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Hamburg   0 - 0   Fulham

Zoltan Gera in possession against Hamburg
Gera produced a tireless performance to help the Cottagers earn a fine draw

By David Ornstein

Mark Schwarzer made several vital saves as resilient Fulham held Hamburg to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final in Germany.

Ruud van Nistelrooy had an early half-chance before the superb Zoltan Gera saw a shot deflected narrowly wide.

Fulham lost Bobby Zamora to injury but his team-mates coped well and Gera lost his balance when through on goal.

Hamburg pushed hard but Schwarzer held firm to leave the tie evenly poised ahead of the second leg on 29 April.

Roy Hodgson's men will go into that match in high spirits following a resolute display that keeps them in contention for a place in the final at Hamburg's HSH Nordbank Arena on 12 May.

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They could hardly have hoped for a better night against 1983 European champions, especially following their 600-mile drive to the match enforced by the closure of British airspace earlier this week.

The Cottagers have never lost a European game at Craven Cottage but will have to caution against an away goal from a Hamburg side full of talent and desire to reach the final, which will be played at their home ground.

And Hodgson may have to do without in-form striker Zamora, who limped off on 52 minutes with an Achilles problem.

The 29-year-old England hopeful received treatment before kick-off and, despite starting the match, he moved a little gingerly in the early stages.

That did not help Fulham's gameplan because Zamora was the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation and he struggled badly to hold on to the ball.

In fairness, he was starved of service as Hamburg dominated possession and encamped themselves in the visitors' half.

Former Manchester United striker Van Nistelrooy was foiled by Schwarzer after latching on to Dennis Aogo's pass and battling his way past a couple of Fulham defenders, while Piotr Trochowski twice shot wide from about 20 yards.

Hodgson's men were working extremely hard to contain the slick-passing hosts, but it was actually the Cottagers who came closest to taking the lead.

Paul Konchesky arrowed a pass upfield and Zamora laid it into the path of Gera, whose shot deflected off Jerome Boateng and squirmed just wide of Frank Rost's upright with the goalkeeper wrong-footed.

That was Fulham's only genuine chance of the opening 45 minutes but, for all their dominance, Hamburg rarely looked like breaking through themselves.

Zamora limped down the tunnel at half-time and, although he came out for the second period, his evening last only seven more minutes.

Hamburg enjoyed a lively start after the break but their increasing keenness to force the breakthrough left plenty of space for the visitors to exploit on the counter-attack.

Zamora's replacement Clint Dempsey, back after three games on the sidelines, looked particularly sharp and had a penalty appeal turned down before linking well with Gera to carve out two openings.

Joris Mathijsen had to be at full stretch to cut out a teasing cross from Gera, who then broke free in the box but lost his footing.

By now there was a gripping ebb and flow to proceedings and, as Hamburg again began to press, Fulham had Schwarzer to thank for three saves in quick succession.

The Australian stopper tipped over shots from Jonathan Potroipa and Trochowski before reacting well to save a stinging David Jarolim drive that came through a crowd of players.

The Cottagers, who will be without suspended right-back Chris Baird for the second leg, must be admired for the way they held firm to the end, Schwarzer thwarting an angled effort from substitute Mladen Petric on 88 minutes.

There was still time for Trochowski to pick up a booking that rules him out of the second leg - a further boost to Fulham on a good evening for the west London club.

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamburg 0-0 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)

      Hamburg

      • 01 Rost
      • 05 Mathijsen yellow card
      • 17 Boateng
      • 20 Demel (Rincon 82)
      • 06 Aogo
      • 08 Ze Roberto
      • 14 Jarolim
      • 15 Trochowski yellow card
      • 21 Pitroipa
      • 09 Guerrero (Petric 72)
      • 22 van Nistelrooy

      Substitutes

      • 12 Hesl,
      • 03 Rozehnal,
      • 13 Tesche,
      • 25 Rincon,
      • 10 Petric,
      • 16 Berg,
      • 35 Torun

      Fulham

      Substitutes

      Ref: Bo LarsenAtt: 49,000
      HAMBURG
      FULHAM

      Possession

      • Hamburg 50%
      • Fulham 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Hamburg 6
      • Fulham 0

