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Live - Uefa Cup

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Man City 2-1 Hamburg (3-4 agg)
Marseille 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk (1-4 agg)
Udinese 3-3 Werder Bremen (4-6 agg)
Dynamo Kiev 3-0 PSG (3-0 agg)



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By Paul Fletcher

2150: That, as they say, is that. I hope you enjoyed the match as much as I did even if the result wasn't quite good enough for City. Mark Hughes' team can take plenty of positives from their performance, although once again they looked far too vulnerable at times.

From Gerrardswhiskers on 606: "Considering how City played against Fulham at the weekend that was a brilliant performance. Hughes must be doing his nut that the players don't turn in that type of performance more often."
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2146: The semi-finals of the Uefa Cup will be contested between Hamburg and Werder Bremen, and Shakhtar Donetsk against Dynamo Kiev.

2145: The Hamburg players are still out on the pitch celebrating with their fans, who made plenty of noise during the game.

Hamburg coach Martin Jol: "It is an unbelievable experience to get to the semi-final. I think that over the two legs we deserved it."

2144: Some Player Rater chat. I thought Elano, who hit the woodwork twice, was excellent this evening and you lot seem to agree with me, rating him at a whopping 8.28. If you don't agree, though, you can change all that.
Man City v Hamburg Player Rater

2139: A quick stat - Felipe Caicedo was caught offside 11 times.

Gary Speed on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was a great game. Man City lost this tie in Hamburg but did well in the second leg. Overall, though, I think Hamburg deserved to go through."

2135: Goal Marseille 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk

2135: Full-time Man City 2-1 Hamburg (agg 3-4)
A brave, brave effort from City but it is Hamburg boss Martin Jol and his team that are celebrating at the end.

2135: Guess what? City are caught offside.

2134: Injury time ticks down, Ivica Olic writhes around in agony after taking a knock. I believe it is called professionalism.

2132: Corner to City, Shay Given in the box. Robinho chooses the wrong moment to smash his delivery far too deep.

2132: City fans clutching their inflatable yellow bananas, willing their team on to score the goal that will give us extra-time.

2132: City need to get on the ball. Hamburg are eating down the clock with trademark efficiency.

2131: Four minutes of injury time.

2129: Hollywood from Gelson Fernandes, who shoots over from 25 yards. Some very heavy legs out there.

2128: City win one corner then another as the clock ticks down. Hamburg desperately clear their lines.

2127: Ouch. Ah. Um. Micah Richards is clean through eight yards from goal and the ball drops invitingly but he belts it well over the bar. Terrible. Head in hands time.

2126: Daniel Sturridge on for Elano, who has been great tonight. A few boos can be heard but the Brazilian has not played that much of late.

2125: Lifeline time from Shay Given. For all the world it looks as though Ivica Olic will put the tie to bed as he guides a low cross towards goal but the keeper saves with his feet.

2123: City surge again and a driving run from Micah Richards results in a corner. Hamburg have plenty of bodies in their area and clear the danger.

2121: Hamburg win a corner and the momentum is definitely with them now. Is it time for Daniel Sturridge?

2118: Gelson Fernandes comes on for Pablo Zabaleta. Shay Given makes a low save and Hamburg are suddenly looking fairly comfortable.

2116: Goal Udinese 3-3 Werder Bremen
Claudio Pizarro levels for the German side on the night.

2116: RED CARD
Richard Dunne clumsily brings down Ivica Olic as the Hamburg player cuts in from the left. No real complaints as Dunne picks up his second booking.

2114: Hamburg make a change, with Mladen Petric coming on for Piotr Trochowski. One forward replacing another.

Gary Speed on BBC Radio 5 Live: "City have played really well after the break and are giving Hamburg problems. It is make or break now for City with 20 minutes to score a goal. They are going to have to start taking some chances."

2111: Delicious dinked through ball from Elano, lifting it over the static defence. Robinho chases it down as he has every right to do and collides with the Hamburg keeper, who comes off second best.

2109: Another free-kick for City in a dangerous position. Elano takes again - this time the wall and not the woodwork feels the force of the Brazilian's boot.

2107: Alarm for City as Pablo Zabaleta limps off after taking a bang to the thigh but he returns to the field and seems OK. Robinho heads a cross goalwards but it is too close to keeper Frank Rost. Shortly afterwards Robinho goes down in the box. A really shocking dive.

2105: Goal Udinese 3-2 Werder Bremen
Ribas Diego scores his second of the night.

2104: City have 28 minutes of normal time left. Plenty of time, surely?

2101: Felipe Caicedo takes the ball round keeper Frank Rost and slots the ball home but the goal is correctly ruled out for offside.

