Udinese wins at Crotone 3-0 in Serie A relegation fight

Udinese's Jakub Jankto scores a goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Crotone and Udinese at the Ezio Scida stadium in Crotone, Italy, Monday, Dec. 4 2017. (Albano Angilletta/ANSA via AP)

Udinese won at fellow-struggler Crotone 3-0 in Serie A to inch away from the relegation zone on Monday.

Jakub Jankto scored in each half and Kevin Lasagna added the third as Udinese moved five points above 18th-placed Spal.

Crotone remained two points above the bottom three.

There was another relegation fight later Monday when Hellas Verona hosted Genoa.

Crotone and Udinese met following back-to-back league defeats, and the latter broke the deadlock four minutes from halftime.

Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz parried Lasagna’s shot but only as far as Jankto, who fired into an empty net.

The Czech Republic midfielder doubled his tally eight minutes after the break. Maxi Lopez raced down the right flank, cut inside, and rolled the ball across for Jankto to curl into the far corner.

Crotone strived to get back into the game but left itself even more vulnerable at the back and Lasagna finished off a perfect counterattack in the 66th.