The Malta Independent 26 May 2024, Sunday
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Udinese out of Serie A drop zone after beating Lecce

Associated Press Tuesday, 14 May 2024, 07:58 Last update: about 12 days ago

Udinese moved out of the Serie A drop zone after a hard-fought 2-0 result at Lecce on Monday gave it a first win in two months.

Udinese rose one point clear of the relegation zone with two games remaining.

Lorenzo Lucca got the opener with a towering header of a cross from Martin Payero in the 36th minute. Lazar Samard?ić added the second with a typical poacher’s goal five minutes from time.

Fabio Cannavaro’s men are still in a dogfight. Udinese is one of six teams fighting to avoid joining the already relegated Salernitana in the second division next season.

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Only five points separate Sassuolo at second to last and Verona five places above it.

Udinese was 15th. Lecce was safe in 13th.

FIORENTINA OVERCOMES MONZA

A late goal from Arthur Melo gave Fiorentina a 2-1 win over Monza.

With 12 minutes remaining, the Brazilian midfielder fired home a lovely goal from 20 meters after a neat turn and sprint from just inside the Monza half.

Fiorentina was in eighth place, Monza was 12th.

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