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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Bremen, Shakhtar make UEFA Cup final

FRANKFURT (AP) Werder Bremen and Shakhtar Donetsk both reached their first UEFA Cup final with narrow victories on Thursday night.

Werder rallied to beat Hamburger SV 3-2 in the second leg of the semifinals and went through on the away-goals rule, with the aggregate score 3-3 after Hamburg's 1-0 win in Bremen one week ago.

Shakhtar edged Dynamo Kiev 2-1 in the second leg of their all-Ukrainian matchup to advance 3-2 on aggregate. Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho scored the winner late in the game.

The final of Europe's second-tier club competition is May 20 in Istanbul, and both Werder and Shakhtar made the title game for the first time.

In a fast-paced game in Hamburg, Ivica Olic scored for the home team in the 13th minute, but Diego tied the game in the 29th after a neat 1-2 move with Claudio Pizarro.

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