Thursday October 4, 2012 Group Stage: Group A Finished Anfield

Liverpool 2 - 3 Udinese

  • Shelvey 23’
  • Suarez 75’
  • Di Natale 46’
  • Coates 70’ (o.g.)
  • Pasquale 72’

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  1. Europa League - Udinese rally stuns Liverpool

    Europa League - Udinese rally stuns Liverpool

    Liverpool still have it all to do in Group A of the Europa League after surrendering a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 3-2 to Udinese. More

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    • Liverpool
    • Udinese
    • 90+4' FULL TIME: Liverpool 2-3 Udinese. What a match here thanks for joining us!
    • 90+3' A chance for Downing but he strikes it straight at Brkic.
    • 90+2' It’s been all Liverpool since their second and back they come again. What a finish here!
    • 90+2' Four added minutes to be played. Still time.
    • 90+1' Faraoni booked for an earlier challenge in the build-up.
    • 90' Great run by Sterling and he bends his effort just over the bar!
    • 89' Pasquale finds Ranegie who goes down in the box. Nothing in that. Still Liverpool press.
    • 88' Sterling’s cross too close to Brkic and Udinese can clear the pressure. The win beyond Liverpool now.
    • 87' Suarez makes space for a shot but loses his footing. More great work from Gerrard. Hard to believe Liverpool are not on terms.
    • 86' Johnson finds Sterling unmarked and his shot canons off Danilo. So close again!
    • 85' Udinese sub: Di Natale off for Ranegie
    • 84' Suarez beats Domizzi and forges into the box. His shot is parried behind by Brkic. Close!
    • 83' Gerrard’s dangerous cross just cut out. Back come Liverpool.
    • 82' Johnson pulls back to Gerrard and his shot cannons off Danilo for a throw. Looked like it may have been arrowing for the corner.
    • 81' Ten minutes to rescue something for Liverpool and they really are pressing.
    • 80' Sterling finds Gerrard and his shot is blocked. Downing forces a corner. Brkic claims. Pressure off for the time being.
    • 79' Liverpool sub: Sterling on for Borini
    • 78' Suarez in the thick of it again and fails to find Borini.
    • 77' So close to an equaliser and it will be all hands to the pump for Udinese until the whistle you feel.
    • 76' Downing finds Suarez and his point blank shot is saved by Brkic. He fails to bundle it in at the second attempt. What drama here!
    • 75' Fifteen minutes to score another one or two and don’t bet against Liverpool making something happen here.
    • 74' GOAL Liverpool! They’re back in it courtesy of a magical free kick from that man Suarez. Game on again.
    • 73' Liverpool have been ambushed here but they win a free kick from Borini on the edge of the box.
    • 72' GOAL Udinese! Di Natale holds off Carragher sets up Pasquale to rifle it past Reina.
    • 71' What a few minutes it has been and Liverpool are somehow behind here.
    • 70' GOAL Udinese! It’s a catastrophe as Coates heads it into his own goal direct from the free kick.
    • 69' Ball played into Suarez and he shoots at goal. It hits Shelvey’s standing leg when any other contact would have been a goal.
    • 68' Downing surges down the right and he’s practically rugby tackled by Pinzi. Just a yellow could easily have been red!
    • 67' Gerrard with the free kick. Suarez goes down theatrically under a challenge from Danilo but nothing in that.
    • 66' Yellow card for Benatia for a strong challenge on Suarez. Welcome to the game!
    • 64' This should shake things up a bit with Liverpool’s star men off the bench. A problem for Udinese now.
    • 63' Liverpool substitution: Gerrard and Suarez on for Assaidi and Henderson.
    • 62' Udinese fans in good voice and they’re bouncing up and down. The home side need to find something to keep them quiet. A win would put them in charge of the group.
    • 61' Johnson cuts inside and sets Henderson who tries to place his shot but bodies in the way.
    • 60' Almost a great one two between Downing and Borini but it drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 59' Johnson fouled. Liverpool with a chance to alleviate some pressure.
    • 58' Loose pass from Shelvey behind Downing and out for a throw. Liverpool’s passes have been less crisp so far this half.
    • 57' ATTEMPTS: Liverpool 10-6 Udinese
    • 56' A bit of a lull in proceedings. Di Natale runs into Coates who wins the ball fairly.
    • 55' Liverpool inviting pressure and living a little dangerously at times. Not panic stations yet but they can pick up the pace and have talent aplenty on the bench.
    • 54' Di Natale in space and hits an optimistic shot from distance. It runs out for a goal kick.
    • 53' A cutting run from Joe Allen who has been fairly quiet. His ball is straight at the keeper though. Pasquale wins a free kick.
    • 52' Pasquale crosses for Di Natale but Carragher is across well to cut it out.
    • 51' Coach Francesco Guidolin must have given some half time team talk! Liverpool still with most of the possession though.
    • 50' Di Natale caught offside.
    • 49' Liverpool look to have settled again but Udinese still pressing.
    • 48' Downing runs it out of play. He thinks he has a corner but a goal kick is given.
    • 47' That goal coming just 36 seconds after the re-start. Well Liverpool caught napping and have it all to do yet again.
    • 46' GOAL Udinese! Lazzari crosses in for Di Natale and that’s a fantastic start for the visitors as Johnson caught out of position. No chance Reina.
    • 45' Udinese sub: Lazzari on for Armero
    • 45' We’re back underway here as the rain starts to fall at Anfield.
    • 45' Just the one added minute here.
    • 44' Liverpool look content to hold this lead until the break and re-assess.
    • 43' Great pass from Henderson finds Johnson then Downing. Patient build-up play and Shelvey is fouled.
    • 42' Faraoni shoots on goal and it’s deflected to a corner. He could have passed to Di Natale. Liverpool clear.
    • 41' Downing’s shot is deflected over for a corner.
    • 40' Great run by Downing and he’s tripped by Danilo. Dangerous free kick here and a chance to go for goal.
