UEFA Cup: Hamburg make mince-meat out of Man City; Diego inspires Bremen over Udinese

Hamburg 3 – Manchester City 1 (UEFA Cup, April 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) City got off to the best possible start in Hamburg scoring after just 30 seconds, Ireland played in Robinho with a long ball, the Brazilian controlled brilliantly before returning the ball to the advancing Stephen Ireland who had the simple job of turning the ball over the line. But City’s lead was short-lived, Piotr Trochowski’s corner was headed home by Joris Mathijsen at the near post. The Germans then took control of proceedings, but it took until the 60th minute and a Micah Richards handball to allow Piotr Trochowski the opportunity to put Hamburg ahead from the spot. Trochowski capped a fine performance sending in a low cross from the left that Jose Paolo Guerrro, unmarked, steered into the roof of the net for the Germans’ third.

Werder Bremen 3 – Udinese 1 (UEFA Cup, April 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Werder broke the deadlock against Udinese thanks to a well-placed shot from Diego from just inside the box in the 32nd minute. After the break the brilliant Brazilian claimed a superb second, Diego controlled in the box before finding room to curl a beauty into the far post. Two minutes later it was three, Hugo Almeida collected a ball over the top and went on to fire low into the corner. Fabio Quagliarella gave Udinese faint hope for the second leg bagged a crucial away goal three minutes from time.

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – Marseille 0 (UEFA Cup, April 9, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Tomas Hubschman had two bites of the cherry and put Shakhtar in front at home to Marseille four minutes before half-time. Jadson doubled the lead midway through the second half.

PSG 0 – Dynamo Kiev 0 (UEFA Cup, April 9, 2009) Clement Chantome had the best chance for the Ligue 1 side but his powerful shot was superbly saved by Dynamo keeper Stanislav Bogush on the half hour. Dynamo also had their chances, the clearest coming in the 50th minute when an Olexandr Aliyev attempt from just outside the box was tipped away by PSG keeper Mickael Landreau.

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Cardiff 4 – Derby 1 (Championship, April 8, 2009) Roger Johnson headed the Bluebirds in front after 16 minutes from a Peter Whittingham free-kick. Two goals in two second half minutes sealed the points for the home side as Alex Rae rounded Stephen Bywater to score before Jay Bothroyd prodded home after the visitors failed to clear a corner. Eddie Johnson scored the fourth when he intercepted a pass from Andy Todd and ran through before smashing past Bywater, before the on-loan Fulham striker was credited with an own goal from Gary Teale’s corner for the Rams’ late consolation.

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Olympiakos 2 – Asteras Tripolis 1 (Greek Cup, April 9, 2009) Danijel Cesare gave the visitors the early advantage but a fine finish from Dudu and a second from Diogo turned the match in Olympiakos’ favour.

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Slask Wroclaw 1 – Gornik Zabrze 1 (Ekstraklasa, April 9, 2009) Adam Banas put Gornik ahead with a header that Sebastian Dudek cancelled out seven minutes from time.

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Brondby 2 – Aalborg 0 (SAS Ligaen, April 9, 2009) Ousman Jallow broke the deadlock after 40 minutes and Jan Kristiansen sowed up the points eight minutes from time as Brondby moved level on points with FC Copenhagen at the top of the table.

Odense 2 – Esbjerg 1 (SAS Ligaen, April 9, 2009) Jesper Jorgensen put the visitors ahead with a penalty in the 13th minute, but Chris Sorensen levelled from the spot shortly before the half-hour mark and Hans Henrik Andreasen bagged the winner seven minutes from time.

Aarhus 1 – Horsens 0 (SAS Ligaen, April 9, 2009)

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Boca Juniors 3 – Guarani 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 9, 2009) Boca maintained their 100% record in this year’s competition thanks to goals from Martin Palermo, Rodrigo Palacio, and Juan Roman Riquelme. Guarani pulled a goal back through Miguel Paniagua, who took on three defenders and the goalkeeper before scoring.

LDU de Quito 1 – Colo Colo 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 9, 2009) Jairo Campos had put the hosts ahead after 48 minutes, but in stoppage time Luis Mena’s cross bounced off Bieler to give the Chilean’s a point.

Sao Paulo 2 – Defensor Sporting 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 9, 2009) A terrible mistake by keeper Rogerio Ceni put the visitors ahead in the 38th minute, Ceni seemed to have Diego Souza’s free-kick under control but then incredibly dropped the ball inside his own goal. Sao Paulo struck back in the second half when Borges scored twice in the 70th and 74th minute. Diego Souza was sent off in the final minute of the game.

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Figueirense 2 – Ponte Preta 2 (Copa do Brasil, April 9, 2009)