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NEC ride luck to secure progress

Published: Thursday 18 December 2008, 23.30CET
NEC Nijmegen 2-0 Udinese Calcio
The Dutch side qualified for the Round of 32 after two second-half goals in quick succession helped to see off Group D winners Udinese Calcio.
NEC ride luck to secure progress
Udinese's Alain Nef (left) battles with NEC's Peter Wisgerhof ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NECUdinese

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners6
 
2
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
20
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 18 December 2008, 23.30CET

NEC ride luck to secure progress

NEC Nijmegen 2-0 Udinese Calcio
The Dutch side qualified for the Round of 32 after two second-half goals in quick succession helped to see off Group D winners Udinese Calcio.

NEC Nijmegen are through to the UEFA Cup Round of 32 after two goals in the space of three second-half minutes was enough to beat Group D winners Udinese Calcio.

Late twists
Half-time substitute Collins John and Jhon van Beukering were the men who found the net although visitors Udinese could have been in front by that point. Antonio Floro Flores missed a great chance for the Italian side on the hour mark, at a time when NEC's major rivals to progress from the section, FC Spartak Moskva, led 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur FC. However, after Tottenham levelled matters at White Hart Lane, NEC scored two goals of their own to ensure they qualified at the expense of Spartak.

Home chances
NEC started strongly and Van Beukering had an early sight of goal, only to be foiled by a low save from goalkeeper Emanuele Belardi. Udinese needed only a point to ensure they topped the group and were content to hold on to possession, a tactic which served to frustrate a nervy-looking home side. The hosts' Rachid Bouaouzan played a neat one-two with Van Beukering before lifting over a lobbed shot, while Lasse Schöne passed up NEC's best opportunity of the half, failing to capitalise after Saidi Ntibazonkiza had played him in behind the visiting defence.

Let-off
Home coach Mario Been sent on an extra striker at the break in the form of John but his side were leaving holes at the back and would have gone behind had Floro Flores not missed from close range when presented with an open net. Punishment for the miss followed when the hosts went in front, with John striking from the edge of the box. The Dutch side then bought themselves some breathing space when Van Beukering poked in following a corner. Udinese could not respond and NEC's progress was confirmed.

Last updated: 19/12/08 9.53CET

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Lineups

nec

NEC

udinese

Udinese

1
BabosGábor Babos (GK)
80
BelardiEmanuele Belardi (GK)
Yellow Card82
2
ZomerRamon Zomer
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
3
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof (C)
6
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
5
El-AkchaouiYoussef El-Akchaoui
11
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Yellow Card36
8
DavidsLorenzo Davids
13
CodaAndrea Coda
9
Van BeukeringJhon van Beukering
Goal78
Substitution90
15
IslaMauricio Isla
Substitution61
10
SchöneLasse Schöne
19
FelipeFelipe (C)
Substitution22
14
BouaouzanRachid Bouaouzan
23
MottaMarco Motta
Yellow Card40
Substitution69
16
SibumBas Sibum
25
NefAlain Nef
21
Dani FernándezDani Fernández
Yellow Card45+1
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Yellow Card65
26
NtibazonkizaSaidi Ntibazonkiza
Substitution46
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores

Substitutes

25
BaartRein Baart (GK)
22
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
4
KivuvuDominique Kivuvu
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
6
PothuizenPatrick Pothuizen
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
Substitution69
13
OttenMark Otten
24
LukovićAleksandar Luković
Substitution61
17
JohnCollins John
Substitution46
Goal75
Yellow Card76
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
19
JanssenTim Janssen
Substitution90
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Substitution22
35
El KabirMostapha El Kabir
99
SalaLuigi Sala

Coach

Mario Been (NED) Pasquale Marino (ITA)

Referee

Radek Matějek (CZE)

Assistant referees

Jan Filgas (CZE), Emil Ubias (CZE)

Fourth official

Radek Kocian (CZE)

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