Fulham are on course for the Europa League group stages after enjoying a comfortable victory over Dnipro.

Clint Dempsey scored twice either side of half-time after Aaron Hughes had set the Cottagers on their way six minutes before the interval.

The Ukrainian visitors were lacklustre throughout and they did not register a shot on target until the 80th minute.

The hosts dominated and might have scored more but for poor finishing from Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora.

Fulham, who reached the final of the Europa League in 2010, dominated the first half but took their time before finally sparking into life.

Twenty-year-old Matthew Briggs was a constant menace down the left and, after forcing Jan Lastuvka into an early save, he set Martin Jol's team on their way to victory by setting up Hughes for the opening goal.

And, on the stroke of half-time, an unmarked Dempsey made it two after turning home Steve Sidwell's teasing cross.

The match was over as a contest within four minutes of the second period when Dempsey scored his second at the far post following good work on the right from Pajtim Kasami.

Northern Ireland international Hughes hit the bar with another header as the Cottagers continued to dominate and underline the strides they are making under new manager Jol.

It was an accomplished performance as, despite resting players like John Arne Riise, Moussa Dembele and Andy Johnson to the bench, the west Londoners never looked anything other than comfortable victors.

Briggs, in particular, looked at home on the big stage and Riise may struggle to regain his place in the team on the basis of this performance.

The scoreline might have been even more convincing, but an unmarked Zamora blazed over the bar from Stephen Kelly's excellent cross.

The visitors did raise the tempo in the final 10 minutes, Vitali Denisov going closest, but, in truth, they were outclassed and never looked like breaking down the well-marshalled home side.

Fulham manager Martin Jol

"We could have scored four or five.

"They could have scored a goal as well but I think 3-0 is probably a realistic scoreline.

"We want to play in the group stages because it raises the profile of the players and the club.

"But we have still got one more game to play before that and we have got to try and do a professional job."

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

7 6

Corners

12 11

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:53

Foul by Moussa Dembele on Serhiy Kravchenko, free kick awarded. Serhiy Kravchenko takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:30

Denis Oliynyk takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

90:00 +0:31

Yevgen Konoplianka produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +0:04

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic. Direct free kick taken by Serhiy Kravchenko.

89:25

Effort from outside the penalty box by Serhiy Kravchenko goes wide left of the goal.

88:03

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Serhiy Kravchenko.

87:24 Substitution

Substitution Pajtim Kasami goes off and Andrew Johnson comes on.

86:58

Clint Dempsey produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86:24

Moussa Dembele fouled by Ruslan Rotan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dickson Etuhu.

85:24

Effort from 25 yards by Vitali Denisov. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

85:00

Serhiy Kravchenko takes a short corner.

83:29

Ruslan Rotan has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

82:09

Yevgen Konoplianka has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

80:38

Serhiy Kravchenko takes the outswinging corner, Yevgen Konoplianka takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

80:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roman Zozulya by Dickson Etuhu. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Serhiy Kravchenko, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

78:23

Steve Sidwell fouled by Ruslan Rotan, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.

76:58

Foul by Brede Hangeland on Nikola Kalinic, free kick awarded. Serhiy Kravchenko takes the direct free kick.

76:18

Nikola Kalinic crosses the ball.

75:58

Corner taken by Serhiy Kravchenko, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.

74:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Denis Oliynyk. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

73:27

The ball is crossed by Stephen Kelly, Bobby Zamora produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

70:22

Matthew Briggs takes the free kick.

70:22 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Denis Oliynyk for unsporting behaviour.

70:18

Bobby Zamora fouled by Denis Oliynyk, the ref awards a free kick.

69:08 Substitution

Substitution Denis Oliynyk replaces Victor Giuliano.

67:58

Jan Lastuvka takes the indirect free kick.

67:58 Booking

Booking Bobby Zamora is cautioned.

67:55

Bobby Zamora is ruled offside.

67:09

Inswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the right by-line, clearance made by Ruslan Rotan.

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Danny Murphy leaves the field to be replaced by Dickson Etuhu.

65:56 Substitution

Substitution Moussa Dembele joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.

65:33

Effort from the edge of the area by Denys Kulakov goes wide of the right-hand post.

65:08

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Serhiy Kravchenko, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

64:11

Ruslan Rotan takes the direct free kick.

64:11 Booking

Booking Damien Duff is shown a yellow card.

64:02

Foul by Damien Duff on Yevgen Konoplianka, free kick awarded.

