Fulham light up the Europa League again with comeback win over Hamburg; Forlan stuns the Kop to send Liverpool crashing out as Atletico Madrid head to the final

Fulham 2 – Hamburg 1 (Europa League semi-final second leg, April 29, 2010) (Agg. 2-1) (Longer highlights here.) Mladen Petric punctured the excited air at Craven Cottage with a terrificly well struck free-kick just after twenty minutes. Simon Davies equalised midway through the second half following some neat juggling by the Welsh winger after a fine ball from Murphy. Six minutes later Zoltan Gera fired Fulham ahead following a poorly defended corner and sent the Cottagers into the final.

Liverpool 2 – Atletico Madrid 1* AET (Europa League semi-final second leg, April 29, 2010) (Agg. 2-2) (Longer highlights here.) Yossi Benayoun had a chance within seconds of the kick off at Anfield and Dan Agger had a goal disallowed on the half hour. Alberto Aquilani equalised overall in the tie just before the break with a fine finish from a Benayoun cross. Four minutes into injury time, Yossi Benayoun put Rafa Benitez’s side in front for the first time in the tie with a fine left footed finish. But Liverpool’s joy was short lived, just before half time of extra time Diego Forlan scored his second goal of the tie from a terrific cross by Reyes.

Rafa Benitez’s post match interview can be seen here.

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Djurgarden 1 – Mjallby 0 (Allsvenskan, April 29, 2010) Kennedy Igboananike headed home the only goal with six minutes to go.

Elfsborg 1 – Brommapojkarna 0 (Allsvenskan, April 29, 2010) A side footed finish from Johan Larsson proved the difference between the two teams.

Helsingborg 1 – AIK 0 (Allsvenskan, April 29, 2010) Veteran midfielder Mattias Lindstrom scored the winner from a free-kick.

IFK Gothenburg 0 – Malmo 2 (Allsvenskan, April 29, 2010) Daniel Larsson smashed home the opener on 21 and the second was scored by Guillermo Molins with a terrific strike from distance.

Trelleborg 0 – Atvidaberg 3 (Allsvenskan, April 29, 2010)

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Cruzeiro 3 – Nacional 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 29, 2010) Thiago Ribeiro claimed a clinical hat-trick to put the Brazilian side in charge. Mario Regueiro pulled a goal back to give the Uruguayans hope for the second leg.

Alianza Lima 0 – U De Chile 1 (Copa Libertadores, April 29, 2010) Substitute Diego Rivarola claimed the winner with four minutes remaining.

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Arsenal Sarandi 0 – Newell’s Old Boys 2 (Argentinean Clausura, April 29, 2010) Agustin Alayes and Rolando Schiavi scored for Newell’s who secured a spot in the Copa Sudamericana.

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Palmeiras 1 – Atletico Go 0 (Copa do Brazil, April 29, 2010) Cleiton Xavier scored from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.

Fluminense 2 – Gremio 3 (Copa do Brazil, April 29, 2010) Andre Lima headed the home side in front on 12 minutes but a brace from Douglas and another goal by Jonas put Gremio in charge. Gonzalez pulled one back on 77.


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