Udinese 2 AS Roma 1
Both teams went into this game on equal points, and in disappointing positions, in the wrong half of the table for two clubs that achieved recent success in terms of Serie A.
Udinese started with their familiar trident formation and attacking nature with Italian international Antonio Di Natale spearheading the Zebrette. Raineri decided to give Mirko Vucinic another chance to get his season going with successive starts with Simone Perrotta playing just behind the Montenegrin.
AS Roma had the first chance with a neat cutback from Vucinic to last seasons revelation, Matteo Brighi who contacted well but Slovenian goalkeeper Samir Handanovic saved well, low to his right hand side.
The accurate Gaetano D’Agostino then delivered one of his trademark free kicks, which Anotnio Floro Flores connected with and left Alexander Doni static as it sailed into his top right hand corner. You could have forgiven AS Roma caving in to the home side, but they fought back with true Roman pride, albeit through a scrappy goal from stand-in captain Daniele De Rossi, tapping in a rebound from all of three yards!! It was a harsh blow on Udinese who should have been 2-0 up courtesy of Ghanian international Kwadawo Asamoah, but he was indecisive when one on one with Alexander Doni.
AS Roma had the chance to take the lead before half time with former Udinese player Marco Motta chesting down a long ball from Daniele De Rossi. It was a narrow angle but Motta unleashed a bullet which was saved superbly by the impressive Handanovic. Asamoah then again threatened at the oher end with a stinging shot that skimmed the top of the bar.
The second half did not start well for the Giallorossi with Rodrigo Taddei complaining to the linesman about an apparent elbow from Gokhan Inler. He was duly sent off for dissent by referee Damato. The match soon became ten against ten with Dusan Basta committing a cynical foul on a frustrated Vucinic.
Despite Udinese going down to ten men, they rallied and it was Floro Flores again, this time with the delivery from Di Natale. It was a powerful header but one that Alexander Doni is capable of keeping out, instead the ball squirmed under his arms to give Udinese the lead with just six minutes left on the clock.
There was no way back for a flustered AS Roma, who are now without a win in three their last three competitive games.