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Europa League as it happened

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Caroline Cheese

2250: I was going to apologise to Liverpool fans, but perhaps they'll be relieved: tonight is all about Fulham and another stunning result in a quite remarkable European run. I'll say it again: Fulham face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final on 12 May. Awise Sir Woy... BYE!

2248: Plenty of messages from Liverpool fans encouraging Rafa Benitez to consider his future. Plenty of others complaining about the rule that away goals count in extra time - as in, Liverpool only had 90 mins to score an away goal, while Atletico had 120.

2246: Simon Davies's goal for Fulham is a solid-gold stunner, bringing the ball down with one touch, lifting it over the defender with the next and then finishing with his left foot. As someone just put on 606, if Leo Messi had scored it...

From anon via text: "Wow I'm still shaking after that game and I can't wait til the final! Bring on Atletico! I renewed my Fulham season ticket today and it's one of the best decisions I have made."


Atletico striker Diego Forlan: "It was a really difficult game. I feared the worst when Benayoun scored, but we knew we only needed one goal and we kept going."

2238: There goes Liverpool's last chance of silverware this season. Not sure what difference - if any - this makes to their mindset for Sunday's game against Chelsea. They still have a chance - albeit slim - of finishing fourth in the Prem, and they still need to tie up a Europa League place.

2236: Fulham will face Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final on Wednesday 12 May.

2235: FULL-TIME Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid AET [agg 2-2]
Atletico win on away goals

2233: Atletico on the break with a chance to finish it off but Jose Reyes overhits his pass into the middle. We're into two minutes of added time. Atletico trying to eat up some seconds with substitutions.

2231: Diego Forlan has been replaced by Ignacio Camacho for the visitors. Two minutes remaining now... can Liverpool conjure something up?

More from Hodgson: "I have had over two and a bit years here and I know none of these players will let me down, they could be excused in losing their heads in a European semi-final but they didn't. The fans have liked what we have been trying to do here and have been behind us even in the very early days when it wasn't going so well so it is some sort of reward for them."

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson: "After going a goal down against the run of play I think we made a major piece of history here tonight in a very special atmosphere. We have beaten a very good team and I'm drained after the emotional rollercoaster. I think lots of teams would have lost their discipline and shape, but we stayed strong."

2228: Five minutes remaining at Anfield. As it stands, it will be a Fulham v Atletico Madrid final.

2226: Another curious substitution by Rafa Benitez: Daniel Pacheco on... Yossi Benayoun off.

2226: The home fans are shouting very optimistically for a penalty as Dirk Kuyt falls as he challenges with Alvaro Dominguez for a long ball. Players don't appeal though.

2225: Chance for Atletico to finish this off as Diego Forlan plays in Simao, whose touch is perfect but whose finish is over the bar.

2222: Interesting second change by Rafa Benitez: Philipp Degen for Javier Mascherano. Yes, let's give Roy Hodgson the Nobel Peace Prize too. Forgot about that. People are reminding me about the last England coach to lead a club into the final of this competition. Yes, that's true, but who could be about to lead their 'small' Dutch club to their first ever league title eh? Give you a clue. Begins with 'S', ends with 'teve McClaren'.

Fulham's Danny Murphy: "I don't care who we get in the final now to be honest. I'm pleased for Zoltan as he has been one of our best players of this Europa League campaign. But just look what it means to everyone, it's amazing, it won't sink in until tomorrow."

2219: Rafa Benitez has got a face like thunder. Mark Lawrenson reckons there are more goals in this game... but who for, Lawro?

Fulham's Clint Dempsey: "You never give up man. We knew if we got one, the second might come and when Simon's goal went we had 20 minutes left to score and we worked hard to get it."

2219: They've swapped sides and we're back under way at Anfield.

2216: It's half-time in extra time at Anfield and Liverpool need a goal in the next 15 minutes or they're heading out, and Atletico Madrid will face Fulham in the Europa League final. Fulham! I know!

Handbags
2214: Dirk Kuyt goes over the keeper as he comes to claim the ball. The Atletico players aren't happy with Kuyt, and there's a bit of a bundle, which the ref does well to calm down. Alvaro Dominguez gets the yellow. Oh, and Diego Forlan was booked for taking his shirt off to celebrate his goal.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Atletico goal: Liverpool have survived a couple of anxious moments, but not this one. Jose Reyes delivers a superb inswinging cross with the outside of his boot from the right and Diego Forlan is completely unmarked at the far post to volley in from close range. Liverpool going out on away goals as it stands.

