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Liverpool lead final five into Europa last 32

Published on Dec 7, 2012 6:25 AM
 
Liverpool players celebrate after the Uefa Europa League football match between Udinese and Liverpool on Dec 6, 2012 at Friuli Stadium in Udine. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Five-times European champions Liverpool survived a late scare to move into the last 32 of the Europa League with a 1-0 win over Italian side Udinese on Thursday.

The Premier League club were joined by compatriots Tottenham Hotspur, Steaua Bucharest, VfB Stuttgart and Basel as the last five clubs through to the knockout stages.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson's first strike of the season after 23 minutes helped Liverpool leapfrog Group A leaders Anzhi Makhachkala, though Antonio Di Natale blazed a good chance over the bar from the last kick of the game.

Udinese played the last 11 minutes with 10 men after Giovanni Pasquale's dismissal and Di Natale could have eliminated Liverpool altogether when he wasted a great late chance as Anzhi lost 3-1 at Young Boys in Berne.

 
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