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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

SV Hamburg Kicks Spartak Out of Cup

SV Hamburg of Germany held Spartak Moscow to a 2-2 draw Tuesday evening to move into the third round of the UEFA Cup on a chilly evening at Lokomotiv stadium.


Hamburg came to Moscow with a three-goal cushion after beating Spartak 3-0 in the first-leg match in Germany two weeks ago, and could afford to sit back in defense.


Spartak, on the other hand, had a very slim chance of reaching the next round and had to push forward from the start, hoping to get an early goal.


The Muscovites got some breathing room after Alexei Meleshin opened the scoring in the 10th minute, knocking home a mistimed header by Vladislav Duyun to jubilant cheers of some 12,000 Spartak supporters.


But Markus Schupp finished the Muscovites off when he headed an equalizer into an open goal 18 minutes later, after a fine cross from Sven Kmetsch.


The Hamburg goal meant that Spartak had to score at least five times.


Andrei Tikhonov made it 2-1 for the hosts from the spot after a questionable penalty call by the Spanish referee late in the first half. But the Germans by then were so confident of getting through that they barely uttered a protest.


"It was important for us not to panic after the first Spartak goal," said Hamburg coach Felix Magath after the match.


Spartak, missing injured captain Ilya Tsymbalar, Ramiz Mamedov and Valery Kechinov -- all of them national team players -- had to settle for a 2-2 draw after Jurgen Hartmann scored the last goal of the night with yet another header.


"Two things did it for us -- our obvious weakness in the air and our inability to finish off good scoring chances," said Spartak boss Georgy Yartsev.