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Getafe-Bayern München (1:1)
Getafe CF will be backed by a full Coliseum Alfonso Pérez when the European debutants welcome FC Bayern München for a UEFA Cup quarter-final tie that is poised at 1-1 thanks to Cosmin Contra's last-minute goal in Bavaria.

Zenit-Bayer (4:1)
FC Zenit St. Petersburg have one foot in the semi-final as they welcome Bayer 04 Leverkusen to the Petrovsky Stadium having won 4-1 at the BayArena in the first leg.

Getting one over a team wearing green and white hoops may have come easily to Rangers FC in their two meetings with Celtic FC this season, yet Sporting Clube de Portugal promise to offer much sterner resistance with a UEFA Cup semi-final place on offer at the José Alvalade on Thursday.

PSV-Fiorentina (1:1)
The ball is in the home side's court as PSV Eindhoven look to seize a UEFA Cup semi-final place after securing a 1-1 draw in the first leg at ACF Fiorentina last week.

I think....Getafe-Bayern München 0-0
Zenit-Bayer 3-1
Sporting-Rangers 1-1
PSV-Fiorentina 2-1

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Well...zenit went out in uefa cup, but Bayer won....0:1
Russia striker Dmitri Bulykin gives Leverkusen early hope by heading Gonzalo Castro's floated cross to the back post beyond Vyacheslav Malafeev...
Tymoschuk (Zenit) missed the penalty saved by the goalkeeper. René Adler dives low to his right to keep out Anatoliy Tymoschuk's right-footed penalty. =(

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FC Bayern München defender Martín Demichelis spoke of his relief at emerging from "a strange match" with ten-man Getafe CF to advance to the UEFA Cup semi-finals. Bayern went through on away goals at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez after the tie finished with an aggregate score of 4-4.

Dramatic ending
"If you're asking me whether we really deserved that, I honestly don't know what to say," Demichelis said after Luca Toni's two late extra-time goals cancelled out those of Getafe's Casquero and Braulio. "The game finished with such a crazy series of incidents. We started so well in Munich last week and Getafe drew level with the last kick of the game. Today, they started by losing a very important player in [Rubén] de la Red but it didn't seem to hurt them so much."

The home side had taken the lead in the 44th minute through Cosmin Contra - the Romanian netting for the second time in a week against Bayern - but French international Franck Ribéry levelled late in the second period for the visitors with a volley that sent the tie into extra time. "When we started extra time we were almost immediately two goals down," Demichelis recalled. "Like I said, it was a bizarre series of events, but we managed to pull back level again. Unfortunately one of us had to go out tonight and it was Getafe, even though they did what they had to do very well. But that's football."

Even battle
Stung by questions asking if his team underestimated the side from the Madrid suburbs, the Argentinian responded with a question of his own. "Who said it wasn't going to be difficult? We knew we were up against opponents who were deadly serious in their attempts to qualify. They were a tough team and they showed that. Neither the history of the two teams nor the statistics counted for anything when we took to the field and that's what was proven out there tonight." Bayern, the 1995/96 UEFA Cup winners, will take on FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the semi-finals of the competition on 24 April and 1 May.

Leverkusen 2-4 Zenit 1-4 » 1-0 »
Rangers 2-0 Sporting 0-0 » 2-0 »
Bayern (ag) 4-4 Getafe 1-1 » 3-3 »
Fiorentina 3-1 PSV 1-1 » 2-0 »

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Mark van Bommel is doubtful for FC Bayern München's UEFA Cup semi-final first-leg tie on Thursday after fracturing his nose during the club's German Cup win on Saturday against BV Borussia Dortmund.

Extra-time injury
The Dutch midfielder picked up the injury during extra time in Bayern's 2-1 victory after being challenged by Dortmund goalscorer Mladen Petrič. Despite the incident occurring in the 97th minute, the 30-year-old finished the game. However, the club have declared Van Bommel a doubt for the first leg at home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

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akash_reds said:
dunno much about zenit to be honest....the only player i know of is arshavin.....
dont hink rangers are good enough to beat bayern..this looks like bayerns title i think.....unless they play horribly...
Zenit won Villarreal,Marseille and Bayern! They are very good teams... ;)
I think that Zenit can will win.... :rolleyes:
It is a match of a century for Zenit...
PS. Arshavin good player,but Zenit have many good players...

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They call them 'Dusel-Bayern'. And another symptom of the alleged lucky Bayern syndrome is that Ottmar Hitzfeld's men go into their biggest test of this UEFA Cup campaign having just experienced a season's high. The task facing FC Zenit St. Petersburg in Thursday's semi-final first leg will be to end FC Bayern München's good moment before it accounts for them too.

Typically, Bayern knockers say, the home side's best form began with a mistake by Getafe CF goalkeeper Pato in that quarter-final epic on 10 April. The error let a forlorn Bayern back into a tie they eventually won on away goals. Subsequently, they have thrashed BV Borussia Dortmund, beaten Eintracht Frankfurt and, last Saturday, lifted the German Cup with an extra-time flourish against Dortmund.

