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Fulham dump Wolfsburg out of Europe; Torres books Atletico return

Bobby Zamora (second from right) is mobbed after his early goal for Fulham against Wolfsburg.
Bobby Zamora (second from right) is mobbed after his early goal for Fulham against Wolfsburg.
  • Fulham beat Wolfsburg 4-1 on aggregate to go into the Europa League semifinals
  • Liverpool thrash Benfica 4-1 at Anfield to reach the last four
  • Hamburg progress after 4-2 aggregate victory over Standard Liege
  • Atletico Madrid go through at expense of Valencia

(CNN) -- English Premier League side Fulham claimed another scalp in the Europa League as they dumped German champions Wolfsburg out of the competition.

Roy Hodgson's side continued their impressive march in Europe after knocking out the holders, Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine, and Italian giants Juventus in previous rounds.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, it took striker Bobby Zamora just 22 seconds to grab Fulham an away goal in the Volkswagen Arena and put them 3-1 ahead on aggregate.

Roy Hodgson's side had to withstand heavy pressure in the second half as Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko hit the post, but they had chances of their own to seal the match -- Danny Murphy seeing his shot cleared off the line.

After the match, Roy Hodgson told ITV television: "It's nice to make history and I'm delighted for the players."

It's nice to make history and I'm delighted for the players. It was a great performance.
--Roy Hodgson, Fulham manager

Fulham will now face another German side in the semifinals after Hamburg beat Standard Liege 3-1 in Belgium and 4-2 on aggregate.

Two goals from Croatia striker Mladen Petric helped them through, one a spectacular overhead kick, while Jose Guerrero added a late third.

Liverpool got revenge on Benfica for defeat in the first leg, thumping the Portuguese team 4-1 at Anfield to seal their place in the final four.

Dirk Kuyt headed Liverpool in front from a corner on 28 minutes before Brazilian midfielder Lucas rounded the goalkeeper from Steven Gerrard's pass to make it 2-0 six minutes later.

Spanish striker Fernando Torres made it 3-0, finishing off Kuyt's cross after a superb counter attack down field.

And though Oscar Cardozo smashed a free kick through Liverpool's wall and into the net, Torres grabbed his second of the night with a cool finish.

Torres will face his former club Atletico Madrid in the semifinal after they beat fellow Spanish side Valencia in their tie.

The game finished goalless in the Spanish capital, but Atletico go through on away goals after their 2-2 draw in Valencia last week.