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Liverpool beat Udinese and finish first

Published: Thursday 6 December 2012, 21.10CET
Udinese Calcio 0-1 Liverpool FC
Jordan Henderson registered his first goal of the season midway through the first half to earn the visitors victory and top spot in Group A.
by Paolo Menicucci
from Stadio Friuli

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Match statistics

UdineseLiverpool

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners6
 
9
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 14/12/2012 01:43 CET

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Published: Thursday 6 December 2012, 21.10CET

Liverpool beat Udinese and finish first

Udinese Calcio 0-1 Liverpool FC
Jordan Henderson registered his first goal of the season midway through the first half to earn the visitors victory and top spot in Group A.

A first-half goal from Jordan Henderson earned Liverpool FC a 1-0 triumph against Udinese Calcio in Italy and confirmed their place in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 as Group A winners.

BSC Young Boys' success over already qualified FC Anji Makhachkala meant the Reds needed a victory to pip the Swiss side in the race to progress from Group A. They duly took the lead after 23 minutes when England midfielder Henderson fired in from close range following a smart pass by Suso. Udinese goalkeeper Daniele Padelli made a series of good saves in the second half to keep the result in the balance, and Antonio Di Natale so nearly levelled matters in added time, but the visitors earned the three points they required.

Despite having nothing to play for but pride, Udinese were more dangerous than Liverpool in the early stages, Mathias Ranégie heading Pablo Armero's cross just wide of Pepe Reina's left-hand post. The Spanish international was then forced to dive and palm over Roberto Pereyra's attempt to lob him.

It was Liverpool, however, who went ahead at their first attempt. Following a corner by Stewart Downing, the ball was glanced on to Suso at the far post. The 19-year-old passed back towards Henderson who beat Padelli with a low right-footed shot.

The lively Diego Fabbrini tested Reina from distance while Luis Suárez drove wide from a good position before forcing Padelli to make a difficult save with a spectacular overhead kick on the stroke of half-time. Soon after the interval the Uruguay striker put Suso one-on-one with Padelli but the forward rifled over.

Padelli's flying stop then denied Henderson his second of the night after the midfielder met José Enrique's cross with the inside of his right foot. The Udinese custodian next thwarted Suárez after he had dribbled past three home defenders. Giovanni Pasquale was sent off with 11 minutes to play, yet Liverpool still had one last scare when Di Natale went close.

Last updated: 08/12/12 0.04CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

liverpool

Liverpool

25
PadelliDaniele Padelli (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
5
DaniloDanilo
2
G. JohnsonGlen Johnson
6
FaraoniMarco Faraoni
3
EnriqueJosé Enrique
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
Yellow Card80
4
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
Substitution12
13
RanégieMathias Ranégie
Substitution86
7
SuárezLuis Suárez
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
Yellow Card67
Red Card79
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
Goal23
27
ArmeroPablo Armero
19
DowningStewart Downing
31
FabbriniDiego Fabbrini
Yellow Card17
23
CarragherJamie Carragher (C)
Yellow Card82
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
24
AllenJoe Allen
Yellow Card71
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi (C)
Substitution46
30
SusoSuso
Yellow Card36
Substitution71
75
HeurtauxThomas Heurtaux
37
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel

Substitutes

1
BrkićŽeljko Brkić (GK)
1
JonesBrad Jones (GK)
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution86
10
J. ColeJoe Cole
17
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
Substitution46
Substitution65
11
AssaidiOussama Assaidi
43
MarsuraDavide Marsura
16
CoatesSebastián Coates
48
BerraFilippo Berra
31
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution71
49
ReinthalerMax Reinthaler
Substitution65
33
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Substitution12
50
FrisonMarco Frison
47
WisdomAndre Wisdom

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Brendan Rodgers (NIR)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

Ricardo Santos (POR), Venâncio Tomé (POR)

Fourth official

Pedro Garcia (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Ferreira (POR), Hugo Miguel (POR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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