Fulham cannot lay explain to most stately European nights in their history, but a short list is flourishing longer by the game.
The Premier League side constructed a terrifically realistic arrangement last night to reject Shakhtar Donetsk, the last winners of this foe in the prior guise as the Uefa Cup, and have modernized deeper in to a continental foe than ever before.
Danny Murphy was discharged in blocking time and his deficiency will positively be felt in the turn of sixteen where Fulham face Juventus, whilst Bobby Zamora suffered an Achilles damage and might miss Sundays diversion opposite Sunderland. Regrets, though, can wait for for an additional day; this was a outcome to cherish. The headlines that Clint Dempsey, the forward, might lapse from damage in mid-March was an combined bonus.
It has been a smashing night for the club, Roy Hodgson, the Fulham manager, said. Shakhtar showed what a great group they are. Their capability to pass and keep the round is as great as Ive seen in my 35-year career.Related LinksFulham feel feverishness prior to Shakhtar Donetsk clashCapello misses Zamora"s late celebration pieceZamora hands Fulham slight lead
So Fulham cannot be bad, either. The virtues that have served them so well domestically solidity, organisation, integrity are additionally proof the right mixture for success in Europe, too. They carried a 2-1 value in to the second leg and predictions that it would be a serious exam were borne out by a initial thirty mins in that the on vacation group frequency modernized over the median line.
As so often, though, a singular set-piece valid some-more profitable than oceans of possession. In the 33rd minute, Fulham profited from the indeterminate endowment of a free kick. Damien Duffs cranky from the right was superb and Brede Hangeland glanced the round over Andriy Pyatov. It was Fulhams initial correct attack.
After that, Hodgsons side detered the most Shakhtar attempts on goal. The census data are eloquent: Shakhtar had sixteen corners to Fulhams nothing and twenty-four attempts on idea to Fulhams four. They were breached mid by the second half, however, environment up a moving last quarter. Douglas Costa, a substitute, dribbled to the goalline and centred for Jadson to turn the measure on the night.
Shakhtar indispensable an additional to take the tie to additional time, but Fulham hold their fortify until late on. Evidently hurt by a heartless plea on Duff by Ilsinho that even drew the madness of the routinely peaceful Hodgson, Murphy lunged at Darijo Srna nearby the dilemma flag. The red obscurity was followed by a red card, but seconds after Fulham were celebrating.
Shakhtar Donetsk (4-2-3-1): A Pyatov D Srna, O Kucher, Y Rakitskiy, R D Rat T Hubschman (sub: K Kravchenko, 46min), L Fernandinho Ilsinho, R Jadson, Willian (sub: Douglas Costa, 53) Luiz Adriano (sub: O Gladky, 76). Substitutes not used: A Tetenko, M Lewandowski, O Gai, M Ischenko. Booked: Ilsinho.
Fulham (4-4-1-1): M Schwarzer C Baird, B Hangeland, A Hughes, S Kelly D Duff, D Murphy, D Etuhu, S Davies (sub: B H Riise, 89) Z Gera R Zamora (sub: D Elm, 72). Substitutes not used: P Zuberbühler, E Nevland, C Smalling, J Greening, K Marsh-Brown. Booked: Gera. Sent off: Murphy.
Referee: S Moen (Norway).