UEFA Cup: Hamburg make mince-meat out of Man City; Diego inspires Bremen over Udinese; Shakhtar beat Marseille; Kiev hold PSG

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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