Udinese recovers from 2 goals down to draw against Atalanta


MILAN — Udinese never give up.

The latest example of the Italian side’s fighting spirit came as they recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 against then-Serie A leaders Atalanta on Sunday.

Nehuén Pérez and Gerard Deulofeu canceled out goals from Ademola Lookman and Luis Muriel to rescue Udinese a point and move level with champions AC Milan in the table, now one point behind second-placed Atalanta and three behind Napoli. the team later went on to beat lowly Cremonese 4-1.

Udinese have won their last six games and four of those wins have come after Andrea Sottil’s side fell behind earlier.

The game was played at high intensity but there were few real scoring chances with Atalanta nine minutes before the break. Muriel met a very long Teun Koopmeiners ball, he cut inside from the left and Lookman tapped in at the back post.

Atalanta doubled their lead early in the second half after Muriel Destiny was tripped by Udinese defender Udogie. The taunts rained down from the stands, but that didn’t deter Muriel, who slotted the penalty into the bottom left corner.

Muriel spent five years at Udinese before moving to Sampdoria in 2015, although he spent almost half of that time on loan.

Udinese hit back when Deulofeu curled in a free-kick in the 67th minute, and he also had a hand in the equalizer with a pass to Roberto Pereyra, who Perez headed home.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

THE REST OF THE NAPLES TABLE

Napoli scored another goal and moved solo to the top of the standings with their eighth straight win in all competitions.

The scoreline was perhaps harsh for Cremonese, who remained level after Cyriel Dessers scored to cancel out Matteo Politano’s first-half penalty – won by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – until Giovanni Simeone’s 76th-minute substitute for Napoli.

Stoppage time goals from substitutes Hirving Lozano and Mathías Olivera sealed the result.

Napoli, who beat Ajax 6-1 in the Champions League in midweek, have scored 13 goals in their last three games.

WINNING CAP

Monza made it a hat-trick of victories, beating Spezia 2-0 to climb into mid-table.

Silvio Berlusconi’s side lost five of their opening six games before picking up their first Serie A victory with a shock win over Juventus before the international break. He has not conceded a goal in the last three games.

Substitute Boulaye Dia scored at half-time to see Salernitana beat Hellas Verona 2-1. A scuffle soon followed and Salernitana captain Ivan Radovanović was shown a red card and Verona defender Federico Ceccherini was also sent off.

Also, Torino drew 1-1 against Empoli.

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