Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller were on target for the champions

Saha back for Blues' Benfica test

The Everton striker Louis Saha returns from suspension for tonight's Europa League Group I tie with Benfica. The Frenchman missed the 2-1 victory at BATE Borisov earlier this month following his sending-off during the victory over AEK Athens in September.

Hertha's Favre to fight on

Hertha Berlin coach Lucien Favre has vowed to fight on despite their already disappointing season taking a turn for the worse on Wednesday night.

Chev Walker: Broken leg was 'waiting to happen'

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Pearce and England feel the familiar sting of loss

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Martin Jol has been appointed as Ajax's head coach on a three-year contract. The former Tottenham manager became the Hamburg coach last summer and led the club to a fifth-place finish in the Bundesliga – and a Europa League spot.

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Coach Martin Jol believes Hamburg deserved their place in the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup despite losing 2-1 at Manchester City last night.

City turn it on for sheikh but fail to break Hamburg

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Flimsy City prove easy meat for Hamburg

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Jol's tigers burn bright and plan hot reception for City

Two years after he was sacked by Spurs, the Dutchman has rebuilt his reputation in fine style. Tim Rich reports from Hamburg

Manchester City to play Hamburg

Hamburg SV will play Manchester City in the Uefa Cup quarter-finals and could meet Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen in the last four.

Hit & Run: Curse of the pretty boys

It's a serious quandary for every married man – who also happens to be ridiculously good-looking. You've been happily hitched for years, but members of the opposite sex either didn't get that memo, or, most problematically, choose to ignore it. Women literally throw themselves at you. What's a guy to do?

Manchester City make £13m de Jong bid

Manchester City have made an official approach for Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong, the Bundesliga's director of sport Dietmar Beiersdorfer confirmed today.

Villa through with a whimper

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Hamburg lose injured de Jong

Hamburg will be without midfielder Nigel de Jong for the rest of the calendar year through injury.

Hamburg suffer Jansen blow

Bundesliga leaders Hamburg will be without full-back Marcell Jansen for up to six weeks due to a thigh strain picked up while on international duty.

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