Due warning
Suddenly firing, Bayern are ready to make their own luck again against the Russian champions at the Allianz Arena. If Bayern were caught unawares by Getafe, Spain's European debutants, they have no excuses against Zenit – 4-1 winners at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the last eight. Coach Hitzfeld said: "We had been warned about Getafe but nobody really knew what to expect. Zenit may also be a novelty, but the fact they defeated Leverkusen means we know what's in front of us. Zenit will be our strongest opponents. They have world-class players and are a new force. We have to stay focused because of their counterattacking threat and must avoid taking risks."

Bayern's fright night in Getafe appears to have had the effect of opening a box of delights for the German club's fans. Their weekend success added the DFB Pokal to the League Cup landed at the start of the season. With the team's ten-point Bundesliga lead suggesting a title procession, the quadruple is on provided Bayern continue the hunt for a second UEFA Cup crown. But they tackle Zenit without the suspended Luca Toni, who has scored two goals in each of the preceding four games. Lukas Podolski should deputise yet Miroslav Klose is doubtful with a foot injury.

No pressure
If the match is "special" for Hitzfeld, being a first European semi-final since the 2000/01 UEFA Champions League, it is also "very important" to Dick Advocaat. Zenit's trainer is glad to take on the Bavarians, saying: "People asked whether I wanted Getafe or Bayern and I said Bayern because we have nothing to lose. We know that against Bayern, they are at home, they have to win, everybody expects them to win, so it is much easier for us to play." According to Advocaat, scalping Leverkusen in Germany remains a source of inspiration. "We scored beautiful goals on the counterattack and can do so again," he said. Confidence also comes from midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk's recovery from a thigh complaint, although an injured toe should keep Aleksandr Anyukov sidelined.

The real mystery surrounding Zenit is the contrast between their European and their domestic results – with the Premier-Liga title-holders showing just one victory from their opening six games of 2008. Advocaat explained: "The reason the league isn't going as well as the UEFA Cup is that the pitches in Russia are terrible at the moment and it is difficult for the players to be as motivated." Bayern's misfortune may be to meet them on a good day.

The Russian champions had never beaten German opposition until last month when they ripped up that statistic with a stunning 4-1 success away to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the first leg of their quarter-final.

• If that performance offers grounds for confidence, Zenit will know a tougher test awaits them against the Bundesliga leaders – and tournament favourites – in what is a first European semi-final for Dick Advocaat's charges.

• Zenit are the only side left in the UEFA Cup never to have won a European trophy. The closest they had previously come since making their continental bow as Zenit Leningrad in the 1981/82 UEFA Cup, was when they reached the quarter-finals of this competition in 2005/06 – losing to eventual winners Sevilla FC 5-2 on aggregate.

• Bayern, by contrast, are playing in their fourth UEFA Cup semi-final. Beaten by Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1979/80 edition, they lost out to SSC Napoli in the 1988/89 semis before defeating FC Barcelona en route to lifting the trophy in 1995/96.

• Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn is the only member of the 1995/96 UEFA Cup-winning squad still active at Bayern, who were led by current Greece coach Otto Rehhagel during that campaign. Jürgen Klinsmann, Lothar Matthäus, Jean-Pierre Papin and Mehmet Scholl were among the other stars of that team.

• Bayern's Luca Toni struck twice in extra time against Getafe CF in the quarter-finals to take them through and raise his tally to ten goals in this campaign. Zenit's Pavel Pogrebnyak has eight goals and is second behind Toni in the tournament scoring chart.

• Toni will sit out this first leg after picking up yellow cards in both quarter-final matches against Getafe to earn his second suspension of this season's UEFA Cup.

• Bayern's Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Mark van Bommel are within a booking of a suspension.

• Zenit players Aleksandr Anyukov, Andrei Arshavin, Ivica Križanac, Pogrebnyak, Fernando Ricksen and Radek Širl are also one caution away from a ban. Anyukov is unlikely to play against Bayern, however, after breaking a toe.

• Bayern have played 12 games against Russian opposition, winning six, drawing five and losing just one.

• At home, their record is W3 D2 L1. That sole defeat was a 1-0 reverse against FC Lokomotiv Moskva in the first leg of a 1995/96 UEFA Cup first-round tie. Undeterred, they won the return 5-0, with Klinsmann – who takes over as Bayern coach in the summer – scoring twice.

• Bayern's last two home matches against Russian visitors ended in four-goal victories. They beat FC Spartak Moskva 5-1 in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League first group stage, then overcame the same side 4-0 in the 2006/07 group stage.

• Bayern's six previous games in Russia have all been in Moscow – against Lokomotiv, FC Torpedo Moskva and FC Spartak Moskva. They have claimed three wins and three draws in the Russian capital.

• Zenit have played against German opponents on eight occasions and their record reads W1 D2 L5. They have fared better in away matches, curiously. On German soil, they have won one, drawn two and lost one; at home they have drawn one and lost three.

• They have played three games against Bundesliga teams already this term, and can take heart from their tremendous effort against Leverkusen in the quarter-finals.

