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Thursday April 29, 2010 Semifinal Finished Craven Cottage

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Fulham

  • Davies 69’
  • Gera 76’

Hamburger SV

  • Petric 22’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Hamburger SV
    • - Al Fayed is on the pitch and Roy Hodgson is swamped by staff and fans.
    • 90+3 Murphy takes his time over this free-kick, initially from the wrong position. He moves it but gives it straigh to Hamburg. Long by Guerrero but Schwarzer punches AND FULHAM ARE IN THE FINAL! CRIKEY! Incredible! One goal from relegation two years ago and now they are in a European final. What an achievement.
    • 90+3 The keeper comes well out and does well to clear. But Fulham put it back and Dempsey is in on the left but Rost races out and takes him out! What colour? Yellow, defenders were coming back and he was wide.
    • 90+2 Heart in mouths as some dodgy defending allows Van Nistelrooy to pick it up in the box but he snatches at it, well wide.
    • 90+1 Long from Boateng, Petric chases, behind for a goal kick. HAMBURG SUB: Jarolim off for Rozehnal, the former Newcastle defender who goes straight up front.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time being played.
    • 90' In the final regular minute now. Boateng is advanced on the right as Hamburg hunt for what would be an away goals winner. Petric heads behind on the left and Fulham have a goal kick.
    • 89' Cheers from the crowd as Petric is penalised for backing into Hughes.
    • 88' Long from Schwarzer, Gera nods it on but beyond Nevland.
    • 87' Pitroipa, on the right now, cuts inside as Etuhu falls but they can't find a way through. But Etuhu wins it. Nevland loses it. Boateng plays it forward but aimless and Schwarzer's.
    • 86' Schwarzer dominates his area to claim Jarolim's ball from Guerrero.
    • 86' Hamburg break as Pitroipa puts it in for RvN but Konchesky hoofs away. Gah, make it stop.
    • 85' The ref doesn't buy a dive by Pitroipa as Fulham clear their lines. This is tense.
    • 84' Murphy long to Konchesky who kills it with a lovely first touch, but Gera can't get the shot away. Back to Konchesky who crosses low for Davies but the flag is up.
    • 83' An aimless long ball sails into Schwarzer's arms. All day.
    • 82' Fulham defending from the front as Dempsey closes the defenders down. Gera meets a long ball but only heads it to Ze Roberto. Hamburg come forward but Guerrero's ball is met by Hughes and Konchesky whacks it upfield.
    • 81' Dempsey working hard on the left but he fails to win his desired throw. Rost takes it short.
    • 80' Guerrero gets it on the right, Petric tries it but blocked, now Aogo with a volley but blocked by Hughes!
    • 79' HAMBURG SUB: The sub is subbed, Rincon off after 23 minutes for Guerrero.
    • 78' Hamburg have a free-kick on their right.
    • 77' Gera has won matches against Basel, Sofia, Juve, Shakhtar and has now netted again in this advanced role. What a season he's having.
    • 76' Davies swings it in, Hangeland meets it and Etuhu touches it in AND GERA! YES! 2-1! FULHAM LEAD!! Gera with the turn and finish and the crowd erupts!!
    • 75' Fulham attack, Duff wide to Dempsey, now Davies now a corner on the right. FULHAM SUB: Brave. Really brave. Nevland on for Pantsil.
    • 74' Pitroipa on the left skins Pantsil, great play and he smashes it home but wide! Petric is FURIOUS as he was free!
    • 74' Duff wide to Pantsil who crosses, flicked on but Davies can't get hold of it and Hamburg survive!
    • 73' Konchesky does really well to make a pass down the left, and keep it in, but the cross is too close to Rost.
    • 71' Hamburg come forward but Schwarzer grabs hold of the cross.
    • 70' Davies seems to have crocked himself landing after that goal, his knee... He gets up though. What a goal, one-touch play, a wonderful pass from Murphy but how about that for a finish. Fulham have 20 minutes to do this...
    • 69' Davies lucky to get away with a slightly late tackle as Fulham retain possession.... Nice one touch play from Fulham, Davies lays it off for Murphy, great ball over the top AND DAVIES WITH A SUPER TOUCH TO TAKE THE DEFENDER DEMEL OUT AND AN EVEN BETTER ONE TO KILL IT AND HE KNOCKS IT IN OFF THE POST! What a goal! A piece of brilliance from Simon Davies!!
