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Di Natale equaliser ensures Udinese oust Celtic

Published: Thursday 15 December 2011, 22.57CET
Udinese Calcio 1-1 Celtic FC
The Serie A outfit gained the point they needed to progress from Group I thanks to an Antonio Di Natale volley against their qualification rivals.
Di Natale equaliser ensures Udinese oust Celtic
Antonio Di Natale volleys in the equaliser for Udinese ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UdineseCeltic

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners4
 
5
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group I

PPts
1Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético613
2Udinese Calcio Udinese69
3Celtic FC Celtic66
4Stade Rennais FC Rennes63
* Ranking subject to CAS decision
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 December 2011, 22.57CET

Di Natale equaliser ensures Udinese oust Celtic

Udinese Calcio 1-1 Celtic FC
The Serie A outfit gained the point they needed to progress from Group I thanks to an Antonio Di Natale volley against their qualification rivals.

Udinese Calcio qualified for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 at Celtic FC's expense following a 1-1 draw between the teams in Group I.

Needing victory to progress along with Club Atlético de Madrid, the visitors had one foot in Friday's draw when Gary Hooper gave them a 29th-minute lead. Antonio Di Natale volleyed in what proved to be the telling goal, however, in first-half added time.

Only the spin of the ball prevented Celtic from falling behind early on, Di Natale running on to Pablo Armero's pass and lobbing narrowly wide. If that was a let-off for the Hoops then it was Udinese's turn to breathe a sigh of relief midway through the first half after Giorgos Samaras slid in Hooper. The 23-year-old, normally so clinical in such situations, dragged a shot across goal.

Celtic soon got the breakthrough they craved, however, with Hooper this time unable to miss. Samaras, again, was the creator, delivering a cross which Samir Handanovič punched into team-mate Joel Ekstrand. It left Hooper with the simple task of tapping into the unguarded net.

Rocked by that and the loss of Emmanuel Badu to injury, Udinese levelled on the cusp of half-time. Di Natale, the Zebrette's ten-goal top scorer in Serie A, marked a rare group stage outing with a powerful close-range volley, inadvertently fashioned by Cha Du-Ri's header across the box.

Di Natale, ever a willing runner, had another attempt on 63 minutes which Forster parried, and when the ball was returned into the box, Mauricio Isla's header was again repelled by the Celtic goalkeeper. Chances were coming thick and fast, with Kwadwo Asamoah and Cha frustrated by the woodwork in quick succession.

Di Natale was then thwarted twice by Forster in a matter of seconds, although ultimately it mattered little as Udinese advanced.

Last updated: 17/12/11 0.09CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

celtic

Celtic

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
5
DaniloDanilo
Yellow Card49
5
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
Substitution29
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Yellow Card62
8
BastaDušan Basta
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Substitution83
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Goal45+1
11
Cha Du-RiCha Du-Ri
Yellow Card78
17
BenatiaMehdi Benatia
18
Ki Sung-YongKi Sung-Yong
20
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
33
KayalBeram Kayal
Substitution71
24
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
49
ForrestJames Forrest
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
Yellow Card19
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama
30
DoubaïThierry Doubaï
Substitution46
88
HooperGary Hooper
Yellow Card4
Goal29

Substitutes

21
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
3
IslaMauricio Isla
Substitution46
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
13
NeutonNeuton
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution71
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
14
BanguraMohamed Bangura
Substitution83
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
45
ToshneyLewis Toshney
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution29
50
GeorgePaul George
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores
56
TwardzikFilip Twardzik

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)

Fourth official

Ilias Spathas (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Anastassios Kakos (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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