Apr 7, 2013 at 2pm UK at ​Stadio Friuli
Udinese
3-1
ChievoAC Chievo Verona
Benatia (85'), Di Natale (20', 25')
Di Natale (21'), Danilo (62'), Benatia (62')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Papp (35')
Jokic (31'), Papp (45'), Rigoni (69'), Frey (75'), Cesar (79'), Acerbi (83')

Result: Antonio Di Natale stunner helps Udinese edge Chievo

Udinese edge Chievo 3-1 in Serie A, thanks to a pair of early goals from veteran striker Antonio Di Natale.

An early brace from Antonio Di Natale has proved enough for Udinese to beat Chievo 3-1 in Serie A this afternoon and keep their Europa League hopes alive.

The prolific forward opened the scoring after 20 minutes when he capitalised on a mistake from Chievo keeper Christian Puggioni to tap home.

Udinese's Antonio Di Natale nets the opening goal against Chievo on April 7, 2013© AP Photos

There was nothing fortunate about his second before the break, a stunning volley at the far post to smash in from a tight angle.

Chievo responded brightly and reduced the deficit 10 minutes later through defender Paul Papp, who guided a precise cross from Perparim Hetemaj into the corner.

The visitors threw on Luciano and got forward in numbers, but were unable to find an equaliser.

Cyril Thereau carried the biggest threat of a late leveller, but his efforts were kept out by a determined defence that held firm in the closing stages.

Di Natale was again instrumental as the home side added shine to the scoreline late on, providing the corner for Morrocan Mehdi Benatia to volley home and wrap up all three points for Francesco Guidolin's men.

Steven Jovetic
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