Final score

6 January 2013 12:30

34' (2nd half) Di Natale
30' (2nd half) Muriel
18' (2nd half) Di Natale
3 - 0
Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro / Linesmen: Nicoletti, La Rocca / Fourth official: Paganessi / Assistants: Guida, Palazzino
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Minute Text commentary
46' Half time at the Stadio Friuli: Udinese 0-0 Inter
45' There will be one minute of added time
45' Cassano's cross from the right is comfortably headed away
42' Pasquale shoots with his left. Over the bar
41' Di Natale's free kick sails over the top
39' Juan Jesus joins Pereira in the book after an untidy challenge on Muriel
37' Brkic pulls off a wonder save to deny Gargano
37' Danilo intercepts Zanetti's cross after a good run from the skipper
34' Handanovic comes out to punch clear a cross
33' Guarin strikes the resulting free kick straight into the wall
32' Guarin tricks his way past Danilo who sends him sprawling. Yellow card for the Udinese man
27' Di Natale's brilliant effort cannons back off the crossbar
25' Inter want a penalty after Domizzi tangles with Palacio but the latter is booked for simulation
24' Domizzi nips in ahead of Palacio after he was well found by Guarin in the penalty area
23' Pasquale is the wrong side of the defence as Di Natale finds him
19' Palacio slips a neat reverse pass through towards Cassano but Brkic is out smartly to deny him
18' Di Natale is once again flagged offside
17' Nice move from Inter as Palacio powers forward and feeds Guarin. Heurtaux slides in well to dispossess the Colombian
14' Domizzi looks for Di Natale who screws his shot off target from a tight angle
14' Handanovic saves from Muriel's right-footed shot
13' Guarin tries his luck with his right but fails to find the target
12' Di Natale is caught offside
9' Pereira fouls Basta for the second time in as many minutes and receives the game's first caution
8' Pereira fouls Basta
7' Handanovic is out to punch away Di Natale's corner
6' Basta's pass finds Pasquale in an offside position
4' Cassano looks to lay it off to Palacio yet only finds Brkic
2' Di Natale crosses but Cambiasso is there to head the ball away
1' Inter begin 2013 at the Stadio Friuli in Udine where they meet Udinese in Week 19 of Serie A (kick-off 12:30)
1' Udinese v Inter is underway. Handanovic receives a warm welcome from his former club
1' Jonathan and Pereira play on the flanks, with Zanetti, Gargano and Guarin in the middle. Cassano partners Palacio in attack
1' Stramaccioni picks a back three of Cambiasso, Samuel and Juan Jesus in front of Handanovic
Minute Text commentary
47' It's finished Udinese 3-0 Inter. The Nerazzurri remain on 35 points
46' Maicosuel is cautioned for simulation
45' There will be two minutes of added time
43' Di Natale comes off and is replaced by Willians
37' Domizzi tackles Palacio with the Inter man one on one with Brkic
37' Inter sub: Cassano makes way for Silvestre
36' Udinese make a change as Maicosuel is on for Muriel
34' GOAL FOR UDINESE: Di Natale has his second, poking home from Domizzi's low centre and it's 3-0
33' Rocchi is on for his debut, as he replaces Jonathan
30' GOAL FOR UDINESE: Basta plays a through ball into the path of Muriel who finishes well, just like Di Natale. The hosts double their lead
29' Inter substitution: Duncan replaces Gargano
28' Pereira wins it back off Di Natale
27' Brkic catches Palacio's cross
25' Handanovic is very quickly off his line as he gets to the ball before Di Natale
23' Handanovic is alert to the danger, denying Di Natale's right-footed shot
20' Juan Jesus brings down Muriel from behind. It's the Brazilian's second yellow and Inter are down to ten men
18' GOAL FOR UDINESE: Di Natale's shot from the right edge of the box finds the bottom corner and the hosts lead
18' Guarin beats two players and lays it on a plate for Palacio but his shot goes over the bar
17' Cassano looks for Palacio with a free kick. Out comes Brkic to deny him
15' Lazzari plays it forward for Di Natale but Juan Jesus comes across to cover
14' Palacio is offside
13' Cambiasso hits it with his left but fails to find the target
12' Palacio's shot is beaten away by Brkic and Danilo clears
11' Cassano finds Guarin, whose shot is saved by Brkic
8' Cassano once again plays it in from the left but Danilo is there to clear
5' Cassano weaves his way majestically to the by-line and rolls it square, Palacio finds Jonathan who misses a gilt-edged chance
3' Allan is booked for handball
1' Udinese-Inter is back underway with both teams unchanged
1' Guarin beats an opponent and then tries to find Palacio but he can't get there
Average rating 3.95
5 shots on target 4
9 shots off target 9
15 fouls committed 11
4 corners 9
2 offsides 3
48 ball possession 52
Stramaccioni victorious on previous meeting

This is the second time Francesco Guidolin and Andrea Stramaccioni meet each other: it was the Nerazzurri coach who came out on top on 14 April 2012 in their only previous meeting, with Inter winning 3-1 in Udine.

Nerazzurri well on top

Guidolin has pitted his wits against Inter on 29 occasions but the current Udinese coach has managed just 6 wins and 6 draws, while the Nerazzurri have won 17.

Stramaccioni won his only match against Udinese

Andrea Stramaccioni prepares to take on Udinese for the second time as a coach. The Nerazzurri coach brought home the three points from his only previous meeting with today's opponents, as Inter ran out 3-1 winners at the Stadio Friuli on 14 April 2012.

