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2014 World Cup: Ghana midfielder Agyemang-Badu scores as Udinese thrash Livorno

Published on: 04 May 2014
Emmanuel Agyemang Badu

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu found the back of the net in Udinese’s 5-3 win over Livorno on Sunday in the Serie A.

The 23-year-old scored the second goal in the 21st minute after Di Natale sent a cushioned half-volley into the net two minutes earlier to level the scoring.

It was Livorno who broke the deadlock thanks to their top scorer Paulinho, who curled a wonderful free kick into the near top corner, leaving Simone Scuffet rooted to the spot.

Di Natale surged forward on the counter and rolled across for Bruno Fernandes, whose touch was heavy, but it became an assist for Badu to fire in.

It was Badu’s fourth league goal of the season in 27 appearances.

Livorno refused to give in and restored parity with another Paulinho free kick, this one taking a decisive deflection off Danilo in the wall to wrong-foot Scuffet.

Udinese went in front again with a fantastic team move, as a series of one-touch passes tore the Livorno defence apart until Roberto Pereyra swept his finish under the bar.

Livorno were showing why they are in the drop zone, as the defence was again embarrassed by a quick passing move.

Gabriel Silva was left totally unmarked to side-foot in from six yards at the back post on Pereyra’s cross.

Moments later Di Natale sprung the offside trap for a fifth, his first touch and finish with the outside of the right boot pure class.

Livorno did eventually get one back in the final minutes when Belfodil’s daisy-cutter nutmegged a defender and was well saved by Scuffet, but Djamel Mesbah was quickest to pounce on the rebound.

 Watch Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu's goal in Udinese's 5-3 over Livorno in the Serie A: 


Badu Goal ~ Udinese VS Livorno 2-1 ~ 04/05/14 by All_Goals


  • Benny says:
    May 04, 2014 04:52 pm
    Great to see our players scoring. Great for their confidence,going to the World will give AA lots of choice.
  • banger says:
    May 04, 2014 05:45 pm
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 04, 2014 05:57 pm
    There are no haters mate. at least not intelligent ones. critique does not necessary constitute hatred. we are all happy that our players are scoring especially the strikers. AA should have a good headache in choosing his strikers... for they are all deserving of a place in brazil. .. Gyan, Waris, Accam, J. Ayew, Boakye-Yiadom.
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 05, 2014 07:57 am
    Has he been 23 years the past 3 years...???
  • Straight talk says:
    May 04, 2014 09:57 pm
    Hey John Antwi too should be invited for the Egyptian league is very high
  • Troy says:
    May 04, 2014 09:32 pm
    Please we are not going to TEST players at the world cup.
  • Benito says:
    May 04, 2014 08:19 pm
    Essifuah is not ripe yet for the world cup,he will get his turn soon ,no need to rush him.
  • CEREBRAL says:
    May 04, 2014 07:42 pm
    Also Assifuah...winning the golden boot in the U20 WC cup is not a joke. If I was in AA's shoes I would test the following players in the last two friendlies before choosing his final 23: Accam, J. Ayew, Boakye-Yiadom and Assifuah. Literally test their speed, shots on target, dribbling, assists, finishing and stamina. Just pick the one with the best performance stats and forget about what league they play in. Some players do better in tournaments than in their resident club where the coach's preferences play a huge role. Ghana will do very well if we pay attention to details, fitness, strengths and tactics as opposed to petty politics and favoritism.
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 04, 2014 06:43 pm
    This guy 23?