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City handed Hamburg clash

20 Mar 2009 - 12:30:22

Manchester City have been paired with Hamburg following the draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.

City, who survived a dramatic fightback from Aalborg on Thursday night to be in the hat for the draw, will travel to Germany for the first leg against the Bundesliga side on April 6.

The Eastlands side will come up against a familiar face in Martin Jol as the former Tottenham Hotspur coach has led a solid Hamburg unit to fourth place in the Bundesliga table this season.

Shay Given was City's penalty shoot-out hero as Mark Hughes' side edged past Aalborg to seal a place in the last eight.

City appeared to be easing into the quarter-finals until the last six minutes of normal time when the Danish side scored twice to make it 2-2 on aggregate and force extra-time.

There were no more goals in the extra 30 minutes but keeper Given saved from Thomas Augustinussen and Luton Shelton in the shoot-out as City eventually won 4-3 on penalties.

Meanwhile, there will be no immediate return to the HSH Nordbank Arena for City's former Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong as the Dutchman, who swapped the Bundesliga for the Premier League in January, is ineligible for European competition.

However, Belgian midfielder Vincent Kompany, who made the same move last summer, is likely to play against his former employers.

Should City overcome Hamburg then they could be returning to Germany to play Werder Bremen as the draw for the semi-finals was made at the same time.

UEFA Cup quarter-final draw (ties to be played April 6 & 16):

Hamburg v Manchester City
Paris St Germain v Dynamo Kiev
Shakhtar Donetsk v Marseille
Werder Bremen v Udinese

UEFA Cup semi-final draw (ties to be played April 30 & May 7):

Werder Bremen or Udinese v Hamburg or Manchester City
Paris St Germain or Dynamo Kiev v Shakhtar Donetsk or Marseille


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