Antonio Di Natale delivered a virtuoso display as Udinese came from behind to stun Liverpool in the Europa League.

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, with Di Natale scoring 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.

It was a result that Brendan Rodgers and his young side will find hard to stomach. A third successive home defeat tells only part of the story of a game from which the Reds should draw encouragement as they dictated for long spells.

And yet Udinese were everything their Premier League opponents were not - streetwise, hard-nosed and ruthless when presented with a chance.

Italian job

  • Liverpool completed 691 passes tonight, nearly four times as many as Udinese (173)
  • Udinese are the first side to beat Liverpool at Anfield in Europe since Fiorentina in December 2009, ending an unbeaten streak of 13 matches
  • Source: Opta

The home side, who are left third in Group A as a result of this defeat, dominated the opening 45 minutes, displaying a renewed swagger and assurance as they plotted a series of eloquent attacking moves and found passing angles with great precision.

Liverpool deservedly led at the break, having starved Udinese of possession, much to Rodgers' delight, but their failure to capitalise on their dominance would come back to bite them after the interval.

Shelvey started and finished the move, switching the ball wide to Stewart Downing on the right flank. The winger drifted beyond Maurizio Domizzi before delivering a driven cross which Shelvey met with a header that was too powerful and well-directed for Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic.

Udinese were threatening in fits and starts, with Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina forced to make a stunning save low down to his right as he tipped Mehdi Benatia's close-range header to safety.

Di Natale was a constant threat for the Italians, his darting runs and willingness to shoot forcing Reina into action twice more.

The Italy international was warming to the task and, 32 seconds into the second half, he scored the goal that changed the complexion of the game.

Andrea Lazzari, only just on as a substitute, robbed Glen Johnson of possession and exchanged passes with Di Natale before the veteran striker clipped the ball beyond Reina. Liverpool were visibly shaken by the goal and the game was swiftly put beyond them.

Group A - Europa League

Pld GD Pts

Anzhi

2

2

4

Udinese

2

1

4

Liverpool

2

1

3

Young Boys

2

-4

0

Rodgers threw Steven Gerrard and Suarez into the fray as Liverpool attempted to reassert their dominance and the Uruguay striker might have scored moments after coming on, had Shelvey not inadvertantly cleared his goalbound shot off the line. But while Liverpool pushed for a winner, Udinese had a sting in their tail.

Two goals in three minutes saw the Italians decide the tie as Coates headed past Reina before Di Natale delivered a beautifully timed pass that allowed Pasquale to drill a low shot beyond the Liverpool keeper.

But before despondency could set in among the home support, Suarez roused them with a fizzing free-kick, curling the ball up and over the Udinese wall with too much power for Brkic.

With 15 frantic minutes remaining, Suarez twice went close, while Gerrard's goalbound shot was blocked. Raheem Sterling was also introduced but was unable to take either of the two late chances that fell to him as the game slipped away.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 49 Robinson
  • 14 Henderson (Gerrard - 65' )
  • 19 Downing
  • 24 Allen
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 11 Assaidi (Suarez - 65' )
  • 29 Borini (Sterling - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 04 Sahin
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 31 Sterling
  • 07 Suarez

Udinese

  • 01 Brkic
  • 05 Danilo
  • 06 Faraoni Booked
  • 11 Domizzi
  • 17 Benatia Booked
  • 26 Pasquale
  • 27 Armero (Lazzari - 46' )
  • 07 Agyemang
  • 66 Pinzi Booked (Willians - 70' )
  • 10 Di Natale (Ranegie - 85' )
  • 37 Pereyra

Substitutes

  • 25 Padelli
  • 16 Coda
  • 75 Heurtaux
  • 21 Lazzari
  • 88 Willians
  • 13 Ranegie
  • 31 Fabbrini
Ref: Johannesson
Att: 40,092

Match Stats

Shots

21 8

On target

16 5

Corners

6 6

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:44 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:20

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Save made by Zeljko Brkic.

90:00 +1:43

The ball is crossed by Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.

90:00 +0:26 Booking

Booking Booking for Davide Faraoni for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:04

Effort from the edge of the box by Raheem Sterling goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:49

A cross is delivered by Raheem Sterling, save by Zeljko Brkic.

87:31

Fernandes Willians concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez. Luis Suarez restarts play with the free kick.

86:36

Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

86:13

The ball is crossed by Steven Gerrard, blocked by Math Ranegie.

85:33

Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Larangera Danilo gets a block in. Luis Suarez takes a short corner.

84:23

Stewart Downing takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Larangera Danilo.

84:23 Substitution

Substitution (Udinese) makes a substitution, with Math Ranegie coming on for Antonio Di Natale.

84:23

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Zeljko Brkic.

83:46

The ball is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Mehdi Benatia manages to make a clearance.

82:33

Joe Allen concedes a free kick for a foul on Larangera Danilo. Zeljko Brkic restarts play with the free kick.

82:14

Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Larangera Danilo.

80:08

Corner taken by Stewart Downing, comfortable save by Zeljko Brkic.

79:54

Steven Gerrard takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Larangera Danilo gets a block in.

78:46 Substitution

Substitution Raheem Sterling is brought on as a substitute for Fabio Borini.

76:35

Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Zeljko Brkic.

76:19

Antonio Di Natale is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.

75:01

Centre by Andrea Lazzari.

74:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Liverpool 2 - 3 Udinese Luis Suarez hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Liverpool 2-3 Udinese.

73:19

Foul by Fernandes Willians on Fabio Borini, free kick awarded.

