Serie A round-up: Cagliari edge towards safety after beating Udinese

Cagliari eased their Serie A relegation fears courtesy of Luca Ceppitelli’s late winner against free-falling Udinese.

Just like last week’s defeat to Lazio, Kevin Lasagna gave Udinese an early lead at the Sardegna Arena after great work from Antonin Barak.

But the hosts fought back to win 2-1, Leonardo Pavoletti levelling before the interval before Ceppitelli’s header six minutes from time completed the comeback.

The win takes Cagliari five points clear of the bottom three and up to 14th, just a point and a place behind a Udinese side who have now lost nine on the trot in Serie A – with every defeat finishing either 2-0 or 2-1.

Walter Zenga’s Crotone remain in the final relegation spot, despite a close-fought clash against Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, where the hosts ran out 1-0 winners as Daniel Bessa’s first-half effort settled the contest.

Chievo, another side facing a battle to avoid the drop, held mid-table Torino to a goalless draw at home to open up a three-point lead over Crotone.

Mattia Bani was shown a late red card for the hosts, but Chievo managed to hang on to take a share of the spoils.