Thursday December 6, 2012 Group Stage: Group A Finished Stadio Friuli

Udinese 0 - 1 Liverpool

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    Time:90'
    • Udinese
    • Liverpool
    • - FT Liverpool are through by the skin of their teeth. Di Natale's blazes over with the last kick of the game after a thrilling climax. The Reds are through. Just. Tweet me your reaction!
    • 90+3' FT Udinese 0-1 Liverpool.
    • 90+2' So close from Di Natale! The Italy striker is sent clean through with a cute ball over the top, but he sends his volley an inch over the bar! That will surely be the last kick of the game.
    • 90+1' Enrique gives away a free-kick and Udinese have one more chance.
    • 90' Downing clips a cross towards Sterling, but the 17-year-old is penalised for a foul on Danilo.
    • 89' Allen wins the ball off Fabbrini, to a huge cheer from the Liverpool fans. Liverpool edging ever closer to qualification as group winners now.
    • 88' Quick throw finds Suarez in space and he forces a corner off Danilo. Suarez would have done well to spot the run of Henderson, who was in space in front of goal.
    • 87' Liverpool happy to knock the ball about as the clock runs down. Di Natale is yet to touch the ball since coming on.
    • 86' Henderson is clattered by Reinthaler, as Liverpool try to run down the clock.
    • 85' Udinese sub: Di Natale on, Ranegie off
    • 84' Johnson drives forward from right back but overhits his ball forward to Henderson.
    • 83' As things stand, Liverpool would top Group A ahead of Anzi. Young Boys would go out with 10 points... but things can change.
    • 82' Carragher is shown a yellow card for a foul.
    • 81' Badu is also booked for his protests.
    • 80' RED CARD Pasquale. Udinese's left back catches Sterling late and is shown his second yellow card. Seemed a bit harsh.
    • 79' Liverpool win it back and Enrique lifts a beautiful ball over the top to Suarez, who has a sight of goal, but is eventually muscled out of it.
    • 78' Liverpool try to calm things down with a spell of possession, but Allen gives it away and Liverpool have to face another Udinese attack.
    • 77' Ranegie attacks the corner, but his header bounces wide.
    • 76' The free-kick is played in by Pasquale and Enrique makes a crucial header away - but Udinese force a corner to maintain the pressure.
    • 75' Suarez gives the ball away and Skrtel flies in to retrieve possession, but he is penalised for a high foot and Udinese have a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
    • 74' Things becoming somewhat desperate for Liverpool now.
    • 73' Armero and Pasquale combine down the left again, but Liverpool's defensive rock Skrtel clears again.
    • 72' Udinese pump a free-kick into the box towards Reinthaler, whose flick on is cleared as far as Pasquale, who fires a fierce shot at goal that hits a sea of Liverpool bodies. Just as well, that was flying in.
    • 71' Liverpool sub: Sterling on, Suso off
    • 70' Joe Allen sees yellow for a foul on Fabbrini.
    • 69' Liverpool preparing Raheem Sterling.
    • 68' Pereyra plays the ball through to Fabbrini, but Fabbrini is forced to check his run and Liverpool get bodies back.
    • 67' Suarez must score! Allen wins the ball and finds Downing, who releases Suarez. The Uruguayan twists his way into a shooting but somehow Padelli gets his hand on the ball to pull off a magnificent reflex save.
    • 66' Pasquale catches Suso late, and his name is taken.
    • 65' Udinese sub: Reinthaler on, Benatia off
    • 64' Henderson so close to a second! Downing clips a beautiful ball into Henderson's path, but his side foot volley is tipped over superbly by Padelli, who had to be alert Big chance.
    • 63' Benatia, Udinese's half time substitute, is struggling with an injury.
    • 62' Suso picks out Enrique on the left, who tries to dance his way into the box but gets the ball stuck under his feet and Udinese clear.
    • 61' Pasquale's corner is attacked by Ranegie, whose header is just over.