2211: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-1 Atletico Madrid (Forlan) [agg 2-2]

2211: Substitute Jurado, who only came on a few moments ago, takes a couple of steps to his right and fizzes a shot inches past the post.

2208: Nervy times at Anfield as the ball is pinging around the Liverpool penalty area after Pepe Reina makes a mess of dealing with a long-range shot, but Liverpool survive. So far, from your suggestions, I've got King Sir Roy Hodgson OBE MBE CBE, England manager, Prime Minister.

2207: Can we vote 'Roy Hodgson' next week?

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Fantastic scenes as Fulham's players take a deserved lap of honour. But what about the architect of this wonderful achievement Roy Hodgson? He strolls off with his hand in his pocket, stopping only to offer consoling words to the beaten Hamburg players. This most experienced manager is cool and calm. History has been made on the banks of the Thames tonight - and Hodgson has enhanced his glowing reputation again. A wonderful occasion."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: And now it's Anfield's turn to go crazy. Lucas dinks the ball into the box for Yossi Benayoun, who seems to catch David de Gea unawares by lashing the shot first time with his left foot. The keeper gets a hand to it but the ball nestles in the far corner.

2204: GOALFLASH Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid (Benayoun) [agg 2-1]

From Nasris_Special_Touch_10 on 606: "Roy Hodgson, manager of the year? Definitely deserves it for sure! Come on Fulham. Roy Hodgson, if you were here right now, I would kiss you!"

2159: Meanwhile, extra time is under way at Anfield. The all-English final is still on.

2158: There's a fan in tears at Craven Cottage... probably not the only one. Mo Al Fayed is down on the pitch now to join in the celebrations. What a night to be a Fulham fan...

2156: Can you believe it? I'm not sure the Fulham fans do. Craven Cottage has literally (not literally) erupted as Fulham celebrate one of the greatest results in their history. Roy Hodgson, still the calmest man in town, walks on to the pitch and applauds the home fans. He's the new Mourinho!

2155: FULHAM REACH THE EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL

2155: FULL-TIME Fulham 2-1 Hamburg [agg 2-1]

2155: Extra time to come at Anfield. Seconds remaining at Craven Cottage now...

2154: FULL-TIME Liverpool 1-0 Atletico Madrid [agg 1-1]

2153: Eek. Fulham make a mess of clearing the ball and that allows Ruud van Nistelrooy a rare shot on goal - but it's well wide. And Fulham fans breath again.

2152: Three minutes of added time at Craven Cottage where Fulham lead 2-1. Two minutes at Anfield where they're heading for extra time at 1-1.

2150: I hardly dare say this, but Hamburg just don't look that dangerous. Fulham comfortably defending their lead... for now. At Anfield, Rafa Benitez makes his first change of the game as goalscorer Alberto Aquilani is replaced by Nabil El Zhar.

2146: So tense now at both grounds, with five minutes remaining. A goal now changes everything (unless Fulham score... that doesn't change anything). Roy Hogson looks calm as you like though. How does he do that?

Yellow card
2143: Glen Johnson cuts in from the left and sees a fierce shot parried over the bar. Atletico on the counter now, and Jamie Carragher concedes a free-kick and picks up a yellow. Less than 10 minutes left in both games.

2141: Venezuela's Tomas Rincon - who only came on 23 minutes ago - has been replaced by Paolo Guerrero as Hamburg look to get back into it at Craven Cottage.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Roy Hodgson is the calmest man inside Craven Cottage as the whole place is swamped in delirium after Zoltan Gera turns and puts Fulham in sight of the Europa League final. Hamburg looked to be on cruise control, but Fulham have done it again with those two quick goals from Simon Davies and Gera. Thirteen minutes away from dreamland."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Fulham goal: Haha, you've got to love the Europa League haven't you? Simon Davies's corner bounces off defender Guy Demel and beautifully into the path of Zoltan Gera, who turns and slams it past Frank Rost in the Hamburg goal. Fourteen minutes left and as it stands, Fulham are going to Hamburg for the Europa League final. Unbelievable.