    • 68' Rost rushes out to sweep up with Gera running in. Fulham desperate and you can sense it in the fans.
    • 67' Petric zips in down the right and can shoot surely but holds it up, playing it back to Jarolim who tries to lob Schwarzer. Tipped away for a corner.
    • 66' Gera bursts into the box and he goes down but it was a slip, he manages to keep the ball and Dempsey stretches into a header but it spins off his bonce and away.
    • 64' Fulham win a free-kick on the right, Murphy winning it but the ball in is wasted and Hangeland blocks Petric and earns himself a booking.
    • 63' Konchesky to put in an outswinger... the ref cools some nonsense in the box... wicked low ball AND DUFF SURELY BUT INCHES WIDE! Oooh that was a chance, a side-foot from Duff and Dempsey could have made that had he dived in!
    • 62' Dempsey's introduction has brought some energy to Fulham's attack as they keep the ball and knock it around well enough. Dempsey and Etuhu combine but the latter's ball is just beyond the US man and Hamburg clear. Fulham come again though, Davies wide to Gera who is nailed by Boateng. Booking. He got the ball but dived in two footed and high.
    • 61' Good spell for Fulham as Davies crosses for Duff but Aogo clears. This is more like it.
    • 60' Lovely move from Hamburg as Ze Roberto and RvN slice Fulham open, great touch Petric but his low cross is blocked. Fulham counter, Gera with a great touch and Dempsey can shoot but blocked! Fulham keep it alive though.
    • 59' Throw on the right aimed for Dempsey, who does really well to hold it up with a super touch and win a corner. Swung over, Hangeland leaps but misses, Konchesky can shoot but blocked! Hamburg break, RvN is in and they could have men over here but Pantsil hacks the ball away.
    • 58' FULHAM SUB: Amazing he lasted this far. Zamora off for Dempsey.
    • 57' Long from Schwarzer. Gera now, Murphy can surge in but the move loses momentum and Davies has to drag it across before Duff loses out.
    • 56' Murphy with a super through ball but Zamora was offside. Hamburg make a change: Tesche off for Rincon, who will play as a defensive right-sided midfielder.
    • 55' Konchesky long but Demel hoofs away.
    • 54' Jarolim crosses but Hangeland clears. Pantsil gets the second ball away. Back with Rost now, a backpass but Zamora can't even chase him down.
    • 53' Konchesky and Petric clash by the corner flag but no foul for Hamburg. Looked a trip to me...
    • 53' Almost a sticky one for Fulham as they fail to clear the corner but Pantsil gets it clear from Jarolim.
    • 52' Aogo puts in a ball that Duff blocks, Jarolim now to Pitroipa who finds Aogo who wins a free-kick off Pantsil.
    • 51' Zamora is angry with the service he's receiving but he looks immobile. Van Nistelrooy wins a free-kick off the climbing Hughes.
    • 50' RvN pulls Hangeland's shoulder. Konchesky lumps it upfield but too loose for Zamora, who then commits a foul.
    • 49' Poor touch from Konchesky, lazy even as he had a chance to put it in from the left. A groan from the home fans.
    • 48' Zamora does really well to turn into two defenders and win a throw off Boateng, but is then penalised from the throw for a pull himself.
    • 47' Murphy to curl it in right-footed... he dips it far post but Rost watches it spin out ahead of Gera, Zamora and Duff. Zamora is really struggling. Dempsey or Nevland?
    • 47' Zamora wins a free-kick on the left in a dangerous position, Demel penalised this time for a pull.
    • 46' Tesche on the right moves closer to goal but is shut out by three white shirts. Zamora is limping. He needs to go.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - The teams come out again with no changes for either side, Zamora soldiering on for now it seems.
    • 45+1 No injury time, well one second, 1-0 to Hamburg who lead and have a vital away goal through Mladen Petric's thunderbolt of a free-kick.
    • 45' Zamora offside again. Fulham need a shot in the arm now, they've slumped a touch although Hamburg are well organised.