    • 39' Pasquale’s ball drifts harmlessly out for a throw. Assaidi’s shot is blocked.
    • 38' Downing drills in the corner but Danilo clears. Udinese doing a lot of defending now.
    • 37' Shelvey engineers another chance but his shot is deflected for a corner. Good play.
    • 36' Shelvey combines with Downing and Johnson crosses for Henderson but he is just put off his header. Another half chance but good defending by Udinese.
    • 35' Promising run from Assaidi but his cross cut out. Di Natale offside.
    • 34' ATTEMPTS: Liverpool 6 -2 Udinese
    • 33' Robinson’s cross cleared by the Udinese defence but back come Liverpool. Good spell.
    • 32' A nice ebb and flow to this game. Both sides content to attack.
    • 30' Downing cuts onto his left foot but his shot is blocked by Pinzi. It falls back to Johnson who fires a shot over.
    • 29' Di Natale always a danger. He has scored three in his last three and turns 35 next week!
    • 28' Di Natale finds space wide on the right and fizzes one just over with the outside of his boot!
    • 27' Good ball in to Di Natale from Faraoni but Liverpool scramble it clear. Udinese coming back well.
    • 26' Good run from Pasquale and Downing brings him down. Dangerous free kick.
    • 25' Henderson’s ball just too heavy for Downing. Jones, Sahin, Suarez, Gerrard, Sterling, Skrtel and Wisdom watch on from the bench. Strength there!
    • 24' Johnson's cross is hacked away. Liverpool win a free kick.
    • 23' Shelvey scored two in the last match and is on the scoresheet again. He’s full of confidence but concedes a foul.
    • 22' GOAL Liverpool! A great cross in from Downing finds Shelvey who heads past Brkic. Great cross, great header!
    • 20' All Liverpool. Henderson goes down claiming a foul. Nothing given. He takes out his own retribution and concedes a free kick.
    • 18' Stretcher out for Faraoni but he is able to limp off himself.
    • 17' Chance for Borini but he can’t get his shot away. Brkic claims.
    • 16' Newcastle have taken the lead against Bordeaux. You can follow that game here.
    • 15' Di Natale delivers another dangerous corner and Liverpool scramble it away.
    • 14' Di Natale takes and it’s a wonderful save from Reina point blank from Benatia’s header!
    • 13' Clumsy challenge from Shelvey concedes an attacking free kick. More danger here.
    • 12' Shelvey concedes a throw. Udinese coming back into this one well and it’s pretty even so far. Already a better spectacle than the Spurs game!
    • 11' Di Natale has looked dangerous early on and Liverpool must beware.
    • 10' Good run from Johnson but his cross is cut out by the Udinese defence.
    • 8' Reina punches and Di Natale fires a shot back in. Just wide but Reina may have had it covered. Really lively start here.
    • 7' Allen sets up Shelvey who tries to bend one for the far post. It cannons away for a corner. Coates’ header is just scrambled away at the second attempt by the keeper’s legs! So close.
    • 6' Udinese could be setting themselves up for problems with three across the back. We’ll see how the midfield copes.
    • 5' Assaidi cuts in beautifully and sets himself for the shot but his second touch is a little too heavy. Good early chance.
    • 4' Faraoni’s cross deflected for a corner for Udinese. Di Natale takes a short one but Coates turns away the cross.
    • 3' Downing wins a throw the right hand side. Confident start from Liverpool here. Udinese come away with it.
    • 2' Liverpool have set up fairly attacking with Shelvey, Assaidi and Borini up front.
    • 1' We’re underway here at Anfield and what an atmosphere.
    • - The referee for tonight's clash is Stefan Johannesson (Sweden).
    • - Guidolin: "The atmosphere will be impressive and the lads might not be accustomed to that pressure-cooker atmosphere. Still, I think our focus ought to be on Liverpool. Atmosphere is all well and good, but the games are played on the pitch. Liverpool haven't had the best start to the season, but that is because they are settling in to a new way of playing with a new coach who did very well at Swansea last year. They paid a price for those changes, but I have to focus on my own squad."
    • - Brendan Rodgers, there, in the build-up to the match talking about how he was going to pick the team he thinks will win the match. Novel approach, Brendan!
    • - Rodgers: "I will do what I've done in most of the games and I will have a look at the group. I always look at each game and pick a group and team to win it. Udinese will be a very strong team, they've got some excellent players and have had some excellent results this season so far - they've beaten AC Milan and are unbeaten in their last five games. We need to ensure we have a group that is strong enough to win the game, but those players [Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez] will be involved"
    • - Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale is back in the team returning to the side after being omitted from the club's last two games for disciplinary reasons. Maurizio Domizzi, meanwhile, returns after injury
    • - So, there is no place for Joe Cole, who was in contention for the first time since picking up an injury in the very first match of the season.
    • - Udinese, on the other hand, look like this: Brkic, Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi, Faraoni, Agyemang-Badu, Pinzi, Pasquale, Pereyra, Di Natale, Armero. Subs: Padelli, Ranegie, Coda, Lazzari, Fabbrini, Heurtaux, Willians
    • - The teams are in and this is how Liverpool line up: Reina, Johnson, Coates, Carragher, Robinson, Henderson, Allen, Shelvey, Downing, Borini, Assaidi. Subs: Jones, Sahin, Suarez, Gerrard, Sterling, Skrtel, Wisdom
    • - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from tonight's Europa League clash between Liverpool and Udinese at Anfield
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    Manager: Brendan Rodgers

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    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

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