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Fulham lead cut late by Wolfsburg

Published: Thursday 1 April 2010, 22.50CET
Fulham FC 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff put Fulham in control but Alexander Madlung's late header gave Wolfsburg hope.
by Paul Saffer
from Craven Cottage
Fulham lead cut late by Wolfsburg
Fulham celebrate Bobby Zamora's opening goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FulhamWolfsburg

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed10
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 1 April 2010, 22.50CET

Fulham lead cut late by Wolfsburg

Fulham FC 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff put Fulham in control but Alexander Madlung's late header gave Wolfsburg hope.

Fulham FC have the advantage in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final with VfL Wolfsburg but Alexander Madlung's goal with a minute left ensured the German side left London with hopes intact after a 2-1 first-leg defeat.

This stage of a major European competition was maiden territory for both clubs, and coupled with mutual indifferent domestic form that perhaps explained a tentative first half. However, Bobby Zamora's fine strike just before the hour was quickly added to by Damien Duff before Madlung's late header gave Wolfsburg an away goal for next Thursday's second leg.

In a low-key opening Christian Gentner forced the first save of the night from Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on 20 minutes, quickly followed by Zoltán Gera testing Diego Benaglio at the other end. Zamora, who overcame illness to start, made Benaglio palm away an effort from a tight angle while Wolfsburg's top scorer, Edin Džeko, had recovered from a knee injury and set up Grafite to blaze over.

Zamora and Dickson Etuhu both came close with headers in sporadic Fulham attacks often sparked by Paul Konchesky down the left. On half-time the hero against Juventus, Clint Dempsey, shot just wide.

Džeko had a great chance five minutes after the interval but headed off target from close range and seconds later Schwarzer blocked Grafite's strong drive. However, just before the hour mark it was Fulham who were ahead, Gera from the left finding Zamora outside the box. After he was given space by Duff's dummy run, his shot eluded the diving Benaglio.

There was not long to wait for the second, Konchesky squaring from the left and Zamora laying the ball back for Duff to finish on 63 minutes. Grafite shot over with ten minutes left and substitute Obafemi Martins made Schwarzer dive and save, but VfL's late rally seemed to be coming to nothing until Zvjezdan Misimović's cross was headed in by Madlung.

Last updated: 03/04/10 0.16CET

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Lineups

fulham

Fulham

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
7
JosuéJosué (C)
11
GeraZoltán Gera
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
13
MurphyDanny Murphy (C)
Substitution87
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
16
DuffDamien Duff
Goal63
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
Yellow Card72
Goal89
18
HughesAaron Hughes
19
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
Substitution74
20
EtuhuDickson Etuhu
20
RietherSascha Riether
23
DempseyClint Dempsey
23
GrafiteGrafite
25
ZamoraBobby Zamora
Yellow Card39
Goal59
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
Substitution84
29
DaviesSimon Davies
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli

Substitutes

19
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
6
BairdChris Baird
Substitution87
6
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
10
NevlandErik Nevland
11
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution74
17
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
26
SmallingChris Smalling
16
JohnsonFabian Johnson
27
GreeningJonathan Greening
24
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Substitution84
35
ElmDavid Elm
55
RéverRéver

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Lorenz-Günther Köstner (GER)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Boris Toseski (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Darko Čeferin (SVN), Matej Jug (SVN)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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