2137: GOALFLASH Fulham 2-1 Hamburg (Gera) [agg 2-1]

2136: Jonathan Pitroipa nicks the ball past John Pantsil, but pokes a shot wide of the near post. Pantsil won't be beaten again... he's replaced by Erik Nevland.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Fulham goal: What a magnificent goal that is. Danny Murphy lofts a hopeful ball towards Simon Davies, who controls it right-footed with one deft touch, flicks it over Guy Demel with the next, and finishes with his left foot. It's worthy of two goals, it's that good, but football doesn't work like that, so Fulham still need one more...

2131: GOALFLASH Fulham 1-1 Hamburg (Davies) [agg 1-1]

Yellow card
2128: Juan Valera's flying challenge on Dirk Kuyt earns him a place in the referee's book. Steven Gerra'd free-kick is cleared - by Lucas, oddly. We have a little over 20 minutes remaining. Fulham trail Hamburg 1-0 on aggregate and need two goals. Liverpool and Atletico are 1-1 and heading for extra-time as it stands.

2127: Now if you're listening to the Anfield commentary via the web, we've been having some issues. If you manually refresh this page and try again, you should be OK.

Yellow card
2124: Blimey. Drama at the Cottage. Jerome Boateng, brother of Kevin-Prince, leaps off the ground to make a two-footed tackle on Zoltan Gera. He wins the ball and luckily doesn't make too much contact with Gera, but it's a very dangerous challenge. Yellow card. Paul Konchesky cuts the free-kick from the left back for Damien Duff at the near post, who drags his shot past the other post.

From Farslayer on 606: "The Anfield Magpie vs The Highbury Squirrel: which one was better?"
Dunno. Fight?

2121: Vital clearance from Aaron Hughes to prevent Mladen Petric's low ball in being tapped in at the far post.

2119: With more than half an hour remaining, Bobby Zamora is brought off. Clint Dempsey replaces the limping Fulham striker. Apparently, Fulham are considering sending Zamora for surgery - but they won't do so until they are absolutely sure he won't be going to the World Cup.

2118: Hamburg, still in control at Craven Cottage, exchange Robert Tesche for Tomas Rincon, who is from Venezuela, nationality fans.

2116: Atletico almost profit from a poor Glen Johnson clearance as Paulo Assuncao sends a rising shot over the bar for Atletico.

Yellow card
2113: Alberto Aquilani... welcome to the referee's book. The Italian is shown the yellow for pulling on Raul Garcia's shirt.... and now Paulo Assuncao brings down a rampaging Steven Gerrard to earn a yellow.

2109: Danny Murphy lobs a free-kick in Bobby Zamora's general direction, but the ball goes behind for a goal-kick. Zamora appears to be hobbling.

From rjwilliams88 on Twitter: "Alberto Aquilani... welcome to Anfield. Finally."

From CWriggers on Twitter: "We've already had a beachball... Any odds in a sucker punch second half off the magpie? One for sorrow remember..."

2107: And we're back under way in both games.

There's a magpie on the pitch
A Newcastle fan invades the pitch at Anfield
2103: THE MAGPIE'S BACK! There were reports that it was carried off by a kindly steward, but it's back out again now, hopping about ready for the second half. It looks like a young magpie, an Andy Carroll rather than a Steve Harper.

From anon via text: "Zamora is tired. I think this may be one game to far for Fulham but who could write them off after such an impressive comeback against Juve?"

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Tough first 45 for Fulham. An early opening for Bobby Zamora apart, they have struggled to hurt a Hamburg defence marshalled by £11m Manchester City target Jerome Boateng. Hamburg have been the better side and plenty of work for Roy Hodgson to do at the interval, but this competition has told us never to take Fulham lightly. Huge second half ahead."

2052: HALF-TIME Liverpool 1-0 Atletico Madrid [agg 1-1]

2050: HALF-TIME Fulham 0-1 Hamburg [agg 0-1]

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Liverpool goal: Cometh the hour and all that... Yossi Benayoun's cut back from the right looks like it's meant for Dirk Kuyt but he misses it and Alberto Aquilani meets it with a wonderful first-time effort, low into the corner. David de Gea couldn't even flap at that, he was nowhere near. Aquilani looks absolutely flipping delighted.

