Udinese’s positive run in Europa League finally meet its end after they were humbled by Atletico Madrid in Spain, but another Italian team in that competition, Lazio finally picked up their first win in the group stage after beating FC Zurich at Olympico.
For Francesco Guidolin’s team, the defeat against Atletico hasn’t threatened their qualifying chance as just yet, while for Edy Reja’s side, a first victory opens up their chance in advancing from their group.
Udinese Suffered Four Goals Defeat in Spain.
Having been getting positive results in their previous matches in Europe including a 2-0 victory over Atletico at Friuli gives Guidolin the confidence to continue playing without several first team players, which is being saved for Serie A. Unfortunately for the Bianconeri, things didn’t work out that well this time as the Spaniard got their revenge in a much more convincing fashion as they already grabbed a three goals lead in the first half with Adrian Lopez’s brace and Diego’s tap in.
Re-starting the second half with three goals down simply gets too hard for Udinese, especially since many of their important players weren’t starting, Atletico continues their domination and added another goal through their summer signing, Radamel Falcao. The Italian side are still joint top with Atletico but the La Liga team are currently ahead because of superior head to head record, while on third place Glasgow Celtic still keep their chance of qualifying as they’re only two points behind the two leaders.
Brocchi Gave Lazio First Victory
At Olympico, Lazio finally found their luck in the Europa League group stage after picking up their first three point after only getting two draws and a defeat in their three previous matches. The only goal that occurred on the match came from a pretty unexpected source as their veteran defensive midfielder, Christian Brocchi, who got the all important strike midway in the second half after receiving a lovely pass from Djibril Cisse.
Playing in front of their home fans, the Biancocelesti didn’t actually started the match in a convincing fashion as they looked troubled by Fc Zurich, although Miroslval Klose and Giussepe Sculli did create several goal scoring chances. Cisse’s entrance for Klose in the second period apparently improved the home team’s performance as they ultimately became the better team on that half, creating plenty chances without suffering much. However, despite of their domination, Brocchi’s goal was the only prize that they picked up, something that might still be a bit disappointing for Edy Reja.
Match Reports: Europa League
Atletico Madrid v Udinese 4-0
Goals: Adrian 6, 12, Diego 36, Falcao 67 (Atletico)
Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Perea, Godin, Alvaro Dominguez, Antonio Lopez; Gabi, Mario Suarez, Arda Turan; Diego (Koke 70); Adrian Lopez (Salvio 77), Falcao (Pizzi 82)
Udinese: Handanovic; Ekstrand, Danilo, Domizzi (Basta 71); Pereyra, Badu, Doubai, Battocchio, Neuton; Fabbrini (Abdi 24); Floro Flores (Isla 86)
Lazio v Fc Zurich 1-0
Goal: Brocchi 63 (Lazio)
Lazio: Marchetti; Zauri (Konko 78), Diakitè, Dias, Radu; Lulic (Brocchi 46), Cana, Ledesma, Sculli; Rocchi, Klose (Cisse’ 46)
Zurich: Leoni; P Koch, Beda, Jorge Teixeira, Rodriguez; Mehmedi (Chermiti 66), Aegerter, Zouaghi, Djuric (Schonbachler 77); Chikhaoui (Magnin 62), Alphonse
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