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UEFA Europa League

  • 4 October 2012
  • • 20:05
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: S. Johannesson
  • • Attendance: 40092

Live Commentary

  • What a game that was! The Europa League offered up a real treat for us tonight and Group A has been blown wide open in the process. Udinese, Anzhi and Liverpool all in contention to win the group going into match day three. Until next time, have a very good night ladies and gents!
  •'s David Lynch reports from Anfield: "Quite how Liverpool allowed that game to get away given their utter first-half domination will be beyond Brendan Rodgers. Credit to Udinese for some fantastic counterattacking at the heart of which was the incredible Antonio Di Natale. Their finishing ensured they were worth every one of their three goals and gives Reds fans some thinking to do about how seriously they wish to take this competition."
  • FULL TIME: Liverpool 2-3 Udinese
  • 90' + 4'
    There it is, the final whistle blows and Udinese bench flood the field to congratulate each other on a famous win at Anfield. Sobering defeat for the hosts.
  • 90' + 3'
    Downing! Oh my, that was it. Shelvey does really well to hold on to the ball under pressure before picking out Downing who has time to set up his shot, unfortunately the winger hits it straight down Brkic's throat!
  • 90' + 2'
    Surging run from Robinson up the pitch but his exchange with Suarez is well intercepted by the Udinese defence who now embark on operation: run down the clock.
  • 90' + 1'
    Yellow Card D. Faraoni
  • 90'
    Sterling comes close again with a long range effort following a slalom run. Four minutes to be added on.
  • 89'
    Suarez makes space for a shot but loses his footing just before he can get his effort off. Sterling's cross is then too close to Brkic who claims to ease the pressue. Liverpool are unlucky not to be level.
  • 86'
    The Reds come close again! Allen finds Johnson in the box, who crosses for Sterling to shoot 10 yards from goal, but his effort is wonderfully blocked by Danilo!
  • 85'
    SubstitutionAntonio Di Natale Mathias Ranégie
  • 85'
    Suarez magnificently nutmegs his marker before bursting into the box and firing at Brkic's near post. Liverpool knocking on the door, the visitors holding out so far.
  • 85'
    Suarez magnificently nutmegs his marker before bursting into the box and firing at Brkic's near post. Liverpool knocking on the door, the visitors holding out so far.
  • 84'
    Gerrard receives the ball inside the area and chips a inviting cross over the Udinese backline which no Liverpool player can get on the end of.
  • 82'
    Liverpool are attacking the Kop looking for the leveller. Shelvey is impeded has he tried to get on the end of Gerrard's through ball before the skipper's shot from inside the area was blocked. Udinese hanging on now.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionFabio Borini Raheem Sterling
  • 77'
    It's all a bit mad at the moment! Suarez comes close to levelling the score with only Brkic keeping his side ahead and Udinese go straight on the attack via Di Natale. End to end stuff now!
  • 75'
    Goal Luis Suárez
    A free-kick 20 yards out from goal is superbly dispatched by Luis Suarez to suddenly spark the crowd into life and offer some hope for the hosts!
  • 74'
    GOAL!!! Liverpool 2-3 Udinese (Suarez)
  • 72'
    Assist Antonio Di Natale
  • 72'
    Goal Giovanni Pasquale
    It's absolute quality in the box from Di Natale as he juggles with the ball waiting for support. It arrived in the form of Pasquale and the 30-year-old lashed his effort past the helpless Reina in goal. Anfield is stunned.
  • 72'
    GOAL!! Liverpool 1-3 Udinese (Pasquale)
  • 70'
    Own Goal Sebastián Coates
    Di Natale's dangerous free-kick is directed into his own goal by Sebastian Coates and the visitors lead!
  • 70'
    SubstitutionGiampiero Pinzi Willians
  • 70'
    GOAL!!! Liverpool 1-2 Udinese (OG Coates)
  • 69'
    Suarez! The striker gets on the end of Gerrard's delivery at the back post to hit a half volley across Brkic's goal which Shelvey, a yard out, somehow turns away from goal.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Giampiero Pinzi
  • 68'
    Desperate challenge from Pinzi on Downing as the winger flies towards the box. Free-kick.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Mehdi Benatia
  • 66'
    Gerrard at the heart of things immediately with a couple of neat passes and threatening dart forward. Suarez also involved, the striker's first action is to win a free-kick off Benatia. Poor challenge from the Udinese defender.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionJordan Henderson Steven Gerrard
  • 64'
    SubstitutionOussama Assaidi Luis Suárez
  • 64'
    A couple of decent subs ready to come on for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez enter the fray! Assaidi and Henderson make way.