63:54

Foul by Damien Duff on Ruslan Rotan, free kick awarded. Vitali Denisov takes the direct free kick.

62:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruslan Rotan on Pajtim Kasami. The ball is sent over by Danny Murphy, Header by Bobby Zamora from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

61:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron Hughes. Jan Lastuvka restarts play with the free kick.

60:18

Ruslan Rotan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami. Free kick crossed left-footed by Pajtim Kasami.

58:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pajtim Kasami on Yevgen Konoplianka. Ruslan Rotan takes the direct free kick.

56:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Serhiy Kravchenko by Steve Sidwell. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Serhiy Kravchenko from left wing.

56:26

Short corner taken by Yevgen Konoplianka.

55:38 Substitution

Substitution Derek Boateng goes off and Roman Zozulya comes on.

54:54

Victor Giuliano fouled by Pajtim Kasami, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Serhiy Kravchenko, Effort by Yevgen Konoplianka from a long way out goes over the target.

54:16

Corner taken right-footed by Serhiy Kravchenko from the right by-line, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

53:59

Inswinging corner taken by Serhiy Kravchenko from the left by-line, clearance by Stephen Kelly.

53:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell on Victor Giuliano. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Yevgen Konoplianka, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

52:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.

52:03

Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Boateng. Free kick taken by Derek Boateng.

51:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vitali Denisov by Bobby Zamora. Vitaliy Mandzyuk restarts play with the free kick.

50:52

Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Victor Giuliano results in a free kick. Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.

48:40

Assist on the goal came from Pajtim Kasami.

48:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Clint Dempsey - Fulham 3 - 0 Dnipro Clint Dempsey finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Fulham 3-0 Dnipro.

48:24

Short corner worked by Pajtim Kasami.

46:02

Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Vitali Denisov makes a clearance.

45:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Vitali Denisov on Clint Dempsey. Free kick taken by Clint Dempsey.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +0:24 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:52

Serhiy Kravchenko takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Damien Duff.

44:37

Yevgen Konoplianka takes a shot. Damien Duff gets a block in.

44:06

Damien Duff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yevgen Konoplianka. Serhiy Kravchenko crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.

42:26

Assist by Steve Sidwell.

42:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Clint Dempsey - Fulham 2 - 0 Dnipro Clint Dempsey finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 2-0 Dnipro.

41:51

Vitali Denisov is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

38:07

Matthew Briggs provided the assist for the goal.

38:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Hughes - Fulham 1 - 0 Dnipro Aaron Hughes finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Dnipro.

38:02

The ball is crossed by Matthew Briggs,

37:33

Damien Duff decides to take a short corner.

36:44

Corner taken by Pajtim Kasami, Danny Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Vitaliy Mandzyuk.

36:38

A cross is delivered by Pajtim Kasami, Derek Boateng makes a clearance.

35:44

Shot from outside the area by Nikola Kalinic misses to the left of the target.

34:22

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Serhiy Kravchenko, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.

32:41

Ruslan Rotan handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

31:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien Duff, Unfair challenge on Jan Lastuvka by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jan Lastuvka.

30:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Serhiy Kravchenko. Jan Lastuvka takes the free kick.

29:48

Damien Duff is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Denys Kulakov takes the free kick.

27:14

Denys Kulakov produces a cross, save made by Mark Schwarzer.

25:49

Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Boateng. Vitali Denisov takes the direct free kick.

25:17

Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jan Lastuvka.

23:37

Foul by Vitali Denisov on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Pajtim Kasami, Brede Hangeland produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

16:48

Shot by Serhiy Kravchenko from outside the box goes over the net.

15:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Steve Sidwell. Serhiy Kravchenko takes the direct free kick.

14:44

A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance by Vitali Denisov.

13:15

Corner from the left by-line taken by Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Jan Lastuvka makes a save.

12:18

Corner taken by Damien Duff, Jan Lastuvka makes a save.

10:54

Victor Giuliano concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

9:48

Outswinging corner taken by Serhiy Kravchenko, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.

8:32

Yevgen Konoplianka takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

6:45

Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

6:06

Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.

4:34

Centre by Matthew Briggs.

4:07

Corner taken by Damien Duff played to the near post.

3:38

Corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Vitaliy Mandzyuk gets a block in.

3:23

Matthew Briggs takes a shot. Save made by Jan Lastuvka.

1:18

Shot by Nikola Kalinic went wide right of the net.

0:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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