Udinese, only side in Serie A with no goals off the bench

Udinese are the only team in Serie A this season yet to score with goals from substitutes.

Goal from the back

At the start of the winter break, Udinese had the highest percentage of goals from the back: their defence has contributed 8 goals from a total of 26, 30.8% overall.

Udinese: draw specialists

Udinese have drawn nine matches in Serie A this season, the most in the top flight. Inter, on the other hand, are one of four teams to have recorded the fewest number of stalemates: 2, along with Juventus, Pescara and Roma.

Rocchi in search of his 100th goal in Serie A

New signing Tommaso Rocchi is just one away from his 100th career goal in Serie A. The first of Rocchi's 99 - 17 with Empoli, 82 with Lazio - came on 29 September 2002 during Perugia 1-3 Empoli.

Milito set to make his 200th appearance in Italian football

Should Diego Alberto Milito play today, he will celebrate his 200th appearance in Italian football. His current total of 199 - compiled with Genoa and Inter - comprises 140 matches in Serie A and 59 in Serie B. Milito's debut in Italian football came on 1 February 2004 during Genoa 1-1 Ascoli in Serie B.

Cassano: Epiphany expert

Antonio Cassano enjoys playing on 6 January, having managed 4 goals in Serie A on this day. Since 1994/95 - the year it became three points for a win - Cassano is third in the all-time scorers on 6 January, alongside Borriello (Genoa) and Crespo. Top of the charts with 5 goals, Vieri and Di Vaio. Cassano's four strikes on Epiphany have come in the following matches: Roma 3-1 BARI (2001), ROMA 1-2 AC Milan (2004), Lazio 3-1 ROMA (2005) and SAMPDORIA 1-1 Palermo (2010). However Cassano never ended on the winning side on these occasions, losing three and drawing one.

Inter unbeaten in first match of the new year since 1999

Inter have never lost their first outing of a new calendar year since the start of the new millennium. The Nerazzurri's last defeat in their first game after Christmas came on 6 January 1999, with a 1-0 defeat at Parma. Since then Inter have won 9 and drawn 4 over a period of 13 years.

wins(22) draws(16) defeats(11)

UDINE - Inter have not begun 2013 as they would have liked, going down 3-0 to Udinese in Week 19 of Serie A at the Stadio Friuli.

On 25 minutes Domizzi caught Palacio from behind but the Nerazzurri were doubly unlucky: the referee decided not to award Inter a penalty and then booked the Argentine forward for simulation. Di Natale very nearly gave the hosts the lead 2 minutes later, his thunderous free kick cannoning back off the crossbar.

Five minutes after the break Cassano did brilliantly to jink his way into the box. His pass found Palacio who in turn squared it for Jonathan, but he inexplicably sliced the ball wide with the goal at his mercy. Palacio might have broken the deadlock himself on 63 minutes but he lost his footing at the vital moment - after good work from Guarin - and fired into the stands.

Udinese then punished the Nerazzurri's profligacy in front of goal, skipper Antonio Di Natale racing onto Lazzari's dinked through ball, before finishing expertly past Handanovic. Moments later things went from bad to worse for the visitors, Juan Jesus seeing red for a second bookable offence. The home side then made the scoreline comfortable before the end with goals from Muriel on 75 minutes and Di Natale ten minutes from time. The Nerazzurri remain on 35 points in the table.

Udinese 3-0 Inter (HT: 0-0)
Scorers: Di Natale 63, 79, Muriel 75.

Udinese: 1 Brkic; 75 Heurtaux, 5 Danilo, 11 Domizzi; 8 Basta, 37 Pereyra, 3 Allan, 21 Lazzari, 26 Pasquale; 24 Muriel (Maicosuel 81), 10 Di Natale (Willians 88).
Subs not used: 25 Padelli, 93 Pawlowski, 4 Angella, 6 Faraoni, 9 Barreto, 13 Ranegie, 16 Coda, 34 Gabriel Silva, 52 Merkel, 94 Zielinski.
Coach: Francesco Guidolin.

Inter: 1 Handanovic; 25 Samuel, 19 Cambiasso, 40 Juan Jesus; 42 Jonathan (Rocchi 78), 4 Zanetti, 21 Gargano (Duncan 74), 14 Guarin, 31 Pereira; 99 Cassano (Silvestre 82), 8 Palacio.
Subs not used: 27 Belec, 77 Di Gennaro, 17 Mariga, 24 Benassi, 33 Mbaye, 82 Bessa, 86 Livaja.
Coach: Andrea Stramaccioni.

Referee: Antonio Giannoccaro (Lecce).
Booked: Pereira 9, Palacio 25, Danilo 32, Juan Jesus 39, 65, Allan 48, Maicosuel 90+1.
Sent off: Juan Jesus 65.
Added time: 1+2 minutes.

starting lineups

Brkic 1 Handanovic
Heurtaux 25 Samuel
Danilo 19 Cambiasso
Domizzi 40 Jesus
Basta 42 Jonathan
Pereyra 4 Zanetti
Allan 21 Gargano
Lazzari, 14 Guarin
Pasquale 31 Pereira
Muriel 99 Cassano
Di Natale 8 Palacio


Padelli 27 Belec
Pawlowski 77 Di Gennaro
Angella 6 Silvestre
Faraoni 17 Mariga
Barreto 18 Rocchi
Ranegie 24 Benassi
Coda 33 Mbaye
Gabriel Silva 41 Duncan
Merkel 82 Bessa
Maicosuel 88 Livaja