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Leverkusen triumph in all-German affair

Published: Thursday 13 March 2008, 0.30CET
Hamburger SV 3-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
(agg: 3-3, Leverkusen win on away goals)
A stirring comeback proved insufficient for Hamburg.

Match statistics

HamburgLeverkusen

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners7
 
2
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 13 March 2008, 0.30CET

Leverkusen triumph in all-German affair

Hamburger SV 3-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
(agg: 3-3, Leverkusen win on away goals)
A stirring comeback proved insufficient for Hamburg.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen edged into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals despite losing 3-2 to Bundesliga rivals Hamburger SV in a thrilling second leg at the Arena Hamburg.

Barbarez opener
Leading 1-0 from the home leg, Leverkusen twice went ahead in northern Germany through Sergej Barbarez and Theofanis Gekas, only to see Hamburg equalise with strikes from Piotr Trochowski and José Paolo Guerrero. Rafael van der Vaart gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the 80th minute, but Leverkusen held on to progress on away goals and keep alive their hopes of adding a second title to their 1987/88 triumph.

Gekas denied
Despite rainy conditions, the encounter started at a fast pace. Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost denied Gekas from close range in the sixth minute, before his opposite number René Adler kept out Guerrero then watched Van der Vaart's excellent opportunity go wide. It was the visitors, though, who struck first on 18 minutes, as Barbarez, a Hamburg player for six years before joining Leverkusen in summer 2006, deviated Tranquillo Barnetta's free-kick past Rost.

Hamburg pressure
Van der Vaart missed another excellent chance from two metres out as Hamburg pressed for an equaliser. It eventually arrived eight minutes into the second period, Trochowski collecting a poor clearance and striking a well-placed shot inside the right post from outside the box. The game continued to fluctuate and Leverkusen regained the lead just two minutes later. Gekas, who had already scored in the first leg, made it 2-1, running on to a long ball from Hans Sarpei and beating Rost via the right-hand post.

Rousing finale
Huub Stevens' men levelled again in the 65th minute, Guy Demel sending a cross to Guerrero, who controlled the ball, turned and blasted into the far left corner. With the home fans willing their team on, Van der Vaart finally grabbed his goal, slotting in Guerrero's cross, to set up a rousing finale. Hamburg poured forward in the dying minutes but Leverkusen stood firm to ensure their presence in Friday's draw.

Last updated: 08/04/08 17.33CET

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Lineups

hamburg

Hamburg

leverkusen

Leverkusen

1
RostFrank Rost (GK)
1
AdlerRené Adler (GK)
3
AtoubaThimothée Atouba
Substitution61
2
HagguiKarim Haggui
4
ReinhardtBastian Reinhardt
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
6
RolfesSimon Rolfes (C)
6
OdjidjaVadis Odjidja (C)
Substitution46
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
9
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Yellow Card58
Goal65
10
GekasFanis Gekas
Goal55
Substitution82
11
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution77
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
15
SarpeiHans Sarpei
20
DemelGuy Demel
23
VidalArturo Vidal
Substitution87
23
Van der VaartRafael van der Vaart
Yellow Card76
Goal81
27
CastroGonzalo Castro
24
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Yellow Card55
36
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
Goal19
Yellow Card59
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
HeslWolfgang Hesl (GK)
22
FernandezBenedikt Fernandez (GK)
13
FillingerMario Fillinger
8
FreierPaul Freier
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution46
Goal53
13
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
Substitution87
19
BoatengJérôme Boateng
Substitution61
16
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler
Substitution72
Yellow Card82
22
Choupo-MotingEric Choupo-Moting
17
GreškoVratislav Greško
34
SamSidney Sam
Substitution77
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
29
Callsen-BrackerJan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker
Substitution82

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Michael Skibbe (GER)

Referee

Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

Assistant referees

Fermin Martinez Ibanez (ESP), Roberto Alonso (ESP)

Fourth official

Carlos Gómez (ESP)

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