2100: Robinho hasn't scored in more than 1,300 minutes but Elano's plays him superbly through. Robinho pokes the ball forwards but Frank Rost saves with his legs. This has turned into a pulsating tie.

2059: Ivica Olic almost scores for Hamburg with his 20-yard strike but it just flies over. Olic has his head in his hands.

2057: A shot from Pablo Zabaleta is saved. Hamburg looked rattled for the first time.

2056: Oh dear, oh dear. It is all happening now. The ball comes into the box and Felipe Caicedo really should level but misses from three or four yards. Awful miss.

2055: City win another free-kick. Once again Elano takes it and once again he is thwarted by the woodwork. The keeper was nowhere near.

From SAF-Hon-FA-Chairman on 606: "That is how you know he's a brilliant player. He's been out of it all match and then goes and scores one of those! Caciedo Caciedo!"
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2051: Goal Man City 2-1 Hamburg
What was I saying? Felipe Caicedo collects a pass from Stephen Ireland and shows some great footwork to create a yard of space before shooting into the bottom corner.

2049: Felipe Caicedo offside...again. He has been very disappointing.

2048: Vincent Kompany enters the book - he will miss the first leg of City's semi-final should they go through.

2047: City win an early corner but the ball is headed clear and Hamburg break. Thankfully for City a heavy touch from Paolo Guerrero sees the ball run into the grateful arms of Shay Given.

2046: The second-half has started at Eastlands. Atmosphere still sounds terrific, another goal for City and I imagine the decibel level will go through the roof.

2041: City have 45 minutes left to turn this tie around. Stephen Ireland had been a peripheral figure and Felipe Caicedo disappointing.

2036: Time for some player rater chat - Manchester City's Robinho is the top ranked so far with 7.50. Get involved yourself if you haven't already.
Man City v Hamburg Player Rater

2031: Half-time Man City 1-1 Hamburg
City finished strongly - how they could have done with Elano's free-kick going in. Should be an enthralling second half.

2030: Another foul from Richard Dunne and the referee has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he is on his last warning. Remember, he has alreday been booked.

2029:Goal Marseille 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Hatem Ben Arfa levels for the home side.

2028: Robinho is fouled and Elano takes the free-kick. The Brazilian takes a massive run-up and thunders his effort off the crossbar. Very unlucky.

2025: Cracking ball from Robinho plays Wayne Bridge in down the left channel but his weak cross-cum-shot is scooped up by the reliable Rost.

2024: Richard Dunne goes through the back of Ivica Olic. He has already been booked and is skating on thin ice.

I have noticed several tackles from Robinho so far. Amazing.

2024: Goal Udinese 3-1 Werder Bremen
Fabio Quagliarella scores his second.

From anon via text on 81111: "Remember Middlesbrough? In the quarter-finals and semis we came through from a worse position! Two of the greatest comebacks ever. Go get them City."

2021: A low drilled cross from Robinho is met by the largely disappointing Felipe Caicedo. Frank Rost makes a decent low save.

2019: Goal Udinese 2-1 Werder Bremen
Fabio Quagliarella scores.

2018:Goal Marseille 0-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
Luis Fernandinho puts the visiting team in front.

2017: Piotr Trochowski is unmarked and should do better with his header but directs it straight at Shay Given. Hamburg look the more composed side.

2014: Goal Udinese 1-1 Werder Bremen
Ribas Diego levels on the night for the German side.

2013: From redandblackT1899 on 606: "Any idea if Tyrone Mears, the hero against Ajax, is starting for Marseille?" Join the debate on 606

I'm afraid the former Preston, West Ham and Derby man is on the bench.Nice bench, though.

2011: More than 47,000 in Eastlands tonight - and that's official. They should charge a fiver more often. Like every game.

2010: Piotr Trochowski has been playing like a man possessed since he unluckily conceded a penalty. Shay Given palms away the German's long-range strike.

2008: Elano drifts a looping cross towards Stephen Ireland, who tries unsuccessfully to cushion the ball back across goal towards Robinho. Not seen much of Ireland so far.

2006: City continue to concede fouls in dangerous areas. I have to say that the away team look the most likely to score next.

2002: Goal Udinese 1-0 Werder Bremen
Gokhan Inler scores for the Italians - making it 3-2 to the German side on aggregate.

2002: By the way, Richard Dunne entered the referee's book a few minutes ago for a rather unseemly lunge.

2001: Goal Man City 1-1 Hamburg
Elano shoots from 20 yards and the ball strikes Piotr Trochowski as he turns his back on the shot. Very harsh on Hamburg but Elano calmy slots the spot kick home. A lifeline. A fortunate one at that.

