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Europa League Recap: Liverpool Fall at Anfield, Newcastle Win Big

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts to a missed chance during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Liverpool and Udinese at Anfield on October 4, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

On Thursday, the 48 clubs involved in the UEFA Europa League group stage took to the pitch for the second day of matches in the competition.

The biggest surprise of the day came at Anfield where Liverpool's struggles continued with a 3-2 loss to Udinese.

Liverpool were up by a goal at halftime but once the second half started they were on the defensive.

Antonio Di Natale scored an equalizer for the Italians in the 46th minute. Di Natale's goal was followed by a Sebastian Coates' own goal in the 71st minute and a brilliant strike from Giovanni Pasquale in the 72nd minute.

Luis Suarez pegged back a goal in the 76th minute for the Reds, but the home side could not complete their comeback at Anfield.

In the other Group A match. Samuel Eto'o scored a double for Anzhi in their 2-0 win over Young Boys.

The win put the Russians on top of the group with six points ahead of their trip to Anfield in three weeks.

Newcastle United were more fortunate than Liverpool on Thursday as they beat Ligue 1 club Bordeaux, 3-0 in Group D play.

Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse scored for the Magpies and the other goal came from an own goal by the visitors. Alan Pardew's club is now on top of the group with four points, one ahead of both Bordeaux and Club Brugge.

The highest scoring matches of the day came in Group C and Group I.

In Group C, both matches produced six goals with Fenerbahce beating Borussia Monchengladbach, 4-2, and Marseille winning 5-1 at home over AEL Limassol.

Group I also saw a total of 11 goals on Thursday with seven of them coming in a thrilling match between Lyon and Kiryat Shmona.

Gueida Fofana's second goal of the match in the 90th minute goal propelled Lyon to a 4-3 victory in Israel.

Sparta Prague were the other winners in the group as they defeated last year's runner-up Atheltic Bilbao by a 3-1 score at home.

In other results on the day, Inter travelled to Azerbaijan to beat Netfchi Baku 3-1 in Group H.

Other winners on Thursday included Atletico Madrid, Hannover, PSV and Bayer Leverkeusen.

The next set of matches in the group stage will take place on Oct. 25th.

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