    • 60' Danger for Liverpool as Armero sprints down the left wing and crosses towards the waiting Ranegie, but Skrtel's is in the perfect position to head out for a corner.
    • 59' Ranegie throwing himself all over the place tonight. This time he wins himself a free kick at Carragher's expense.
    • 58' Nice play by Johnson to get away from Armero, but he just takes a heavy touch and the ball runs out. Both Liverpool full backs - Johnson and Enrique - have been impressive tonight.
    • 57' Udinese are preparing to bring on Di Natale.
    • 56' Young Boys are now 2-1 up against Anzi, so looks like only a win will do for Liverpool tonight.
    • 55' This time Fabbrini has a go from distance, but his effort his his own man, with Armero getting in the way.
    • 54' Udinese pressing higher up the pitch now. Liverpool being given less time to construct their attacks from the back.
    • 53' Pereyra shakes off Henderson and finds Badu, who drives a well-struck shot from 25 yards well wide.
    • 52' Liverpool not rushing to get a second. Being very patient on the ball.
    • 51' Good ball into the Liverpool box finds Ranegie, but Skrtel deals with it very well. Skrtel - and indeed Carragher - excellent so far.
    • 50' Udinese seeing plenty of the ball at the moment, but looking somewhat laboured in the final third.
    • 49' Downing sends in a lovely cross but Benatia heads away just before it reaches Henderson. Suarez lashes the loose ball wide by 20 yards. Good play by Downing.
    • 48' Liverpool ended the first half and have started the second with two big chances to make it 2-0.
    • 47' Big chance for Liverpool as Suarez seizes on the ball in the Udinese half, holds off the challenge, and finds Suso. But Suso slices his shot horribly wide.
    • 46' Udinese have made one change at the break: Benatia on, Pinzi off
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Liverpool get us back underway.
    • 45' HT Udinese 0-1 Liverpool.
    • 45' Suarez goes close! Johnson heads Shelvey's corner to Suarez, whose acrobatic overhead kick from close range is tipped over by Padelli. Great shot, great save.
    • 45' Almost half time, and Liverpool will be pleased with how they've played. One additional minute, for the injury to Sahin.
    • 44' Suso and Suarez combine again, but this time time Suarez slices his shot wide from a tight angle.
    • 43' Suso puts Suarez through, but he's penalised for a tug on Danilo.
    • 42' Enrique looks to chip the ball over the top to Suarez, who is being given far too much space to operate by the Udinese defence.
    • 41' Suarez forces a corner as Liverpool up the pressure before the break.
    • 40' Young Boys have taken the lead against Anzi, so important that Liverpool stay ahead here.
    • 39' Enrique and Downing have combined very well down the left for Liverpool. This time Downing crosses low towards Suarez, but Padelli is alert to it and gathers ahead of the striker.
    • 38' Pinzi tries his luck with an effort from distance, but that's bread and butter for Reina.
    • 37' Pasquale drives down the left wing but hopelessly overhits his cross, intended for the waiting Ranegie.
    • 36' Udinese just hanging on until half time. Their brightest moments have been very few and far between in this first half.
    • 35' And Suso then kicks the ball away after conceding a foul. Not the wisest move by the youngster, who is booked.
    • 34' Downing drives forward and finds Suarez, who picks out Suso brilliantly on the opposite wing - but Suso's control lets him down and his chance to shoot is gone.
    • 33' Fabbrini drives at goal and lets fly with a good low shot from 20 yards that Reina gets down well to save.
    • 32' Suarez is played through by Enrique, but Suarez is flagged offside.
    • 31' Liverpool beginning to commit a few fouls as Udinese try to break Liverpool's growing rhythm.
    • 30' Skrtel does his bit, getting across to the right wing to tackle Armero, who was racing clear.
    • 29' Henderson having a big game out there. Has really stepped up so far tonight.
