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Di Natale rescues Udinese against Anji

Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 21.00CET
Udinese Calcio 1-1 FC Anji Makhachkala
Guus Hiddink's side were on the brink of winning their first ever UEFA group stage game until substitute Antonio Di Natale did what he does best.
Di Natale rescues Udinese against Anji
Antonio Di Natale is congratulated on his late equaliser ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

UdineseAnji

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners7
 
11
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 22/10/2012 03:17 CET

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2012, 21.00CET

Di Natale rescues Udinese against Anji

Udinese Calcio 1-1 FC Anji Makhachkala
Guus Hiddink's side were on the brink of winning their first ever UEFA group stage game until substitute Antonio Di Natale did what he does best.

FC Anji Makhachkala opened their first ever UEFA group stage campaign with a 1-1 draw at Udinese Calcio.

Anji breezed through UEFA Europa League qualifying with 11 unanswered goals in three away assignments, but found Udinese a far tougher nut to crack. They looked to have prevailed courtesy of Daniele Padelli's own goal just before the break, but Antonio Di Natale ensured the spoils were shared with a typically predatory strike in added time.

Anji's first-half display betrayed their continental inexperience; overrun in midfield, the Russian outfit were left chasing shadows. Despite Udinese's dominance of possession, though, they conjured only one opportunity of note, Mehdi Benatia heading over having been picked out by Marco Faraoni's cute free-kick.

A series of spurned half-chances by the hosts looked to have ensured a goalless first 45 minutes. On the stroke of the interval, however, Lacina Traoré surged down the left and, from an ambitiously narrow angle, forced in a fierce shot via Padelli's gloves.

Half-time did little to stunt the influence of Faraoni, who fired over with a first-time volley after Mathias Ranégie had passed up two close-range openings of his own. Unable to unpick the Anji lock, Udinese turned to their most reliable set of keys – Di Natale was summoned from the bench.

But the Anji barricade remained secure, the particularly stoic Christopher Samba threatening at the other end before Samuel Eto'o went even closer to adding a second. Evgeni Pomazan's brave save at the feet of Dušan Basta looked to have earned the visitors all three points; then popped up Di Natale.

Last updated: 27/09/12 16.03CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

anji

Anji

25
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
Goal45
22
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
5
DaniloDanilo
Yellow Card80
4
SambaChristopher Samba
6
FaraoniMarco Faraoni
5
João CarlosJoão Carlos
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
Substitution58
6
BoussoufaMbark Boussoufa
Yellow Card90
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi (C)
7
AgalarovKamil Agalarov
13
RanégieMathias Ranégie
8
JucileiJucilei
17
BenatiaMehdi Benatia
Yellow Card90
9
Eto'oSamuel Eto'o (C)
21
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
14
ShatovOleg Shatov
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card83
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
Yellow Card18
Substitution76
19
TraoréLacina Traoré
Substitution61
88
WilliansWillians
Substitution59
85
L. DiarraLassana Diarra

Substitutes

93
PawłowskiWojciech Pawłowski (GK)
27
DzhenetovMekhti Dzhenetov (GK)
8
BastaDušan Basta
Substitution59
10
LahiyalovShamil Lahiyalov
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution58
Goal90+2
13
TagirbekovRasim Tagirbekov
16
CodaAndrea Coda
15
LogashovArseni Logashov
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
16
Carcela-GonzálezMehdi Carcela-González
Substitution61
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
20
SmolovFedor Smolov
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution76
21
G. GabulovGeorgi Gabulov

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR), Orkun Aktaş (TUR)

Fourth official

Bahattin Duran (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Bülent Yıldırım (TUR), Mete Kalkavan (TUR)

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