Ekong stars as Udinese beat Sassuolo to maintain winning run

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’ defender William Troost-Ekong played a vital role for Udinese as they beat visiting Sassuolo 3-0 to maintain their winning run in the Italian Serie A on Sunday.

Ekong was a pillar in Udinese’s defence, he made some vital tackles to ensure his team kept a clean sheet in the game played at Stadio Friuli.

The game was also his 17th league appearance for Udinese in the league this season.

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Udinese have now won three consecutive league games following victories against Cagliari and Lecce.

Udinese’s first goal was scored by Italian-born Nigerian striker Stefano Okaka in the 14th minute.

Ken Sema doubled the home side’s lead on 68 minutes, before Rodrigo De Paul added the third on 90 minutes.

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Udinese are now ninth on 24 points and are five points away from the Europa League qualification spot.