      Attempts off target

      • Hamburg 11
      • Fulham 2

      Corners

      • Hamburg 9
      • Fulham 1

      Fouls

      • Hamburg 13
      • Fulham 6
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:25 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
      • 90:00+3:07 Mladen Petric challenges Chris Baird unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+2:03 David Jarolim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
      • 90:00+0:56 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Damien Duff, save by Frank Rost.
      • 90:00+0:56 Booking The referee shows Piotr Trochowski a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+0:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Piotr Trochowski on Damien Duff.
      • 89:31 Effort from a long way out by Mladen Petric goes wide right of the goal.
      • 87:56 The ball is sent over by Tomas Rincon, Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dennis Aogo, Mladen Petric takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Inswinging corner taken by Piotr Trochowski.
      • 86:06 The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
      • 85:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerome Boateng on Simon Davies. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance made by Mladen Petric.
      • 84:04 Piotr Trochowski gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
      • 81:37 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Piotr Trochowski.
      • 81:37 Substitution Tomas Rincon on for Guy Demel.
      • 78:05 Dennis Aogo produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
      • 77:29 Brede Hangeland challenges David Jarolim unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
      • 76:33 The ball is sent over by Paul Konchesky, Dennis Aogo manages to make a clearance.
      • 76:02 Jonathan Pitroipa crosses the ball. Dennis Aogo sends in a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 75:23 Dennis Aogo delivers the ball, blocked by Damien Duff.
      • 75:09 Aaron Hughes sends in a cross, clearance by Guy Demel.
      • 74:02 The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
      • 70:32 David Jarolim takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 70:32 Substitution Mladen Petric replaces Paolo Guerrero.
      • 70:32 Jonathan Pitroipa takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Dennis Aogo from the right by-line, clearance by Brede Hangeland. Piotr Trochowski takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Corner taken by Dennis Aogo from the right by-line.
      • 69:06 The ball is swung over by Piotr Trochowski, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 68:09 Piotr Trochowski decides to take the corner short. The ball is sent over by Piotr Trochowski.
      • 68:01 A cross is delivered by Dennis Aogo, Mark Schwarzer gets a block in.
      • 67:09 Frank Rost takes the free kick.
      • 67:09 Booking Zoltan Gera goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 67:05 Zoltan Gera is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
      • 66:04 The ball is sent over by Piotr Trochowski, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 65:45 Jose Ze Roberto takes a shot. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu.
      • 64:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paolo Guerrero on Zoltan Gera. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
      • 61:26 Ruud van Nistelrooy is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
      • 60:40 Effort on goal by David Jarolim from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 59:58 The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera, Joris Mathijsen manages to make a clearance.
      • 55:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Paolo Guerrero. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
      • 54:48 Free kick crossed right-footed by Piotr Trochowski from left channel, Zoltan Gera makes a clearance.
      • 54:48 Booking The referee shows Chris Baird a yellow card.
      • 54:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Pitroipa by Chris Baird.
      • 54:03 Jose Ze Roberto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
      • 53:28 Centre by Simon Davies, Jerome Boateng manages to make a clearance.
      • 52:29 Shot from just outside the box by David Jarolim misses to the right of the goal.
      • 52:21 A cross is delivered by Dennis Aogo, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
      • 51:10 Substitution Clinton Dempsey comes on in place of Bobby Zamora.
      • 49:50 Unfair challenge on Simon Davies by Guy Demel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
      • 48:01 Bobby Zamora takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
      • 47:24 The ball is sent over by Piotr Trochowski, Paolo Guerrero produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
      • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+0:07 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 44:38 Corner taken left-footed by Dennis Aogo, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
      • 43:40 Shot by Ruud van Nistelrooy from 20 yards. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
      • 42:20 Jonathan Pitroipa produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
      • 39:52 Effort on goal by Paolo Guerrero from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
      • 38:22 The referee blows for offside against Bobby Zamora. Direct free kick taken by Frank Rost.
      • 36:00 Jerome Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Simon Davies crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Frank Rost makes a save.
      • 35:11 Piotr Trochowski delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Konchesky.
      • 34:36 Guy Demel crosses the ball, clearance made by Dickson Etuhu.
      • 34:27 The ball is delivered by Dennis Aogo, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
      • 33:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Joris Mathijsen. Jerome Boateng takes the direct free kick.
      • 32:05 Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paolo Guerrero. Direct free kick taken by David Jarolim.
      • 31:02 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Brede Hangeland.
      • 31:02 Booking Joris Mathijsen shown a yellow card.
      • 30:57 Joris Mathijsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera.
      • 30:17 Centre by Jerome Boateng.
      • 29:01 Paolo Guerrero takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
      • 28:27 Dennis Aogo produces a cross, clearance by Dickson Etuhu.
      • 28:03 Corner from the left by-line taken by Dennis Aogo, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
      • 27:52 The ball is crossed by Dennis Aogo, Damien Duff makes a clearance.
      • 27:29 The ball is swung over by Dennis Aogo, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
      • 25:49 David Jarolim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
      • 25:14 Simon Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guy Demel. Guy Demel takes the free kick.
      • 20:14 Guy Demel delivers the ball.
      • 19:07 Piotr Trochowski takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Paul Konchesky.
      • 16:18 Jonathan Pitroipa takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
      • 13:26 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Blocked by Jerome Boateng. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff.
      • 12:54 Jonathan Pitroipa produces a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
      • 10:16 Paolo Guerrero delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
      • 9:15 Paolo Guerrero delivers the ball, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
      • 8:27 Piotr Trochowski has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 6:48 The referee blows for offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
      • 5:36 Chris Baird crosses the ball, clearance made by Jerome Boateng.
      • 4:26 Dennis Aogo challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Baird, clearance made by Jerome Boateng.
      • 2:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Paolo Guerrero. Dennis Aogo takes the direct free kick.
      • 2:24 Piotr Trochowski has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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