71:54

The assist for the goal came from Antonio Di Natale.

71:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Giovanni Pasquale - Liverpool 1 - 3 Udinese A brilliant goal is scored by Giovanni Pasquale from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-3 Udinese.

69:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Sebastian Coates - Liverpool 1 - 2 Udinese Headed own goal by Sebastian Coates. Liverpool 1-2 Udinese.

68:50

Free kick crossed left-footed by Andrea Lazzari.

68:50 Substitution

Substitution Fernandes Willians replaces Giampiero Pinzi.

68:50

Foul by Fabio Borini on Andrea Lazzari, free kick awarded.

67:39

Free kick crossed by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Mehdi Benatia. Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Jonjo Shelvey.

67:39 Booking

Booking The referee shows Giampiero Pinzi a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:25

Giampiero Pinzi challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick.

65:55

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing, Zeljko Brkic makes a save.

65:55 Booking

Booking Mehdi Benatia receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

65:48

Mehdi Benatia concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Suarez.

64:24 Substitution

Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Steven Gerrard coming on for Jordan Henderson.

64:24 Substitution

Substitution Luis Suarez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Oussama Assaidi.

62:15

Stewart Downing sends in a cross, clearance by Davide Faraoni.

61:01

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Larangera Danilo gets a block in.

59:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Giampiero Pinzi on Glen Johnson. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.

57:17

Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrea Lazzari. Maurizio Domizzi takes the direct free kick.

54:54

Giampiero Pinzi takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Henderson.

54:23

Antonio Di Natale has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

53:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giovanni Pasquale by Fabio Borini. Free kick taken by Maurizio Domizzi.

52:26

Jonjo Shelvey produces a cross, Zeljko Brkic makes a comfortable save.

52:00

The ball is sent over by Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Jamie Carragher makes a clearance.

51:48

Centre by Giovanni Pasquale, Jack Robinson manages to make a clearance.

50:13

The offside flag is raised against Antonio Di Natale. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

45:31

Andrea Lazzari provided the assist for the goal.

45:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Antonio Di Natale - Liverpool 1 - 1 Udinese A goal is scored by Antonio Di Natale from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-1 Udinese.

45:29

Andrea Lazzari sends in a cross,

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Udinese) makes a substitution, with Andrea Lazzari coming on for Pablo Armero.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:49

Antonio Di Natale takes the outswinging corner, Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.

44:01

Unfair challenge on Jonjo Shelvey by Giampiero Pinzi results in a free kick. Jonjo Shelvey takes the direct free kick.

42:14

Roberto Pereyra takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Coates. Antonio Di Natale decides to take a short corner.

40:40

Foul by Maurizio Domizzi on Stewart Downing, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick. Corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance by Maurizio Domizzi.

39:29

Shot from 20 yards by Oussama Assaidi. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu gets a block in.

37:37

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Larangera Danilo gets a block in. Stewart Downing takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Larangera Danilo makes a clearance.

36:17

The ball is swung over by Glen Johnson, Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Zeljko Brkic.

35:32

Antonio Di Natale is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

33:29

Jack Robinson produces a cross, clearance made by Larangera Danilo.

30:22

The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson.

30:05

Stewart Downing takes a shot. Giovanni Pasquale gets a block in.

28:14

Effort on goal by Antonio Di Natale from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

27:32

The ball is swung over by Davide Faraoni, clearance made by Sebastian Coates.

24:09

Giampiero Pinzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

23:37

Glen Johnson crosses the ball, Larangera Danilo makes a clearance.

22:06

The assist for the goal came from Stewart Downing.

22:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonjo Shelvey - Liverpool 1 - 0 Udinese Jonjo Shelvey scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Liverpool 1-0 Udinese.

22:02

Centre by Stewart Downing,

20:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Armero by Jordan Henderson. Mehdi Benatia takes the free kick.

20:10

Oussama Assaidi produces a cross, clearance made by Mehdi Benatia.

17:25

A cross is delivered by Oussama Assaidi, Zeljko Brkic makes a save.

16:27

Effort from the edge of the area by Fabio Borini goes wide of the right-hand upright.

15:43

Pablo Armero is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sebastian Coates.

14:52

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Antonio Di Natale played to the near post, Mehdi Benatia takes a shot. Jonjo Shelvey manages to make a clearance.

14:03

Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Di Natale from the left by-line, save by Jose Reina.

13:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giampiero Pinzi by Jonjo Shelvey. Centre by Antonio Di Natale, Mehdi Benatia takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.

12:50

A cross is delivered by Davide Faraoni, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.

11:19

The ball is delivered by Giovanni Pasquale, clearance made by Sebastian Coates.

11:07

The ball is swung over by Mehdi Benatia, clearance made by Glen Johnson.

10:15

Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Maurizio Domizzi makes a clearance.

8:38

Roberto Pereyra is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Reina.

7:54

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Antonio Di Natale from the right by-line, Jose Reina makes a save.

7:15

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stewart Downing, Sebastian Coates takes a shot. Save by Zeljko Brkic.

6:54

Shot by Jonjo Shelvey. Blocked by Larangera Danilo.

5:16

Effort from the edge of the area by Oussama Assaidi goes wide of the left-hand post.

3:04

The ball is swung over by Davide Faraoni, blocked by Jack Robinson. Antonio Di Natale decides to take the corner short, Davide Faraoni delivers the ball, clearance made by Sebastian Coates.

2:31

Jonjo Shelvey produces a cross.

0:54

Davide Faraoni gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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