Udinese still continue to get positive result on their Europa League journey after the Bianconeri grabbed a point from their travel to Celtic on Thursday night, while Lazio came home with another disappointing outcome after losing 2-1 against Sporting in Lisbon.
Late penalty which was converted by Abdi saved Francesco Guidolon’s second string side from defeat, as goal from Miroslav Klose wasn’t enough to help the Biancocelesti picking up at the very least a point against their Portugal opponent.
Tale of Two Penalties
Fielding a second string squad, Udinese can pretty much considered themselves really lucky in getting a point against Glasgow Celtic as Guidolin puts out a very odd team, placing bunch or second string players and putting young playmaker, Diego Fabbrini as a striker. The make shift formation almost proved disastrous for the visitor as Celtic already took the lead in just after three minutes from Ki Sung-Young’s penalty kick, which was given because Joel Ekstrand commited a clumsy foul on Gary Hooper.
That early goal gave Udinese in lots of difficulty as their keeper, Samir Handanovic was forced into making several saves from the home team’s attack, while in the other end the Italian did try to give all they got in chasing the goal. The Bianconeri’s effort did got better in the second period when Guidolin inserted two of his important first team members, Mauricio Isla and Pablo Armero, who provide consistent threats for Celtic which eventually led to another spot kick, only this time it’s for the visitor. Almen Abdi successfully converted the kick three minutes before the final 90, giving the Bianconeri a pretty solid result after two matches in the Europa League.
Unlucky Lazio Defeated in Lisbon
After only getting a home draw in their previous match in the Europa League, Lazio are hoping to get a much more positive outcome in Lisbon as coach, Edy Reja, puts out a pretty solid squad to challenge Sporting at their home ground. However, things didn’t really came out according to Reja’s plan as his team conceded first through Ricky Van Wolfswinkel’s cheeky touch inside the penalty area after receiving a fine cross from Diego Capel, there’s a bit uncertainty though regarding the goal as the replay failed to show how crucial was Van Wolfswinkel’s connection with the ball.
Nevertheless, the goal wasn’t to be argued as it lifted the home team’s confidence as they started to play the ball around in a much better and sharper mode, but the Italian surprised Sporting five minutes before the half time whistle as Klose scored the equalizing goal after managing to flick Hernanes’ freekick pass Rui Patricio’s leg. Unfortunately for the Biancocelesti, just as they though the first half would end in a 1-1 draw, the Portugal outfit stunned Reja’s boys with a late goal from ex-Liverpool man,Emiliano Insua, who fired in a wonderful low cannon ball from outside of the penalty box.
After the break, things seemed to turned into Lazio’s favor after Sporting was reduced into 10-men, following Insua’s sending off after receiving a second yellow card in the match. That condition allowed the visitor to dominate the game but luck just wasn’t on their side as Reja’s team incredibly missed out on several goal scoring chances including two-three sitters which should have been converted if Abdullay Konko, Tomasso Rocchi and Djibril Cisse were much more calmer in front of the goal. After Giuseppe Sculli’s penalty appeal was waved away by the referee, there’s just no more time for Lazio to change the result as they must be content with another disappointing result on their Europa League Journey.
Celtic v Udinese 1-1
Goals: Ki Sung-Yong pen 3 (Celtic); Abdi pen 87 (Udinese)
Celtic: Zaluska; Matthews, Majstorovic, Wanyama, Mulgrew; Forrest (Samaras 71), Ki Sung-Yong, Kayal, Ledley (Wilson 46); Bangura, Hooper
Udinese: Handanovic; Basta (Benatia 46), Danilo, Ekstrand; Pereyra (Isla 46), Doubai, Battocchio, Badu, Neuton; Abdi; Fabbrini (Armero 67)
Sporting v Udinese 2-1
Goals: Van Wolfswinkel 21, Insua 45+2 (Sporting) ; Klose 40 (Lazio)
Sporting Lisbon: Rui Patricio; Joao Pereira, Onyewu, Polga, Insua; Rinaudo, Schaars, Fernandez (Santos 69); Capel (Daniel Carrico 74), Carrillo (Evaldo 52), Van Wolfswinkel
Lazio: Marchetti; Konko, Dias (Radu 69), Diakhitè, Lulic; Gonzalez, Cana, Brocchi (Sculli 63); Hernanes; Rocchi, Klose (Cisse’ 46)
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