Rome: A spectacular scissor-kick strike from Antonio Di Natale gave Udinese a 1-0 win over visitors Lazio on Saturday as they moved level on points with them in the Serie A fight for European places. The 35-year-old striker met Gabriel Silva's floated cross with a perfectly timed mid-air volley that flew past befuddled Lazio keeper Federico Marchetti in the 19th minute.
The Udinese captain's 18th league goal of the season was enough to lift his side above Inter Milan and Lazio into sixth place, level on 51 points with fifth-placed AS Roma and seventh-placed Lazio. "We can say that we're on track for the Europa League. We've got Cagliari next and we have to make sure that we win that," Udinese's 18-year-old midfielder Piotr Zielinski, who impressed in his first start in front of home fans, said.
"It's very important for me that I played well with Toto (Di Natale) and he scored," added the Pole, who was given warm applause from the Stadio Friuli crowd when he was substituted five minutes from time. In the day's only other Serie A game, Genoa missed the chance to move out of the relegation zone with a 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta.
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London: Udinese produced a stirring comeback to beat Liverpool 3-2 away in the Europa League on Thursday, joining fellow Italian teams Inter Milan and Lazio in notching maiden group-stage victories in this season's competition. Trailing 1-0 at half-time at Anfield, Udinese stunned the five-time European champions with a second-half fightback sparked by Antonio Di Natale's well-taken equaliser and completed by Giovanni Pasquale's drilled finish that proved to be the winning...
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