Sunday January 8, 2012 Day 17 Finished Stadio Friuli

Udinese 4 - 1 Cesena

  • Di Natale 1’, 82’
  • Asamoah 54’
  • Basta 75’
  • Éder 39’

  1. Udinese punish ten-man Cesena

    Udinese punish ten-man Cesena

    Udinese returned to the top of the Serie A table for a couple of hours with a 4-1 home victory over struggling Cesena. More

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    Time:90'
    • Udinese
    • Cesena
    • 90+3' And that's all she wrote. Udinese return to the top of Serie A for the time being, while Cesena remain adrift inside the drop zone. Thanks for following Eurosport's live game updates, join me for post-match discussion on Twitter @liamhappe
    • 90+2' Fabbrini fouls Colucci inside the Cesena half.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' Floro Flores shoots from the free-kick just to the left of centre - good parry by Antononi! Corner conceded.
    • 89' Fabbrini is fouled by von Bergen, free-kick will be just outside the box.
    • 88' Fabbrini fires off-target as Udinese search for number five.
    • 86' And their first and final sub in quick succession sees Armero make way for Giovanni Pasquale.
    • 84' Another Udinese change now as Damiano Ferronneti comes on for Danilo.
    • 83' Diego Fabbrini replaces Di Natale, who has scored today with his first touch and his last.
    • 82' Erm, goal flash if you don't mind computer? Cheers!
    • 82' But here come Udinese now through Armero. To Di Natale. Will he put Floro Flores through? No, he wants his second, and he gets it! It's 4-1!
    • 81' It's not very good and Udinese clear. At least they didn't lose another player from this one.
    • 80' Cesena win their second corner of the game.
    • 79' Eder clatters Domizzi. Free-kick for Udinese by their own byline.
    • 77' Floro Flores has a shot closed down by Rodriguez.
    • 76' From 25 yards the midfielder moves inside and unleaches a wonderful dipping drive which finds the bottom far corner perfectly. Track down the video for that one.
    • 75' BASTA! SCREAMER! What a goal! Game over!
    • 74' Cesena attempt a long ball counter, but the Udinese back line cope with it.
    • 73' More attractive Udinese forward play is capped by Armero's cross, headed clear.
    • 72' Replays show it was the right call. The striker had strayed offside.
    • 71' Isla puts Di Natale clean through! He's at a bit of an angle so he squares for Floro Flores to volley home... but the flag went up rather late.
    • 70' Armero's early cross is headed over by Floro Flores.
    • 69' Candreva makes way for Giuseppe Colucci in the game's first change. One would imagine Cesena will make a quickfire second due to Ceccarelli's injury - and they do. Single sub becomes a double, the midfielder is replaced by Marco Rossi.
    • 68' It's Ceccarelli, and he's put on a stretcher. He's moving but looks away with the fairies.
    • 67' Another Di Natale corner is dealt with by the away defence, before play is stopped due to a Cesena player going down from the crowd in the box.
    • 66' Great play by Basta to move into the area from the right, but he needs the help of Di Natale to keep the attack alive. The skipper is unable to get a shot at goal and Cesena end the threat.
    • 65' Completing the hat-trick of offside attacks, Armero is stopped by the assistant referee.
    • 64' Now Basta triggers the flag.
    • 63' Di Natale is caught offside.
    • 62' The free-kick, whipped in from the left wing, is headed from danger by Parolo.
    • 61' Candreva's delivery fails to pick out any team-mates and Udinese break. Armero is brought down by Lauro! Uh oh, he's already been booked - and there's the second yellow card! Cesena down to ten!
    • 60' Cesena finally win their first corner, two-thirds of the way through the game.
    • 59' Udinese have had 59% possession thus far to Cesena's 41%.
    • 58' Asamoah's through pass for Isla is a tad heavy, leaving the winger conceding a free-kick trying to stretch and get a ball across goal before von Bergen can clear.
    • 56' Flores attempts to set a team-mate free on the left but his hold-up play is snuffed out.
    • 55' Asamoah caps his 100th appearance for Udinese with his first goal of the season.
    • 54' Asamoah collects the ball from Armero and speculatively shoots from outside the box... blunder by Antonoli as it slips under his arm and in! It's 2-1 Udinese!
    • 53' Neat interplay between Isla and Floro Flores ends with the latter carelessly losing out to his marker on the right.
    • 51' Eder's goal was the 400th in Serie A so far this season.
    • 50' Mutu goes down on the edge of the Udinese box, but no foul given. Looks like the right decision.
    • 49' Basta's cross from the right is headed clear by von Bergen. Replays show Parolo appears to get to the ball, but it was certainly a dangerous lunge which catches Isla in the midst of the challenge.
    • 48' Parolo brings down Isla, and despite claiming he won the ball, is booked.
    • 47' Udinese almost go straight on the offense in the opening minute, much like they had in the first half, but Floro Flores whiffs his volley at the end of a cross from the right.
    • 46' And we're back for the second half.
    • 45+2' Half-time. A great start for Udinese in the first minute is cancelled out by Eder. Join me for discussion of the game on Twitter: @liamhappe
    • 45+1' Just the one minute of time added on at the end of the first half. Mazy run from Di Natale from a Isla assist leads to a shot wide of the far post.
    • 45' Benatia scuffs a shot wide for Udinese.
    • 44' Di Natale almost gets the better of Rodriguez inside the Cesena 'D' but von Bergen rescues for the visitors.