• Having drawn 2-2 at home to 1. FC Nürnberg in the group stage, Zenit won 4-1 at Leverkusen on 3 April through goals from Arshavin, Pogrebnyak, Anyukov and Igor Denisov. A 1-0 second-leg loss failed to deny them a semi-final meeting with Bayern.

• Zenit may also gain encouragement from Bayern's mixed home form so far in the competition. Ottmar Hitzfeld's men have registered three wins, two draws and one defeat in Munich, while Zenit's record on the road is two wins, one draw and three defeats.

• Bayern and Zenit have never met before but Bayern coach Hitzfeld and his Zenit counterpart Advocaat will be renewing acquaintances at the Fußball Arena München.

• The pair lined up in opposite dugouts when Hitzfeld's Bayern faced Advocaat's Rangers FC in the 1999/2000 UEFA Champions League group stage. Bayern drew 1-1 at Ibrox in the first encounter, with Michael Tarnat cancelling out Jörg Albertz's opener. The German side then triumphed 1-0 at home, Thomas Strunz scoring from the penalty spot. Kahn played for Bayern in that second match but not the first.

• Advocaat spent six months coaching Bundesliga club VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 2004/05 season before resigning. Bayern forward Jan Schlaudraff was one of the Dutchman's charges during that campaign.

• Bayern midfielder Van Bommel played under Advocaat with the Netherlands between 2002 and 2004. However, he missed out on a place at the finals of UEFA EURO 2004™ through injury.

• Now 60, Advocaat was a midfielder for ADO Den Haag, VVV Venlo, Roda JC, Sparta Rotterdam and FC Utrecht before moving into coaching and working as assistant to legendary Netherlands coach Rinus Michels.

• Advocaat has been in charge of the Netherlands twice, and has won domestic league titles in three countries: with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Rangers in Scotland and now Zenit in Russia.

• At 59, Bayern coach Hitzfeld was a decent striker with FC Basel 1893, VfB Stuttgart, FC Lugano and FC Luzern. However, he proved to be an even better coach, winning eight league championships in total with Grasshopper-Club, BV Borussia Dortmund and Bayern, and the UEFA Champions League with both of his German clubs.

• This season will be the last of his second spell at Bayern, as he will take up a new role as coach of Switzerland after UEFA EURO 2008™.

• Bayern's Daniel Van Buyten and Zenit's Nicolas Lombaerts are international team-mates in the Belgium defence. The 30-year-old Van Buyten has won 43 caps while 23-year-old Lombaerts has four to date.

• Bayern opened their campaign by defeating CF Os Belenenses in the first round and then topped Group F with a record of W2 D2 L0. They subsequently reached the semi-finals by overcoming Aberdeen FC, RSC Anderlecht and Getafe and, with 32 goals scored and 14 conceded, are by far the highest-scoring side left in the competition.

• Zenit have had the longest journey to the last four of all the semi-finalists, having entered the competition in the second qualifying round. After ousting FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce and R. Standard de Liège, Zenit came third in Group A (W1 D2 L1), then beat Villarreal CF, Olympique de Marseille and Leverkusen to advance to this stage.

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Discussion Starter · #27 ·
I hate Lubos Michel!He is not good referee!
Arshavin and Shirl have not deserved yellow cards...and Riksen have not deserved penalty.
Man of the match is Malafeev and Tymoschuk...
Arshavin played badly,but could scroed...

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FC Bayern Munchen striker Miroslav Klose must undergo surgery after breaking his nose in three places during Thursday's draw against FC Zenit St. Petersburg.

Soldiered on
The 29-year-old German international battled on to the end of the game after being injured in a tackle a few minutes from time, but has now been ruled out of the Bundesliga game at home to VfB Stuttgart on Sunday. He may also miss the second leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final against Zenit at the Petrovsky Stadium next Thursday. Bayern have additional worries, with goalkeeper Oliver Kahn replaced midway through the second half against Zenit with a trapped nerve in his back, while defender Philipp Lahm is struggling with a groin muscle problem.

What a pity:rolleyes: :D :p

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Kim Dongjin(Defender) told,that he can play with Bayern Munchen!Anyukov(Defender) can play too. I think they will play in this a good news for Zenit!
---------------------------Zyrianov(Midfielder)----------Igor Denisov(Midfielder)----------------
----------------------------------------Pavel Pogrebnyak(Forward)----------------------

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Jazz 16 said:
Where are ya Zenitka???
Did you go to the match?
You must be one happy lady :)
I dont think anyone can believe Zenit whooped Bayern 4-0.
Unlucky that your striker got a yellow and will be suspended for the final.
Isnt he the top scorer in the competition? The manager should have taken
him off at 4-0 up :rolleyes:
Anyway congratulations that your team one.

Still 0-0 Fiorentina vs Rangers in the other semi, with 40 mins to go.
Thanks!I am happy!:p
Pogrebnyak will not play in Manchester....but we have Tekke!
Arshavin,Shirl and Kim can play!:p
Thanks Gorshkov(38 years old)!We love you!You are our legend!Thank you!
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