A Luis Muriel strike sandwiched between an Antonio Di Natale double ensured Udinese began 2013 in emphatic fashion at the expense of Inter Milan.
A brace from Antonio Di Natale coupled with a Luis Muriel strike ensured Udinese began 2013 impressively with a 3-0 win over 10-man Inter Milan. The loss was the Nerazzurri's first in their first game after the winter break since 1999.
The two Serie A sides played to a scoreless first half, and Inter began the second half the stronger of the two sides and perhaps should've taken the lead after five minutes of the restart. Jonathan fired wide from six yards out when it looked easier to score on Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.
Freddy Guarin then tested the Serbian international from close range, but the Udinese shotstopper was able to get down low to deny the Colombian, before Rodrigo Palacio saw his effort blocked by Brkic moments later.
Moments later, Udinese took the lead, arguably against the run of play. Di Natale was played in behind the Inter defense by Andrea Lazzarri before firing across goal. Handanovic got a hand to his shot, but it was too powerful for his former teammate, as the Italian's effort nestled into the bottom corner.
Things went from bad to worse for the Nerazzurri minutes later after Juan Jesus fouled Muriel to receive his second booking of the encounter and was subsequently red carded.
Udinese made its man advantage count and doubled the lead with 15 minutes to go. Muriel was played in by Dusan Basta, and the Udinese striker fired past Handanovic with a goal nearly identical to Di Natale's opener. Di Natale then netted his second and Udinese's third five minutes later, poking home from close range after being picked out by Lazzarri from the left.