    • 43' Domizzi receives treatment leading to another pause in play.
    • 41' Udinese's latest corner ends a rough patch of play for them, but both the set piece and Di Natale's second ball into the box fail to create a serious chance.
    • 40' Mutu! Should have been 2-1 Cesena! Somehow lifts his shot just inside the box with the goal gaping.
    • 39' Lauro's cross/shot hybrid rattles the bar and Ceccarelli headers the rebound across goal into the path of Eder's wicked volley. Now we have a game!
    • 38' GOAL CESENA! And it's Eder!
    • 37' Floro Flores is furious when it looks like he's pulled back but no free-kick is awarded. Udinese have won yet another corner though.
    • 36' Another Udinese corner once again comes to nothing.
    • 35' Another Cesena free-kick but they lose possession rather quickly.
    • 33' Benatia is booked for a foul inside his own half.
    • 32' Flores' shot bobbles into the arms of Antonoli.
    • 31' Almost a mistake at the back by Udinese but their blushes are spared.
    • 30' Di Natale's corner is caught by Antonoli.
    • 29' Di Natale slips a ball through to Isla, who comes into the box from the right to see his shot at goal deflected beyond the far post.
    • 28' Cesena are beginning to settle into this game, but need to equalise before their momentum ends. You sense that a second goal for Udinese would kill the game early.
    • 27' Candreva with a decent effort from 20 yards which Handanovic has to parry!
    • 26' Lauro hacks down Basta and earns the game's first yellow card.
    • 25' Floro Flores wins Udinese's third corner of the game so far, which Cesena get clear but are unable to counter.
    • 24' Guana's long through pass goes all the way back to Handanovic.
    • 23' Isla's cross goes straight to Antonoli. The visitors then replicate the move upfield with Handanovic claiming Lauro's delivery.
    • 22' Di Natale does well to nick possession in Cesena's final third following defensive complacency, but cannot pick out Flores in the box.
    • 21' Isla wanted a corner, feeling it took a deflection but Cesena get the goal kick.
    • 20' Isla shoots wide from outside the box at the other end.
    • 19' Danilo blocks a speculative drive from 20 yards.
    • 18' GUANA! Shot from 10 yards closed down! Good play from Ceccarelli in the build to that one.
    • 17' Candreva, who is on loan from Udinese, wins his current side a free-kick on the right wing which Rodriguez heads over the bar.
    • 16' More decent possession from Cesena, but Parolo's cross is cleared.
    • 15' Play resumes, both men are OK to continue.
    • 14' Cesena finally put together a meaningful attacking move, but just cannot find that opportunity to test Handanovic. Basta and Mutu whack into each other in the midst of it, however, and receive treatment.
    • 13' Beautiful diagonal chip pass into the box from the left by Flores to meet the forward run of Di Natale, whose header is inches over the bar.
    • 12' Di Natale takes the corner, but it fails to beat the near post.
    • 11' Isla pumps the set piece into the box, where von Bergen heads it behind for a corner.
    • 10' Nice bit of tekkers from Di Natale, flicking the ball over himself before winning a free-kick about 30 yards out when Guana prevents him from latching back onto the ball.
    • 8' Di Natale has the ball in the Cesena net again, but was offside and the whistle went before he chipped Antonoli. He apologises to the ref for not stopping play, claiming he didn't hear the whistle until it was too late.
    • 7' Taken short before eventually being whipped in for a cross met by the head of Domizzi! Just wide, though from this angle it looked like it had gone in!
    • 6' Isla feeds Basta, who feels he's won a free-kick but the sliding challenge caught the ball. He'll have to settle for a corner.
    • 5' It takes three blue shirts to dispossess Floro Flores as he tries to wriggle his way through on goal.
    • 4' Once more the hosts come forward, but Armero's early cross is cleared by Rodriguez.
    • 3' Udinese almost get through on the break once more but Cesena eventually clear the danger.
    • 2' Less than a minute played and we have a breakthrough! To the surprise of no-one, it's Di Natale with the goal. Floro Flores stays onside to collect a through pass forward and square for the tap-in. 1-0 very early doors!
    • 1' The home side get us underway.
    • 11:30 The teams are on their way out. Will Udinese climb to the top of the Serie A table for a few hours at least? Can Cesena pull off the upset and kickstart their battle for survival? Kick-off is moments away!
    • 11:25 TEAMS - Udinese: Handanovic, Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Asamoah, Isla, Pinzi, Armero, Basta, Flores, Di Natale. Subs: Pasquale, Ferronetti, Abdi, Padelli, Fabbrini, Torje, Agyemang-Badu. /// Cesena: Antonoli, Comotto, von Bergen, Rodriguez, Lauro, Guana, Parolo, Ceccarelli, Mutu, Bogdani, Eder. Subs: Benalouane, Malonga, Candreva, Ravaglia, Ricci, Djokovic, Arrigoni.
    • 11:20 Manager quotes - Francesco Guidolin: "Well, Cesena is a skilled team, as everyone says. The team is made of many skilled players. Of course (Adrian) Mutu represents the most important player of this team, since he is a very talented player, but he is not the only one." Daniele Arrigoni: "Udinese are a great team, one of the best in recent seasons. We must stop them in the counter-attack, we must be aggressive in every part of the field."
    • 11:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Serie A early kick-off game between Udinese and Cesena!
  • Summary

