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UEFA Cup round-up: Wolfsburg and Hamburg claim top spots

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wolfsburg joined Hamburg in securing top spots in their respective groups in the UEFA Cup.

Die Wölfe twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against AC Milan at San Siro.

It means Milan will face a team eliminated from the Champions League in the next round.

Wolfsburg entered the match with a 100 percent record in Group E but fell behind on 15 minutes as Massimo Ambrosini headed home a corner from Clarence Seedorf.

Former Italy defender Cristian Zaccardo equalised in the 55th minute with a neat finish from Marcel Schafer's cross, but Alexandre Pato scored just 60 seconds later to restore Milan's lead.

However, Mahir Saglik struck nine minutes from time to send Milan to second in the group.

At AOL Arena, Hamburg defeated weakened Aston Villa side 3-1 to secure top spot in Group F.

Hamburg opened the scoring after 18 minutes as Mladen Petrić fired an unstoppable volley past Brad Guzan.

Ivica Olić increased the lead on the half-hour mark when the Croatian evaded the attentions of Carlos Cuéllar to send a diving header creeping in off the post.

The Germans were not to be denied a third, though, and Olić raced clear to snatch his second of the match on 57 minutes.

Nathan Delfouneso grabbed a late consolation with seven minutes remaining before Steve Sidwell was sent off for two bookable offences.

Ajax finished second to Hamburg in their pool after a 2-2 draw at home to Slavia Prague, while St Etienne held on to top spot in Group G after playing out a 2-2 draw against Valencia.

Others scorline in UEFA Cup on Thursday:
Portsmouth3-0Heerenveen
Deportivo La Coruña1-0Nancy
Feyenoord0-1Lech Poznan


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