Friulians immediately ahead, joined in the 6th minute by Henrique. Bijol signs the new advantage in the 28th minute but in the added time of the 1st half Perez’s own goal signs the definitive hook. Berardi ko
February 12 – Udine
Lots of applause before and during, a few boos at the end with the team in front of the corner annoyed and noisy. Udinese draws 2-2 with Sassuolo and once again postpones the appointment with the victory at the Dacia Arena which has been missing since 18 September when they beat Inter 3-1. Andrea Sottil’s team catches Turin at an altitude of 30, but misses another opportunity to get closer to the European zone. Something is missing from Udinese (goals from Udogie and Bijol are not enough, three goals each in this championship) that are no longer able to win, create, shoot, but do not materialize and even concede a lot. In 2023 only the lucky blow in Genoa with Sampdoria. But ahead of him he was facing a Sassuolo who confirmed the growth trend even if he held back compared to the good victories with Milan and Atalanta. However, the Emilians are roaring again with 7 points in three games. And, moreover, after only 12 minutes they had to give up the star Berardi, held back by a problem with his adductor. But they recovered twice and even hit the post with Frattesi. In the second half, having found the 2-2, they checked with confidence.
The lunchtime match is dressed very well by Udinese on a beautiful, sunny and not even freezing day. On the sponsor day of the match, the San Daniele Ham Consortium supported the club in the sustainability project which has now earned Udinese European recognition. On the pitch, while the players warm up, the magic with the ball is done by Andrea Romano, defined as “The boss of freestyle”. While outside, the company is promoting the charity auction, open until the 18th, for the populations affected by the earthquake in Syria and Turkey. All the shirts from this match, plus a special one signed by the whole team, are up for auction and the proceeds will go to the Ahbap Group charity which provides help to anyone who is suffering. Particular interest was given by the German-Turkish midfielder Tolgay Arslan who worked particularly hard.
Udinese finds Pereyra who goes to play behind Beto in a 3-5-1-1. Stay out of Success. Inside Samardzic and Lovric. They are the half wings. Dionisi changes only because Rogerio is disqualified: instead of him there is Marchizza that the Tuscan coach has indicated as the natural substitute. The attack is the one that beat Atalanta. Obiang is still directing and Maxime Lopez is sitting. The most sparkling start could not be because after 25 seconds Udogie eats Zortea, centers and sends off an uncatchable shot for Consigli (third goal from the winger who will go to Tottenham). Udinese ahead. But the fact that the game is full of emotions can be immediately understood because immediately after Samardzic unravels a very dangerous situation on the line following a non-perfect outing by Silvestri, but in the 6th minute Sassuolo equalized, with Henrique’s shot deflected by Bijol which displaced Silvestri . But the joy for the goal vanished immediately due to Berardi’s injury who had to make way for Bajirami in the 12th minute. Sassuolo gains ground after Beto and the excellent Pereyra have found Consigli ready twice. Ehizibue suffers in his lane and just a cross from Marchizza that goes away finds the insertion of Frattesi who hits the post. All this does not affect Udinese who, on a splendidly brushed free-kick by Samardzic, find Bijol who overrides the guilty Zortea and slips in Consigli. New benefit. Udinese still suffers on the right against Marchizza and Laurienté and Sottil moves Ehizibue to the other side asking Udogie to lend an extra hand. But this time the second equal was born on Ehizibue’s side: a cross from Bajrami and Nehuen Perez awkwardly sent him on goal.
The second half begins with two substitutions: Pereyra did well, but he didn’t have more than 45′. Thus Sottil makes his new signing Florian Thauvin debut immediately in front of the Friulian public. While Dionisi decides to give more order to his 4-3-3 with Maxime Lopez in place of Obiang. Thauvin shoots, then Beto kicks well around, but doesn’t find the target. In the 18th minute Bajrami imitates him and his shot goes just short. Dionisi had to deal with Marchizza’s injury (very well) and Harroui entered in his place. Defrel is also out, Pinamonti is back. The pace drops also because the teams ran a lot in the first part. But in the 27th minute the very occasional player is on Lovric’s feet served very well inside the area by Beto. Consigli is good at retorting. And at that point, what does Sottil do? He removes Beto and puts in Success who hasn’t scored a goal so far. In the final 4′ from the end there was also room for the jewel Pafundi and for another strange substitution: Ebosse for the defender Perez. While Dionisi removes a striker, Laurientè, and inserts the central Ferrari. But the only jolt is a shot from Pafundi, walled up. And the public is furious.
February 12, 2023 (change February 12, 2023 | 5:34 pm)
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