Europa League - Behind Enemy Lines: Duo lose

Eurosport - Mon, 19 Apr 11:32:00 2010

A look at the form of the clubs preparing to face English opposition in the Europa League semi-finals, with both Hamburg and Atletico Madrid's poor runs continuing.

2009-10 La Liga Atletico Madrid midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado - 0

Hamburg (play Fulham at home on April 22)

Hamburg 1-0 Mainz

Hamburg continued their poor recent form and lost ground with the other contenders for the European places in losing 1-0 at home to Mainz.

Aristide Bance scored the only goal of the game after 20 minutes, condemning the Europa League semi-finalists to a run of just one victory in the last six games to remain on 48 points for seventh place in the Bundesliga.

Mainz had the first chance of the game after 17 minutes with Bance's header after a cross by Andre Schurrle going just wide.

But the same combination gave Mainz the lead three minutes later as Schurrle sent a through-ball to Bance from around the halfway line and the Burkina Faso international beat Hamburg keeper Frank Rost after a long run.

The hosts were close with 16 minutes left but Ruud van Nistelrooy went just inches over the crossbar from 13 yards.

Atletico Madrid (play Liverpool at home on April 22)

Villarreal 2-1 Atletico

Villarreal overcame Atletico Madrid 2-1 at El Madrigal to move into sixth spot above Athletic Bilbao and Getafe.

First-half strikes from Diego Godin and Giuseppe Rossi gave Juan Carlos Garrido's side a two-goal lead, and Sergio Aguero's clinical finish in the second was not enough to haul the visitors back on terms.

Godin gave the hosts a 22nd-minute lead after bundling the ball home from Ariel Ibagaza's corner to capitalise on some slack marking from Atletico and beat David De Gea from close range.

Rossi made it two on the stroke of half-time after Cani had powered his way into the Atletico box and been brushed off the ball to leave the forward to slam the loose ball beyond De Gea.

Aguero took a Tiago through ball in his stride supremely before lashing home an emphatic finish into the far corner of Diego Lopez's net, but the Argentine's brilliance could not salvage a point for the visitors, who have now lost their last three league matches.


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