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Clinical Udinese punish wasteful Rennes

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.18CET
Udinese Calcio 2-1 Stade Rennais FC
Antonio Di Natale and Pablo Armero scored in either half as the French side were made to pay for a host of missed chances in this Group I opener.
by Richard Aikman
from Stadio Friuli

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Match statistics

UdineseRennes

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners7
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group I

PPts
1Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético13
2Udinese Calcio Udinese13
3Stade Rennais FC Rennes10
4Celtic FC Celtic10
* Ranking subject to CAS decision
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.18CET

Clinical Udinese punish wasteful Rennes

Udinese Calcio 2-1 Stade Rennais FC
Antonio Di Natale and Pablo Armero scored in either half as the French side were made to pay for a host of missed chances in this Group I opener.

Udinese Calcio came from behind to get their UEFA Europa League Group I campaign off to a winning start against Stade Rennais FC.

Though the visitors took the lead through Youssouf Hadji and dominated for 75 minutes, their failure to finish myriad chances proved costly as goals in either half by Antonio Di Natale and Pablo Armero, seven minutes from time, condemned them to defeat.

Frédéric Antonetti's side began as they meant to go on, Jonathan Pitroipa side-footing an early shot over following a slick one-two with Chris Mavinga, while Jires Kembo-Ekoko, a threat throughout, missed his first chance after being put through by Yann M'Vila on 24 minutes.

By then, the Rouge et Noir were already ahead, Hadji having hared on to Stéphane Dalmat's slide-rule pass before beating Samir Handanovič. The Moroccan international almost scored again when his header was repelled by the excellent Udinese No1. Within seconds, the hosts raced away on the break, Pablo Armero releasing Di Natale, who fired just wide.

Unlike Kembo-Ekoko, 'Toto' would not pass up his next chance, and he took Almen Abdi's 40-metre pass in his stride to equalise with aplomb. Udinese were buoyed but were twice more indebted to Handanovič, who saved from M'Vila and the luckless Kembo-Ekoko before the break.

The Zebrette began the second period on the offensive, Diego Fabbrini forcing Benoît Costil into a first save within seconds of the restart. Their approach nonetheless left Francesco Guidolin's men exposed and swift counterattacks might have produced goals for Hadji, who hit the post, and Abdoulrazak Boukari, who blazed over. Dalmat and M'Vila were denied by Handanovič.

Rennes simply could not find the finish their play merited and when Boukari limped off, leaving them with ten men for the final 15 minutes, the match turned on its head. Notice was served when Maurizio Domizzi and Thierry Doubaï had efforts cleared off the line before Kwadwo Asamoah put Armero through to score the winner, in off the far post.

Last updated: 27/11/12 6.51CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

rennes

Rennes

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
CostilBenoît Costil (GK)
3
IslaMauricio Isla
3
MavingaChris Mavinga
5
DaniloDanilo
5
ManganeKader Mangane (C)
Substitution15
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
6
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Yellow Card37
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Goal39
Substitution66
7
PitroipaJonathan Pitroipa
Substitution59
13
NeutonNeuton
Substitution46
10
DalmatStéphane Dalmat
Yellow Card43
17
BenatiaMehdi Benatia
11
Kembo-EkokoJires Kembo-Ekoko
Yellow Card38
Substitution71
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
17
M'VilaYann M'Vila
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
Goal83
19
HadjiYoussouf Hadji
Goal18
30
DoubaïThierry Doubaï
25
BoyeJohn Boye
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
Yellow Card56
Substitution70
29
DanzéRomain Danzé
Yellow Card55

Substitutes

21
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
16
DialloAbdoulaye Diallo (GK)
8
BastaDušan Basta
2
Théophile-CatherineKévin Théophile-Catherine
9
BarretoPaulo Barreto
Substitution66
12
BoukariAbdoulrazak Boukari
Substitution59
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
Substitution46
14
MandjeckGeorges Mandjeck
20
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
Substitution70
15
Kana-BiyikJean-Armel Kana-Biyik
Substitution15
24
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
21
MontañoVictor Montaño
Substitution71
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
28
DoumbiaTongo Hamed Doumbia

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Frédéric Antonetti (FRA)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Ionel Popa (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Augustus Constantin (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Marius Avram (ROU), Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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