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Shakhtar and Werder look strong in UEFA Cup

Tottenham’s conquerors Shakhtar Donetsk took a big step towards the last four of the UEFA Cup after beating Marseille 2-0 in their quarter-final first leg. Tomas Hubschman set the Ukrainian side on their way in the first half and Rodrigues Jadson added a second after the break as Shakhtar continued their impressive run.

Shakhtar beat Spurs and CSKA Moscow in the last two rounds and looked superior to their visitors, who went into the game on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run in the French Ligue 1 which included six wins.

Werder Bremen also took a step towards the semi-finals thanks to a 3-1 win over Udinese. It could have been a perfect evening for the Bundesliga side as two goals from Diego and one from Hugo Almeida put them firmly in control of the tie, but a Fabio Quagliarella strike three minutes from the end gives Udinese hope. The away goal gives the Bianconeri a glimmer of hope for the return at the Stadio Friuli next Thursday.

Dynamo Kiev will be slight favourites heading into next week’s second leg against Paris St Germain after holding out for a goalless draw at the Parc des Princes. PSG edged the first leg in the French capital, but they will rue not taking advantage of a number of openings they created in an open first half. But Dynamo probably deserved a draw overall and will fancy their chances of finishing the job next Thursday, given their redoubtable form at home this season.

In the other game Manchester City slumped to a 3-1 first leg defeat against high-flying Hamburg despite having taken a 35-second lead. Stephen Ireland put Manchester City in front after just 35 seconds, only for defender Joris Mathijsen to equalise shortly afterwards. City goalkeeper Shay Given kept his side in the game with some magnificent saves, but a handball by Micah Richards allowed Piotr Trochowski to stroke his side in front from the penalty spot. Jose Paolo Guerrero struck late on to put his side firmly in the driving seat prior to the return leg on April 16.

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