Empoli 1-0 Udinese Highlights
Udinese secured a hard-fought 1-0 win against Empoli in Serie A, thanks to Rodrigo Becão’s header early in the second half, helping them strengthen their position in the league’s top half and end a three-game losing streak.
Udinese struggled to break the deadlock against a nervy Empoli side, with referee Francesco Cosso controversially denying them an early penalty, but Rodrigo Becão’s second-half header secured a crucial 1-0 victory for the Zebretti, ending their three-game losing streak and further compounding Empoli’s woes.
Empoli showed their superiority before half-time, but Udinese came close to scoring with an inswinging corner that eluded everyone in the box, with Jaka Bijol and Rodrigo Becão sending headers just wide, resulting in a 0-0 scoreline at the break.
The possibility of a draw between Empoli and Udinese was highly likely given their combined record of 21 draws, the most in Serie A, but Rodrigo Becão’s second-half header from Sandi Lovrić’s corner kick broke the deadlock and gave Udinese a much-needed victory.
Following Empoli’s unfruitful efforts, they managed to shoot two shots that flew past Udinese’s uprights and attempted a strike from the edge of the box, which was blocked by a remarkable save from Marco Silvestri. Despite the pressure from Empoli, Andrea Sottil, the head coach of Udinese, chose not to make any immediate changes and instead strengthened their defenses to prevent Empoli’s counterattacks.
Udinese clinched a 1-0 victory over Empoli, climbing up to ninth place in Serie A, while Gli Azzurri remain 10 points clear of the relegation zone.