Hapoel come unstuck

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Hapoel Tel Aviv's unlikely journey through the Uefa Cup was halted last night by a Milan side rejuvenated by the return of Filippo Inzaghi.

A goal down after the first leg, the Italian outfit reached the last four thanks to a 2-0 win at San Siro. An early Rui Costa goal cancelled out Sergei Clescenco's strike from the first leg, and Milan went ahead in first-half stoppage time when Shimon Gershon put through his own net under pressure from Inzaghi, the Italian international striker.

The Israelis, conquerors of Chelsea, Parma and Lokomotiv Moscow, battled hard to find a way back into the game but found the Serie A side a challenge too far.

Borussia Dortmund avoided going the way of a respected European trio by brushing aside Slovan Liberec in their quarter-final tie.

Following a goalless first leg, Marcio Amoroso and Jan Koller scored two goals within six second-half minutes at the Westfalenstadion last night to put Dortmund on their way into the last four. Lars Ricken and Ewerthon added two more to prevent the Germans joining Real Mallorca, Celta Vigo and Lyon as the Czech side's victims in Europe this season. The 4-0 victory on the night was also the aggregate score.

Dortmund broke the deadlock six minutes after the restart with Koller picking the ball up after a goalmouth scramble to set up Amoroso for the opener. The big Czech striker got on the scoresheet himself in the 57th minute when Dede's cross was headed back by Jörg Heinrich for Koller to crash the ball into the net on the half-volley.

Twelve minutes later, Ricken put the tie beyond doubt with Dortmund's third. Amoroso's cross was too high for the visiting goalkeeper and the German international headed home. The home side almost extended their lead when Christian Wörns headed against the post. However they made it four in the final minute with Ewerthon driving the ball home at the second attempt.