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#2-UEFA Cup Quarter Finals

April 10, 2008

Out of the first four legs, 3 ended in ties. This made the second legs highly anticipated. Zenith Saint Petersburg won the first match 4-1, away from home to Bayer Leverkusen. Therefore, everyone already practically knew they were already qualified. Bayer Leverkusen gave a heroic effort in Russia but could only win 1-0, keeping it 4-2 on aggregate for Zenith. The next match saw 2 teams formerly in the UEFA Champions League, but knocked out in the group stages. Sporting Lisbon and Glasgow Rangers tied 1-1 in Scotland. However, being the favorite, Glasgow won the second game 2-0 to go through to the semis. The third match saw Italy’s Fiorentina pull off a memorable performance. Having tied 1-1 at home, they went and defeated powerhouse PSV Eindhoven 2-0, in Holland. Fiorentina’s French goalkeeper Sebastian Frey once again pulled heroics with a critical penalty save. The last match was one that will be remembered throughout the ages. The first leg between German giants Bayern Munich and rising Spanish powerhourse Getafe had finished all squared at 1-1. With a man down, Getafe took the lead. However, France’s playmaker Ribery tied for Bayern in the last minute. The game was in overtime and Getafe scored 2 goals in one minute to make it 3-1. Bayern though, would not give up. 5 minutes before the end they made it 3-2 and in the last minute 3-3. WIth 3 away goals, Bayern miraculously went through to the semis.