D'Agostino scores brace as Udinese edge lowly Chievo

Gaetano D'AgostinoRome - Gaetano D'Agostino's brace Saturday sealed Udinese's 2-1 win over hosts Chievo, who remain eight points above the relegation zone before the four teams they lead play respective games on Sunday. D'Agostino converted a spot-kick on 34 minutes after Colombian Mario Yepes floored Fabio Quagliarella and scored the winner in injury time off a cross from Quagliarella.

The hosts from Verona had themselves to blame for two mistakes from midfielder Luca Rigoni, who lost control of the ball in the area on 33 minutes and repeated his blunder shortly before the break.

Chievo kicked off the second half at a fast pace and equalized on 71 minutes through Sergio Pellissier, who in early April scored a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw at Juventus .

The striker headed centrally despite being unmarked on 69 minutes, but two minutes later had the better of the guests' defence to nod past Samir Handanovic.

The Slovenian goalkeeper rescued Udinese on 77 minutes with a great dive to deflect a smashing shot from Michele Marcolini and was then saved by the bar on a defender's deflection.

Defender Andrea Mantovani also found Handanovic ready to deflect, while, on the other side of the pitch, Lorenzo Squizzi had trouble blocking an effort from Ghana's Kwadwo Asamoah.

In the dying seconds, Quagliarella stormed down the right and sent in a great cross for the winning volley from the unchallenged D'Agostino.

Plenty of action is expected later Saturday in Florence as Fiorentina welcome Roma in a crucial match in the search for the fourth available Champions League berth.

Leaders Inter Milan close the weekend late Sunday at Napoli with a 10-point advantage on Juventus and AC Milan. (dpa)