Thursday 29 September 2011, 6:00pm
UEFA Europa League
Odense Boldklub
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Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Johnson 36', 88'
Fulham win 2-0 against Odense Boldklub.

71' Yellow Card

Kalilou Traoré Card was given for a foul

90'+1 2nd Yellow Card

Kalilou Traoré Card was given for a foul

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rurik Gislason
Off:Jacob Schoop

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Morten Skoubo
Off:Eric Djemba-Djemba

36' Goal

Andrew Johnson

88' Goal

Andrew Johnson

64' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos Card was given for a foul

85' Yellow Card

Dickson Etuhu Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Danny Murphy

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Orlando Sá
Off:Pajtim Kasami

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Fulham returned to winning ways in Denmark as Andrew Johnson’s two goals completed a hard-fought European win.

The Whites opened their second game in Group K in positive fashion and Clint Dempsey almost put his side in front when he collected a stray Odense pass and raced at goal – unfortunately his dipping strike fell wide.

Pajtim Kasami then forced a good save from Stefan Wessels, and moments later the German stopper was in action again, saving well from Dempsey’s volley on the turn.

Odense hit back however, and suddenly it was the home side that were enjoying the majority of the ball, with former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba firing wide from distance.

As Odense gradually began to set the tempo, Mark Schwarzer made a stunning one-handed save to keep out Djiby Fall with the goal seemingly at the Senegal international’s mercy.

Fall, who looked a real handful throughout, went close again on 20 minutes, but his volley arrowed narrowly wide before moving Schwarzer into another stop with a well-struck free-kick.

Soaking up the pressure, Fulham began to put together a reply, Andrew Johnson making a number of clever runs into the hosts’ box and Kasami and Damien Duff showing flashes of skill down either flank.

One deep delivery from Kasami found Dempsey waiting at the back post, but the American forward’s downward header was expertly cleared from the line by Djemba-Djemba.

Dempsey then fired over following Matthew Briggs’ powerful run and teasing cut back, before seeing another effort well blocked by Tore Reginiussen.

With the half entering the final 10 minutes, their positivity was rewarded. Johnson collected another inviting pass in the left channel, cut inside Odense captain Anders Moller Christensen, and rifled home from the edge of the box. It was a customarily cool finish from the little striker and nothing less than he deserved.

Fulham started the second-half brightly with Danny Murphy and Pajtim Kasami combining on the right of the Odense box and the Swiss midfielder flashing a strike across goal.

However, the Whites were given a scare shortly after when Schwarzer could only parry Kalilou Traore’s stinging strike and Bashkim Kadrii almost pounced on the rebound.

Hans Andreasen shot wide for the home side, and Fall almost capitalised on a moment of hesitancy.

Much like the first-half, the second period ebbed and flowed too, and as Fulham wrestled control in their favour, Duff was unfortunate not to put the finishing touch on a lovely slalom run from deep.

As the half wore on both sides grew a little tentative in their approach, knowing that a second goal could well decide the outcome.

But it was Odense that had to go in search of a breakthrough and so they did, with one ambitious break forward needing Stephen Kelly to come to the rescue with a fantastic block to deny Andreas Johansson a shot at goal.

Schwarzer then saved smartly from Peter Utaka’s skidding effort on 82 minutes as the home side threatened further.

A second goal did come though and it was from the boot of the impressive Johnson who took Philippe Senderos’ high clearance in his stride and curled in with devastating accuracy on 87 minutes.

Odense’s misfortune was compounded further minutes later when Kalilou Traore was sent off for his second bookable offence, although the young midfielder arguably should have gone sooner following a two-footed lunge on Briggs.

This was just the second defeat in 16 European home games for the Danish club and the Whites’ first win since August – ending a run of five consecutive draws.

They had to be patient at times, but this was a deserved victory for Martin Jol’s side and one that will hopefully carry them forward.

Match Information

Competition: UEFA Europa League

Date: Thursday 29 September 2011
Kick-off: 6:00pm

Venue: ,
Attendance: 6,500

Referee: Maksim Layushkin

Odense Boldklub

Line-up: Wessels; Ruud, Mendy, Kalilou Traoré, Christensen; Reginiussen, Johansson, Djemba-Djemba (Skoubo 83'), Jensen; Andreasen; Schoop (Gislason 78')

Unused substitutes: Toppel, Larsen, Høegh, Kadrii, Sørensen

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, Briggs; Kasami (Sá 83'), Murphy (Sidwell 76'), Etuhu, Duff; Dempsey, Johnson

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, John Arne Riise, Baird, Grygera, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

Odense Boldklub (4-4-1-1)
  • 33Stefan Wessels
  • 2Espen Ruud
  • 22Bernard Mendy
  • 18Kalilou Traoré
  • 5Anders Møller Christensen
  • 8Tore Reginiussen
  • 10Andreas Johansson
  • 19Eric Djemba-Djemba
  • 9Rasmus Falk Jensen
  • 4Hans Henrik Andreasen
  • 16Jacob Schoop
Substitutes
  • 17Mads Toppel
  • 15Kasper Larsen
  • 26Daniel Høegh
  • 24Bashkim Kadrii
  • 11Morten Skoubo
  • 21Rurik Gislason
  • 25Christian Sørensen
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 26Zdenek Grygera
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Orlando Sá
Manager
  • Martin Jol