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Amkar Perm   1 - 0   Fulham (agg 2 - 3)

By Mark Ashenden

Action from Russia
Martin Kushev (centre), who scored Amkar's goal, bursts through in Russia

Fulham secured their place in the group stages of the Europa League but only after enduring a late scare against lively Russian side Amkar Perm.

Perm dominated against the visitors, missing four injured players, and were rewarded with a last-minute headed winner by captain Martin Kushev.

They almost won the tie on away goals when Nikolai Zhilyaev blazed over in the final seconds from close range.

Fulham rarely threatened but just did enough to ensure their progression.

It was a match where the result outweighed the manner of performance with Fulham manager Roy Hodgson travelling to eastern Europe without Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky, as well as striker Andy Johnson.

Johnson, who broke his collarbone in the 3-1 first-leg win a week ago, was replaced by former Manchester United forward Erik Nevland who was deployed up front on his own.

With Hodgson cramming the midfield it was no surprise that Fulham seemed happy to sit back and soak up the pressure from a side entering this competition on the back of their best ever season in the Russian Premier League where they finished fourth.

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Perm needed two goals and came close to breaking the deadlock in the opening 20 minutes with midfielder Vitali Grishin going close from a shot inside the penalty box.

With Grishin and Georgi Peev rampaging forward, along with the efforts of their talismanic lone striker Kushev, they came within inches of taking the lead after 28 minutes.

Carlos burst forward and drilled a stunning shot from the left but had to endure watching the athletic Australian keeper Schwarzer push the ball away.

The pattern of the game stayed the same in the second half with Perm pushing strongly for the first strike on the artificial surface.

Hodgson brought on Diomansy Kamara to replace Nevland on the hour and Fulham, at last, showed glimpses of creativity as Zoltan Gera, Dickson Etuhu and substitute Seol Ki-Hyeon had chances to score.

But the visitors were given a scare in the closing stages with the impressive Kushev grabbing a fully deserved goal after heading in Peev's cross from the right.

Fulham almost saw their hard work undone with the last kick of the game when substitute Zhilyaev blasted over the bar from eight yards.


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
"I thought it was a very good game and I'm very happy that we went through.

"Amkar played particularly well today and made life difficult for us throughout the 90 minutes.

"And of course with the very late goal it made the last five minutes of the game extra exciting."

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Thursday, 27 August 2009

Europa League Q'fying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Amkar Perm 1-0 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)(agg 2-3)
  • Kushev 90

    Amkar Perm

    • 42 Narubin
    • 14 Sirakov
    • 15 Gaal
    • 18 Drincic
    • 21 Belorukov yellow card
    • 05 Grishin (Junuzovic 76)
    • 06 Telkiyski (Novakovic 60)
    • 07 Peev
    • 23 Cherenchikov
    • 17 Carlos (Zhilyaev 64)
    • 29 Kushev

    Substitutes

    • 01 Usminsky,
    • 28 Kalashnikov,
    • 11 Pomerko,
    • 13 Novakovic,
    • 22 William,
    • 19 Zhilyaev,
    • 20 Junuzovic

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    • 12 Stockdale,
    • 26 Smalling,
    • 36 Anderson,
    • 07 Ki-Hyeon,
    • 31 Saunders,
    • 15 Kamara,
    • 21 Johnson
    Ref: StrombergssonAtt: 20,000
    AMKAR PERM
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Amkar Perm 56%
    • Fulham 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Amkar Perm 11
    • Fulham 1

