Italian Serie A
Udinese3Napoli1

Udinese 3-1 Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain is sent off
Referee Massimiliano Irrati sent off Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain scored his 32nd goal of the season but was then sent off as Napoli lost 3-1 at Udinese to stay six points behind Serie A leaders Juventus.

The Napoli striker appeared to push the referee and clashed with team-mates after a second booking on 75 minutes.

The league's leading scorer earlier drove home a fierce shot to cancel out a Bruno Fernandes penalty.

Fernandes saw a second penalty saved but made it 2-1 before Cyril Thereau added Udinese's third after the break.

Napoli also saw coach Maurizio Sarri sent from the dug-out in the first half as their hopes of a first league title since 1990 suffered a major blow following Juventus' 3-1 win over Empoli on Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates
Gonzalo Higuain has scored 30 goals in Serie A for Napoli this season

Sarri was dismissed for protesting at the second penalty award, while Argentina international Higuain, 28, was booked twice in the space of 15 minutes.

The second followed an innocuous-looking foul on Felipe and provoked an angry response from Higuain, who had to be restrained by team-mates as he looked to remonstrate with Udinese players.

The defeat was Napoli's first in the league since losing to Juventus six matches ago.

Sarri said: "We can't take anything away from Udinese, they played great while we just never got to play at our usual level.

"The defeat will make us angry for a day or so, but it will also give us enough fuel for the next seven games."

Line-ups

Udinese

  • 31Karnezis
  • 75HeurtauxBooked at 23mins
  • 5Larangeira
  • 30Felipe
  • 27WidmerBooked at 80mins
  • 7Badu
  • 22KuzmanovicBooked at 38mins
  • 8FernandesBooked at 79mins
  • 17ArmeroSubstituted forPirisat 75'minutes
  • 77ThéréauSubstituted forPericaat 84'minutes
  • 9ZapataSubstituted forMatos Santosat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wagué
  • 18Perica
  • 20Lodi
  • 21Andrade dos Santos
  • 26Pasquale
  • 34Iniguez
  • 53Nassir Al-Tameemi
  • 55Hallfredsson
  • 88Matos Santos
  • 89Piris
  • 97Meret
  • 99Balic

Napoli

  • 22Vasconcellos Ferreira
  • 2Hysaj
  • 33Albiol
  • 26KoulibalyBooked at 13mins
  • 31GhoulamBooked at 25mins
  • 5Marques Loureiro
  • 8Frello FilhoBooked at 62minsSubstituted forEl Kaddouriat 74'minutes
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forMertensat 58'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9HiguaínBooked at 75mins
  • 24InsigneSubstituted forGabbiadiniat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Barbosa
  • 3Strinic
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 11Maggio
  • 14Mertens
  • 18Regini
  • 19López Silva
  • 21Chiriches
  • 23Gabbiadini
  • 25Reina
  • 77El Kaddouri
  • 94Chalobah
Referee:
Massimiliano Irrati
Attendance:
20,162

Match Stats

Home TeamUdineseAway TeamNapoli
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home22
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Udinese 3, Napoli 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Udinese 3, Napoli 1.

Foul by Elseid Hysaj (Napoli).

Ryder Matos (Udinese) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Allan (Napoli).

Stipe Perica (Udinese) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stipe Perica (Udinese).

Foul by Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli).

Emmanuel Badu (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stipe Perica (Udinese).

Elseid Hysaj (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Raúl Albiol (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stipe Perica (Udinese).

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese).

Offside, Napoli. Omar El Kaddouri tries a through ball, but Manolo Gabbiadini is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marek Hamsik (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Silvan Widmer.

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Elseid Hysaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Udinese. Stipe Perica replaces Cyril Théréau.

Booking

Dries Mertens (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

Dries Mertens (Napoli) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt saved. Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dries Mertens with a cross.

Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryder Matos (Udinese).

Booking

Silvan Widmer (Udinese) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Manolo Gabbiadini (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Silvan Widmer (Udinese).

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Silvan Widmer (Udinese).

Booking

Bruno Fernandes (Udinese) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Omar El Kaddouri (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Udinese).

Foul by Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli).

Silvan Widmer (Udinese) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Napoli).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 3rd April 2016

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus31234456164073
2Napoli31207463273667
3Roma31189466323463
4Fiorentina31168751331856
5Inter Milan31167841301155
6AC Milan31131084133849
7Sassuolo31121274034648
8Lazio31119113942-342
9Chievo31118123740-341
10Genoa31107143637-137
11Bologna30106143035-536
12Torino3199133943-436
13Atalanta3199133036-636
14Empoli3199133443-936
15Udinese3197152946-1734
16Sampdoria3189144449-533
17Carpi31610152949-2028
18Palermo3177172954-2528
19Frosinone3176182959-3027
20Hellas Verona30213152651-2519
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