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UEFA Europa League

  • October 20, 2011
  • • 1:00 PM
  • • Dacia Arena, Udine
  • Referee: A. Yefet
  • • Attendance: 10026

Udinese 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Late strikes from Benatia and Floro Flores give Serie A side dramatic win

The Moroccan defender and Italian striker did the damage to clinch a last-gasp victory and edge three points clear at the top of Europa League Group I on Thursday night

With two late goals from Medhi Benatia and Antonio Floro Flores, Udinese defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 in Europa League Group I, catapulting the Italian side to first place in the section.

An exciting match was played in the first half and at a time when the supporters of both sides were prepared to accept the deadlock, a weak effort from Diego Fabbrini was struck against a well-placed Benatia, who took control of the ball and easily placed it in the back of Courtois’ net to give Udinese the 1-0 advantage in the dying moments of the contest.

Atletico looked to find a late equalizer, and it was caught on the counterattack. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu found Floro Flores, who placed the ball perfectly into the corner of the goal, giving the keeper no chance.

With the win, Udinese finds itself at the top of the Group I table with seven points while Atletico is confined to a disappointing second place, and will have to find its scoring touch if it is to regain first place in the reverse fixture.