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OB's Fall brings down Fulham

Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 22.59CET
Fulham FC 2-2 Odense BK
Djiby Fall headed in with the last touch of the game to end Fulham's campaign as Wisła Kraków snatched second place in Group K.
by Paul Saffer
from Craven Cottage
Published: Wednesday 14 December 2011, 22.59CET

OB's Fall brings down Fulham

Fulham FC 2-2 Odense BK
Djiby Fall headed in with the last touch of the game to end Fulham's campaign as Wisła Kraków snatched second place in Group K.

Fulham FC were set for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 when Djiby Fall's last-gasp header for eliminated Odense BK ended the 2010 finalists' campaign.

Teenager Kerim Frei had made one for Clint Dempsey before scoring his first senior goal to put Fulham in control at the break. But Hans Henrik Andreasen pulled one back midway through the second half and Fall's leveller allowed Wisła Kraków to snatch Group K second place with a 2-1 defeat of FC Twente.

Home goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was ruled out with a spinal injury hours before kick-off, giving Neil Etheridge a club debut in a much-changed lineup and Fulham took time to settle. Once they did, Chris Baird forced a diving save from Stefan Wessels while Bernard Mendy made a superb tackle to deny Bobby Zamora.

Now Fulham were rampant and Brede Hangeland rose to meet a corner which Wessels and Bashkim Kadrii combined to stop. With Wisła ahead, Fulham needed a goal themselves and got one on 27 minutes, Frei sprinting down the left and crossing low, Zamora touching back and Dempsey rolling a low shot past Wessels. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Frei turned in Moussa Dembélé's centre after another flowing move.

Espen Ruud made Etheridge work early in the second half with an angled shot but the goalkeeper was caught out on 64 minutes by a low Andreasen free-kick into the bottom corner. Suddenly OB sensed a chance and there was real tension to Fulham's play as they retreated into their own half.

However, they were holding on and might have scored themselves before Ruud broke down the right and put in a cross for substitute Fall to head the equaliser, the very last touch of both OB and Fulham's campaign.

Last updated: 25/09/14 6.37CET

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