Liverpool undone by Udinese

Antonio Di Natale delivered a vituoso display as Udinese came from behind to stun Liverpool in the Europa League this evening at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers’ side dominated the first half, snatching the lead thanks to a thumping header by Jonjo Shelvey. But the Italians came roaring back after the interval.

Di Natale scored 32 seconds after the restart.An own goal by Sebastian Coates and a low strike by Giovanni Pasquale meant Luis Suarez’s sublime free-kick was nothing but a consolation.

Meanwhile, fellow English Premier League side Newcastle had better luck. They went top of Group D with a comfortable 3-0 home win over Bordeaux.

Bordeaux started brightly but were undone by the first piece of real quality in the game when Gabriel Obertan found space to get to the byline and cross for Shola Ameobi to tap home.

A series of long-range efforts followed but neither side was getting much joy in the penalty box until Henrique stabbed the ball past his own goalkeeper from a hopeful Danny Simpson cross.

Bordeaux had come into the match on a 17-game unbeaten run stretching back to April but the game was effectively over early in the second half when Papiss Cisse swept home from Shane Ferguson’s left-wing cross.

And Panathinaikos snatched victory from Tottenham Hotspur with a late equaliser in an unspectacular clash at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.

A Michael Dawson goal seemed set to clinch all three points for the visitors, and prove a point to his manager who had tried to sell him during the transfer window. But Toche later flicked past Hugo Lloris to secure a point for the home side. (BBC)

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