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Johnson inspires Fulham to Wisła win

Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 22.55CET
Fulham FC 4-1 Wisła Kraków
Damien Duff's early strike was swiftly cancelled out but two superb goals from Andrew Johnson have left Fulham in a strong position in Group K.
by Paul Saffer
from Craven Cottage

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Match statistics

FulhamWisła

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
7
Attempts off target7
 
11
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group K

PPts
1FC Twente Twente410
2Fulham FC Fulham47
3Odense BK OB43
4Wisła Kraków Wisła43
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2011, 22.55CET

Johnson inspires Fulham to Wisła win

Fulham FC 4-1 Wisła Kraków
Damien Duff's early strike was swiftly cancelled out but two superb goals from Andrew Johnson have left Fulham in a strong position in Group K.

Fulham FC moved a step closer to the UEFA Europa League knockout phase on a raucous night at Craven Cottage.

Damien Duff's early strike was cancelled out by Andraž Kirm but Fulham were soon back ahead with a superb volley from Andrew Johnson, thriving in this competition. Johnson and substitute Steve Sidwell struck from clever set pieces after the interval to leave Fulham in Group K second place, four points ahead of Wisła and Odense BK, needing one win to advance to the last 32.

Fulham made five changes from their Group K loss at Wisła a fortnight ago. But it was one of the players that remained, Duff, who broke the deadlock, starting and finishing a flowing move involving Bobby Zamora and Johnson.

Wisła were level within four minutes as David Biton found Łukasz Garguła, who laid off for Kirm to produce a shot that deflected off John Arne Riise and past the wrong-footed Mark Schwarzer. The massive away following were in raptures.

That pace could not be maintained but the game was still open and on the half-hour Fulham were back in front. After a corner Danny Murphy crossed from the right and Johnson's twisting volley was unstoppable, fizzing in off the post.

The visitors began the second half strongly and Schwarzer did well to stop a defected Gervasio Núñez free-kick. But in a well-worked set piece at the other end, Murphy slipped the ball to Zamora, who played it wide for Johnson to strike his fifth group goal from a tight angle.

Substitute Tsvetan Genkov headed over for Wisla as they continued to push in their 100th UEFA competition fixture but Sidwell removed all doubt when he headed a Duff cross on to the bar before lashing in the rebound. Kew Jaliens hit the woodwork himself for the visitors, who now have it all to do.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.59CET

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Lineups

fulham

Fulham

wisła

Wisła

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
25
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
2
KellyStephen Kelly
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
Yellow Card44
3
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
10
GargułaŁukasz Garguła
Substitution60
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
11
NúñezGervasio Núñez
6
BairdChris Baird
13
PaljićDragan Paljić
Yellow Card56
8
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Goal30
Goal57
Substitution76
15
Júnior DíazJúnior Díaz
Yellow Card66
13
MurphyDanny Murphy (C)
Substitution62
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Goal9
16
DuffDamien Duff
Goal5
20
BitonDavid Biton
Substitution88
20
EtuhuDickson Etuhu
Yellow Card65
28
WilkCezary Wilk (C)
23
DempseyClint Dempsey
31
LameyMichael Lamey
25
ZamoraBobby Zamora
Yellow Card44
Substitution72
45
BrudDaniel Brud
Substitution60

Substitutes

38
EtheridgeNeil Etheridge (GK)
1
JovanićMilan Jovanić (GK)
4
SidwellSteve Sidwell
Substitution62
Goal79
12
KurtoFilip Kurto (GK)
10
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Substitution76
9
BoguskiRafał Boguski
15
GecovMarcel Gecov
18
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
Substitution60
21
Kerim KoyunluKerim Koyunlu
Substitution72
22
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
Substitution88
26
GrygeraZdeněk Grygera
33
CzekajMichał Czekaj
28
BriggsMatthew Briggs
77
IlievIvica Iliev
Substitution60

Coach

Martin Jol (NED) Robert Maaskant (NED)

Referee

Halis Özkahya (TUR)

Assistant referees

Baki Tuncay Akkin (TUR), Çem Satman (TUR)

Fourth official

Koray Gençerler (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Tolga Özkalfa (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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