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Hamburger SV 1 - 1 Deportivo la Coruña
Wed 8 November 20:45
Volksparkstadion, Hamburg

Hamburger SV were unable to get the win they needed to have any chance of staying in the UEFA Champions League, as they drew 1-1 with a below-strength Deportivo La Coruña at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg.

A goal from Dutch substitute Roy Makaay was enough to earn the visitors a valuable away point and eliminate the hosts, but Hamburg do now enter the UEFA Cup, having finished third in Group E.

Mehdi Mahdavikia takes the plaudits of his team-mates
(© Reuters)
Early chances
Hamburg were well on top from the start as Deportivo, missing several stars, played like a side that had already qualified for the next stage. Mauro Silva, Campos César Sampaio and Sánchez del Amo Victor were all left on the bench, as Head Coach Javier Irureta opted for a balance of youth and experience.
Keeper José Francisco Molina had to be alert, as he rushed out to deny the on-rushing Anthony Yeboah. Stig Tøfting's also went close with a long range effort, before Sergej Barbarez's cross-cum-shot was well gathered by the busy Molina.

Deserved lead
The home side took the lead in the 10th minute, when Iranian midfielder Mehdi Mahdavikia saw his chip deflected over a helpess Molina. It was no more than they deserved, after an opening spell that saw them attacking at will. Deportivo struggled to marshall the lively Yeboah, while Barbarez proved a constant threat as he broke from midfield. Jan Hoogma almost doubled Hamburg's lead on the half hour mark, but his 20 metre effort came back off the post and rebounded to safety.
Chances for the visitors were few and far between, but Juan Carlos Santana Valeron did see his shot blocked on the line by Barbarez, before sending a dipping volley just over the Hamburg bar.

Key substitutions
The second half saw Deportivo make two key substitutions, as César Sampaio and Makaay were both introduced into the action. The changes seemed to increase the Spanish side's passion, and chances came thick and fast. García Díaz Manuel Pablo went close, while Valeron did finally
put the ball in the Hamburg net, but his fine finish was ruled out for offside. Deportivo were rewarded on in the 58th minute, when fifteen minute of incessant pressure finally told.

Equalising goal
Hamburg keeper Hans-Jörg Butt, anonymous for most of the tie, made a fantastic double save from César Sampaio but was unable to stop MaKaay turning the ball home from 2 metres. The hosts pushed forward for a winner, but Deportivo had got the goal they wanted and proceeded
to take the sting out of the game. Hamburg found it increasingly difficult to break through the visitors defence, and it was Deportivo who almost snatched a winer. Butt had to be at his athletic best to deny Makaay, as he burst into the box.

Penalty appeals
Despite late appeals for a penalty, after Helder appeared to handle, Hamburg fell just short of what was required to win this thrilling match and must now try their luck in the UEFA Cup Third Round. Deportivo did what was necessary, earning a valuable away point, against a side who put up a brave fight. The Spanish side are looking good, and will fancy their chances in the next stage.

First Half  1 - 0
10'  15 Mahdavikia  HA
17'  11 Kovac (out)
4 Hertzsch (in)
33'  14 Emerson  CO
35'  17 Pandiani  CO
Extra 1'14"
Second Half  1 - 1
46'  17 Pandiani (out)
7 Makaay (in)
46'  20 Donato (out)
16 Cesar Sampaio (in)
55'  17 Yeboah (out)
26 Bester (in)
58'  7 Makaay  CO
66'  2 Kientz (out)
28 Ketelaer (in)
76'  14 Emerson (out)
27 Ramis (in)
Extra 1'55"
Full Time Statistics
8 Shots on goal 6
6 Wide shots 3
18 Fouls committed 17
8 Corners 6
1 Off sides 2
31'0" Ball Possession (time) 26'6"
54% Ball Possession (%) 46%
Detailed Match Player Statistics >>
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Hamburg Post-match reaction
Draw sees Hamburg into UEFA Cup
Hamburger SV were unable to get the win they needed to have any chance of staying in the UEFA Champions League, as they drew 1-1 with a below-strength Deportivo La Coruña at the Volksparkstadionin Hamburg
Concentration required for Hamburg to advance
Hamburger SV will need their full concentration to give themselves a chance of beating Deportivo La Coruña on Wednesday but it will be hard to ignore what is happening in Athens in the other Group E fixture which will determine the German team's fate in the UEFA Champions League.
Hamburger SV
1 Butt  (C)
2 Kientz 
3 Panadic 
5 Hoogma 
11 Kovac 
12 Tøfting 
14 Barbarez 
15 Mahdavikia 
17 Yeboah 
20 Hollerbach 
22 Präger 
32 Hillenbrand 
4 Hertzsch 
9 Heinz 
10 Doll 
21 Sporl 
26 Bester 
28 Ketelaer 
13 Molina 
2 Manuel Pablo 
5 Cesar 
12 Scaloni 
14 Emerson 
15 Capdevila 
17 Pandiani 
20 Donato  (C)
21 Valeron 
22 Helder 
25 Fernando 
28 Castro 
3 Romero 
6 Mauro 
7 Makaay 
16 Cesar Sampaio 
18 Victor 
27 Ramis 
FRISK Anders (SWE)
Assistant Referee
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