Udinese comeback stuns Liverpool in Europa League

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

Udinese rallied for a 3-2 win at Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night, joining fellow Italian teams Inter Milan and Lazio in gaining their first opening-round wins victories in this season's competition.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime on Jonjo Shelvey's 23rd-minute goal; Udinese stunned the five-time European champions when Antonio Di Natale's 46th-minute goal, Sebastián Coates' 70th-minute own goal and Giovanni Pasquale's 72nd-minute score. Kuis Suarez scored for Liverpool in the 75th.

Lazio heads Group J with four points following a 1-0 winover visiting Maribor on Ederson's 62nd-minute goal. Tottenham is third after allowing Jose Toche's 77th-minute goal in a 1-1 tie at Panathinaikos. Michael Dawson had put Spurs ahead in the 36th.

"They had a lot of people behind the ball. They defended well, and that's the way it worked out," said American midfielder Clint Dempsey, who joined Spurs on Aug. 31. "At the end of the day we got a point -- that's it. It'd have been great if we got the win tonight. That would have put us in a stronger position. But we have to start winning the games. The pitch was pretty heavy. It was a bit bumpy, and the ball was moving around quite a bit. "

Anzhi Makhachkala and Udinese have four points each, and the Russian team leads Group A on goal difference after beating Young Boys 2-0 on a pair of goals by Samuel Eto'o.

Inter Milan got first-half goals from Phillippe Coutinho, Joel Obi and Marko Livaja in a 3-1 win at Neftci of Azerbaijan and leads Group H on goal differerence over Rubin Kazan, which beat Partizan Belgrade 2-0.