Liverpool 2-3 Udinese: Europa League Home Defeat for Reds
Live Europa League commentary
Jonjo Shelvey (LIV) 23', Antonio Di Natale (UDI) 46', Sebastian Coates og (UDI) 70', Giovanni Pasquale (UDI) 73', Luis Suarez (LIV) 74'
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Coates, Carragher, Robinson; Allen, Henderson (Gerrard), Shelvey; Assaidi (Suarez), Borini (Sterling), Downing.
Udinese: Brkic; Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi; Faraoni, Badu, Pinzi (Willians), Pasquale, Armero (Lazzari); Di Natale (Ranegie), Pereyra.
That's your lot for the live commentary tonight then; thanks once more for joining me and I'll be back with the usual Premier League commentary this weekend.
Lots of work for Liverpool to do in the double-header against Anzhi over the next few weeks to secure qualification through this group.
Until next time!
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager, speaking on ITV:
We were very good in first half, problems from the second half have been with us since the beginning of the season were we become lazy. We're disappointed after control and domination, to give away such poor goals and then we're chasing the game.
Downing's worked very hard and I thought the team worked very well. But we can't have to score three, four or five goals to win a game. That's what we have to work on. We concede goals too easily.
Qualification is of course what we're looking for but we've also had the opportunity to play some younger players who have worked their way into the first team.
Just about time to update you on the other group match; Anzhi Makhachkala have beaten Young Boys 2-0, with a Samuel Eto'o brace. That leaves Anzhi and Udinese joint-top with four points, Liverpool on three, Young Boys bottom on zero.
Not quite sure how on earth it's happened, but Liverpool have lost another home game which they have dominated entirely.
Jonjo Shelvey, Antonio Di Natale, Sebastian Coates (own goal), Giovanni Pasquale and Luis Suarez all traded strikes during the game; other than 20 minutes or so after half time though it was all Liverpool.
Sloppy goals to concede again for the Reds; within a minute after the break Johnson has lost control of the ball inside his own half which ends up in the back of the net; Coates got himself in a total muddle and scored an own goal, and the defence was merely standing and admiring for the third Udinese goal.
Full time at Anfield
Liverpool 2 Udinese 3
90+2'—Downing has the chance—and maybe that's the last one Liverpool will get. Shelvey walks along the penalty area with the ball and rolls it across, but Downing's effort is straight at the 'keeper.
90+1'—Robinson surges forward and into the Udinese penalty box but the Reds run out of options eventually. Udinese bring the ball out straight down the flank Robinson has vacated, but nobody is in the middle looking for the eventual cross.
Four minutes to be added on.
90'—SO CLOSE!!! Raheem Sterling is within a whisker of his first senior goal for Liverpool, breaking in off the left again, pulled every which way, and then shoots just a few millimetres over the bar from the edge of the box.
89'—Udinese defending very well, but they're not making the ball stick up the other end of the pitch. Can the Reds find a way through one more time for a clear chance on goal?
87'—The Reds desperate to keep the ball in play and moving quickly. Sterling does well to skip past a tackle on the left flank and tries to cross, but his ball is only aimed at the near post and the goalkeeper gathers it up under no pressure. Time ticking down quickly on the Reds now.
86'—Suarez sees yet another shot blocked after more excellent play between Gerrard and Johnson. Moments later, Suarez skips past a tackle outside the box but as he looks to shoot he loses his footing and ends up sliding the ball away from himself.
84'—The Liverpool crowd urge their team forward, searching out that equaliser with five minutes to go...and Luis Suarez almost obliges, nutmegging his man, driving towards goal and shooting low—but Brkic makes a save.
Udinese sub: Mathias Ranegie on for Di Natale.
82'—Johnson makes another roving run down the right after Coates plays him in, but again it's Gerrard on the end of it and his shot is smothered away. Liverpool searching for that third goal, but is it more of a concern for the manager that his team are again needing to score so many goals at home to avoid defeat?
80'—Sterling involved immediately and he sets up a Gerrard shot, but it's blocked. Downing's ensuing corner is easily taken high in the air by Brkic.
Final Liverpool sub: Raheem Sterling on for Fabio Borini.
An earlier Udinese sub to mention too: Willians on for Pinzi.
78'—Lovely play again from the Reds, sweeping forward with confidence once more. Gerrard and Suarez exchange passes but with Borini making a great run into space, the pass is just lacking in accuracy.
77'—GREAT CHANCE TO LEVEL! Downing plays a great cross over into the middle where Suarez awaits; his initial header is well saved but then spilled and the forward can't finish the rebound, lying on the floor and with a defender covering on the line. Liverpool really pressing forward again though now; they want a point at least from this game.
And that might not be game over. Fabio Borini wins a free kick 20 metres from goal and Luis Suarez steps up to curl a brilliant shot direct from the set piece, right into the top corner. Great strike.
Liverpool 2 Udinese 3
Luis Suarez, 74 mins
And that might be game over. Di Natale is somehow allowed to play keepy-uppy in the box, flicking the ball up five times inside the Liverpool penalty area, before laying it off to Pasquale—who rifles in a low shot into the far corner from 25 yards. Great strike, poor defending.
Liverpool 1 Udinese 3
Giovanni Pasquale, 73 mins
Incredible. Liverpool are suddenly behind. Udinese have a free kick on the right which is optimistically-at best swung into the six yard box, and Coates can't sort out his feet and ends up facing his own goal, and heading low past Pepe Reina. 2-1 to Udinese.
Liverpool 1 Udinese 2
Sebastian Coates own goal, 70 mins
69'—SHELVEY CLEARS OFF THE LINE!! Udinese somehow survive. Suarez flashes a volley at goal and it looks like Shelvey will tap home his second goal of the game, but instead he somehow clears it away from goal off the inside of his calf.
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