Man City win the battle but lose the war with Hamburg; Werder, Shakhtar & Dynamo Kiev comprise an all German-Ukrainian UEFA Cup semi-final line up

Manchester City 2 – Hamburg 1 (Agg. 3-4) (UEFA Cup, April 16, 2009) City got off to a terrible start conceding  inside 12 minutes, Jonathan Pitroipa sent over a low cross from the right that Richard Dunne failed to clear and when the ball eventually fell to Paolo Guerrero the striker slid in the opener. Back came the Citizens, Piotr Trochowski was harshly deemed to have handled a shot from Elano and the Brazilian converted the resulting spot-kick. City took the lead on the night in the 50th minute when Felipe Caicedo collected a pass from Stephen Ireland in the box and, after showing some twinkle-toes, the striker fired in the second for Sparky’s boys.

Udinese 3 – Werder Bremen 3 (Agg. 4-6) (UEFA Cup, April 16, 2009) A terrific 20-yard strike from Gokhan Inler fired Udinese in front, but Diego brought Werder back on level terms after capitalising on poor Italian defending to crash in the equaliser. Udinese struck back inside 120 seconds, Fabio Quagliarella nipping in to coolly claim the hosts’ second. And Fabio Quagliarella quickly went on to chalk up his brace after showing excellent chest control before firing in a low shot from outside the box. Werder rallied in the second half, Diego claimed his second of the night following up after a shot that rebounded off the bar. Diego then missed his opportunity to claim a hat-trick seeing his penalty well saved by Samir Handanovic, only for Claudio Pizarro to restore parity with a 73rd minute equaliser following a corner.

Marseille 1 – Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Agg. 1-4) (UEFA Cup, April 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The Stade Velodrome was stunned into silence on the half hour after Fernandinho started and finished the move to give Shakhtar the lead. Marseille levelled just before the break, Hatem Ben Arfa scoring at the back post after his initial header had been saved. In the dying seconds Shakhtar claimed a winner on the night through Adriano.

Dynamo Kiev 3 – PSG 0 (Agg. 3-0) (UEFA Cup, April 16, 2009) Dynamo took the lead after just four minutes when Guinea forward Ismael Bangoura scored with a low drive from just outside the box. PSG keeper Mickael Landreau then scored a horrific own goal to hand Kiev their second, the Parisan keeper managing to fist an up-and-under into his own net as he tried to claim a catch. Ognjen Vukojevic sealed the victory with a third on the hour.