Udinese top the Serie A standings after goals from Jaka Bijol and Tolgay Arslan sealed a 3-1 home win over Inter Milan on Sunday, its fifth successive league victory.
The hosts, who last won five consecutive games in December 2017, have 16 points from seven games, equalling its best start to a season last achieved in the 2000-01 campaign.
Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella curled a superb free kick past goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and into the top corner in the fifth minute to give Inter an early lead.
Udinese levelled in the 22nd minute thanks to an own goal from Milan Skriniar after Beto’s header from a Roberto Pereyra free kick bounced off the Inter defender and caught goalkeeper Samir Handanovic by surprise.
Inter’s best chance to regain the lead came in the 30th minute when defender Alessandro Bastoni tried to fire in with a superb effort inside the box but Silvestri denied him with an equally brilliant save.
Handanovic also saved a long-range low shot from Sandi Lovric around the hour mark and denied Udinese several times in the second period as Inter struggled to keep the hosts outside of their own half.
However, its resolve was eventually broken in the 84th minute when Bijol scored from a Gerard Deulofeu corner.
Substitute Arslan made sure of the points in the third minute of stoppage time with a header from a Deulofeu cross.
Inter, sixth in the standings, host AS Roma on Oct. 1 after the international break while Udinese travel to Hellas Verona on Oct. 3.
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