2049: GOALFLASH Liverpool 1-0 Atletico Madrid (Aquilani) [agg 1-1]

Yellow card
2048: Steven Gerrard's late tackle on Sergio Aguero earns him the first yellow of the game. No complaints from the Liverpool captain either.

2046: Liverpool ending the half as they started it. Steven Gerrard swings over a couple of decent-looking crosses but nothing doing for the hosts.

2043: Not sure if the magpie is tweeting from Anfield, no.

2041: Hearts in mouths time for Fulham fans as Jonathan Pitroipa runs in from the left onto a long pass. He puts the ball past Mark Schwarzer but he's offside. Correct decision. Moments later, Pitroipa fizzes a shot just wide.

2039: Atletico keeper David de Gea has already flapped at a few crosses and now he punches a Steven Gerrard free-kick away. He doesn't like catching, that boy... I think I just saw the magpie hopping off the pitch. Hopefully, he'll be able to get some more treatment.

2038: Simon Davies is no Mladen Petric. His free-kick from a decent position is way off-target.


2037: "Booooooooo..." say the Liverpool fans as Daniel Agger's header from a Steven Gerrard free-kick is ruled out for offside. He was offside though.

2035: There is a stricken magpie in the Atletico penalty area. No, no, not an injured Newcastle player... an actual, real-life magpie. It appears not to be able to fly. I won't lie, I fear for it.

2034: Trouble for Liverpool as Jose Reyes releases Sergio Aguero with a raking pass. The Argentine takes the ball past Pepe Reina, but the angle is to tight for the shot so he tries to cross for Diego Forlan but overcooks it and Jamie Carragher scampers across to clear.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Hamburg had taken control of proceedings at Craven Cottage after Fulham's bright start and Mladen Petric's free-kick was the reward, rifled past Mark Schwarzer. Fulham's fans responded with a wall of noise and now they will expect Roy Hodgson's team to show the character that has typified this wonderful campaign. Plenty of time but Fulham need a spell on the ball."

2031: Scintillating move by Liverpool, one-touch passing working the ball out to Steven Gerrard on the right. He slides a low cross in for Dirk Kuyt, who can only balloon the ball over the bar. The Liverpool fans are encouraged though after a rather worrying period of play for them.

From ham on 606: "Cracker of a goal. Schwarzer should have perhaps done better as it was quite far out but you can't take away from the quality of the free-kick."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Hamburg goal: Danny Murphy slides in on Ze Roberto to give Hamburg a free-kick about 30 yards out. Mladen Petric steps up to send a glorious left-foot curler past Mark Schwarzer's right hand and into the top corner. An away goal blow for Fulham.

2027: GOALFLASH Fulham 0-1 Hamburg (Petric) [agg 0-1]

2026: After a good start, Liverpool have lost their way. Juan Valera is on the overlap down the right for Atletico but his cross is far too high for Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan and that's a let-off.

2022: Stand-in Liverpool right-back Javier Mascherano gives away a free-kick, but comfortably cleared by his Liverpool colleagues... Atletico starting to look quite dangerous now, and Raul Garcia unleashes a shot from 25 yards which bounces dangerously in front of Pepe Reina, who does well to push it around the post.

2019: Fulham defender Aaron Hughes makes a vital clearance for Fulham as David Jarolim looks to find Mladen Petric in front of goal.

2017: Decent shooting opportunity for Damien Duff, but the winger drags it well wide.

2015: Alberto Aquilani latches onto a weak clearance but his shot is fairly easy pickings for David de Gea. Hamburg have come into it at Craven Cottage now, the hosts having to deal with a series of crosses into the box, but they're coping OK.

2012: Brede Hangeland heads miles over from a Fulham corner. Good start by Fulham too, as I watch John Pantsil make an excellent tackle to prevent a Hamburg cross coming in.

2011: The Reds fans suddenly roar as Steven Gerrard picks up the ball in his own half and takes a few giant strides... before over-hitting the pass out wide. Got a bit overexcited there, Stevie.


2009: This is a positive start by Liverpool: high tempo, plenty of urgency, pace, pressure. The home fans have responded.

2008: As Liverpool force a series of corners, Fulham have a great chance. Bobby Zamora plays a one-two with Zoltan Gera but the keeper makes a smart save before Zamora scuffs the rebound just wide.