    • 44' Duff wins a throw on the left. Fulham frustrated at this point with the crowd far less buoyant than earlier.
    • 43' Demel has to hoof clear under pressure but it somehow stays in and Hamburg keep the ball before Pitroipa is sold short. Fulham throw.
    • 42' Davies puts it near post but poor, cleared by Aogo. Pitroipa handles just shy of halfway. Fulham keep it short and simple as they try to pass their way level. Petric finds RvN though as Hamburg move forward in numbers. They opt to play keep-ball though - the tie is theirs to lose now.
    • 41' Murphy looks to Gera, wide to Duff on the left now, Konchesky crosses, Mathijsen's header is poor. Davies finds Murphy and Pantsil crosses but behind for a corner off Boateng.
    • 40' Poor header from Demel and Gera is able to latch on to it but the HSV defence regroup to prevent him from feeding Zamora.
    • 39' A nice move by Fulham breaks down as Zamora is crowded out on the edge of the box. Hamburg counter and PITROIPA but he fires wide! Aogo was free wide but he shot, inches off target.
    • 38' Pitroipa with a howler, putting it wide one-on-one, but the flag went up for a marginal offside. Phew.
    • 37' Petric has it on the right but his ball is poor and Fulham break. Duff wide to Zamora but his one-two is blocked out by Demel, who Zamora fouls.
    • 36' Gera wins a throw on the right. This is a decent spell as Pantsil wins it and puts a corss in, Zamora challenges but Tesche puts out. Demel again all over Zamora.
    • 35' Duff goes over to the left for the corner, putting in an outswinger but cleared as far as Murphy.
    • 34' Duff with an interception to free Pantsil on the right. Good ball-keeping from Fulham but Hamburg are back in numbers. Zamora wins a corner after Pantsil's ball, he wants more for a tug but just a corner.
    • 33' Davies will take, it's actually quite shy of the D and he puts it over.
    • 32' Duff again inside to Gera, Davies and Murphy combine and the former wins a free-kick off Jarolim on the edge of the D.
    • 32' Duff cuts inside, it opens up for Gera who crosses but Boateng clears. Fulham get it back though, pressing high up the pitch.
    • 31' Duff curls it into the box but headed clear. Put in by Konchesky, headed across goal where Jarolim falls asleep to let Duff head it across goal but hacked away!
    • 30' Duff wins a free-kick on the right, off Ze Roberto again but a minor foul so no card despite prior warning,
    • 28' Good ball again from Pitroipa on the left that Schwarzer reads well to claim.
    • 26' Davies cleverly puts it wide to Konchesky who crosses for Zamora, Rost gets a hand on it but the Fulham striker is deemed too close to the keeper. Harsh again.
    • 25' Ze Roberto cynically checks Duff after a one-two and it's a final warning from the ref. Free-kick on the right, 40 yards out... Short inside and Murphy tries a through ball but blocked.
    • 24' Konchesky in to Gera who wins a throw deep on the left. Taken quickly but Hamburg clear. Petric now on Hangeland, but Etuhu nicks it back to Schwarzer.
    • 23' That is a vital away goal - Fulham need two now.
    • 22' Boateng and Petric are over it... AND PETRIC SMASHES IT INTO THE TOP LEFT! WHAT A GOAL!
    • 22' Mix-up in the Fulham defence forces Murphy to slide in on Ze Roberto and Hamburg have a free-kick around 25 yards out. Dangerous this...
    • 21' Clever run inside from Gera on the right, now Konchesky and Davies link but Zamora pulls down defender Boateng, pretty harsh, Konchesky was in too.
    • 20' Hangeland pushes RvN in the back, free-kick to the Germans just inside the Fulham half. Poor aimless ball though and the hosts play it around the back.
    • 19' Tesche with a smart turn and dinked ball but Hangeland heads away from RvN. Konchesky tries a long one for Zamora but clear of his head and back with Rost.
    • 18' Mazy run by Pitroipa before he fizzes in a low ball that Murphy hits behind before RvN can pounce. Corner... Aogo to take but waaay too deep and out for a throw on the other side.
    • 17' Zamora is flagged offisde after some jostling with Boateng. He felt he'd been fouled.
