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  • February 5, 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
  • Referee: N. Pierpaoli
  • • Attendance: 14000
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Udinese 2-0 Sampdoria: Sanchez And Di Natale Seal Routine Victory Over Blucerchiati

Udinese 2-0 Sampdoria: Sanchez And Di Natale Seal Routine Victory Over Blucerchiati

Captain Antonio Di Natale celebrated his 100th Serie A goal for the Zebrette as the Friuli outfit edge closer to fourth spot.

Udinese moved to within one point of fourth place with a comfortable win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Friuli.

The Zebrette broke the deadlock early on when Alexis Sanchez headed home inside the box following Antonio Di Natale’s well placed free kick. The pair combined again shortly before the break as Sanchez returned the favour with a well placed through ball and Di Natale slotted home for his 100th Serie A goal in Udinese colours.

After the break the visitors put in an improved performance but were unable to turn things around as the Zebrette controlled their two goal advantage. The victory lifted Udinese up to fifth taking their unbeaten run to seven games in Serie A. Sampdoria went home with a lot to think about as they continue to edge towards the relegation zone.

The game started brightly and it was the home side who imposed themselves as they attacked from the off looking to break the deadlock.

Udinese found the opener on 17 minutes when Antonio Di Natale whipped a free kick in from the left for fellow partner in crime Sanchez to head home inside the box. The goal had been coming and the Zebrette were worth the lead for their positive approach to the game.

Shortly before the break Udinese doubled their lead as Sanchez repaid his strike partner with a splendid assist down the middle. Di Natale duly obliged and slotted home delicately to net his 100th Serie A goal with the Friuli outfit.

Sampdoria’s best scoring chance came on 52 minutes when Reto Ziegler whipped a wonderful ball over the wall to force Emanuele Belardi into an acrobatic save. The effort deserved a goal but the Udinese stopper proved in no mood to concede his clean sheet.

The chance spurred the visitors on and Mimmo Di Carlo’s side continued to get men forward in a bid to turn things around following their sub-standard first half performance.

As the clock ticked down the visitors continued to press but the result inevitably started to look beyond them.

The win lifted Francesco Guidolin’s side to within a point of fourth and underlined their fine vein of form. Sampdoria suffered their third consecutive league defeat and are alarmingly heading closer to the drop zone at the business end of the season.

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