FC Twente v Fulham
- FT 90 +3
- HT 0-0
A late goal from FC Twente substitute Marc Janko means 10-man Fulham must win their final game to guarantee a spot in the last 32 of the Europa League.
The Cottagers were hanging on for a draw until Janko converted Roberto Rosales's cross two minutes from time.
Martin Jol's men will rue near misses for Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora - and Johnson was then sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage time.
He will now miss the final game, which is at home to Odense on 14 December.
Twente have lost just one match in the Dutch league so far this season, and it was easy to see why they are so hard to beat as they controlled possession well, while Bobby Zamora found it hard to break free from the shackles of Douglas in the early stages.
The home side lined up with a three-pronged attack and it was the left of the trio - Nacer Chadli - who caused the Cottagers problems, twice forcing Mark Schwarzer into saves before curling in a ball which Luuk de Jong laid off for Leroy Fer, but Schwarzer was again equal to the task.
Fulham had made four changes from their weekend draw at Arsenal, but with Liverpool next on their agenda in the Premier League, they will have been concerned to see Damien Duff last just over half an hour before succumbing again to the calf injury which forced him out at the weekend - and Jol confirmed he is likely to be without his Irish winger against the Reds after the game.
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- FC Twente had never beaten an English team in 12 previous attempts
For all Twente's class on the ball, chances were at a premium and at the other end, Fulham offered next to nothing in a first half which will not live long in the memory.
A familiar name for Fulham fans arrived at the half-time interval in the shape of Ola John, the younger brother of their one-time striker Collins - but the visitors showed more inventiveness in the early exchanges of the second half.
It had been more than five hours since the Cottagers had scored a goal for themselves, but Johnson went closest with a header from Stephen Kelly's cross.
John almost created a chance for the home side but just as Rosales steadied himself to volley his cross goalwards, De Jong nicked the ball off his team-mate's toes.
Emir Bajrami whistled a shot just past the upright, before Douglas tried to take matters into his own hands, running through from halfway, but his long-range shot was off target.
The stalemate could then have been broken, with gilt-edged chances spurned at both ends, as first Johnson blazed wide after being inadvertently played in by a ricochet off Douglas before John's cross saw De Jong beat the offside trap but somehow he headed wide from six yards.
Zamora prodded Danny Murphy's clever free-kick wide, but the breakthrough finally came when Rosales got free on the right and Janko could not miss from four yards for his 17th goal of the season.
Fulham's misery was compounded in stoppage time when, having been booked earlier for a foul on John, Johnson was sent off for kicking the ball away, meaning he will miss the crucial final group game against the Danes.
- 13 Mihailov
- 04 Wisgerhof
- 15 Rosales
- 19 Franco
- 20 Tiendalli
- 06 Brama
- 07 Landzaat
- 08 Fer (Ola John - 46' )
- 11 Bajrami
- 22 Chadli (Janko - 79' )
- 09 de Jong
- 16 Marsman
- 02 Cornelisse
- 05 Bengtsson
- 23 Buysse
- 21 Janko
- 24 Ola John
- 39 Gouriye
- 01 Schwarzer
- 02 Kelly
- 03 JA Riise
- 05 Hangeland
- 18 Hughes
- 13 Murphy
- 16 Duff (Frei - 34' )
- 20 Etuhu
- 08 Johnson Dismissed after an earlier booking
- 25 Zamora (Sa - 87' )
- 30 Dembele (Kasami - 83' )
- 38 Etheridge
- 14 Senderos
- 28 Briggs
- 10 Kasami
- 15 Gecov
- 21 Frei
- 09 Sa
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.90:00 +1:44
Ola John takes the direct free kick.90:00 +1:44 Dismissal
Dismissal Andrew Johnson is shown a red card.90:00 +1:35
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Johnson on Dwight Tiendalli.90:00 +0:59
Emir Bajrami is ruled offside. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.89:29
The ball is crossed by Ola John.88:01
Assist by Roberto Rosales.88:01 Goal scored
Goal! - Marc Janko - FC Twente 1 - 0 Fulham Marc Janko finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. FC Twente 1-0 Fulham.87:01
Carlos Orlando Sa challenges Dwight Tiendalli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Franco Douglas.86:01 Substitution
Substitution Bobby Zamora leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Orlando Sa.85:26
Ola John produces a cross.84:30
Centre by Dwight Tiendalli, clearance by Brede Hangeland.83:09
Luuk de Jong concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Kelly. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.82:24 Substitution
Substitution Moussa Dembele goes off and Pajtim Kasami comes on.79:19
Centre by Andrew Johnson.78:08 Substitution
Substitution Nacer Chadli goes off and Marc Janko comes on.74:47
Outswinging corner taken by Ola John, clearance made by Dickson Etuhu.74:31
Emir Bajrami has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.73:31
Outswinging corner taken by Emir Bajrami from the left by-line, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.73:07
Corner taken by Emir Bajrami from the left by-line played to the near post, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.
Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Nacer Chadli. Ola John crosses the ball in from the free kick, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.71:32
Dickson Etuhu concedes a free kick for a foul on Denny Landzaat. Direct free kick taken by Wout Brama.70:02
Unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Dwight Tiendalli results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.68:12
Ola John crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Luuk de Jong misses to the right of the target.64:46
Shot by Andrew Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.63:19
Franco Douglas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.62:42
Direct free kick taken by Wout Brama.62:42 Booking
Booking Andrew Johnson shown a yellow card.62:39
Unfair challenge on Ola John by Andrew Johnson results in a free kick.61:17
Franco Douglas fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Franco Douglas restarts play with the free kick.59:56
Effort by Nacer Chadli from a long way out goes over the crossbar.57:56
A cross is delivered by Emir Bajrami.55:57
Emir Bajrami produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.55:23
Ola John sends in a cross.53:55
Ola John produces a cross.53:25
Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wout Brama. Dwight Tiendalli takes the direct free kick.51:24
Stephen Kelly sends in a cross, Close range header by Andrew Johnson misses to the right of the goal.51:08
Bobby Zamora fouled by Franco Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.49:34
Corner taken left-footed by Emir Bajrami, Headed effort from inside the area by Luuk de Jong misses to the left of the target.47:25
Dwight Tiendalli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance by Luuk de Jong.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Leroy Fer goes off and Ola John comes on.45:00 +1:00 Half time
Half Time The match has reached half-time.41:14
The ball is sent over by Nacer Chadli.40:31
Centre by Nacer Chadli, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.38:42
Nacer Chadli takes a outswinging corner to the near post.38:35
Centre by Emir Bajrami, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.37:45
Andrew Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Denny Landzaat. Peter Wisgerhof takes the free kick.37:36
Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Douglas. Direct free kick taken by Peter Wisgerhof.34:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Denny Landzaat on John Arne Riise. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.33:32
Corner from the left by-line taken by Emir Bajrami, clearance made by Bobby Zamora.33:01 Substitution
Substitution Kerim Frei replaces Damien Duff.31:44
The assistant referee signals for offside against Luuk de Jong. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.30:05
Franco Douglas challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Moussa Dembele restarts play with the free kick.28:20
A cross is delivered by Dwight Tiendalli, clearance by John Arne Riise.27:39
Emir Bajrami delivers the ball, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.26:47
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dwight Tiendalli by Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Dwight Tiendalli.25:03
Moussa Dembele fouled by Emir Bajrami, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.24:22
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Nacer Chadli. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nacer Chadli, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.22:38
A cross is delivered by Roberto Rosales, save made by Mark Schwarzer.20:52
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Wisgerhof on Damien Duff. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.20:33
Roberto Rosales sends in a cross.19:39
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Nacer Chadli. Free kick taken by Nacer Chadli.17:04
Leroy Fer takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.16:00
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Wout Brama. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.15:20
Nacer Chadli takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.14:01
The offside flag is raised against Bobby Zamora. Nikolay Mihailov takes the free kick.12:45
Nacer Chadli takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.9:41
The official flags Luuk de Jong offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.9:20
Roberto Rosales crosses the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.3:52
A cross is delivered by Emir Bajrami, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.1:44
Andrew Johnson fouled by Peter Wisgerhof, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.0:00
The match gets underway.
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