UEFA Cup: Villa get thumped at Hamburg; Pompey end their European dream in style; Wolfsburg draw in the San Siro

Hamburg 3 – Aston Villa 1 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) Hamburg moved ahead against Aston Villa when Reinhardt released a long ball out of defence through to Mladen Petric, who took a touch and volleyed left-footed into the far corner. And Martin Jol’s team doubled there advantage through Ivica Olic’s diving header. After the break it was three for the Germans, Olic saw off Carlos Cuellar’s weak challenge before lashing home past Guzan. Nathan Delfouneso continued his personal triumph in the UEFA Cup bagging a consolation, while Steve Sidwell was sent off for two bookable offences. (All three Hamburg goals can be seen here.)

Portsmouth 3 – Heerenveen 0 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Pompey went in front when Crouch headed home a Marc Wilson cross. Crouch added a second less than two minutes later when he tapped in after a mesmerising run from Kanu. Hermann Hreidarsson completed the scoring when he headed in from a Glen Little cross in the last minute.

AC Milan 2 – Wolfsburg 2 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) Massimo Ambrosini crashed home Clarence Seedorf’s corner to give Milan the lead. Wolfsburg drew level in the 55th minute, a team move saw the ball moved from right to left before Cristian Zaccardo fired in the equaliser. But the Rossoneri immediately went up the other end and regain their lead as Pato toe-poked Milan back in front. But ten minutes from time Wolfsburg equalised for the second time when Mahir Saglik diverted a shot past Dida.

St. Etienne 2 – Valencia 2 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) With the snow falling and having to use a red ball, Ilan raced clear on the Valencia goal to finish coolly. Fernando Morientes pulled the visitors level turning home Joaquin’s cross but St. Etienne restored their lead on the stroke of halftime when Ilan bagged his second of the game after a shocking fumble from keeper Guaita. Twenty minutes from time the Spaniards levelled through Nikola Zigic.

Feyenoord 0 – Lech Poznan 1 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) Ivan Djurdjevic headed Lech Poznan into the lead at Feyenoord.

Deportivo La Coruna 1 – Nancy 0 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) Rodolfo Bodipo scored the winner in the 73rd minute.

Ajax 2 – Slavia Prague 2 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) Jan Vertonghen fired the hosts in front after just four minutes, powerfully heading home a Miralem Suljemani corner. Slavia levelled inside 10 minutes as Jarsolav Cerny converted Krajcik’s cross from the right. The visitors then completed the turnaround four minutes before the interval as Krajcik teed-up Marek Jarolim. Ajax equalised late on, Luis Suarez coolly slotted home a last minute penalty to earn a share of the spoils.

Club Brugge 0 – FC Copenhagen 1 (UEFA Cup, December 17, 2008) FC Copenhagen beat and eliminated Club Brugge from reaching knock-out stages, Cesar Santin fired Copenhagen ahead just before the hour mark. Nabil Dirar twice came within inches of equalising but a combined of great goalkeeping and the woodwork denied him a goal.