Nico Lopex and Thomas Heurtaux got on the scorehseet for Udinese as they played out to a 2-1 win over Livorno at the Armando Picchi on Saturday evening.
Both sides were struggling with one point from their last three games, so the pressure was on the, when they met under the Tuscan sun.
Nico Lopez, who was a surprise starter, dispossessed Emerson in the final third and surged forward towards goal. He nutmegged Francesco Bardi from a tight angle at the near post, as the Livornese were left protesting for a foul on Emerson.
It was a wide open start to the game and Zejlko Brkic needed a one-handed save to deny Leandro Greco’s fierce strike.
The Amaranti started to pile the pressure it paid off when Luca Siligardi turned Maurizio Domizzi inside out drilled a ball across Zeljko Brkic into the far bottom corner, making it even heading into the break.
Udinese did however restore their lead at the break when Antonio Di Natale’s corner found Danilo for a volley that Bardi brilliantly pushed away. He couldn’t however do anything about Thomas Heurtaux’s follow-up which wrapped up a 2-1 win.
Napoli needed a Gonzalo Higuain penalty to help secure a 1-1 draw against Cagliari at the Stadio Sant'Elia Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Partenopei came into the game wanting to end 2013 on a high after beating Inter 4-2 last Sunday and they were boosted by the return of Pepe Reina from injury.
But that nearly suffered a setback when Nene had the ball in the net after just five minutes but the offside flag had already been raised.
Cagliari were very aggressive from the first whistle and they took a deserved lead. Davide Astori dispossessed Christian Maggio to burst into the box the ball was pulled back and Nene struck a low drive from nine yards.
But ten minutes later Goran Pandev was tripped in the box by Astori and the referee pointed to the spot. Higuain stepped up and sent Vlada Avramov the wrong way to draw Napoli level.
The visitors suffered a setback when Reina pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Rafael at the start of the second half.
Jose Callejon thought he had made it 2-1 in the 73rd minute when he connected onto a free-kick with a powerful volley that rippled the back of the net, but it was subsequently blown for offside.
The draw means Napoli fail to go equal on points with second placed Roma on the log standings.