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Udinese held up by resolute PAOK

Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 22.53CET
Udinese Calcio 0-0 PAOK FC
The Serie A side made most of the first-leg running at the Stadio Friuli without being able to break through a well-drilled PAOK back line.
Udinese held up by resolute PAOK
Giampiero Pinzi played in Udinese's previous tie against PAOK, 11 years ago ©Getty Images

Match statistics

UdinesePAOK

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target8
 
4
Corners11
 
3
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed10
 
8
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 February 2012, 22.53CET

Udinese held up by resolute PAOK

Udinese Calcio 0-0 PAOK FC
The Serie A side made most of the first-leg running at the Stadio Friuli without being able to break through a well-drilled PAOK back line.

Udinese Calcio and PAOK FC will reconvene for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie with nothing separating the teams following a goalless draw in north-east Italy.

Save for a couple of scares early on, notably when Almen Abdi rattled a post, PAOK's 11-game unbeaten run in UEFA competition rarely appeared in jeopardy. Udinese will be hoping their 17-goal top scorer in Serie A, Antonio Di Natale, recovers from the fractured toe he suffered at the weekend to spearhead their bid for a last-16 place in next week's return.

Things might have been different had Abdi's thumping sixth-minute shot gone in rather than roll along the goal line after coming back off the upright. Relieved, PAOK had another escape moments later when Dario Krešić stuck out a hand to divert Antonio Floro Flores' chip away from danger.

Without Di Natale, Udinese were chiefly looking to Floro Flores for a breakthrough which, those openings aside, seldom looked like materialising. Not that László Bölöni's side carried much threat themselves, though, with two Giorgos Fotakis efforts from distance the best they could muster.

Like he was in the first 45 minutes, Krešić was called upon early in the second period, this time to hold Danilo's header before beating out Floro Flores's near-post strike. Medhi Benatia and Pablo Armero shot over, while in the closing stages Dušan Basta and Floro Flores could do nothing more than force Krešić into routine stops.

Last updated: 18/02/12 0.23CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

paok

PAOK

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
91
KrešićDario Krešić (GK)
4
PazienzaMichele Pazienza
3
StafylidisKostas Stafylidis
5
DaniloDanilo
5
Pablo GarcíaPablo García
8
BastaDušan Basta
7
GeorgiadisGiorgos Georgiadis
Substitution84
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi (C)
8
CirilloBruno Cirillo
17
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
9
SalpingidisDimitris Salpingidis
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
13
MalezasStelios Malezas (C)
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
Yellow Card90
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
25
LazărCostin Lazăr
Yellow Card66
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution57
27
SznaucnerMiroslaw Sznaucner
83
Floro FloresAntonio Floro Flores
33
AthanasiadisStefanos Athanasiadis
Substitution76

Substitutes

21
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
1
ChalkiasKostas Chalkias (GK)
13
NeutonNeuton
2
ApostolopoulosAlexis Apostolopoulos
18
BattocchioChristian Battocchio
4
BalafasSotiris Balafas
24
EkstrandJoel Ekstrand
16
LinoLino
Substitution84
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
Substitution57
28
TsoukalasStavros Tsoukalas
32
FerronettiDamiano Ferronetti
88
NimaniFrédéric Nimani
50
PiscopoMarco Piscopo
99
GiannouApostolos Giannou
Substitution76

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) László Bölöni (ROU)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP), Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP)

Fourth official

José Luis Paradas Romero (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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