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Udinese add to Tottenham's troubles

Published: Friday 24 October 2008, 0.55CET
Udinese Calcio 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Goals from Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe condemned Tottenham to a defeat in Italy that added to the north London outfit's early-season woes.
Udinese add to Tottenham's troubles
Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes tries in vain to reach Antonio Di Natale's penalty ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UdineseTottenham

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners8
 
4
Offsides5
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
1

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Published: Friday 24 October 2008, 0.55CET

Udinese add to Tottenham's troubles

Udinese Calcio 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur FC
Goals from Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe condemned Tottenham to a defeat in Italy that added to the north London outfit's early-season woes.

Goals from Antonio Di Natale and Simone Pepe condemned ten-man Tottenham Hotspur FC to defeat and ensured that the London club's early-season woes showed no signs of abating.

Contrasting fortunes
The Premier League team did not lose an away game in the UEFA Cup last season en route to the Round of 16 where Heurelho Gomes, then of PSV Eindhoven, halted Tottenham's progress in a penalty shoot-out. However, it was Gomes's error at the Stadio Friuli, pulling down Udinese Calcio's Fabio Quagliarella, which led to Di Natale tucking away the opening goal from the penalty spot on 24 minutes. Substitute Simone Pepe added a late second four minutes from time.

Gomes guilty
Second in Serie A, Udinese tested Tottenham's ability to deal with set-pieces early on but gradually the visitors settled and Darren Bent registered their first effort on goal after 15 minutes. Samir Handanovič then made heavy weather of Aaron Lennon's cross-shot but no sooner had Spurs gained a foothold in the match, they became the architects of their own downfall when Gomes conceded a spot-kick after inadvertently letting Benoit Assou-Ekotto's back-pass run loose.

Pressure builds
Di Natale's successful conversion became the cue for a period of sustained pressure from the Italian side, Marco Motta forcing the Brazilian into a diving save to beat out his drive from distance. Six minutes after the restart, Gomes was called upon again to turn a shot from Italian international Quagliarella around the post.

Ten men
If Tottenham were already facing an uphill struggle, then their night worsened on 57 minutes when Jamie O'Hara collected his second caution in the space of 52 seconds. Gomes then expertly kept out Di Natale's deft lob but the real drama came in the final five minutes when Bent's header from point-blank range was somehow touched over by Handanovič and Udinese went straight up the other end to score a second as Pepe finished off Quagliarella's lay-off with the aid of a post.

Last updated: 24/10/08 11.13CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

tottenham

Tottenham

22
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
GomesHeurelho Gomes (GK)
Yellow Card23
23
MottaMarco Motta
2
HuttonAlan Hutton
13
CodaAndrea Coda
26
KingLedley King (C)
6
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
39
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
Substitution64
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
Yellow Card23
Substitution89
32
Assou-EkottoBenoît Assou-Ekotto
Substitution46
88
InlerGökhan Inler
7
LennonAaron Lennon
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
Yellow Card76
4
ZokoraDidier Zokora
15
IslaMauricio Isla
Yellow Card83
8
JenasJermaine Jenas
11
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Substitution79
24
O'HaraJamie O'Hara
Yellow Card56
Red Card57
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Substitution86
3
BaleGareth Bale
Yellow Card63
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Goal24
10
BentDarren Bent

Substitutes

12
KoprivecJan Koprivec (GK)
21
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
99
SalaLuigi Sala
20
DawsonMichael Dawson
32
FerronettiDamiano Ferronetti
11
GilbertoGilberto
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Substitution89
16
GunterChris Gunter
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
14
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution46
7
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution79
Goal86
18
CampbellFraizer Campbell
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores
Substitution86
17
G. Dos SantosGiovani dos Santos
Substitution64

Coach

Pasquale Marino (ITA) Juande Ramos (ESP)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Matthias Anklam (GER)

Fourth official

Günter Perl (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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