Black night for German football
28 November 2003 , HAMBURG - The two remaining German teams in the UEFA Cup have been unceremoniously dumped out at the second round stage as Borussia Dortmund were hammered 4-0 by a rampant Sochaux and Schalke 04 went out on penalties to Danish side Brondby. Only if German champions Bayern Munich suffer the ignominy of failing to qualify for the round of 16 in the Champions League and finish third in their group will a Bundesliga team be in the third round draw on 12 December. Dortmund, who travelled to F
28 November 2003
HAMBURG - The two remaining German teams in the UEFA Cup have been unceremoniously dumped out at the second round stage as Borussia Dortmund were hammered 4-0 by a rampant Sochaux and Schalke 04 went out on penalties to Danish side Brondby.
Only if German champions Bayern Munich suffer the ignominy of failing to qualify for the round of 16 in the Champions League and finish third in their group will a Bundesliga team be in the third round draw on 12 December.
Dortmund, who travelled to France having drawn 2-2 in Germany, were no match for a skillful and free-passing Sochaux side and were reduced to ten men as early as the sixth minute when Salvatore Gambino was sent off for dragging down Brazilian Santos in the box.
Pierre-Alain Frau made no mistake from the resultant spot-kick, shooting low and hard to the bottom left-hand corner.
Matthias Sammer's side, who have already been knocked out of the German cup, rarely threatened and went further behind in the 67th minute when Frau found Santos completely unmarked for the striker to beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller with ease.
The party started in earnest for the French side when Wilson Oruma made it 3-0 ten minutes later and Jeremy Mathieu completed the rout shortly before the end.
Schalke at least fought to try and survive in the competition they won in 1997 but were eventually knocked out on penalties by Brondby after the tie finished 2-1 to the Danes at the end of normal time.
Brondby went ahead on the quarter-hour mark through a penalty from Karsten Jakobsson when Schalke defender Tomasz Waldoch was adjudged by referee Michal Benes to have brought down Matthias Jonson in the area.
The Germans levelled matters eight minutes through Victor Agali but with 20 minutes remaining the Danes made it 2-1 when Jonson was on hand to stroke the ball home after Schalke goalkeeper Frank Rost could only push a long-distance effort from Johansen on to the bar.
Extra time failed to separate the sides and the game went into a penalty shootout which Brondby won 3-1 after Schalke's Anibal Matellan, Hamit Altintop and Tomasz Hajto all failed to convert from the spot.
It was a better evening for the English Premier League in Europe with two of the three sides remaining progressing to the next round.
A Boris Smiljanic own goal meant Newcastle United beat Swiss side Basel 1-0 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate while Liverpool stumbled past Romanian side Steaua Bucharest 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate thanks to a header from Australian international Harry Kewell.
Earlier, Polish side Groclin Grodzisk pulled off a shock when a 0- 0 draw was enough to knock out Manchester City after the first leg finished 1-1 while Torpedo Moscow were unable to haul back a 2-0 first-leg deficit, managing only a 1-0 win over Spanish side Villareal.
Meanwhile, Parma moved into the third round 9-0 on aggregate with a 5-0 home win over Austrian side Salzburg while Fabio Capello's AS Roma drew 1-1 with Hajduk Split in Croatia to move through 2-1 overall.
La Liga giants Barcelona were too strong for Greek side Panionios, winning 2-0 at the Camp Nou and 5-0 on aggregate and are joined by fellow Spanish side Mallorca who drew 1-1 with FC Copenhagen to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
Also Thursday, Hungarian side Debrecen drew 0-0 at home to Greek side PAOK Salonika but still go through on the away goals rule after the first leg finished 1-1.
Czech side Teplice followed up on their 2-1 win over Feyenoord in Rotterdam with a 1-1 draw to win 3-1 on aggregate while Sporting Lisbon suffered a heavy 3-0 home defeat to Turkish side Gencerbirligi to go out 4-1 on aggregate.
Subject: German news