    • 16' Ze Roberto closes Duff right down. Second time he's done that, clearly he's been given a job to do on the Irish winger.
    • 15' This is a good spell of possession for Hamburg but eventually Pantsil intervenes and Fulham break. Zamora can't control the fizzing ball though.
    • 14' Tesche lofts it over for Jarolim who flies in down the right and drills in a lovely ball for Petric but behind by Hughes for a corner. Aogo's ball is cleared deep into HSV''s half.
    • 13' Murphy goes down after rising with RvN for a header. Awkward landing, jarring his left knee.
    • 12' Gera holds it up for Duff, it opens up for him but he drags the shot well wide. Should have done better by getting it on target or passing to Zamora.
    • 11' Pitroipa does well to keep it in on the left, back to Aogo but Fulham clear. Pitroipa semi-shoves Pantsil and Fulham get a lucky free-kick, evening out the earlier decision.
    • 10' Pitroipa beats Duff, tries a one-two but runs into Murphy and harshly a free-kick is given against the Whites. Aogo swings it in but headed away by Zamora back defending.
    • 9' Boateng pumps in a dangerous cross for Petric but Schwarzer leaps into the mixer to punch clear. Throw on the right. Demel takes it, gets the ball back and crosses but Pantsil clears.
    • 8' Corner Hamburg on the left, given away by Pantsil. Aogo swings it in but half-cleared, Aogo gets it back and crosses low but Hughes puts it out for a throw.
    • 7' Davies to swing it out and Hangeland meets it but he heads well over.
    • 7' Murphy lofts it over to Gera, who takes on the full-back and wins a corner.
    • 6' Hamburg on the left, Pitroipa on it but hemmed in and Duff wins a throw.
    • 4' Gera on the ball, great turn, inside by Duff to Zamora, he flicks it to Davies who plays a delightful backheel but no-one gets on to it and HSV survive.
    • 3' Zamora is feeling his Achilles already as the ref actually signals for a goal kick, last touch off him in the end.
    • 2' Zamora with a superb turn and a one-two with Gera, lovely play and Zamora is in but Rost smothers! The loose ball falls to Zamora wide but blocked by a defender! Corner. Great start Fulham!
    • 1' Ruud on an early run but Pantsil clears. Next he nods it back to keeper Schwarzer as the hosts seek to keep it tight early on.
    • 1' The match gets underway at the Cottage! Hamburg kick off in their red away strip.
    • - The Turkish ref was in charge of Fenerbahce-Galatasaray last week so knows a thing or two about pressure...
    • - The teams take to the field on what is arguably Fulham's biggest game ever and the most significant to be played at Craven Cottage in its long history.
    • - So no real surprises for either side, other than the last-minute inclusion of Zamora in the Fulham XI. Trochowski is banned for Hamburg.
    • - Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)
    • - HAMBURG TEAM: Rost, Demel, Boateng, Mathijsen, Aogo, Jarolim, Ze Roberto, Tesche, Pitroipa, Van Nistelrooy, Petric; Subs: Hesl, Rozehnal, Guerrero, Berg, Arslan, Rincon, Schulz
    • - FULHAM TEAM: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Konchesky, Hangeland, Hughes, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Davies, Gera, Zamora; Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Riise, Dempsey, Smalling, Greening, Dikgacoi
    • - Roy continues: "I didn't know we ever had a reputation for intimidation. I think we've got quite a thinking crowd... a crowd that appreciates good football and how well the team has done for them. We will have great support and people will be behind us every step of the way but to intimidate you've got to have a much bigger stadium and more aggressive crowd than we have. I'm not even certain that I want that."
    • - Fulham boss Roy Hodgson on the sacking of Hamburg boss Bruno Labbadia during the week: "It's late in the season, they've played many games together, the assistant coach has stepped into the breach so there's no vast change of management style or philosophy. So I'm expecting the same type of Hamburg that we met in the first leg a week ago."
