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What a tough 2 games these will be.

Having the first leg at home first might be a disadvantage, but some of our best performances in the tournament (Moscow, Dortmund) have been away from home so who knows what will happen...
 

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:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Marino Will Not Rotate Udinese Squad Against Zenit St. Petersburg

The Zebrette will play a full strength line-up against Zenit at the Stadio Friuli...

Udinese host Zenit St. Petersburg in the first-leg of their UEFA Cup tie on Thursday and having now highlighted the tournament as a priority, coach Pasquale Marino has announced that he will play his best eleven and will not rotate the squad for the match against the Russians, according to Eurosport.

This means captain Antonio Di Natale will start in attack, alongside fellow Italian internationals Fabio Quagliarella and Simone Pepe.

Marino is spoilt for choice in midfield, and will line-up Gaetano D'Agostino and Gokhan Inler with one of Mauricio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah, or Christian Obodo.

Meanwhile, in defense, Christian Zapata, Andrea Coda, Maurizio Domizzi, and Aleksander Lukovic are in pole position to start the match against the current UEFA Cup and European Super Cup champions.

Here are the full list of call-ups for Udinese:

Belardi, Handanovic, Koprivec, Coda, Felipe, Domizzi, Pasquale, Sala, Zapata, Asamoah, D'Agostino, Inler, Isla, Obodo, Zimling, Di Natale, Floro Flores, Pepe, Quagliarella, Sanchez.

Adam Scime, Goal.com
 

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1st Leg FT: Udinese 2-0 Zenit

Quagliarella (85) and Di Natale (Pen 90)

Brilliant result :thumbsup::happy::happy:

A fairly even game throughout and then 2 goals in the last 5 minutes.

I think we deserved to win and definitely deserved a goal, but 2-0 was a bit lucky because Zenit made some very good chances to score and the penalty was very soft. We created some decent chances throughout the match too though and probably played better than Zenit overall.

The 2nd leg will be tough, but a 2 goal advantage and not conceding an away goal is obviously a big advantage.

Udinese are now the only Italian team still in Europe...
 

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Good result. But playing away to Zenit is extremely tough. The weather conditions are tough and the fans of Zenit are rabid. You have to play at full strengh. This is far from over, but if you can hit them on the break you will come through.

Good luck fellow bianconeri ;)
 

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Indeed you really need to aim for the away goal. keep it tight and counter, Udinese are normlly good at this anyway and you have won in Russia once this season already.
 

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Quarter Finals!!!!!

:D:D:D

Unfortunately I had to miss the game so dont really know how the game went....draw is tomorrow :thumbsup:

From channel4:

Zenit St Petersburg 1 - 0 Udinese (1-2 on agg.)
Tymoshcuk 34
Petrovsky Stadium

Udinese were made to sweat but the Friulani have reached the last eight of the UEFA Cup despite a 1-0 defeat against holders Zenit St Petersburg.

Pasquale Marino's men had a commanding 2-0 lead to take to Russia courtesy of a late flourish in the home leg.

But Udinese still had a lot to do on a bitterly cold evening in Saint Petersburg against the holders.

The hosts had a limited squad at their disposal and only named four substitutes.

Marino picked Aleksandar Lukovic and Giovanni Pasquale from the start with Mauricio Isla on the bench.

As expected, Zenit made the early running and forced an early corner, which Danny headed just over the bar.

The Russians shouted for a penalty when Lukovic pushed Pavel Pogrebnyak in the box, but the referee wasn't interested.

Pogrebnyak's shot was blocked by Dias Felipe and Samir Handanovic made a good stop from Igor Denisov.

Zenit were nearly ahead from a corner but Lukovic cleared a header off the line.

On the counterattack Udinese nearly struck but Fabio Quagliarella nodded just over from an Antonio Di Natale cross.

Handanovic made a comfortable stop from a central strike from Anatoliy Tymoschuk.

Gaetano D'Agostino's free-kick was tipped away for a corner, which Vyacheslav Malafeev plucked from the air.

Zenit brought themselves back into the tie when they made it 1-0 just after the half-hour mark.

Udinese didn't defend a corner well and Tymoshcuk rose to head home a ball from the left.

It was nearly 2-0 when Viktor Fayzulin missed a golden chance by blazing over from close range.

Gyan Asamoah broke away and the ball broke off a defender to Quagliarella, but he couldn't keep his shot on target.

After the break, D'Agostino's cross/shot was deflected dangerously over his own bar by Igor Semshov.

Zenit then continued to push and Udinese were being pegged back in their own half.

Lukovic had to come off with a muscular problem to be replaced by Isla.

The Russians squandered some promising free-kicks and at the other end Quagliarella's effort was impressively saved by Malafeev.

Malafeev was alert again to deny Quagliarella from a corner taken by D'Agostino.

Asamoah hit a weak shot that was easily picked up by Malafeev and Simone Pepe's header was a whisker wide.

Zenit threw men forward with desperation but they couldn't break Udinese down and the Friulani progressed to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.


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Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev; Sirl (Husztl 70), Tymoshcuk, Krizanac, Kim; Denisov, Semshov, Fayzulin (Tekke 70), Zyryanov; Danny, Pogrebnyak

Udinese: Handanovic; Lukovic (Isla 59), Zapata, Felipe, Pasquale; Inler, D'Agostino, Asamoah; Pepe, Quagliarella, Di Natale (Obodo 91)

Ref: Atkinson (Eng)
 
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