    • 28' Liverpool play some neat stuff down the right to get Shelvey into a crossing position on the right. He tries to pick out Suarez, but Fabbrini gets enough on it to clear.
    • 27' Suso plays the ball over the top to Suarez, but he's penalised for a foul on Pasquale.
    • 26' Liverpool really growing in confidence now though. Suarez at the centre of it all.
    • 25' Johnson scores for Liverpool! But it's ruled out as the ball was out of play when Downing crossed it in. Relief for Udinese.
    • 24' Udinese trying to hit back, but they look very short of creativity without Di Natale.
    • 23' That's Henderson's first ever goal in Europe, and potentially a vital one for Liverpool.
    • 22' GOAL! Henderson scores for Liverpool! First blood to the Reds as Downing's corner is flicked on by Suarez to Suso, who rolls the ball back to Henderson to fire in low from close-range.
    • 21' Suarez can only find the wall, but the ball comes back to him and the Uruguayan forces a corner.
    • 20' Shelvey is caught on the edge of the Udinese box, and Suarez is standing over the free-kick.
    • 19' Liverpool just starting to get opened up, with Reina the busier of the two keepers.
    • 18' Pereyra goes close for Udinese! The midfielder cuts in from the left and forces Reina to desperately tip over, with his shot dipping under the bar.
    • 17' Udinese force a corner but Liverpool eventually clear, with Suso punting it clear.
    • 16' Fabbrini sees yellow for a dangerous challenge on Shelvey. Late by Fabbrini, and some referees would have taken a dim view of that sort of challenge. Yellow it is though.
    • 15' Best chance of the game falls to Udinese. Ranegie steals a yard in the box and glances a header just wide, when perhaps he should have hit the target.
    • 14' Liverpool seeing the best of the opening minutes here. Padelli forced into another save as Suso fired in a dangerous cross from the right, having cut onto his favoured left foot.
    • 13' A blow for Liverpool as Sahin is unable to recover following an incident with Ranegie, who seemed to catch the Turkish midfielder with a flailing elbow.
    • 12' Liverpool sub: Shelvey on, Sahin off.
    • 11' Liverpool still down to ten men as they try to stem the flow of blood coming from Sahin's nose.
    • 10' Allen gives the ball to Ranegie, whose shot is blocked after Udinese had committed many men forward.
    • 9' Sahin has taken a knock to the face, and he is receiving treatment.
    • 8' Skrtel intercepts and makes a superb driving run down the right to find Suarez, who turns well but is tackled by Heurtaux.
    • 7' Liverpool enjoying a good spell with Enrique seeing a lot of the ball on the left flank.
    • 6' Sahin's whips in the resulting corner, but Padelli throws himself at the ball and punches well clear.
    • 5' Heurtaux snuffs out the danger as Suarez races into the box, but is forced to concede a corner.
    • 4' Enrique drives down the left and finds Suarez, whose ball towards Downing is swept up by Danilo in the right-back position.
    • 3' Ranegie and Skrtel have clashed in the air, and both have stayed down.
    • 2' Udinese win an early corner but Sahin half clears, before Carragher completes the job.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Udinese get us underway.
    • 17.55 The players are about to emerge from the tunnel, meaning we are just a few minutes away from kick off. Will Liverpool get the result they need? Tweet me your prediction
    • 17.50 Udinese midfielder Giampiero Pinzi is back from injury and called on his team-mates to build on Sunday's victory: "We got an important win against Cagliari and we hope to continue like this," he said. "Unfortunately we spoiled everything [in Europe] with the two defeats against Young Boys, but we have to finish this round with honour. We owe it to our supporters."
    • 17.45 Udinese are on an unprecedented three-game losing streak in Group A: they had never lost more than two games in a row in Europe prior to matchday five. Meanwhile, a 1-0 loss at Anzi on matchday three ended a three-game winning streak on the road for Liverpool.
