- UEFA Europa League
- 6 December 2012, 6:00pm
FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL THROUGH! The Reds are into the last 32 after a comfortable performance against an Udinese side which offered little going forward until the very last second. Liverpool have also finished top of the group just to round things off nicely. Stay tuned for the full-match report.
90+2 mins: Di Natale is inches away from sending Liverpool out after his strike from inside the area whizzes over the bar. A cheeky grin appears on Di Natale's face. He knows how close he was there.
90 mins: Liverpool are doing a good job in winding down the clock and Udinese aren't really that keen in getting forward. There's three more minutes to go.
84 mins: Liverpool are currently top of Group A as it stands. That's nice isn't it?
81 mins: This ref loves his yellow cards and paperwork it seems as this time he puts Carragher in the book. The free-kick is booted straight into the wall by Badu.
79 MINS: UDINESE DOWN TO TEN!A nice little bonus for Liverpool as we reach the closing stages. The already carded Pasquale clumsily brings down Sterling which sees the ref produce a second yellow. Badu is also flashed yellow for having a bit too much to say.
76 mins: Udinese are keeping the pressure on with a corner which Heurtaux glances narrowly wide from the centre of the area.
73 mins: Udinese are knocking at the door but Skrtel and Carragher are doing a fine job in keeping it firmly closed.
71 mins:Allen is the next player in the book for tripping up Fabbrini. Sterling then comes on for the disappointing Suso
68 mins: Pasquale is yellow carded for going straight through the back of Suso. From the free-kick, Padelli makes another astonishing save to deny a slaloming Suarez from three yards!
65 mins:Padelli makes a great save to deny Henderson his second goal. Also, Udinese are forced into another change as the injured Benatia is replaced by Reinthaler.
62 mins: Young Boys are back in front in Switzerland which puts that added bit of drama back in this match. As it stands if Liverpool were to concede then they will be out of the Europa League.
60 mins: Udinese spark into life with Armero earning a corner after a lung-bursting run forward. The corner finds Ranegie at the far post who heads narrowly over the crossbar.
57 mins: Johnson zig-zags his way past Armero but the ball trickles over the right byline for a goal-kick.
54 mins: Badu tries to prompt Reina into action with a shot from distance but it's always spinning away from goal.
51 mins: Suarez is not having the best of nights as he thrashes a shot straight into the travelling Liverpool fans. Udinese try to respond with Ranegie but Carragher blocks his shot well.
48 mins: Suarez drifts inside before finding Suso in the acres of the space in the area. He delays on his shot thought and the pressure from the defender sees him skew his eventual effort way wide
46 mins: Udinese make a change with Benatia replacing Pinzi who was captain in the first-half.
45 mins: An extra bit of good news as Anzhi have equalised against Young Boys which strengthens Liverpool's grip on the second Group A qualifying spot. The Reds get the second half underway.
HALF-TIME: The Reds are in firm control as we reach the interval and look on course to reach the knockout stages. Stay tuned for the second-half which is coming up shortly.
45 mins: Suarez gets a rollicking after ignoring Shelvey and Downing in better positions and walloping over from a tight angle. One minute added on.
42 mins: Liverpool are seeing plenty of the ball but their short passes are having mixed success as we approach half-time.
39 mins: Enrique's cross is nearly poked in by Suarez but the Udinese keeper gets there just ahead of him.
38 mins: Young Boys have taken the lead against Anzhi which puts a tiny bit of pressure on Liverpool. If the Reds win, it doesn't matter what the Swiss outfit do.
37 mins: Suarez picks out Suso with a great cross which is begging to be hit first-time. He tries to cut it back onto his left foot though where he runs into traffic. Suso is then booked for kicking the ball away after conceding a free-kick.
34 mins: Fabbrini dribbles towards goal and lets rip from distance but Reina gets down well and makes a clean save.
32 mins: Faraoni lumps the ball into the area but it's easily dealt with by Skrtel who has had a rock-solid start.
29 mins: Danilo's horrific clearance nearly gives Liverpool an easy passage through on goal but Downing commits a needless foul near the edge of the area.
26 mins: Liverpool are in control here and would have been 2-0 up if Johnson had stayed onside when sliding in Downing's cross.
23 MINS: LIVERPOOL TAKE THE LEAD!The Reds keep the pressure on with a corner on the left which Suarez flicks onto to Suso at the far post. The Spaniard then plays it back to HENDERSON who tucks it in under the keeper's legs.
19 mins: Pereyra casually struts inside off the left flank and forces Reina to tip over the crossbar with a cheeky curler around Johnson. Nothing comes from the resulting corner.
17 mins: Fabbrini becomes the first player in the book after a late lunge on Shelvey near the centre circle. That could have been a red under another referee. Nasty tackle
15 mins: Liverpool are deep in opposition territory but Udinese break after Suso's cross is punched away. Ranegie is on the end of the counter-attacking move but his header drifts wide of the left post.
12 mins: The medical team can't stop Sahin's nose bleed so he's coming off altogether now to be replaced by Shelvey, who smashes a shot wide with his first touch.
9 mins: Liverpool are down to ten men at the moment as Sahin is suffering from a bloody nose. Udinese try to press but a move involving Fabbrini breaks down.
5 mins: After the restart, Liverpool win their first corner which Padelli punches away from danger.
3 mins: Skrtel and Ranegie bash into each other and it leaves both players down and in need of treatment.
0 mins: Udinese kick-off an instantly win a corner after Badu's long-range shot deflects behind. Liverpool, in their red home strips, manage to clear away.
Hello and welcome to Orange's live coverage of Liverpool's last Group A match in the Europa League.
Liverpool need a victory this evening to guarantee their place in the knockout stages. They could also go through if they draw, but they would also need Young Boys to be held at home by Anzhi Makhachkala. A defeat for the Reds would see them go out regardless.
Brendan Rodgers makes five changes from the 1-0 win over Southampton, the bulk of them coming in midfield. Jordan Henderson, Nuri Sahin, Suso and Stewart Downing all return for the Reds with Jamie Carragher replacing Daniel Agger in defence.
Captain Steven Gerrard has been left behind due to illness, but other senior first-team players who have travelled include goalkeeper Jose Reina, defenders Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel and forwards Raheem Sterling and Suso.
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- UEFA Europa League
- 6 December 2012, 6:00pm
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 Ł16million 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.