Hamburg ousts Man City to reach UEFA Cup semis
Hamburg eliminated Manchester City to reach the UEFA Cup semifinals, surviving a 2-1 loss in England to advance 4-3 on aggregate.sports Updated: Apr 17, 2009 11:54 IST
Hamburg eliminated Manchester City to reach the UEFA Cup semifinals, surviving a 2-1 loss in England to advance 4-3 on aggregate.
Hamburg held a 3-1 lead after the first leg in Germany, and Paolo Guerrero extended the advantage by scoring after 12 minutes. But Elano responded four minutes later from the penalty spot and Felipe Caicedo scored City’s second in the 50th on Thursday.
Elano had a free kick hit the woodwork in each half, as City couldn’t score the third goal needed to force the match into extra time.
“It’s unbelievable, to get to the semifinals is fantastic,” Hamburg coach Martin Jol said. “I think we were the better team at home, and the first half we were probably the better team. The penalty was also harsh but the crowd was fantastic and they’ve got some good players.”
City was reduced to 10 men in the 75th when defender Richard Dunne was shown a second yellow card for hauling down Ivica Olic.
Despite becoming one of the world’s richest clubs after being bought up by an Abu Dhabi investment group last September, the loss means City will end the season without a title and should make it tougher for the club to attract big-name players in the offseason. City looks likely to miss out on European football next season, sitting in 11th place in the Premier League.