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Quickfire Zamora confirms Fulham progress

Published: Thursday 8 April 2010, 22.50CET
VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 Fulham FC (agg: 1-3)
Bobby Zamora's well-taken goal inside the opening 25 seconds rubberstamped the English club's place in the last four for the first time.
by Andy James
from VfL Wolfsburg Arena

Match statistics

WolfsburgFulham

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target10
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
2
Offsides2
 
5
Fouls committed9
 
7
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 8 April 2010, 22.50CET

Quickfire Zamora confirms Fulham progress

VfL Wolfsburg 0-1 Fulham FC (agg: 1-3)
Bobby Zamora's well-taken goal inside the opening 25 seconds rubberstamped the English club's place in the last four for the first time.

In-form striker Bobby Zamora was once again the hero for Fulham FC as his first-minute strike secured a 1-0 victory over German champions VfL Wolfsburg, rubberstamping his side's ticket into the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

The powerful forward showed guile and composure in abundance to extend the visitors' aggregate margin to 3-1 at the VfL Wolfsburg Arena with less than 25 seconds on the clock. The hosts' attempts to claw their way back were nullified thereafter by an astute defensive display from Roy Hodgson's charges, who now face the Wolves' domestic rivals, Hamburger SV, for a place in the final.

The fans had barely settled into their seats when Zoltán Gera threaded the ball into the feet of Zamora, who, with his back to goal, lost Jan Šimůnek with a sublime turn before finishing confidently past the helpless Diego Benaglio. Wolfsburg first threatened when Christian Gentner brought the best out of Mark Schwarzer at his near post from Zvjezdan Misimović's cut-back. However, it was Fulham who looked the more accomplished in the final third as the home side's renowned attacking triumvirate struggled to find a way through.

In the second period, Wolfsburg did their best to increase the pressure but were often forced on to the back foot by Fulham's intelligent passing game. Marcel Schäfer had a stinging left-foot drive from the edge of the box deflected just wide, while Edin Džeko forced another decent stop from Schwarzer with 15 minutes left.

Fulham could have easily extended their winning margin, however, with Simon Davies denied by Benaglio from close range before Danny Murphy's strike was cleared off the line by Andrea Barzagli. Though Džeko was desperately unlucky to strike a post late on and Grafite's follow-up was cleared off the goalline, the Cottagers preserved their lead to book a place in the semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Last updated: 27/09/14 2.52CET

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Lineups

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

fulham

Fulham

1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK)
1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
3
KoncheskyPaul Konchesky
Yellow Card63
6
ŠimůnekJan Šimůnek
Substitution76
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
7
JosuéJosué (C)
Yellow Card84
6
BairdChris Baird
Yellow Card48
9
DžekoEdin Džeko
Yellow Card34
11
GeraZoltán Gera
Substitution82
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović
13
MurphyDanny Murphy (C)
19
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
Substitution35
16
DuffDamien Duff
20
RietherSascha Riether
18
HughesAaron Hughes
23
GrafiteGrafite
20
EtuhuDickson Etuhu
25
GentnerChristian Gentner
Substitution61
25
ZamoraBobby Zamora
Goal1
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
29
DaviesSimon Davies
Substitution86

Substitutes

12
LenzAndré Lenz (GK)
19
ZuberbühlerPascal Zuberbühler (GK)
11
MartinsObafemi Martins
Substitution61
2
KellyStephen Kelly
13
HasebeMakoto Hasebe
10
NevlandErik Nevland
Substitution82
16
JohnsonFabian Johnson
17
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
Substitution86
24
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Substitution35
Yellow Card63
26
SmallingChris Smalling
32
SchindzielorzSebastian Schindzielorz
27
GreeningJonathan Greening
55
RéverRéver
Substitution76
34
DikgacoiKagisho Dikgacoi

Coach

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

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), Tibor Vámos (HUN)

Fourth official

Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Zsolt Szabó (HUN), István Vad (HUN)

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