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Hamburg Beats Galatasaray and Advances to Quarterfinals

Hamburg advances to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup with a 3-2 win in Istanbul over Galatasaray. In a bad night for UEFA champions, Zenit St. Petersburg and CSKA Moscow were also knocked out of the tournament.

Hamburg's Olic Ivica, right, fights for the ball with Harry Kewell and Morgan De Sanctis, left, of Galatasaray

Hamburg's Olic Ivica, right, fights for the ball with Harry Kewell and Morgan De Sanctis, left, of Galatasaray

Galatasaray appeared to be heading through after taking a 2-0 lead at their Ali Sami Yen stadium following a 1-1 draw in Hamburg. However, the Bundesliga side roared back with three second-half goals to put out the 2000 winners and end their dreams of reaching the final to be staged at the home of their arch rivals Fenerbahce.

After Harry Kewell and Milan Baros put the home team in the lead, Paolo Guerrero pulled one back for Hamburg in the 57th and then equalized in the 60th with a right-footed shot from the right penalty area. Ivica Olic added the third in the 90th by beating the offside trap with only Galatasaray goalkeeper Morgan de Sanctis to beat.

"This is a special day for us. We are delighted with the win," said Guerrero. "We shouldn't have lost such a match, it was our own fault," admitted Galatasaray midfielder Baris Ozbek. Hamburg coach Martin Jol said: "Paolo scored two wonderful goals. We knew that Galatasaray would become nervous if we scored."

Russian teams bow out

It was a bad night for UEFA Cup champions overall as the 2000 winners Galatasaray were joined as casualties by holders Zenit St Petersburg and fellow-Russian 2005 winners CSKA Moscow.

In St Petersburg, Zenit lacked the flair and attacking power of the past season as they were unable to rebound from the two-goal defeat in Udine. Captain Anatoliy Tymoshckuk broke the deadlock in the 29th minute with a header off Viktor Fayzulin's corner but Zenit then tried in vain to get the vital second goal, with Fayzulin aiming high from point-blank range.

At the same time CSKA had to bow to Donetsk and its Brazilians. Fernandinho put the hosts ahead with a 54th-minute penalty after being fouled by Pavel Mameev and Luiz Adriano's close range effort 16 minutes later saw Shakhtar through.

Ukraine joined Germany with two teams in the quarter-finals as Dynamo Kiev won a Ukrainian duel with Metalist Kharkiv on away goals from a 3-3 overall deadlock after Metalist won 3-2 on the night. Valentyn Sliusar (29th), Brazilian striker Jaja with a freekick in the 56th and Argentina's Walter Anibal Acevedo in the 70th were on target for the hosts.

But Croatian Goran Sabljic in 68th and Serbian substitute Milos Ninkovic with a low shot in the 79th minute saw Kiev through on away goals the second straight time after eliminating Spain's Valencia in the same way in the previous round.