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Liverpool crashes to Europa defeat

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

PARIS - Liverpool crumbled to a 3-2 Europa League defeat to Udinese at Anfield on Thursday as their roller-coaster season continued while Premier League rivals Newcastle cruised past Bordeaux 3-0.

Liverpool had been good value for a half-time lead after Jonjo Shelvey headed them in front in the 23rd minute.

But veteran striker Antonio Di Natale levelled for the Italians just after the interval before Sebastian Coates put through his own goal in the 70th minute and Giovanni Pasquale added a third two minutes later.

Uruguay star Luis Suarez curled in a free-kick with 15 minutes to go to reduce the deficit but Liverpool were unable to make a further breakthrough.

They will next face Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala who defeated Young Boys of Switzerland 2-0 to lead Group A with Samuel Eto'o scoring two second-half goals.

"We were very good in the first half but we had problems in the first 20 minutes of the second half, when we lost concentration and became lazy," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Shola Ameobi, with his 13th European goal, Henrique and Senegal international Papiss Cisse were all on target in Newcastle's comfortable win over French side Bordeaux.

Newcastle lead Group D with four points from two games.

Tottenham, fresh from upstaging Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Panathinaikos in Athens.

Spurs were in control of their Group J fixture against a side reeling from the sacking of their captain Kostas Katsouranis after Michael Dawson's first half header.

But their Greek hosts battled back to scrape an unlikely draw after the break courtesy of Spanish striker Toche.





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