Udinese made light work of AS Roma by securing a 4-0 win against Jose Mourinho’s men in a Serie A clash.
Thus, the hosts, who were not tipped to beat the Rome club, caused a massive upset by thrashing the Serie A leaders Roma with some clinical counterattacks.
They punished the visitors by pouncing on individual errors from Rick Karsdorp and Rui Patricio.
Destiny Udogie returned to the club on loan after completing Tottenham Hotspurs’ move open the goals account in the game.
Before the game, the Giallorossi were joint leaders with Atalanta, with only a goal conceded.
Roma hit the ground running within the first minute when Paulo Dybala drilled just wide of the far post after 25 seconds.
Roma would later be punished for a defensive howler. While trying to chest a Roberto Pereyra floated cross to his goalkeeper at the back post, Rick Karsdorp failed to realize that Udogie was right behind him and ready to prod in the loose ball from a couple of yards. The center-back made no mistake by converting the chance.
After a flurry of attacks from both sides, Roma made changes as Mourinho saw they were struggling. He made a tactical switch by introducing Andrea Belotti for Cristante.
Udinese would later make it two by punishing Roma for another terrible individual error. Lazar Samardzic let rip from a distance, bouncing in front of Rui Patricio, going in off his gloves.
Udinese made it three from a counterattack after Gianluca Mancini’s header bounced off the frame of the goal from a Dybala corner. Jean-Victor Makengo laid a pass for Pereyra, whose swerving shot found Rui Patricio late to get across at the far top corner.
The host round the game up with another goal from a counterattack from a Roma corner again. This time, Pereyra laid the ball off for Sandi Lovric to sweep home from 10 yards through Rui Patricio’s legs.
Udinese would have got the fifth after Smalling almost scored an own goal from six yards.
Written by Oladipupo Mojeed