(Reuters) – Salernitana completed a dramatic great escape as they avoided relegation from Serie A despite being thrashed 4-0 by Udinese on Sunday, after Cagliari failed to earn the victory they needed at Venezia to climb above them.
Having looked dead and buried, bottom of the standings a month ago, a run of seven matches unbeaten out of nowhere had dragged Salernitana out of the relegation zone ahead of the final round of fixtures.
Fans on the Amalfi Coast knew victory over Udinese would have been preferable, but they were also aware that help from Venezia could bail them out – something that was needed in the end given the hosts were put to the sword.
Gerard Deulofeu, Ilija Nestorovski and Destiny Udogie burst Salernitana’s bubble in the first half to give Udinese a 3-0 lead at the break.
That became 4-0 in the second half as Roberto Pererya netted a fine solo effort, meaning although their side continued to create chances, home supporters followed the action in Venice on their phones rather than watching their own team.
Cagliari had numerous chances against already-relegated Venezia, but somehow they could not find a breakthrough, with their 0-0 stalemate ensuring Salernitana’s great escape had a happy ending.
(Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Toby Davis)