Udinese keep pace, Cesena suffer
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Udinese maintained their chase of Serie A leaders Juventus with a nervy 1-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday.

Captain and talisman Antonio Di Natale made an heroic return from injury by notching the only goal of the game. Udinese could have won more comfortably, but in particular wasted a rash of late chances to kill the game on the counter attack.

They now trail Juventus by just one point, but can be joined by Lazio on 18 points if the capital-based club win at Cagliari in the day's later kick-off.

Coach Francesco Guidolin said his team had bounced back following the midweek defeat by Napoli that cost them their unbeaten start to the season. "It was a great game, Palermo played well, we did a bit more than them and deserved to win," he said.


We got our tempo back and when we do that we're a good team.
Francesco Guidolin, Udinese coach

"Unfortunately it remained in the balance until the end, we created many chances but didn't manage to put them away. I told the lads that when we're not at 100 per cent we can lose to anyone.

"We got our tempo back and when we do that we're a good team - potent, generous, enterprising and fast."

Elsewhere, Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihjlovic earned some respite as Andrea Lazzari scored the only goal in a 1-0 defeat of Genoa.

Bologna put daylight between themselves and the drop zone by beating Atalanta 3-1, while Lecce and Novara stayed in the bottom three after sharing the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Cesena remain rock bottom after losing 2-0 at Parma, while Siena thumped Chievo 4-1.