    • - There has been much talk about the fitness of Bobby Zamora - Fulham's top scorer with 19 this season, including eight in this competition. Well despite missing a slew of Premier League games with an Achilles injury, the England hopeful STARTS after passing a fitness test this morning. John Pantsil is in for the banned Chris Baird in the only change from the first leg.
    • - Fulham host Hamburg in one of the biggest games in the West London club's history, a Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with the score goalless from leg one in Germany - LIVE from 8.05pm!
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Heart in mouths as some dodgy defending allows Van Nistelrooy to pick it up in the box but he snatches at it, well wide.
    • 80' Guerrero gets it on the right, Petric tries it but blocked, now Aogo with a volley but blocked by Hughes!
    • 76' Davies swings it in, Hangeland meets it and Etuhu touches it in AND GERA! YES! 2-1! FULHAM LEAD!! Gera with the turn and finish and the crowd erupts!!
    • 74' Pitroipa on the left skins Pantsil, great play and he smashes it home but wide! Petric is FURIOUS as he was free!
    • 69' Davies lucky to get away with a slightly late tackle as Fulham retain possession.... Nice one touch play from Fulham, Davies lays it off for Murphy, great ball over the top AND DAVIES WITH A SUPER TOUCH TO TAKE THE DEFENDER DEMEL OUT AND AN EVEN BETTER ONE TO KILL IT AND HE KNOCKS IT IN OFF THE POST! What a goal! A piece of brilliance from Simon Davies!!
    • 63' Konchesky to put in an outswinger... the ref cools some nonsense in the box... wicked low ball AND DUFF SURELY BUT INCHES WIDE! Oooh that was a chance, a side-foot from Duff and Dempsey could have made that had he dived in!
    • 39' A nice move by Fulham breaks down as Zamora is crowded out on the edge of the box. Hamburg counter and PITROIPA but he fires wide! Aogo was free wide but he shot, inches off target.
    • 22' Boateng and Petric are over it... AND PETRIC SMASHES IT INTO THE TOP LEFT! WHAT A GOAL!
    • 2' Zamora with a superb turn and a one-two with Gera, lovely play and Zamora is in but Rost smothers! The loose ball falls to Zamora wide but blocked by a defender! Corner. Great start Fulham!
    • - HAMBURG TEAM: Rost, Demel, Boateng, Mathijsen, Aogo, Jarolim, Ze Roberto, Tesche, Pitroipa, Van Nistelrooy, Petric; Subs: Hesl, Rozehnal, Guerrero, Berg, Arslan, Rincon, Schulz
    • - FULHAM TEAM: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Konchesky, Hangeland, Hughes, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Davies, Gera, Zamora; Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Riise, Dempsey, Smalling, Greening, Dikgacoi
    • - There has been much talk about the fitness of Bobby Zamora - Fulham's top scorer with 19 this season, including eight in this competition. Well despite missing a slew of Premier League games with an Achilles injury, the England hopeful STARTS after passing a fitness test this morning. John Pantsil is in for the banned Chris Baird in the only change from the first leg.
    • - Fulham host Hamburg in one of the biggest games in the West London club's history, a Europa League semi-final second-leg clash with the score goalless from leg one in Germany - LIVE from 8.05pm!

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil Substitution Out (75′)
      • B. Hangeland Yellow Card
      • A. Hughes
      • P. Konchesky
      • D. Etuhu
      • D. Murphy
      • D. Duff
      • S. Davies Goal
      • Z. Gera Goal
      • B. Zamora Substitution Out (58′)

      Subs

      • P. Zuberbühler
      • J. Greening
      • E. Nevland Substitution In75′
      • C. Dempsey Substitution In58′ Yellow Card
      • B. Riise
      • K. Dikgacoi
      • C. Smalling
    • Starting line-up

      • F. Rost Yellow Card
      • G. Demel
      • J. Boateng Yellow Card
      • J. Mathijsen
      • D. Aogo
      • D. Jarolim Substitution Out (90′)
      • Zé Roberto
      • R. Tesche Substitution Out (56′)
      • J. Pitroipa
      • M. Petric Goal
      • R. van Nistelrooy

      Subs

      • D. Rozehnal Substitution In90′
      • M. Berg
      • T. Rincón Substitution In56′ Substitution Out79′
      • P. Guerrero Substitution In79′
      • W. Hesl
      • K. Schulz
      • T. Arslan
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