  • 63'
    The traveling Italian fans are certainly in good voice, currently out singing the Anfield crowd. A good spell for Liverpool might change that.
  • 61'
    Downing and Borini almost combine brilliantly to penetrate the Udinese backline with a one-two, but Borini's return pass is just off the mark and Downing fails to control.
  • 60'
    Guidolin will no doubt be pleased with his team's performance since the break, the Italians looking more like the formidable opponents they have proven to be in recent years.
  • 58'
    Henderson plays a couple of neat passes out of the back to get Liverpool out of a hole and on the attack but Shelvey gets too much on his sweep out wide in search of Downing.
  • 56'
    Coates stands firm against Di Natale one-on-one and comes away with the ball. Liverpool set out on the attack before Henderson's chipped ball is cut out en route to Borini.
  • 54'
    Di Natale involved again as Udinese threaten to take the lead. A couple of efforts from him followed by a cross from Badu give the Anfield crowd some nervy moments. Liverpool living very dangerously.
  • 52'
    The neat passing that looked so effortless for the Reds in the first half has now begun to desert them. Reina is forced to go long to Borini as Udinese play a high pressing game in the beginning of this second period.
  • 49'
    Liverpool have to pick themselves up here as they lose possession cheaply on a couple of occasions after being pegged back by the visitors.
  • 46'
    Assist Andrea Lazzari
  • 46'
    Goal Antonio Di Natale
    Udinese are right back in this one! And it's who else, but Antonio Di Natale with the goal. The club's record goalscorer broke forward to get on the end of Lazzari's cutback to the penalty spot, and the Italian, under pressure from Allen, guided the ball expertly into the net past a diving Reina. Great finish. Game on.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionPablo Armero Andrea Lazzari
  • 46'
    GOAL!!! Liverpool 1-1 Udinese (Antonio Di Natale)
  • 46'
    Udinese take the kick-off and the second half is underway!
  •'s David Lynch reports from Anfield: "The whistle goes at Anfield at the end of a half which will have delighted Brendan Rodgers. His side have dominated possession, created a number of chances and find themselves one ahead at the break. Udinese's biggest threat has proved to be on the counterattack and that is something the hosts must be wary of should they fail to extend their lead."
  • HALF TIME: Liverpool 1-0 Udinese
  • 45' + 1'
    Corner for Udinese just before the break but Johnson glances away the delivery and Liverpool take a one goal lead into the break.
  • 45'
    Liverpool comfortably seeing out the half with only one minute added on.
  • 42'
    Johnson meets the cross but can't do anything with it and Udinese are on the counter-attack. Pereyra has a shot which is deflected behind for a corner for the visitors.
  • 41'
    Downing himself takes the free-kick but the wall does it's job. Corner.
  • 40'
    Nice feet from Downing to skip past two challenges and earn his side a free-kick in a dangerous position about 25 yards from goal.
  • 39'
    Pasquale looks for Di Natale over the top but over hits his pass just as the Italians looked like they might have an opportunity.
  • 38'
    Robinson gets a huge round of applause for some enterprising work down the left flank. He uses his body well in the challenge and earns the hosts a throw right up the pitch.
  • 35'
    Chance for Henderson! Nice build up play from Shelvey allows Johnson to cross from the edge of the box but Henderson, under a challenge, fails to get any real purchase on his headed effort which floats into Brkic's arms.
  • 33'
    Henderson, Downing and other much maligned Liverpool players are doing themselves no harm tonight. Every player on the pitch has looked good on the ball and the team as a unit looks like it has grasped Rodgers' system. 35 minutes in and despite a couple of scares from Di Natale, the Reds look in good shape.
  • 30'
    Downing cuts in from the right onto his left foot and blasts one at goal only for a Udinese defender to block. Johnson then attempts a cross into the box but miscues his effort.
  • 29'
    Lovely, lovely effort from Di Natale. He takes a right footed shot (he's left footed) from just inside the box on the right side, with the outside of the boot and nearly swerves the ball round Reina into the top corner. Would have been a magical goal.