    Attempts off target

    • Amkar Perm 5
    • Fulham 3

    Corners

    • Amkar Perm 7
    • Fulham 2

    Fouls

    • Amkar Perm 10
    • Fulham 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:24 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:43 Effort from deep inside the area by Ki-Hyeon Seol misses to the right of the goal.
    • 90:00+1:19 Shot from deep inside the area by Nikolai Zhilyaev clears the bar.
    • 90:00+0:40 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Edin Junuzovic results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:31 Georgi Peev provided the assist for the goal.
    • 89:31 GOAL - Martin KushevAmkar Perm 1 - 0 Fulham Martin Kushev finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Amkar Perm 1 (2)-(3) 0 Fulham.
    • 89:23 A cross is delivered by Georgi Peev,
    • 87:46 Booking Chris Baird receives a yellow card.
    • 85:45 Georgi Peev takes a shot. Edin Junuzovic gets a block in.
    • 83:27 Strike on goal comes in from Diomansy Kamara from the free kick.
    • 83:27 Booking The referee shows Dmitri Belorukov a yellow card.
    • 83:17 Foul by Ivan Cherenchikov on Diomansy Kamara, free kick awarded.
    • 82:06 Corner taken by Nikola Drincic, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:49 Georgi Peev takes a shot. Ki-Hyeon Seol gets a block in.
    • 81:15 Dickson Etuhu has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 79:16 Nikolai Zhilyaev has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 77:53 The official flags Diomansy Kamara offside. Sergei Narubin takes the free kick.
    • 74:38 Shot on goal comes in from Zoltan Gera from the free kick, save by Sergei Narubin.
    • 74:38 Substitution Vitali Grishin goes off and Edin Junuzovic comes on.
    • 74:38 Substitution Ki-Hyeon Seol is brought on as a substitute for Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 74:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diomansy Kamara by Ivan Cherenchikov.
    • 71:20 Georgi Peev sends in a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 71:03 Vitali Grishin takes a shot. Blocked by John Pantsil.
    • 69:00 Georgi Peev takes a shot. John Pantsil gets a block in.
    • 68:11 Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Kushev. Direct free kick taken by Nikola Drincic.
    • 67:51 Diomansy Kamara challenges Nikola Drincic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nikola Drincic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:53 Substitution Erik Nevland leaves the field to be replaced by Diomansy Kamara.
    • 66:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Erik Nevland. Indirect free kick taken by Ivan Cherenchikov.
    • 64:11 The ball is crossed by Miklos Gaal, Nikolai Zhilyaev takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
    • 63:59 The ball is swung over by Zahari Sirakov.
    • 63:18 Substitution Nikolai Zhilyaev joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bemvindo Jean Carlos.
    • 62:40 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nikola Drincic, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 62:40 Booking John Pantsil booked.
    • 62:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Pantsil on Mitar Novakovic.
    • 62:16 The offside flag is raised against Erik Nevland. Nikola Drincic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:17 Nikola Drincic fouled by Bjorn Helge Riise, the ref awards a free kick. Nikola Drincic takes the free kick.
    • 59:54 Centre by Vitali Grishin, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
    • 59:08 Substitution Dmitar Telkiyski leaves the field to be replaced by Mitar Novakovic.
    • 58:59 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nikola Drincic.
    • 58:05 The ball is delivered by Nikola Drincic, blocked by Stephen Kelly.
    • 57:27 The ball is swung over by Miklos Gaal, clearance made by Stephen Kelly.
    • 53:43 Foul by John Pantsil on Vitali Grishin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Nikola Drincic.
    • 50:56 The assistant referee flags for offside against Martin Kushev. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 49:47 Centre by Georgi Peev, Effort on goal by Martin Kushev from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 49:31 The ball is crossed by Vitali Grishin, John Pantsil gets a block in.
    • 48:12 Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Ivan Cherenchikov manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:01 The ball is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, clearance by Dmitri Belorukov.
    • 46:17 Shot by Vitali Grishin from a long way out goes over the net.
    • 46:00 The ball is swung over by Miklos Gaal, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:02 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:55 Stephen Kelly produces a cross, clearance by Miklos Gaal.
    • 43:21 Corner taken by Nikola Drincic from the right by-line, Ivan Cherenchikov concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:05 Inswinging corner taken by Nikola Drincic from the left by-line, clearance by Erik Nevland.
