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Nervy Hamburg hold off City fightback

Published: Friday 17 April 2009, 0.55CET
Manchester City FC 2-1 Hamburger SV (agg: 3-4)
Elano was twice denied by the woodwork as the hosts' comeback came up just too short, meaning Hamburg progress to an all-German semi-final.
by Patrick Hart
from City of Manchester Stadium
Nervy Hamburg hold off City fightback
Hamburg salute their fans at full time ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Man. CityHamburg

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target10
 
9
Corners7
 
6
Offsides12
 
1
Fouls committed21
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 17 April 2009, 0.55CET

Nervy Hamburg hold off City fightback

Manchester City FC 2-1 Hamburger SV (agg: 3-4)
Elano was twice denied by the woodwork as the hosts' comeback came up just too short, meaning Hamburg progress to an all-German semi-final.

On the night Manchester City FC supporters revived their tradition of bringing plastic bananas to the match, the English club's UEFA Cup hopes were deflated by Hamburger SV in a dramatic quarter-final.

Winning streak
Leading 3-1 from last week's first leg, the Bundesliga title contenders claimed the breakthrough goal through José Paolo Guerrero, then withstood the intense pressure which followed City's strikes either side of half-time from Elano and Felipe Caicedo. The 4-3 aggregate victory, rewarded by an all-German semi-final against Werder Bremen, confirmed coach Martin Jol's winning habit against the hosts – Jol had prevailed in all seven previous encounters with City.

Deadlock broken
Make no mistake: this was a serious test of HSV's trophy-collecting credentials. The craze for inflatable bananas which City fans had introduced to English football in 1988 returned with a passion. It was accompanied by frenzied City attacking. Pablo Zabaleta played in Micah Richards early on but he lost his footing with only Hamburg keeper Frank Rost to beat. Yet Jol's men remained composed. Ivica Olić shot across goal, an attempt heralding the opener from Guerrero. The No9 vindicated his inclusion ahead of Mladen Petrić by slotting low beyond keeper Shay Given after Olić had touched on Jonathan Pitroipa's cross.

Equaliser
By the 15th minute, though, City had a lifeline. The referee awarded a penalty after Elano's centre had caught Piotr Trochowski, and the Brazilian directed it coolly past Rost. Vincent Kompany's sliding tackle on former Hamburg team-mate David Jarolím was a barometer of the blue-and-red hot atmosphere being generated on a chilly night.

Close calls
City looked capable of scoring more and Stephen Ireland's volley rustled the side-netting. At the other end Trochowski made a nuisance of himself, troubling Given with both feet and head. A perhaps more trumpeted talent, Robinho, darted one way, then the other, before slipping across a ball which Caicedo flicked into Rost's midriff. City left-back Wayne Bridge also got forward to threaten. Nobody went closer than Elano, though, with a 42nd-minute free-kick that rattled the crossbar.

City ahead
If City came out for the second half with a spring in their step, a blistering run by Jerome Boateng restored some balance to the contest. The ebb and flow continued. When left-back Marcell Jansen failed to clear, Ireland slipped the ball into Caicedo, and making space for himself between the Hamburg centre-halves, City's lone striker rolled his finish beyond Rost. Elano reacquainted himself with the woodwork from another set-piece. Caicedo scooped the ball over from close range. Zabaleta's one-two with Robinho produced another manic moment. The tide had turned and Hamburg were foundering.

Frenzied finish
Somehow, they kept their feet. With the game entering its last 15 minutes and HSV mining fresh reserves of energy, Dennis Aogo drew a foul from Richard Dunne that earned the home captain a second yellow card. Olić should have sealed the win, then Richards wasted just as good an opportunity on the volley. By the end, it was all City yet the final whistle brought Hamburg cheers and the hissing of punctured local pride.

Last updated: 17/04/09 9.17CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

hamburg

Hamburg

37
GivenShay Given (GK)
1
RostFrank Rost (GK)
2
RichardsMicah Richards
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
4
OnuohaNedum Onuoha
7
JansenMarcell Jansen
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution77
9
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Goal12
7
IrelandStephen Ireland
11
OlićIvica Olić
10
RobinhoRobinho
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím (C)
11
ElanoElano
Goal17
Substitution85
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution73
20
CaicedoFelipe Caicedo
Goal50
16
GravgaardMichael Gravgaard
22
DunneRichard Dunne (C)
Yellow Card14
Red Card75
19
BoatengJérôme Boateng
25
BridgeWayne Bridge
21
PitroipaJonathan Pitroipa
33
KompanyVincent Kompany
Yellow Card47
40
AogoDennis Aogo

Substitutes

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
12
HeslWolfgang Hesl (GK)
15
GarridoJavier Garrido
2
Alex SilvaAlex Silva
17
M.PetrovMartin Petrov
10
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution73
19
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Substitution77
24
NdjengMarcel Ndjeng
24
EvansChed Evans
25
RincónTomás Rincón
28
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution85
34
SchulzKai-Fabian Schulz
30
LoganShaleum Logan
35
Tunay TorunTunay Torun

Coach

Mark Hughes (WAL) Martin Jol (NED)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Andrea Stefani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)

Fourth official

Paolo Dondarini (ITA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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