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February 5, 2011
• Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
Referee: N. Pierpaoli
• Attendance: 14000
90' + 4'
That's it! Udinese hold on to win 2-0 following a spirited second half by Sampdoria who hit the crossbar with Mannini.
90' + 1'
Sampdoria appear to have given up as they wait for the final whistle. The game has died down.
Sampdoria continue to press ahead, and there will be four minutes of injury time.
Sanchez turns inside the box... good save by Curci who gets down low to stop the shot.
Sampdoria continue to fight; they have been very unlucky in this second half. Udinese have been poor for the most part.
Ohhh! Off the cross bar by Mannini who hits the goal jamb with a violent effort following Guberti's assist! What a chance.
Into the final ten minutes of the game, and time is running out for Sampdoria who have drifted in and out of the game for the most part.
Asamoah unleashes a drive from 30 yards... nothing worthy of mention though as his effort fails to cause Sampdoria trouble.
Sampdoria on the up here at the Friuli as they continue to press their opponents.
Good claiming by Bellardi who is qucik off the line to smother Macheda following Guberti's cross into the box. Sampdoria have started to move up a gear. Udinese are looking as assured in this phase.
Will Macheda inspire Sampdoria to a comeback after replacing Maccarone as Di Carlo replaces one hitman for another.
Great dribbling by Guberti who comes inside and fires towards goal... it's met by Bellardi who gets firm hands to it, and they needed to be.
Sanchez is the man with ideas here as he designs a stunning move for his side, but only a great sense of anticipation from Ziegler prevents the Chilean from doing further damage.
Antonio Di Natale
Di Natale will be replaced by German Denis who is about to come on after warming up.
Good chance for Udinese as Di Natale cuts it back for Sanchez... it's a scrappy shot which creates some trouble for Curci, but he cleans up.
Sampdoria are starting to dictate the rhythm of the game as Udinese take a step back from the all guns blazing approach they had in the first half. Guidolin wants his side to soak up and attack on the break.
Yellow Card Almen Abdi
The match is looking equal in this phase as we approach the hour mark. Good chances fall at both ends, but neither side can take advantage.
Great ball from Koman to Dessena who tries to control it... no! He takes too long and Belardi makes it his ball.
Good skill by Biabiany who twists and turns and does well to bring the ball forward... Zapata sticks out a leg and conceeds the corner.
Armero fouls Dessena inside the box, Sampdoria protest, but their efforts are in vain as the referee waves play on.
Coda fouls Biabiany, free-kick to Sampdoria... great effort by Ziegler who brings out a brilliant save by Bellardi.
Maccarone turns provide for Koman who shots over the crossbar. Udinese look to have taken their foot off the pedal, but Sampdoria fail to take advantage.
Neither side has made any changes for the second half as the same 22 are on the pitch.
And we are back under way at the Friuli and it's Di Natale who is dangerous after just 38 seconds of the restart as he belts a right-foot smash from outside the area... just wide of the mark.
Udinese 2-0 Sampdoria at the interval with the damage done by Sanchez and Di Natale who gets his 100 Serie A goal, his 16th of the season.
45' + 2'
Isla wants a slice of the cake as he blasts the ball towards goal, but his effort is skyward and one to forget following a good break by the homeside.
Sanchez is soon back up and playing again as the fourth official signals two minutes of injury time to be played.
Ohhh! Volta gets booked following a rough challenge on Sanchez. The Italian will miss Samp's next game against Bologna.
Yellow Card Massimo Volta
Udinese look home and dry, and it is not even half-time yet. Sampdoria have no response and look like a side in feefall.
Yellow Card Antonio Di Natale
Assist Alexis Sánchez
Goal Antonio Di Natale
GOAL! Udinese double their lead with Di Natale! It's his 100 Serie A goal! Sanchez does well with the 30-yard dribbled to power forward and feed Di Natale who finishes past Curci! Di Natale the centurian!
Sampdoria are starting to create some decent chances with Palombo pulling the strings, but Udinese continue to dominate the game with the lions share.
Palombo goes for another shot from distance... easy for Bellardi who makes the save.
Palombo's speculative effort for Sampdoria from the edge of the box goes over Bellardi's goal after he tries a chip-shot.
Ziegler takes the game by the horns for Sampdoria as he gets away his cross in search of Maccarone who jumps with Zapata, but it's the Colombian who gets ahead of his man first to make the clearance.
Inler goes for glory from distance with a powerful effort... it hits Di Natale in the back and the Italian striker is flagged for offside. The Bianconeri's relenteless campaign to add to their tally shows not signs of curtailment.
Ohhh! Sanchez is all free on the back post ready to pounce, but Armero gets his cross wrong as the chance fizzles out. Udinese continue to lead the crusade. Sampdoria in trouble.
Guidolin slightly concerned after seeing Di Natale go down in pain. The striker stays down for a while, but he is soon back up and running.
Good work between Isla and Sanchez who combine well with the one-two pass and move, but "Nino Maravilla" gets his cross wayward as the danger is snuffled out.
Samp try to respond through Tissone who finds Biabiany, but the Frenchman loses the ball to Armero who restores control for Udinese.
Udinese started brilliantly and deserve their lead. It was always coming as they had a flurry of chances leading up to Sanchez's strike.
Assist Antonio Di Natale
Goal Alexis Sánchez
GOAL! Udinese take the lead through Sanchez who heads in a Di Natale free-kick after he was initially hacked down by Lucchini.
Yellow Card Stefano Lucchini
Ohhh! Great one-two between Di Natale and Abdi. The Italian winds one up, but Volta slides in and makes a great challenge to save Samp!
Asamoah wins the free-kick on the right, he leaves it for Di Natale who crosses dangerously... players rise up, but it's Sampdoria goalkeeper Curci who gets his hands on the ball.
Di Natale looking sharp as he drifts around looking for an opening. He will be hoping to add to his 15 goals so far this season.
Ohhh! This time Biabiany leaves his marker for dead and unleashes a powerful right-foot effort from the edge of the box... side netting!
Sampdoria rely on Biabiany's pace to do the damage, but Zapata is wide awake and applies the brakes on the former Inter man with a timely challenge.
Udinese continue pressing as Abdi's cross looks for Di Natale who makes the run inside, but Lucchini clears, and Biabiany can break.
Isla does well to cut in from the right, but Martinez anticipates and gets the cross clear. Sampdoria already under pressure as the wide men make themselves dangerous. Di Natale unlucky not to get a touch on the ball.
Agressive start from Udinese who are trying to capitalise on Sampdoria's poor form. The away side are just happy to sit back and block their opponents from going forward.
Udinese begin as they take the honours to kick-off. The home side in their black and white strip. Sampdoria in their traditional blucerchiati kit.
UDINESE (3-5-2): Belardi; Benatia, Zapata, Coda; Isla, Abdi, Inler, Asamoah, Armero; Sanchez, Di Natale. SAMPDORIA (4-4-1-1): Curci; Zauri, Martinez, Volta, Ziegler; Dessena, Palombo, Tissone, Koman; Biabiany; Maccarone
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commenatry of the Serie A week 24 clash between Udinese and Sampdoria. Both these teams are fighting for the European places. 'Doria have stumbled recently following the departures of Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini. Last time these two sides met in Friuli was on January 24, 2010 - a game Sampdoria won 3-2.
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