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Wolfsburg 0 Fulham 1

In the superbly named Volkswagon Arena, Fulham proved there was no gulf in class to smoothly progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League and a clash with Hamburg.

For the return leg, (Sir) Roy was able to call upon the services of Bobby Zamora after our top scorer made a recovery from his Achilles injury and boy was his selection to pay dividends.

With only twenty-one seconds played, Zamora added to his goal tally for the season with a fantastic goal. Collecting the ball, on the edge of the area, he performed a Johann Cryuff style turn to leave his marker bemused before slotting the ball past the keeper. It was Zamora`s sixth goal in his last seven European appearances.

Dream starts don`t come any better than that do they?

Having gained that crucial away goal so early on, Fulham looked as if they could kill the tie off very early on as they continued to take the game to the German side. Zoltan Gera saw a header saved by the keeper after an excellent cross from Damien Duff.

Wolfsburg, stung by the Fulham start, slowly began to drag themselves back into the fray but Mark Schwarzer was able to push away a shot from Barzagli before Grafite netted the rebound only to be flagged offside.

Fulham, not content to sit on their lead, pushed forward and Danny Murphy saw a shot, from fifteen yards, saved by the keeper. Wolfsburg tried to respond and had lots of possession but Fulham marshalled the opposition well. Knowing they had it all to do Wolfsburg took off a defender (Pekarik) and introduced a forward (Dejagah) and there were still ten minutes to half time.

Indeed, it was Dejagah that had their next opportunity, firing in a shot at the near post, but Aaron Hughes was alert and managed to block it. Fulham were winning 1-0 at half time and the job was half done.

The second half started just how Fulham would have liked it, quietly. When any attacks did get kick-started it was Fulham that were doing the pressing, Murphy produced a sublime bal for Zamora to run on to but his first touch wasn`t what it could have been.

Wolfsburg then brought on a face familiar to Premier League fans, Obefemi Martins, and the home side suddenly started to look as if they might get back into things forcing Schwarzer into a great save to deny Dzeko.

But, with time running down, Fulham had a glorious chance to put the tie firmly out of the reach of Wolfsburg. Damien Duff produced a fantastic pass that saw Simon Davies through, his shot was fierce but it somehow hit the trailing leg of the keeper and got deflected wide.

Murphy was the next to be given a golden chance but his shot was cleared, acrobatically, off the line by Barzagli. In the last desperate throes of trying to get back into the game, Dzeko struck a post and when Grafite thought he`d netted the rebound there was the outstretched leg of Brede Hangeland to kick the ball off the line.

What a fantastic experience this Europa League is turning out to be!


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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 9 2010

Time: 9:38AM

Your Comments

A very solid performance, I've got my tickets for Hamburg. The only downer was two silly bookings for Baird and Konchesky, for apparent time-wasting
DeuceBigelow
Well done Fulham! Here's to a Liverpool vs Fulham final.
Aamir
yes it just gets better and better little fulham taking on the might of europe so proud of the boys and I thought chris baird had a great game an unsung hero me thinks
truth sayer ffc
Pompey fan here in Peace.... I just wanted to pass on my congratulations to you all...I was pleased that last day of the season in 2008 when you stayed up a our place. I've always had a soft spot for you as one of my fisrt matched in about 1970 was against you when we won 6-3 at Fratton. ANyway what I really wanted to say was How wrong I have been proven..I thought Roy H was a bad appointment-although I do like him a lot as a bloke as he appears to be old school and Honest- but i doubted his now obvious tallent. I also "screamed NO!!!" when we were linked with BobbY Zeee....and again he has done so well this year..you must be glad he did'nt go to Hull City... So well done...shame its not you lot on sunday but the spuds....Hmm I hope we win..but thats for our site...Well Done whites
plymouth graham
Very surprised with the ease we controlled the match, and also that there was only the single goal. It could've easily been a shootout. Both keepers played well and both teams cleared shots off the line. We have a slight advantage in the semis with the 2nd leg being at Craven Cottage. We could actually see and all-English final.
Teddy_KGB
I dont think there is an advantage just take one game at a time but if we dont concied in hamburg we have a good chance coyw win win win
truth sayer ffc
I dont think there is an advantage just take one game at a time but if we dont concied in hamburg we have a good chance coyw win win win
truth sayer ffc
it's going to be tough, as hamburg can obviously score goals... but if just keep playing how we can play, who can stop us? COME ON fulHAM!
woodysweats
forgot to mention... i was watching the highlights on the tv, and i was shocked at how loud the travelling supporters were!! how many did we have at that game? we were out in song for sure for the quarterfinal! it made me proud to be a Fulham FC fan!
woodysweats
Congratiulations! You are amazing in the Euro Cup, I hope you'll win ;-) Will be cheering for you guys!
Blue Mike
i was not watching so it was to my surprise when a fellow whites supporter texted me......what a start! so i called to find we were a goal up within half a minute. i asked to de kept updated and thus only 2 more messages.....1 nil up half time.........we won 1 nil!!! thus started the drinking. finished last night!!!! COYW
Leonestar
amen to that leonstar
truth sayer ffc
 

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