Udinese beats 10-man Sampdoria 4-0 thanks to 3 penalties
Udinese snappped a three-match losing streak in beating 10-man Sampdoria 4-0 and ending the visitor’s unbeaten record in Serie A on Saturday.
Three of the four goals came from penalties, with Rodrigo De Paul, Maxi Lopez and substitute Seko Fofana converting. Lopez scored another from open play against his former club.
Samp played more than half the match with 10 men after Edgar Barreto’s dismissal.
Udinese had lost five of its opening matches while Samp was full of confidence after beating AC Milan 2-0.
But it was the home side which took the lead first through De Paul’s penalty after Maxi Lopez was brought down by Sampdoria goalkeeper Christian Puggioni.
It went from bad to worse for Samp five minutes from halftime when Barreto was sent off following a second yellow card.
However, it took Udinese until the 66th minute to double its lead with another penalty, this time converted by Lopez, after Lucas Torreira fouled Fofana, who had been on the pitch for less than a minute.
The two goalscorers combined for Udinese’s third, five minutes from time, when De Paul set up Lopez for a delightful chip.
There was still time for another penalty which Fofana won and converted after being nudged in the back by Gian Marco Ferrari.
Genoa hosts Bologna late.