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Udinese 3-1 Inter Milan: The hosts briefly move to the top of the hard-fought Serie A table

Udinese briefly moved to the top of Serie A on Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Inter Milan for their fifth straight league win.

A Milan Skriniar own goal in the 22nd minute canceled out Nicolo Barella’s first-half opener before Jaka Bijol struck with six minutes remaining. Tolgay Arslan then added a third late on to secure the three points.

Andrea Sottil will welcome the three points in a tight start to the Serie A season, which sees three teams on 14 points and one on 13 in the opening rounds of the season, while Inter sit sixth on 12.

Sunday’s hosts were top of the list with 17 points, although Atalanta later overtook them after a win over Roma and Napoli will also overtake them if they beat AC Milan on Sunday night.

Udinese started on the better side, with Sandi Lovric shooting early against the 2020-21 champions.

However, Barella opened the scoring after five minutes with a skillful free-kick against the run of play that Marco Silvestri was unable to parry.

However, the hosts continued to press and the equalizer came later in the half when Roberto Pereya’s free-kick found the net over Skriniar after Beto’s header ricocheted off the Inter defender and surprised goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

Handanovic fended off Udinese several times in the second period as Inter struggled to keep the hosts outside their own half.

They generally controlled the game and pushed for victory, and were finally rewarded for their efforts when Bijol headed in a Gerard Deulofeu corner in the 84th minute to send the home crowd into a frenzy.

Arslan’s goal secured the three points and the hosts are now going into the international break in fine form with five wins from seven games so far.

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