the left to fire in a pair of balls, both of which are cleared.
    • 4' The crossed delivery leads to nothing more than a Palermo goal kick.
    • 3' That soon leads to a free-kick not too far away as Balzaretti fouls Abdi.
    • 2' Bright start from the visitors leads to an attacking throw on the right.
    • 1' And Palermo kick us off.
    • 19:45 Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin: "We have to forget about the draw against Napoli and focus on getting three points at Palermo, which will be no easy task."
    • 19:40 Palermo boss Bortolo Mutti: "Di Natale? He is a driving force and a reference point. Stopping him would do so much (for Palermo's chances). We know the quality Udinese have in attack and we have worked on defensive solutions."
    • 19:35 TEAMS - PALERMO: 1 Viviano, 18 Labrin, 15 Milanovic, 2 Mantovani; 31 Pisano, 8 Migliaccio, 23 Donati, 5 Barreto, 42 Balzaretti; 11 Hernandez, 10 Miccoli. Subs: 33 Tzorvas, 13 Aguirregaray, 20 Acquah, 7 Della Rocca, 17 Vazquez, 27 Ilicic, 19 Budan. /// UDINESE: 1 Handanovic, 16 Coda, 5 Danilo, 24 Ekstrand; 8 Basta, 66 Pinzi, 4 Pazienza, 20 Asamoah, 26 Pasquale; 23 Abdi; 10 Di Natale. Subs: 21 Padelli, 13 Neuton, 37 Pereyra, 6 Fernandes, 92 Vydra, 27 Armero, 25 Torje.
    • 19:30 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of tonight's Serie A encounter, pitting Palermo against Udinese.
  • Summary

    • 84' And here come the hosts on the counter - Miccoli sprints to the right-hand byline and crosses low - Ilicic! Just misses making contact with it! Now it's Udinese's turn in this end-to-end passage and Pereyra cuts inside for Torje! 1-1!!
    • 82' Di Natale! Shoots across the keeper but it goes wide of the far post!
    • 61' Di Natale finds Asamoah at the far post! He mis-hits and it's off target from only a few yards!
    • 56' What appears to be a deliberate handball by Ekstrand leads to a free-kick out on the right wing but not a second yellow. He got off the hook with that one. Replays show it was a very deliberate handball.
    • 55' Armero! Just off target following a lovely touched assist inside from the left by Asamoah.
    • 45+1' Great work by Asamoah leads to a square pass to ABDI! Keeper's beaten, but it's just gone the wrong side of the far post!
    • 31' But he's been picked out on the left once more, with just as much space and he's got room to move inside... he does just that and shoots! Low far corner, 1-0!
    • 9' That's going for the top corner from Miccoli! Great one-handed parry by Handanovic! Corner coming up.
    • 19:35 TEAMS - PALERMO: 1 Viviano, 18 Labrin, 15 Milanovic, 2 Mantovani; 31 Pisano, 8 Migliaccio, 23 Donati, 5 Barreto, 42 Balzaretti; 11 Hernandez, 10 Miccoli. Subs: 33 Tzorvas, 13 Aguirregaray, 20 Acquah, 7 Della Rocca, 17 Vazquez, 27 Ilicic, 19 Budan. /// UDINESE: 1 Handanovic, 16 Coda, 5 Danilo, 24 Ekstrand; 8 Basta, 66 Pinzi, 4 Pazienza, 20 Asamoah, 26 Pasquale; 23 Abdi; 10 Di Natale. Subs: 21 Padelli, 13 Neuton, 37 Pereyra, 6 Fernandes, 92 Vydra, 27 Armero, 25 Torje.

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  • Palermo

    Manager: Bortolo Mutti

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    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

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