  • 27'
    Faraoni sends a great ball into the box for the unmarked Di Natale, unfortunately the diminutive attacker is a inch too short to make any contact on the ball.
  • 25'
    The goal has definitely given the hosts a lift as they come close to grabbing a second via Joe Allen moments after the breakthrough. The Welshman's shot from the edge of the area was blocked by Benatia.
  • 23'
    Assist Stewart Downing
  • 23'
    Goal Jonjo Shelvey
    Shelvey starts the move with a ball out wide to Downing, who takes a touch and clips a precise ball right into the path of the on rushing Shelvey who flings himself at the ball and directs his header into the far corner. Very well done by both parties.
  • 22'
    GOAL!!! Liverpool 1-0 Udinese (Shelvey)
  • 17'
    Chance for Borini but he can’t get his shot away. Brkic claims.
  • 14'
    Fine work from Borini. The Italian has been played out wide since his switch from Roma, but he has a go in the central position tonight. He did well to wriggle past two defenders and strike a cross come shot across Brkic.
  • 13'
    Super save from Reina! Benetia heads a free-kick from deep low to the keepers right side but the Spaniard gets down in a flash to palm the ball away from danger. Great save for Reina, who is probably in the worst form of his Anfield career.
  • 12'
    Pinzi plays a super chipped ball through to Peyrera who does well to get round the Liverpool defense.
  • 11'
    A bit of a frantic start here at Anfield. Udinese are now beginning to settle on the ball and Di Natale's influence in the side is clear to see.
  • 8'
    Di Natale tests Pepe Reina with a powerful low drive at his near post, the Spaniard is up to it though and the visitors make nothing of the resulting corner.
  • 8'
    Shelvey finds himself in a pocket of space outside the box and attempts a curling shot from about 25 yards out which is palmed out for a corner. The set-piece is met with a powerful header from Coates and Brkic is forced into a good save.
  • 6'
    Assaidi has a decent opportunity to test the visiting keeper but his first touch inside the box is a little too heavy allowing a Udinese player to block his shot from close range.
  • 4'
    A short corner from to Pinzi causes the Liverpool back for a few problems but Jamie Carragher does well to get it away. Udinese have started pretty well so far.
  • 3'
    Stewart Downing gets himself involved down the right flank and earns a throw in which is wasted by Jonjo Shelvey. Big, big, night for Stewart Downing this. Rodgers has been very public with his criticism and this is one of the rare opportunities the Englishman has to prove his worth.
  • 1'
    Udinese go on the attack right from the get go but Pinzi is a bit to eager to win a header and and gives away a free-kick to Liverpool.
  • 1'
    Liverpool take the kick-off and we are underway!
  • 'You'll Never Walk Alone' is heard in full voice at Anfield as the atmosphere resembles a big European night on Merseyside. The players emerge from the tunnel and we are moments away from kick-off!
  • The Italians come to Anfield unbeaten in 5, but with only one win in those games. Whereas Liverpool have 3 wins in their previous 5 matches as Brendan Rodgers gradually moulds this side in his image.
  • Meanwhile Allen starts for the Reds, who have plenty of attacking options on very strong bench. Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all capable match winners.
  • So Antonio Di Natale does start for the visitors. The Udinese talisman was expected to feature as an impact substitute, like he did so effectively against Anzhi on matchday one, but Francesco Guidolin has opted to throw the Italy international forward into the action from the word go.
  • Udinese: Brkic, Danilo, Faraoni, Domizzi, Benatia, Pasquale, Armero, Badu, Pereyra, Pinzi, Di Natale. Subs: Padelli, Coda, Heurtaux, Lazzari, Willians, Ranegie, Fabbrini
  • Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Coates, Carragher, Robinson; Assaidi, Henderson, Allen; Shelvey, Downing, Borini. Subs: Suarez, Sterling, Gerrard, Sahin, Wisdom, Skrtel, Jones.
  • Team news from Anfield coming up shortly...
  • Liverpool can take a huge step towards the next stage of the Europa League with a win over dangerous Italian outfit Udinese. The Serie A side snatched a draw against Anzhi last time out but know that a loss tonight will see them playing catch up in a very tricky Group A.
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