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Atlético edge through against dogged Hannover

Published: Thursday 5 April 2012, 23.00CET
Hannover 96 1-2 Club Atlético de Madrid (agg: 2-4)
Mame Diouf's strike set up a tense finale but audacious goals either side of it from Adrián López and Falcao took the 2010 winners through.
by Andy James
from Hannover Arena

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Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners9
 
2
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 5 April 2012, 23.00CET

Atlético edge through against dogged Hannover

Hannover 96 1-2 Club Atlético de Madrid (agg: 2-4)
Mame Diouf's strike set up a tense finale but audacious goals either side of it from Adrián López and Falcao took the 2010 winners through.

Club Atlético de Madrid booked their place in the last four of the UEFA Europa League with a second 2-1 victory against Hannover 96.

Los Colchoneros absorbed considerable pressure either side of the break but settled any nerves through Adrián López's classy second-half opener. Mame Diouf pulled one back for Hannover to set up an exciting finish, but an emphatic late strike from Falcao ensured it is Atlético who progress to face Valencia CF, whom they beat en route to winning the competition in 2010, in the semis.

A largely uneventful start suggested a tactical battle was in the offing, but with the onus on them to score Hannover eventually began to seize the initiative. Diouf provided a lively presence in attack as the hosts enjoyed plenty of possession in opposition territory, but Atlético defended well and chances remained scarce.

Hannover coach Mirko Slomka had suggested prior to the match that it was not in Atlético's repertoire to sit back, yet his prediction proved misplaced. Indeed, a solitary Adrián header which sailed comfortably wide was all the visitors had to show for the first half, but still it was they who maintained the aggregate advantage.

An even more courageous approach was required if Hannover were going to upset the odds and the risks involved served to open up the contest. With forwards of Atlético's quality, a single opening was likely to be enough and Adrián duly pounced on 63 minutes, turning Emanuel Pogatetz and dancing past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler and Christian Pander to slot into an almost unguarded net.

Pander nearly caught out visiting keeper Thibaut Courtois with an audacious effort direct from a corner as the hosts desperately sought a route back into the tie, and Diouf gave them hope with a firm finish into the near corner with nine minutes remaining.

Yet Hannover's impeccable home record this season was ultimately spoiled by Falcao's thumping late winner, cushioning Diego's adroit chip and allowing it to bounce before applying an emphatic finish beyond Zieler. Diego Simeone's side will go into the last four with hopes high, even if they will be without the suspended Diego Godín for the first leg after a booking tonight.

Last updated: 05/12/12 0.57CET

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Lineups

hannover

Hannover

atlético

Atlético

1
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
4
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
2
GodínDiego Godín
Yellow Card50
5
EggimannMario Eggimann
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
6
CherundoloSteven Cherundolo (C)
5
TiagoTiago
7
da Silva PintoSergio da Silva Pinto
Yellow Card49
6
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
11
Ya KonanDidier Ya Konan
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal63
13
SchlaudraffJan Schlaudraff
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Yellow Card16
Goal87
19
SchulzChristian Schulz
Substitution73
19
KokeKoke
Yellow Card54
Substitution65
24
PanderChristian Pander
Substitution86
21
PereaLuis Perea (C)
34
RauschKonstantin Rausch
Substitution71
22
DiegoDiego
Yellow Card43
Substitution88
39
DioufMame Diouf
Goal81
23
MirandaMiranda
Yellow Card68

Substitutes

14
MillerMarkus Miller (GK)
25
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
3
HagguiKarim Haggui
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
Substitution65
8
LalaAltin Lala
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
9
SobiechArtur Sobiech
Substitution86
15
PizziPizzi
23
ChahedSofian Chahed
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
Substitution88
25
AbdellaoueMohammed Abdellaoue
Substitution71
31
NdoyeMomar Ndoye
33
SchmiedebachManuel Schmiedebach
Substitution73
48
Saúl ÑiguezSaúl Ñiguez

Coach

Mirko Slomka (GER) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

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