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Late goals shatter Udinese

Published: Thursday 8 December 2005, 0.45CET
Udinese Calcio 0-2 FC Barcelona
Barça struck twice in the last five minutes to dash Udinese's dreams of reaching the knockout rounds.
by Richard Aikman
from Friuli stadium

Match statistics

UdineseBarcelona

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target2
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners4
 
2
Offsides9
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

6 December 2005

E Milan
3-2
Schalke
E PSV
2-0
Fenerbahçe
F Lyon
2-1
Rosenborg
F Olympiacos
2-1
Real Madrid
G Chelsea
0-0
Liverpool
G Betis
0-1
Anderlecht
H Rangers
1-1
Internazionale
H Artmedia
0-0
Porto

7 December 2005

A Rapid Wien
1-3
Juventus
A Brugge
1-1
Bayern
B Sparta Praha
0-0
Thun
B Arsenal
0-0
Ajax
C Udinese
0-2
Barcelona
C Werder
5-1
Panathinaikos
D Villarreal
1-0
Lille
D Benfica
2-1
Man. United
 
Published: Thursday 8 December 2005, 0.45CET

Late goals shatter Udinese

Udinese Calcio 0-2 FC Barcelona
Barça struck twice in the last five minutes to dash Udinese's dreams of reaching the knockout rounds.

Udinese Calcio came within five minutes of marking their maiden UEFA Champions League campaign with a place in the knockout rounds, before two late FC Barcelona goals deprived them of the point they needed, meaning they will have to be content with a UEFA Cup berth.

Late goals
Santiago Ezquerro struck the opener on 85 minutes following a goalmouth scramble, and with the hosts pressing in search of the equaliser, substitute Andrés Iniesta swept home a second on the break. The Spanish champions' late success means Werder Bremen advance to the last 16, while Udinese are left to ponder what might have been.

Stars rested
In front of a rare packed house at the Friuli stadium, Udinese lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with Vincenzo Iaquinta and Vincent Candela both selected despite recent injury lay-offs. Juarez, meanwhile, came in at centre-back in place of Felipe. Barça fielded a side as unfamiliar as the luminous yellow shirts they wore, with Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o making way for Henrik Larsson and Ludovic Giuly up front.

Barça chance
The match sprang to life in the tenth minute with Damiano Zenoni fooling Giovanni van Bronckhorst down the right flank, before crossing into the path of Antonio Di Natale who somehow mis-hit his shot. Barça countered, Deco putting Giuly through one-on-one down the right. However, with goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis beaten, the French international saw his fierce strike rebound off the crossbar.

Giuly unlucky
Serse Cosmi's makeshift back line almost conceded in the 38th minute when Deco narrowly missed the target with a sumptuous back-heeled flick from Juliano Belletti's centre. Giuly came even closer three minutes before the break, working his way into the area and stroking the ball under the sprawling De Sanctis and off the post from the tightest of angles.

Hosts positive
Boosted by their vociferous fans, the hosts started the second half brightly, with the knowledge their fate lay in their own hands. Roberto Néstor Sensini began launching searching balls from deep to use the pace of Di Natale and the aerial threat of Iaquinta. The latter controlled one such pass only for his ensuing effort to be blocked by Carles Puyol.

Careless passing
On the hour Gabri García put Belletti through with a beautiful low threaded pass, only for the wing-back to hit the side-netting on the run from 15 metres. Neither team showed much urgency as the game wore on, with Udinese keen to give nothing away, and De Sanctis was hardly troubled by a tame attempt from Barcelona substitute Iniesta.

Udinese heartbreak
With time ticking down, Iaquinta's replacement David Di Michele dallied and a decent chance was lost. Udinese were made to pay dearly as Barcelona struck the killer blow with five minutes to go. Just when Mexican waves were starting to take hold of the stadium, Ezquerro hit the bar with a half-volley. Amid the scramble to head clear, the Barça wide man powered a shot into the net from six metres to shatter Friuli dreams.

Misery complete
And as the hosts poured forward in desperation, Ezquerro broke again, squaring to Iniesta who stroked the ball into an empty net from 20 metres. Udinese's misery was complete.

Last updated: 08/12/05 9.32CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

barcelona

Barcelona

1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
25
JorqueraAlbert Jorquera (GK)
4
BertottoValerio Bertotto (C)
2
BellettiJuliano Belletti
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
Yellow Card78
5
PuyolCarles Puyol (C)
6
SensiniRoberto Néstor Sensini
7
LarssonHenrik Larsson
7
ZenoniDamiano Zenoni
Substitution38
8
GiulyLudovic Giuly
8
VidigalVidigal
Yellow Card74
12
Van BronckhorstGiovanni van Bronckhorst
9
IaquintaVincenzo Iaquinta
Substitution75
14
EzquerroSantiago Ezquerro
Goal85
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
15
EdmílsonEdmílson
18
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution65
18
GabriGabri
Substitution75
32
CandelaVincent Candela
20
DecoDeco
39
JuarezJuarez
23
OleguerOleguer

Substitutes

12
PaolettiGabriele Paoletti (GK)
1
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
2
ZapataCristián Zapata
4
MárquezRafael Márquez
16
TissoneFernando Tissone
Substitution38
11
Maxi LópezMaxi López
17
Di MicheleDavid Di Michele
Substitution75
16
SylvinhoSylvinho
20
RossiniFausto Rossini
24
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution75
Goal90
23
MauriStefano Mauri
Substitution65
30
MessiLionel Messi
31
BarretoPaulo Barreto
32
DamiáAbella Damiá

Coach

Serse Cosmi (ITA) Frank Rijkaard (NED)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Wijnand Rutgers (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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