Red-hot Udinese beats Verona 2-1 for 6th straight win

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Red-hot Udinese pulled off another comeback win, producing a goal in stoppage time at regional rival Hellas Verona for 2-1 on Monday and extend the Friuli squad’s winning streak to six matches.

Center back Jaka Bijol scored the decisive goal with a header following a free kick from Lazar Samardžić to move the northeastern club back within a point of Serie A leaders Napoli and Atalanta.

Udinese also came from behind for wins over Monza, Sassuolo and Inter Milan, and hasn’t lost since falling at defending champion AC Milan in the season opener.

Verona went ahead early with a splendid volley from 20-year-old Scotland left back Josh Doig.

Second-half substitute Beto, a usual starter, equalized for Udinese in the 70th from the center of the area after a delicate set up from Gerard Deolofeu — his league-best sixth assist.

Beto, a 6-foot-4 (1.94-meter) Portuguese striker, has five goals in eight matches.

Verona remained third from the bottom.


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