2000: Penalty to Man City

Gary Speed on BBC Radio 5 Live: "Hamburg have looked dangerous on the break and their final ball has had more quality that Manchester City's."

1955: Goal Man City 0-1 Hamburg
Poor defending. Jonathan Pitroipa drills in a low cross from the right that Richard Dunne fails to clear. The ball deflects off a Hamburg player into the path of Paolo Guerrero , who shoots low into the corner.

1952: Mayhem. Micah Richards is in but an awful first touch allows the keeper to collect. Frank Rost's clearance is charged down but Hamburg scramble the ball to safety. Towards the end of the passage of play I spot Robinho making a tackle.

1950: Robinho is penalised for offside once again. The start has been fast and furious so far. The dangerous Ivica Olic shoots wide for the visiting team.

1949: Robinho has been jigging and weaving all along the front line for the first few minutes. He is put clean through on goal but penalised for offside.

1947: A long ball forward into the City box, Richard Dunne tries to hack it clear but misses and does seem to catch Jonathan Pitroipa. Clumsy and very dangerous.

1945: The match has started at Eastlands. Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is in attendance.

1942: Atmosphere sounds great, plenty of fans waving great big plastic yellow bananas around.

Gary Speed on BBC Radio 5 Live: "This is do-able. City should be really up for it and if they are they have a great chance."

1937: Mark Hughes has been sounding quite bullish ahead of the tie, declaring that it is not over until the fat lady sings.

Mind you, Martin Jol sounded fairly confident himself when he spoke ahead of the match, pledging that his team would try to go out to win.

1935: The last time Man City reached the semi-final of any competition was way back in 1981, when they went all the way to the final before losing to Tottenham.

1932: From Franco, Dundee, via text on 81111: "I thought Vincent Kompany was cup tied?"

I believe that is Nigel de Jong, another former Hamburg player who now earns his crust at Eastlands.

1929: Full-time: Dynamo Kiev 3-0 PSG

1926: Plenty of people on 606 seem to think that City will do it tonight. Hamburg are no mugs though and City really cannot afford to concede early on. Join the debate on 606

1922: Mouse, not surprisingly, not working. Had to switch computer. Will be up to speed soon.

City have Vincent Kompany back against his old club, while Hamburg are without defenders Collin Benjaminm and Guy Demel but captain David Jarolim returns.

1910: Man City v Hamburg teams

Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge, Zabaleta, Kompany, Ireland, Elano, Robinho, Caicedo. Subs: Hart, Garrido, Petrov, Fernandes, Evans, Sturridge, Logan.

Hamburg: Rost, Boateng, Gravgaard, Mathijsen, Jansen, Pitroipa, Jarolim, Aogo, Trochowski, Guerrero, Olic. Subs: Hesl, Da Silva, Petric, Ndjeng, Rincon, Schulz, Torun.

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

1907: Early Man City team news
No Shaun Wright-Phillips for Man City, the winger is not even on the bench. Robinho does start though, as do Felipe Caicedo and Elano.

1906: Chaos, pure chaos. Just knocked a full cup of tea all over my desk. If the updates suddenly stop I may well have just been electrocuted.

1901: There are four Uefa Cup ties in total this evening. The winner of City's game will play either Udinese or Werder Bremen. The German side travel to Italy with a 3-1 first-leg lead.

Shakhtar Donetsk head to Marseille leading 2-0 while the first leg of the tie between Dynamo Kiev and PSG was goalless. However, that game kicked off at 1730 BST and Dynamo led 2-0 at the break and are now three to the good. Au revoir PSG, me thinks.

1900: From Without a Dream - Ireland is Superman on 606: "I reckon it will be 3-1, extra-time then penalties - typically nerve-wracking City. Defeat would mark the end for Hughes (no pun intended)." Join the debate on 606

Thanks for that Without a Dream. I'm really not one for predictions so you have very much stepped in for me and got the ball rolling on that one.

1855: Evening all.

Can City overturn their 3-1 first-leg deficit? After all, you never quite know what you're going to get with the men from Eastlands.

Hamburg fans might point out that their team have won all five of their away fixtures in the Uefa Cup this season, scoring at least twice in each match.

Their coach Martin Jol might pipe up with the fact that as Tottenham coach he masterminded six wins out of six against City to add to last week's victory - and that he won twice and drew twice against Blackburn when current City boss Mark Hughes was in charge at Ewood Park.

City are the last team left in the competition who came through the qualification phase and Hughes certainly hasn't given up yet.

His team have a decent home record and will play tonight in front of a full house.

And if Robinho suddenly finds his form.......

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see also
Man City 2-1 Hamburg (3-4)
16 Apr 09 |  Europe
Hamburg 3-1 Man City
09 Apr 09 |  Europe

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