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Anfield (ATT 40,092) 4th October 2012 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: S Johannesson

Liverpool Liverpool vs Udinese Udinese

Liverpool 2

J Shelvey (23)
L Suarez (75)

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Udinese 3

A Di Natale (46)
S Coates (og 70)
G Pasquale (72)

Di Natale torments Reds

Liverpool suffer another setback at Anfield

Last Updated: 04/10/12 10:31pm

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Antonio Di Natale posed Liverpool plenty of problems as Udinese left Anfield with a 3-2 Europa League success on Thursday.

The Italian visitors to Merseyside were slightly fortunate to leave with maximum points, at the end of a thrilling encounter which swung one way and then the other, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was left to pick the bones out of another disappointing result on home soil.

He saw his side take the lead after 23 minutes, with Jonjo Shelvey powering home a header after arriving on cue to meet a pinpoint cross from Stewart Downing.

Liverpool's lead lasted until seconds after the re-start, when Di Natale stroked a crisp first-time finish high into the top corner.

Sebastian Coates then put through his own net on 70 minutes, with the ball glancing off his head as he challenged Maurizio Domizzi.

Udinese's talismanic skipper was then at it again two minutes later, with Di Natale teeing up Giovanni Pasquale to drill a 25-yard rocket past a helpless Jose Reina.

Luis Suarez stepped off the bench to rifle home an unstoppable free-kick 15 minutes from time, offering Liverpool hope, but they were unable to find an equaliser despite producing a rousing finish.

Bright

Liverpool made a bright start to the contest, with Oussama Assaidi shooting wide, Shelvey seeing an effort deflect off-target and from the resulting corner, the unmarked Coates sending a header towards goal which Zeljko Brkic just managed to keep out.

Udinese fired a warning at the other end when Reina punched the ball in the direction of Di Natale, who responded with a strike that the Spaniard pushed away.

Reina then pulled off a superb stop to keep the scores level, getting down to turn Medhi Benatia's header from a Di Natale free-kick around the post.

The hosts went back on the attack and after Fabio Borini had dragged a shot across the face of goal having squirmed past a clutch of players, Rodgers' men made the breakthrough.

Shelvey collected the ball in midfield, sent it out wide to Downing, charged into the box and met the return cross with a crashing header past Brkic.

It was a third goal of the season for Shelvey, who had come off the bench to score a brace which secured Liverpool a 5-3 victory in their opening group game against Young Boys.

The Reds looked to have things under control, but Di Natale went close again just before the half-hour mark with an effort that just cleared the bar.

Liverpool pressurised once more but to no avail, with Glen Johnson firing over after Downing's shot was blocked, Jordan Henderson unable to make the most of a header and a Shelvey strike deflecting wide.

Punished

Rodgers had spoken in the build-up to the game about the need to keep tabs on Di Natale and less than a minute into the second half the 34-year-old punished the hosts for giving possession away.

Johnson lost the ball and it came to Di Natale, whose one-two with substitute Andrea Lazzari ended with the 34-year-old skipper expertly guiding a shot past Reina.

Rodgers reacted by introducing Steven Gerrard and Suarez, and the latter was unlucky not to restore Liverpool's lead when his acrobatic volley was inadvertently prevented from going in by the legs of his team-mate Shelvey.

Moments later, though, Udinese were in front themselves as Coates nodded a free-kick into his own net with 20 minutes remaining.

Within two minutes the Italian side had scored again to leave Anfield stunned as Di Natale brought down a long ball and rolled it to Pasquale, who drilled in from outside the box.

The goal rush did not let up, with Suarez swiftly pulling one back direct from a free-kick with a delightful curling shot.

A further effort from the Uruguayan was then clawed away by Brkic, who also pushed a low strike by Suarez to safety.

Another substitute, Raheem Sterling, also showed plenty of endeavour with a couple of late attempts, but the equaliser would not come and Liverpool find themselves third in the group after this defeat and Anzhi Makhachkala's defeat of Young Boys in Thursday's other Group A contest.

LiverpoolTeam StatisticsUdinese
2Goals3
11st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target3
4Shots off Target2
9Blocked Shots3
7Corners6
7Fouls9
0Offsides5
0Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
91.3Passing Success71.8
18Tackles21
77.8Tackles Success66.7
74.5Possession25.5
52.8Territorial Advantage47.2
757Total Passes241
25Total Crosses19
129Lost Balls138
48Recoveries45
79.71st Half Poss.20.3
71.92nd Half Poss.28.1

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Matches

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    Thu 4th Oct - Group A
    • A Mak'kala
      2 - 0
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    • Liverpool
      2 - 3
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group H
    Thu 4th Oct - Group I
    Thu 4th Oct - Group J
    • Lazio
      1 - 0
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    • Panathinaikos
      1 - 1
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group K
    • Metalist
      2 - 0
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    • Rosenborg
      0 - 1
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group L
    • Hannover
      2 - 1
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    • Helsingborgs
      2 - 2
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group G
    Thu 4th Oct - Group B
    • Academica
      1 - 1
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    • A Madrid
      1 - 0
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group C
    Thu 4th Oct - Group D
    • Club Brugge
      2 - 0
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    • Newcastle
      3 - 0
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group E
    • Molde
      2 - 0
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    • S Bucuresti
      1 - 0
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    Thu 4th Oct - Group F

Tables

Europa League Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Valencia 6 13
2 Swansea City 6 8
3 Kuban 6 6
4 St Gallen 6 6

Europa League Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Ludogorets 6 16
2 Chernomorets Odessa 6 10
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 7
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 1

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 18
2 Esbjerg 6 12
3 IF Elfsborg 6 4
4 Standard Liege 6 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Rubin Kazan 6 14
2 Maribor 6 7
3 Zulte-Waregem 6 7
4 Wigan Athletic 6 5

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 16
2 Dnipro 6 12
3 Pacos Ferreira 6 3
4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 15
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 11
3 Apoel Nicosia 6 5
4 Bordeaux 6 3

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Genk 6 14
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 10
3 Rapid Vienna 6 6
4 FC Thun 6 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 6 12
2 Slovan Liberec 6 9
3 SC Freiburg 6 6
4 Estoril 6 3

Europa League Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 6 12
2 Real Betis 6 9
3 Vitoria de Guimaraes 6 5
4 Rijeka 6 4

Europa League Group J

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Trabzonspor 6 14
2 Lazio 6 12
3 Apollon Limassol 6 4
4 Legia Warsaw 6 3

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 18
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 8
3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 6 6
4 Tromso 6 1

Europa League Group L

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Pos Team P Pts
1 AZ Alkmaar 6 12
2 PAOK Salonika 6 12
3 Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 6 5
4 Shakhtyor Karaganda 6 2

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