2006: Ten seconds in, and Liverpool already have a shot on target. Dirk Kuyt flicks on Daniel Agger's long ball and Yossi Benayoun gets his shot away from a tight angle, David de Gea pushing the ball around the post.

2005: Away we go at Craven Cottage... and a few seconds later, at Anfield.

2001: The Liverpool fans have belted out You'll Never Walk Alone, giving the Atletico fans a taste of European nights at Anfield, and here come the players. Superb atmos at Fulham too. Ooh, I'm excited...

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on including Bobby Zamora: "I suppose it's always a risk but he's had an injection this afternoon and it seems to have sorted the problem. These are risks we as managers learn to take and live with. We have to win the game - that's the bottom line and the task is perfectly clear to us. We need to score goals and win the game. We never expected to reach the semi-finals, we have got here because we played well and got good results. The players may be nervous but I'm pretty sure Hamburg are nervous as well."

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez: "It was important Dirk Kuyt was passed fit because we didn't have too many strikers available. Ryan Babel likes to play as a striker but I think he can be more dangerous as a winger. At the back, Daniel Agger has more quality on the ball so he can play the ball out."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed has done a swift tour of Craven Cottage - and responded in a no-nonsense fashion to the deafening noise coming from Hamburg's fans. He received a much warmer welcome from Fulham's supporters as he swirled his scarf in front of them. He knows his manager Roy Hodgson is much-coveted, and nights like this are the reason why. What a story it would be if Fulham reached the Europa League final."

1954: Here's a stat to cheer the Liverpool fans: they've lost the away leg of a Uefa competition 1-0 on nine occasions and gone on to win the tie on eight of those.

1951: Biggest game for Fulham since the 1975 FA Cup final, reckon BBC 5 live. Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has been out milking the home fans' applause on the pitch. A little under 15 minutes until kick-off in both games.

From Simon, Fulham, via text: "Slightly concerned to see John Pantsil line up at right back, Baird has been heroic this year despite his clear limitations and faults, can't help but feel the rustiness of Pantsil may cost us."

From Sea Hoke Drama on 606: "I have it on good authority from none other that Platini himself that next year the tournament is being renamed the Bobby Zamora Cup."

From Jimmy, Chelsea fan, via text: "All I want is extra time!"

1938: TEAM NEWS Fulham v Hamburg
Bobby Zamora is named up front for Fulham despite being rated as a "major doubt" with an Achilles injury. Of the rest of the starting line-up only Mark Schwarzer, John Pantsil and Brede Hangeland played in the Premier League match against Everton. But Pantsil's inclusion at the expense of the suspended Chris Baird is the only change from the team that emerged with a 0-0 draw from the Nordbank Arena. Clint Dempsey, who came off the bench to score the winner when Juventus were beaten at Craven Cottage in March, is among the substitutes. Hamburg stand-in coach Ricardo Moniz brings in Robert Tesche for the suspended Piotr Trochowski, while Mladen Petric is fit again so Jose Guerrero drops to the bench.

1934: Bobby Zamora is the third highest scorer in the Europa League this season, his six putting him three behind Oscar Cardozo (Benfica) and Claudio Pizarro (Werder). According to Opta, Zamora and Zoltan Gera have had a hand (ie either scored or provided the assist) in all but two of Fulham's 15 European goals since December.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Craven Cottage: "Fulham stand on the brink of history at Craven Cottage tonight - but the noisy following from Hamburg know they are also in sight of playing a major European final on home soil. Bobby Zamora will start for Fulham, and a man familiar with English opposition has just received a rousing reception from Hamburg's fans, namely Ruud van Nistelrooy. He may not be the master marksman of old, but will still pose a huge threat to Fulham."

1925: TEAMS Fulham v Hamburg
Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Gera, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Riise, Dempsey, Smalling, Greening, Dikgacoi.
Hamburg: Rost, Aogo, Mathijsen, Boateng, Demel, Pitroipa, Ze Roberto, Jarolim, Tesche, Petric, van Nistelrooy. Subs: Hesl, Rozehnal, Guerrero, Berg, Arslan, Rincon, Schulz.
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

From DannyGorman_89 on Twitter: "Re 1918: Cheesy, how weak is that Liverpool bench? Hopefully that won't matter though, c'mon Liverpool!"

