Werder enjoy cup luck

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Werder Bremen can thank two outstanding goals and a plastic cup after coming from behind to book a place in the UEFA Cup final with Shakhtar Donetsk after a agreegate 3-3 draw against Hamburg.

Starting the night 1-0 down, the visitors fell further behind to Ivica Olic's 12th minute goal. But Diego and Claudio Pizarro linked up for a sublime equaliser on the night, and Pizarro then stunned the hosts with an outstanding long-range strike midway through the second half.

With the game on a knife-edge, it took a bizarre turn when a routine backpass for Michael Gravgaard bobbled up and went out for a corner thanks to a plastic cup on the pitch, and Frank Baumann headed in at the far post to make it 3-1, before Olic headed in a late consolation for Hamburg.

Werder held on though to win 3-2 on the night, with the only stain on the tie a needless yellow card for Diego that rules the playmaker out of the final.

Shakhtar are through to their first ever UEFA Cup final after an 88th-minute winner sealed a 3-2 aggregate triumph in the second leg of their all-Ukrainian semi-final with Dynamo Kiev.

Strikes from Brazilians Jadson and Ilsinho either side of a reply from Ismael Bangoura sealed the win over Shakhtar's domestic rivals, whom they trail by 12 points in the Ukrainian Superliga.

The 2-1 win on the night seals a trip to Istanbul for Shakhtar with the chance to lift the UEFA Cup for the final time before it turns into the revamped Europa League.

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