Fulham 2-1 Hamburg SV – Match Recap – Europa League – Thursday, April 29, 2010
Fulham hosted Hamburg in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League semifinals on Thursday, April 29, 2010.
The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw so a win would let Fulham advance while Hamburg only needed a 1-1 draw. The winner would face either Atletico Madrid or Liverpool who were playing in the other semifinal. The match took place at Craven Cottage in London, England.
Fulham 2-1 Hamburg SV
Hamburg would strike first with a first half goal but Fulham would advance to the Europa League final with two goals in the second half.
The opening goal came from Mladen Petric who scored on a great free kick in the 22nd minute. The goal was deserved as Hamburg would have the better of play in the first half.
Once again, Fulham would have to score goals in the second half to advance in the Europa League. They would pick up their form in the second half and find the two goals they needed. The first came from Simon Davies who received a great pass from Danny Murphy. Davies would flick the ball inside the box to his left and get a shot past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
It was a fantastic finish from Davies and put Fulham within reach. The momentum would continue for Fulham who scored the second only seven minutes later. It was from a corner that deflected off a few players and fell to Zoltan Gera who turned and scored with a close range shot.
Fulham would hang onto the lead in the final minutes and will play in the UEFA Europa League final. It’s a great accomplishment for a club that has never had any great success in European competitions.
|Simon Davies (69)||Mladen Petric (22)|
|Zoltan Gera (76)|
|Shots (on Goal)||10(5)||8(4)|
|Time of Possession||52%||48%|