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Diego Forlán (pictured) scored in the 102nd minute to stunningly send Atlético Madrid past Liverpool at Anfield Road and into the final of the Europa League in Hamburg. Carrying a 1-0 lead into the game, compliments of Forlán, the visitors proceeded to allow Alberto Aquilani of all people to level the tie on 44 minutes. The match remained even on aggregate through ninety minutes so over-times were needed. Yossi Benayoun scored what appeared to be the winning goal in the 95th minute, five minutes into the first over-time period. But Forlán crushed Liverpool’s hopes with his goal just seven minutes later. The second over-time came and went and Atlético emerged on the away goals rule, 2-2 on aggregate.

Down in London, Fulham used an unbelievable comeback in the final half-hour to sweep aside visiting Hamburg and earn the other finalists’ position in the Europa League. Mladen Petrić gave Hamburger the lead and the chance to play for the title in their home stadium after a nil-nil draw in the first leg. The away goal meant the Cottagers would have to score twice to survive. And survive they did as first Simon Davies drew the game even on 69 minutes. Then, just seven minutes later, Zoltán Gera scored for Fulham to shockingly gain the advantage in the tie for the first time. The Cottagers managed to outlast Hamburger over the final fifteen minutes and reach their first ever European final with a 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage.

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