    • 90' Floro Flores shoots from the free-kick just to the left of centre - good parry by Antononi! Corner conceded.
    • 82' Erm, goal flash if you don't mind computer? Cheers!
    • 75' BASTA! SCREAMER! What a goal! Game over!
    • 71' Isla puts Di Natale clean through! He's at a bit of an angle so he squares for Floro Flores to volley home... but the flag went up rather late.
    • 61' Candreva's delivery fails to pick out any team-mates and Udinese break. Armero is brought down by Lauro! Uh oh, he's already been booked - and there's the second yellow card! Cesena down to ten!
    • 54' Asamoah collects the ball from Armero and speculatively shoots from outside the box... blunder by Antonoli as it slips under his arm and in! It's 2-1 Udinese!
    • 47' Udinese almost go straight on the offense in the opening minute, much like they had in the first half, but Floro Flores whiffs his volley at the end of a cross from the right.
    • 40' Mutu! Should have been 2-1 Cesena! Somehow lifts his shot just inside the box with the goal gaping.
    • 38' GOAL CESENA! And it's Eder!
    • 27' Candreva with a decent effort from 20 yards which Handanovic has to parry!
    • 18' GUANA! Shot from 10 yards closed down! Good play from Ceccarelli in the build to that one.
    • 13' Beautiful diagonal chip pass into the box from the left by Flores to meet the forward run of Di Natale, whose header is inches over the bar.
    • 7' Taken short before eventually being whipped in for a cross met by the head of Domizzi! Just wide, though from this angle it looked like it had gone in!
    • 2' Less than a minute played and we have a breakthrough! To the surprise of no-one, it's Di Natale with the goal. Floro Flores stays onside to collect a through pass forward and square for the tap-in. 1-0 very early doors!
    • 11:25 TEAMS - Udinese: Handanovic, Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Asamoah, Isla, Pinzi, Armero, Basta, Flores, Di Natale. Subs: Pasquale, Ferronetti, Abdi, Padelli, Fabbrini, Torje, Agyemang-Badu. /// Cesena: Antonoli, Comotto, von Bergen, Rodriguez, Lauro, Guana, Parolo, Ceccarelli, Mutu, Bogdani, Eder. Subs: Benalouane, Malonga, Candreva, Ravaglia, Ricci, Djokovic, Arrigoni.

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  • Udinese

    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

  • Cesena

    Manager: Daniele Arrigoni

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