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Udinese blow hole in Zenit's defence

Published: Friday 13 March 2009, 0.30CET
Udinese Calcio 2-0 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Late goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Di Natale floored the UEFA Cup holders, who seemed to have the game in hand until the 85th minute.
Udinese blow hole in Zenit's defence
Antonio Di Natale wheels away after doubling Udinese's lead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UdineseZenit

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target9
 
1
Corners6
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed2
 
4
Yellow cards5
 
6
Red Cards0
1

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Published: Friday 13 March 2009, 0.30CET

Udinese blow hole in Zenit's defence

Udinese Calcio 2-0 FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Late goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Di Natale floored the UEFA Cup holders, who seemed to have the game in hand until the 85th minute.

Late goals from Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Di Natale floored UEFA Cup holders FC Zenit St. Petersburg after Dick Advocaat's side seemed to have the Round of 16 game with Udinese Calcio under control.

Late blows
With the Russian side having largely denied their opponents a sight of goal, Quagliarella poached Udinese's opener in the 85th minute and a Di Natale penalty left Zenit needing a sizeable win at the Petrovsky Stadium if they are to progress to the quarter-finals. Roman Shirkov was sent off for conceding the spot-kick, and the Russian side will also have to do without defender Aleksandr Anyukov for next Thursday's second leg after a late booking ruled him out. Maurizio Domizzi will miss out for Udinese.

Slow start
The game started slowly, with long-range efforts from Di Natale and Quagliarella setting the tone. Zenit failed to muster an effort on goal until the half-hour mark when Danny unleashed a 25-metre shot that was comfortably dealt with by Samir Handanovič. The visiting goalkeeper was called on to make another save in the 40th minute, keeping out Pavel Pogrebnyak, while Simone Pepe continued the pattern of the game by firing over the crossbar for Udinese. Zenit captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk showed a little more menace just after the interval, his effort from the edge of the area cannoning back off the crossbar.

Late blows
Giovanni Pasquale forced Vyacheslav Malafeev into a parried save with a left-footed shot from 20 metres, with Di Natale sending the follow-up wide. Quagliarella and Gaetano D'Agostino had further speculative shots before the hosts managed to get inside the area, only for Malafeev to tip Gökhan Inler's header over. Malafeev made two further good saves to deny Di Natale, but Udinese's perseverance paid off, with Quagliarella racing on to Pepe's ball to lash a left-footed shot high into the net. Zenit's evening took a final nasty turn, with Shirkov giving his marching orders for a foul on Christian Obodo that allowed Di Natale to make it 2-0 from the spot, providing a positive end to what had hitherto been a disappointing week for Italy in Europe.

Last updated: 13/03/09 9.24CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

zenit

Zenit

22
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
2
ZapataCristián Zapata
22
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Yellow Card90+1
13
CodaAndrea Coda
Yellow Card35
Substitution84
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
Yellow Card90+2
6
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
Yellow Card88
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Yellow Card24
Red Card90+2
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
11
ŠírlRadek Šírl
88
InlerGökhan Inler
Yellow Card27
Substitution78
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk (C)
Yellow Card90+6
21
D'AgostinoGaetano D'Agostino
Yellow Card12
27
DenisovIgor Denisov
Yellow Card71
20
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
18
ZyryanovKonstantin Zyryanov
Substitution85
7
PepeSimone Pepe
Substitution88
19
DannyDanny
27
QuagliarellaFabio Quagliarella
Goal85
Yellow Card90+3
8
PogrebnyakPavel Pogrebnyak
Substitution62
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Goal88
23
HusztiSzabolcs Huszti
Substitution62

Substitutes

12
KoprivecJan Koprivec (GK)
1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
19
FelipeFelipe
Substitution84
5
Kim Dong-JinKim Dong-Jin
18
ZimlingNiki Zimling
57
IonovAleksei Ionov
15
IslaMauricio Isla
Substitution88
21
SemshovIgor Semshov
Substitution62
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
Substitution78
20
FayzulinViktor Fayzulin
Substitution85
11
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
9
Fatih TekkeFatih Tekke
Substitution62
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores

Coach

Pasquale Marino (ITA) Dick Advocaat (NED)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP), Javier Rodriguez (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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