Europa League

November 8, 2012



2 - 3

Young Boys

Group A

18:00 +00:00, November 8, 2012

Stadio Friuli

Referee: Kristo Tohver

Bobadilla does it again

caption:Raphael Nuzzolo celebrates his winning goal for Young Boys

Raul Bobadilla's fourth goal against Udinese in two games and second-half strikes from Alexander Farnerud and Raphael Nuzzolo inspired Young Boys to a shock 3-2 Europa League win over the Italian side.

Martin Rueda's men stunned Udinese on home soil 3-1 two weeks ago, with Bobadilla's treble sealing their first points in Group A.

And the Argentinian was on target to set the Swiss outfit on their way before veteran striker Antonio Di Natale levelled early in the second half - seconds after he had missed from the penalty spot.

However, the visitors re-established their lead through Farnerud and Nuzzolo before Diego Fabbrini set up a tense finale.

The result sent Young Boys up to third in the group, level on six points alongside Liverpool, while Udinese prop up the table.

Head coach Francesco Guidolin had been forced to defend his side's attitude towards the competition after their defeat in Bern two weeks ago.

They started in promising fashion, with Di Natale rattling the bar from close range before the former Italy international struck narrowly wide.

Yet they fell behind in the 27th minute, with Bobadilla proving to be Udinese's nemesis once again.

After being fouled by Larangera Danilo just outside the area, the former Borussia Monchengladbach striker drilled his free-kick past Udinese keeper Zeljko Brkic.

Young Boys defended stoutly until the interval but seemed to have been caught napping as, seconds into the second half, Math Ranegie was fouled in the area by defender Alain Nef.

Di Natale's low effort, however, saw his low effort saved by Marco Wolfli but the 35-year-old would make amends almost immediately, volleying into the net after the Young Boys keeper could only clear Pablo Armero's cross into his path.

Wolfli saved well at the feet of Ranegie but, at the other end, Farnerud curled wonderfully into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to give Young Boys the lead once again in the 65th minute.

The Bern-based outfit then left the Stadio Friuli faithful stunned seven minutes later as Nuzzolo slotted home after Brkic could only parry Gonzalo Zarate's effort from a narrow angle.

To their credit, the Bianconeri, who had not been beaten in their last seven home European matches prior to this game, refused to lie down and halved the deficit when Fabbrini capitalised on some loose defending to prod home.

Ranegie's strike was tipped over by Wolfli as Udinese sensed an equaliser but Young Boys held on to secure another famous victory.

Scoring Summary

Udinese Young Boys
Antonio Di Natale (pen miss 45')Raul Marcelo Bobadilla (27')
Antonio Di Natale (47')Alexander Farnerud (65')
Diego Fabbrini (83')Raphael Nuzzolo (73')


Udinese Young Boys
Zeljko BrkicMarco Wolfli
16 Andrea CodaAlain Nef
Danilo23 S Sutter
11 Maurizio Domizzi22 Dusan Veskovac
27 Pablo Armero13 Elsad Zverotic
Dusan BastaAlexander Farnerud
21 Andrea Lazzari16 Mario Raimondi
88 Fernandes Willians 29 Raphael Nuzzolo
10 Antonio Di Natale14 Christian Schneuwly
13 Math RanegieRaul Marcelo Bobadilla
37 Roberto Pereyra19 Eulogio Zarate
25 Daniele PadelliLandry Mvogo 18
Davide FaraoniJan Lecjaks 33
75 Thomas HeurtauxJuhani Ojala 3
48 Filippo BerraAlexander Gonzalez 2
43 Davide MarsuraMoreno Costanzo 10
49 Max ReinthalerPascal Doubai 30
31 Diego FabbriniMichael Freyer LeciƱena 20
Diego Fabbrini for Fernandes Willians (53)
Pascal Doubai for Christian Schneuwly (74)
Davide Faraoni for Roberto Pereyra (64)
Alexander Gonzalez for Eulogio Zarate (81)
 Michael Freyer LeciƱena for Raul Marcelo Bobadilla (88)
Yellow Cards
Andrea Coda (49)
Alexander Farnerud (62)
Diego Fabbrini (58)
Mario Raimondi (77)
Davide Faraoni (85)
Alain Nef (82)
· Squads: Udinese | Young Boys