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Stadio Friuli (ATT 12,000) 6th December 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: D Gomes

Udinese Udinese vs Liverpool Liverpool

Udinese 0

G Pasquale (S/O 80)

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Liverpool 1

J Henderson (23)

Europa League: Liverpool defeat Udinese to qualify for last 32

Last Updated: 06/12/12 9:45pm

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Liverpool qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League after a 1-0 win over Udinese in Italy in their decisive final game of the group stages.

Brendan Rodgers named a strong side, which included Luis Suarez, who is suspended for Sunday's Premier League trip to West Ham United, in the knowledge a victory would guarantee progression.

And the Liverpool boss's selection paid off at Stadio Friuli as Jordan Henderson's first-half goal proved enough to secure top spot in Group A and a place in the Europa League's last 32.

It was a slow-paced opening 20 minutes and Liverpool suffered a setback before the quarter-hour mark when Nuri Sahin had to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey due to a nose injury.

But Liverpool then got their goal in the 23rd minute as former Sunderland man Henderson opened his account for the season.

The £16million summer 2011 signing finished a nice move from a corner after being set up by Suso, who had been found by Suarez's header.

Rodgers' team's lead could have increased on the stroke of half-time but Suarez was denied by a wonderful reflex save by Udinese's former Liverpool goalkeeper, Daniele Padelli.

Udinese posed more of a threat after the break but Liverpool, with Suarez in typically livewire form in attack, always looked a danger on breaks forward.

The visitors were given a warning in the 60th minute, when zonal marking at a corner was almost exposed as Mathias Ranegie headed over the crossbar.

And with Young Boys then winning against Anzhi Makhachkala in Group A's other game, Liverpool were on the knife edge of knowing they would be eliminated if they conceded.

But Udinese's hopes of an equaliser were crushed in the 80th minute when Giovanni Pasquale was shown a second yellow card and even star striker Antonio Di Natale's 85th-minute introduction could not save the day.


UdineseTeam StatisticsLiverpool
0Goals1
01st Half Goals1
2Shots on Target4
6Shots off Target6
5Blocked Shots1
6Corners10
15Fouls17
0Offsides2
2Yellow Cards3
1Red Cards0
79.1Passing Success87.4
28Tackles22
78.6Tackles Success81.8
38Possession62
58.6Territorial Advantage41.4
344Total Passes593
23Total Crosses19
134Lost Balls147
46Recoveries60
34.31st Half Poss.65.7
39.42nd Half Poss.60.6

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Matches

  • Europa League

    Thu 6th Dec - Group F
    Thu 6th Dec - Group E
    • FC Cop'hagen
      1 - 1
      S Bucuresti
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    • Stuttgart
      0 - 1
      Molde
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group D
    • Bordeaux
      2 - 0
      Newcastle
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    • Maritimo
      2 - 1
      Club Brugge
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group C
    Thu 6th Dec - Group B
    • Plzen
      1 - 0
      A Madrid
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    • Hap Tel-Aviv
      2 - 0
      Academica
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group A
    • Udinese
      0 - 1
      Liverpool
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    • Young Boys
      3 - 1
      A Mak'kala
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group L
    • Twente
      1 - 3
      Helsingborgs
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    • Levante
      2 - 2
      Hannover
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group K
    • Leverkusen
      1 - 0
      Rosenborg
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    • Rapid Vienna
      1 - 0
      Metalist
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group J
    • Tottenham
      3 - 1
      Panathinaikos
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    • Maribor
      1 - 4
      Lazio
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    Thu 6th Dec - Group I
    Thu 6th Dec - Group H
    Thu 6th Dec - Group G

Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 6 12
2 Villarreal 6 11
3 FC Zurich 6 7
4 Apollon Limassol 6 3

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Club Brugge 6 12
2 Torino 6 11
3 HJK Helsinki 6 6
4 FC Copenhagen 6 4

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 6 12
2 Tottenham Hotspur 6 11
3 Asteras Tripoli 6 6
4 Partizan Belgrade 6 2

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 16
2 Celtic 6 8
3 Dinamo Zagreb 6 6
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 6 4

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 6 18
2 PSV Eindhoven 6 8
3 Estoril 6 5
4 Panathinaikos 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 6 12
2 Dnipro 6 7
3 Karabakh-Azersun 6 6
4 St Etienne 6 5

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Feyenoord 6 12
2 Sevilla 6 11
3 Rijeka 6 7
4 Standard Liege 6 4

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 6 11
2 Wolfsburg 6 10
3 Krasnodar 6 6
4 Lille 6 4

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 6 13
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 6 12
3 Sparta Prague 6 10
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 6 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Kiev 6 15
2 Aalborg BK 6 9
3 FC Steaua Bucuresti 6 7
4 Rio Ave 6 4

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 13
2 Guingamp 6 10
3 PAOK Salonika 6 7
4 Dinamo Minsk 6 4

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 6 15
2 Trabzonspor 6 10
3 Lokeren SNW 6 10
4 Metalist Kharkiv 6 0

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