Udinese maintain Italy’s pedigree in the Europa League after successfully trashing Greece representative, PAOK 3-0 away from home and simply earned a passage to the next round for the Zebrette.
Playing without their two important players, Antonio Di Natale and Mauricio Isla, the Friuli outfit simply showed their strength and prove that they still take the competition seriously despite only picking up a 0-0 draw in the first leg at home.
Starting the line with Antonio Floro Flores and Diego Fabbrini, Udinese looked pretty strong indeed especially since their midfield set up is simply boosted with the return of Kwando Asamoah, who didn’t play in the first leg. It took only six minutes for the Italian to take the lead and it was their Brazilian defender, Danilo, who provide the first blow after successfully heading in Giovanni Pasquale’s corner.
It doesn’t take that long for Udinese to double their lead as Floro Flores struck a thundering shot in the 15th minute and take his team comfortably leading over PAOK, who kept on trying to get level. The home team admirably continue their effort in chasing the Italian representative but things eventually went in favor of Francesco Guidolin’s team right after the second half kick off as they grabbed the third goal through Maurizio Domizzi’s spot kick.
The victory bring lots of joy for Guidolin who praises his players for being able to perform well despite playing in a difficult ground and not really having much advantage from the first leg. The tactician also stated that the win should give additional motivation and spirit for the squad ahead of their upcoming Serie A clash in the weekend against Bologna, who are in a good form i the league at the moment.
“We entered the field looking to initiate play in a difficult ground, so I must congratulate the players because they were really good. to play here was not easy, this game will remain in the album of beautiful memories of my experience in Udine. Now, the primary focus is on our next opponents, for Bologna we must prepare. The thing that reassures me is the spirit of this team, we have players who have the desire – we want to move forward in both competition,” Guidolin explained.
PAOK v Udinese 0-3
Goals: Danilo 6, Floro Flores 15, Domizzi 51 pen (Udinese)
PAOK: Kresic; Sznaucner (Apostolopoulos 54), Cirllo, Malez, Stafylidis (Georgiadis 31); Lazar, Pablo Garcia; Giannou (Nimani 64), Athanasiadis, Lino; Salpingidis
Udinese: Handanovic; Benatia (Feronetti 86), Danilo, Domizzi; Basta, Asamoah, Abdi (Battocchio 46), Pazienza, Pasquale; Fabbrini (Armero 69); Floro Flores