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Honours even in Hamburg

Published: Thursday 22 April 2010, 22.50CET
Hamburger SV 0-0 Fulham FC
The visitors produced a resilient display to leave HSV with work to do if they are to return home for the 12 May final.

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Match statistics

HamburgFulham

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners7
 
1
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
7
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 22 April 2010, 22.50CET

Honours even in Hamburg

Hamburger SV 0-0 Fulham FC
The visitors produced a resilient display to leave HSV with work to do if they are to return home for the 12 May final.

Fulham FC are well placed to reach their first ever European final after holding a dominant Hamburger SV to a goalless draw in their UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg.

After enduring a 17-hour coach journey to North Germany because of the volcanic ash cloud, Roy Hodgson's side were eminently overrun in the opening period. The hosts, however, were unable to turn their dominance into chances and Fulham remained untroubled throughout the second half to find themselves in a strong position to settle the tie at Craven Cottage next Thursday.

Despite having won just one of their last six league games, the hosts began the match in confident fashion, dictating the early possession and almost securing the perfect start when Ruud van Nistelrooy stole into the box from the left only to miscontrol. Piotr Trochowski also found his range with two long-range efforts early on, the first fizzing narrowly wide of Mark Schwarzer's near post.

With HSV dominating possession, Fulham struggled to find a way out of their own half and Zoltán Gera and Bobby Zamora were given precious little room to manoeuvre by the Germans' defence. Following a first half punctuated by misplaced passes, Hamburg again struggled to come up with ideas after the restart, though the lively Jonathan Pitroipa did manage to keep the home fans entertained with his mazy runs on the flank.

Fulham opted to replace the ineffective Zamora with fit-again Clint Dempsey early in the second period and almost caught the hosts by surprise when Gera wriggled his way in behind the defence, only for the Hungarian to get tangled up by his own footwork just metres from goal.

Hamburg's best phase of the match followed as Pitroipa's deflected shot blazed narrowly over before Trochowski's drive from distance forced a fine save from Schwarzer. Substitute Mladen Petrić twice went close late on, but Bruno Labbadia's charges remained frustrated and now have plenty of work to do if they are to return to their home ground as finalists on 12 May.

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Lineups

hamburg

Hamburg

fulham

Fulham

1
RostFrank Rost (GK)
1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
Yellow Card32
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
6
AogoDennis Aogo
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
8
Zé RobertoZé Roberto
6
BairdChris Baird
Yellow Card55
9
GuerreroJosé Paolo Guerrero
Substitution72
11
GeraZoltán Gera
Yellow Card68
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím (C)
13
MurphyDanny Murphy (C)
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Yellow Card90+1
16
DuffDamien Duff
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
18
HughesAaron Hughes
20
DemelGuy Demel
Substitution82
20
EtuhuDickson Etuhu
21
PitroipaJonathan Pitroipa
25
ZamoraBobby Zamora
Substitution52
22
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
29
DaviesSimon Davies

Substitutes

12
HeslWolfgang Hesl (GK)
19
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
3
RozehnalDavid Rozehnal
2
KellyStephen Kelly
10
PetrićMladen Petrić
Substitution72
10
NevlandErik Nevland
13
TescheRobert Tesche
23
DempseyClint Dempsey
Substitution52
16
BergMarcus Berg
26
SmallingChris Smalling
25
RincónTomás Rincón
Substitution82
27
GreeningJonathan Greening
35
Tunay TorunTunay Torun
34
DikgacoiKagisho Dikgacoi

Coach

Bruno Labbadia (GER) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Henrik Sønderby (DEN), Anders Nørrestrand (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Rasmussen (DEN), Anders Hermansen (DEN)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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