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Udinese's second-half surge sees off Liverpool

Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 23.30CET
Liverpool FC 2-3 Udinese Calcio
Trailing at half-time, the Serie A side beat Pepe Reina three times in 26 minutes to go level on points with FC Anji Makhachkala atop Group A.
by Mark Polson
from Anfield
Udinese's second-half surge sees off Liverpool
Giovanni Pasquale celebrates after putting Udinese 3-1 up ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiverpoolUdinese

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners6
 
6
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed6
 
9
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 24/10/2012 05:29 CET

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Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 23.30CET

Udinese's second-half surge sees off Liverpool

Liverpool FC 2-3 Udinese Calcio
Trailing at half-time, the Serie A side beat Pepe Reina three times in 26 minutes to go level on points with FC Anji Makhachkala atop Group A.

Liverpool FC were stunned by three second-half goals as Udinese Calcio came from behind to win 3-2 at Anfield.

Antonio Di Natale's strike, an own goal by Sebastián Coates and a superb effort from Giovanni Pasquale were enough to trump Jonjo Shelvey's early opener and a sublime Luis Suárez free-kick. Udinese move onto four points in Group A, with Liverpool on three.

Having scored five goals in two of their last three away matches, Liverpool looked as though they were ready to continue in similar vein back on Merseyside. Shelvey gave the Reds the lead on 23 minutes with a perfectly timed run and header past Željko Brkić from Stewart Downing's cross.

Udinese, though, who had drawn their last three European fixtures, drew level immediately after half-time. The Serie A outfit cut open the home side's defence with a fluid passing move, substitute Andrea Lazzari cutting the ball back to Di Natale; the predatory striker making no mistake.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers recently emphasised the importance of senior players taking responsibility, so on 65 minutes it was little surprise to see him introduce Steven Gerrard and Suárez. Shelvey somehow deflected the latter's goal-bound effort out of the net, before the visitors went in front in their 50th European outing. This time Di Natale supplied the dangerous cross and Coates unwittingly headed past Pepe Reina.

The travelling contingent soon had further cause to cheer, Di Natale holding the ball up long enough for the arrival of Pasquale, who drove low past Reina. Though Suárez restored hope for Liverpool with a super free-kick, Udinese hung on.

Last updated: 06/10/12 0.11CET

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Lineups

liverpool

Liverpool

udinese

Udinese

25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
5
DaniloDanilo
11
AssaidiOussama Assaidi
Substitution65
6
FaraoniMarco Faraoni
Yellow Card90+1
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
Substitution65
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
16
CoatesSebastián Coates
Goal70
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
Goal46
Substitution85
19
DowningStewart Downing
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
17
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
Yellow Card67
24
AllenJoe Allen
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Goal72
29
BoriniFabio Borini
Substitution80
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
Substitution46
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Goal23
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
49
RobinsonJack Robinson
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Yellow Card68
Substitution70

Substitutes

1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
25
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
4
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
13
RanégieMathias Ranégie
Substitution85
7
SuárezLuis Suárez
Substitution65
Goal75
16
CodaAndrea Coda
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution65
21
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
Substitution46
31
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution80
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
75
HeurtauxThomas Heurtaux
47
WisdomAndre Wisdom
88
WilliansWillians
Substitution70

Coach

Brendan Rodgers (NIR) Francesco Guidolin (ITA)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Magnus Sjöblom (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)

Fourth official

Henrik Andren (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Tobias Mattsson (SWE)

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