    • 17.40 Udinese won 3-2 at Anfield when the sides met for the first time on matchday two. Antonio Di Natale's strike, an own goal by Sebastian Coates and a superb effort from Giovanni Pasquale were enough to trump Jonjo Shelvey's early opener and a sublime Luis Suarez free-kick.
    • 17.35 Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin: "We have everything to play for. Udinese are out, but they will play for pride and country."
    • 17.30 Brendan Rodgers: "Our job is to keep moving forwards, day by day, game by game; a win would give us another chance to do so."
    • 17.25 Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers: "We'd be bitterly disappointed f we went out. It is important for us to be focused on getting the win. I believe we will get the result that will see us qualify and keep up the momentum."
    • 17.20 Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale is on the bench but, should he feature, he'll equal Valerie Bertotto's club record of 33 appearances in UEFA competition.
    • 17.15 Steven Gerrard is ill and has not travelled with the rest of the squad. Midfielder Lucas Leiva has been rested, as has defender Daniel Agger.
    • 17.10 Liverpool travel to Italy in the knowledge that a win will see them through. Brendan Rodger's side can still qualify with a draw, but they must rely on Young Boys failing to beat Anzi. Udinese are out.
    • 17.05 UDINESE: Padelli, Faraoni, Heurtaux, Danilo, Pasquale, Peyeyra, Badu, Pinzi (c), Armero, Fabbrini, Ranegie... Subs: Brkic, Benatia, Berra, Frison, Reinthaler, Di Natale, Marsura. /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher (c), Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Allen, Sahin, Suso, Suarez, Downing... Subs: Jones, Coates, Wisdom, Cole, Sterling, Shelvey, Assaidi.
    • 17.00 Hello. Welcome to live coverage of this Europa League clash between Udinese and Liverpool.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' So close from Di Natale! The Italy striker is sent clean through with a cute ball over the top, but he sends his volley an inch over the bar! That will surely be the last kick of the game.
    • 80' RED CARD Pasquale. Udinese's left back catches Sterling late and is shown his second yellow card. Seemed a bit harsh.
    • 67' Suarez must score! Allen wins the ball and finds Downing, who releases Suarez. The Uruguayan twists his way into a shooting but somehow Padelli gets his hand on the ball to pull off a magnificent reflex save.
    • 64' Henderson so close to a second! Downing clips a beautiful ball into Henderson's path, but his side foot volley is tipped over superbly by Padelli, who had to be alert Big chance.
    • 61' Pasquale's corner is attacked by Ranegie, whose header is just over.
    • 47' Big chance for Liverpool as Suarez seizes on the ball in the Udinese half, holds off the challenge, and finds Suso. But Suso slices his shot horribly wide.
    • 45' Suarez goes close! Johnson heads Shelvey's corner to Suarez, whose acrobatic overhead kick from close range is tipped over by Padelli. Great shot, great save.
    • 25' Johnson scores for Liverpool! But it's ruled out as the ball was out of play when Downing crossed it in. Relief for Udinese.
    • 22' GOAL! Henderson scores for Liverpool! First blood to the Reds as Downing's corner is flicked on by Suarez to Suso, who rolls the ball back to Henderson to fire in low from close-range.
    • 18' Pereyra goes close for Udinese! The midfielder cuts in from the left and forces Reina to desperately tip over, with his shot dipping under the bar.
    • 15' Best chance of the game falls to Udinese. Ranegie steals a yard in the box and glances a header just wide, when perhaps he should have hit the target.
    • 17.05 UDINESE: Padelli, Faraoni, Heurtaux, Danilo, Pasquale, Peyeyra, Badu, Pinzi (c), Armero, Fabbrini, Ranegie... Subs: Brkic, Benatia, Berra, Frison, Reinthaler, Di Natale, Marsura. /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher (c), Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Allen, Sahin, Suso, Suarez, Downing... Subs: Jones, Coates, Wisdom, Cole, Sterling, Shelvey, Assaidi.

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    Manager: Francesco Guidolin

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    Manager: Brendan Rodgers

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