From anon via text: "Cheesy, it's me, you and a French oral presentation (to be learnt for my GCSE tomorrow) to see through what could be the best moment in Fulham's history and Liverpool's last chance at coming out of this season with any form of dignity... I am a Liverpool fan. Shame."

1920: TEAM NEWS Liverpool v Atletico Madrid
Liverpool make two changes to their starting line-up from last week's first leg as Sotiros Kyrgiakos is replaced by Alberto Aquilani - with Javier Mascherano dropping into the back four - and Ryan Babel comes in for the injured David Ngog, while Dirk Kuyt is fit to start. There are two changes for Atletico - star striker Sergio Aguero returns from suspension and Alvaro Dominquez is preferred to Tomas Ujfalusi at centre-back.

1918: TEAMS Liverpool v Atletico Madrid
Liverpool: Reina, Mascherano, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas, Benayoun, Aquilani, Babel, Kuyt. Subs: Cavalieri, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Degen, El Zhar, Ayala, Pacheco.
Atletico Madrid: De Gea, Valera, Dominguez, Perea, Antonio Lopez, Reyes, Paulo Assuncao, Raul Garcia, Simao, Aguero, Forlan. Subs: Sergio Asenjo, Camacho, Jurado, Salvio, Juanito, Ujfalusi, Cabrera.
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

1917: Right, before I forget, BBC Sport's World Cup photo album is up and running, and looking brillo. But while Kuyt, Reina and Gerrard are on the 'got' list, we still need Schwarzer, Dempsey and Etuhu, among others. If you haven't pinged us a pic of yourself with a World Cup star of 2010 yet - send 'em in! Email us snaps of yourself with players and head coaches to worldcupphotoalbum@bbc.co.uk, or send them to us via Flickr, but check the BBC terms and conditions first. THANKS!

From Pickles91 on 606: "Liverpool to win 2-0. Rafa is brilliant in Europe, no matter how bad he can be he knows how to get it done in semis. As for Fulham they'll never get a better chance. Hamburg are in absolute turmoil right now sacking your manager just before a Uefa semi is a huge gamble."

From redandblackT on 606: "The only thing missing from the knockout stages of European football this season is a good old fashioned nail biting penalty shootout and I fancy we'll get one tonight!"

1908: Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt, Alberto Aquilani and Yossi Benayoun all start for Liverpool tonight, so it does look like a line-up with plenty of attacking intent. Liverpool will be wary of conceding an away goal though, especially with Sergio Aguero back in the Atletico team. Full teams to follow.

From Robi1993 on Twitter: "Re 1855: A positive selection by Rafa. Good to see Kuyt start, even though he hasn't trained too much this week. Can't wait."

From Sakaria2 on 606: "Looking at the two semi-finals, we have a great chance to have an all English final. To be honest, I would say Fulham are more likely to get there, as I can't see Liverpool scoring. Saying that, there still is a chance."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting from Craven Cottage: "Great atmosphere down by the Thames as fans mingle outside Craven Cottage for Europa League semi-final."

1901: Hamburg have prepared for the second leg against Fulham in time-honoured fashion by sacking their coach, Bruno Labbadia. That may sound like good news for Fulham, but amid rumours that Labbadia had 'lost' the dressing room and following a disastrous 5-1 defeat at Hoffenheim, it might also turn out to be just the tonic Hamburg needed. We shall see...


1855: Confirmed: Bobby Zamora starts for Fulham, and it does look like Javier Mascherano will be in defence for Liverpool.

1852: Times reporter Oliver Kay tweeted earlier today that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez could play Javier Mascherano at right-back and Glen Johnson at left-back. Again, we have no confirmation of teams, but if true, that would appear to be quite a gamble.

1849: Well, of course it's a coincidence, but quite a neat one, wouldn't you say? Liverpool trail 1-0 after the away leg against Atletico Madrid; Fulham and Hamburg are goalless as they prepare for the second leg at Craven Cottage. No news on Bobby Zamora and his troublesome Achilles, nor David Ngog and his dodgy hamstring. I should imagine one of those bits of team news might be more pressing than the other.

1845: Tonight, Liverpool and Fulham bid to make the first Europa League final on 12 May an all-English affair. The first Uefa Cup final in 1972 was between Tottenham and Wolves. Coincidence?




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