    • 42:04 Zahari Sirakov fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Nikola Drincic sends in a cross, Martin Kushev takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in.
    • 39:00 John Pantsil fouled by Vitali Grishin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 38:22 The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Kushev. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 36:05 Miklos Gaal produces a cross, John Pantsil manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:07 The ball is sent over by Nikola Drincic, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 30:38 Ivan Cherenchikov concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise from left wing.
    • 29:17 Bemvindo Jean Carlos produces a cross, Martin Kushev takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
    • 28:09 Drilled left-footed shot by Bemvindo Jean Carlos. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 27:37 Miklos Gaal crosses the ball.
    • 25:22 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nikola Drincic from the right by-line, Zahari Sirakov has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 25:05 Georgi Peev takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
    • 24:01 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nikola Drincic, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
    • 21:13 Foul by Bemvindo Jean Carlos on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
    • 19:04 Vitali Grishin concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 18:35 Georgi Peev crosses the ball, Vitali Grishin takes a shot. John Pantsil gets a block in.
    • 16:03 Foul by Zahari Sirakov on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 15:06 Bemvindo Jean Carlos fouled by Stephen Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nikola Drincic.
    • 13:39 Nikola Drincic delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 12:26 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff.
    • 12:04 Bjorn Helge Riise sends in a cross, Dmitri Belorukov makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 10:46 Centre by Georgi Peev, Chris Baird makes a clearance.
    • 10:46 Georgi Peev produces a cross, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
    • 10:23 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Nikola Drincic from the right by-line.
    • 9:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Kelly on Dmitar Telkiyski. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Nikola Drincic, John Pantsil manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:25 Vitali Grishin delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 1:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ivan Cherenchikov on Erik Nevland. Free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.
    • 0:59 Bemvindo Jean Carlos fouled by Stephen Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Zahari Sirakov restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Amkar Perm 1-0 Fulham R
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    Dinamo Moscow 1-2 CSKA Sofia R
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    Elfsborg 1-0 Lazio R
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    FC Aktobe 0-2 Werder Bremen R
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    Lev. Tallinn 1-1 Galatasaray R
    (agg 1 - 6)
    FC Metalist Kharkiv 0-1 SK Sturm Graz R
    (agg 1 - 2)
    Fenerbahce 2-2 FC Sion R
    (agg 4 - 2)
    FK Austria Vienna 3-2 Metallurg Donetsk R
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    FK Qarabag 0-0 FC Twente R
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    Hamburg 3-1 Guingamp R
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    Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1-1 FK Teplice R
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    Hearts 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb R
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    Heerenveen 0-0 PAOK Salonika R
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    Hertha Berlin 3-1 Brondby R
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    Liberec 0-3 FC Dinamo Bucuresti R
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    Dinamo Bucuresti win 9-8 on penalties
    Lille 4-2 Genk R
    (agg 6 - 3)
    Litex Lovech 0-4 BATE R
    (agg 1 - 4)
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    MSK Zilina 0-2 P. Belgrade R
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    Odense BK 1-1 Genoa R
    (agg 2 - 4)
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    Roma 7-1 MFK Kosice R
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    Sigma Olomouc 1-1 Everton R
    (agg 1 - 5)
    Bratislava 1-2 Ajax R
    (agg 1 - 7)
    Sparta Prague 1-0 NK Maribor R
    (agg 3 - 0)
    St Patricks 1-2 Steaua Bucuresti R
    (agg 1 - 5)
    Toulouse 0-1 Trabzonspor R
    (agg 3 - 2)
    Tromso 1-1 Athletic Bilbao R
    (agg 3 - 4)
    Valencia 4-1 Stabaek R
    (agg 7 - 1)
    Villarreal 6-1 NAC R
    (agg 9 - 2)
    Vorskla Poltava 2-1 Benfica R
    (agg 2 - 5)
    Zenit St Petersburg 1-1 Nacional R
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    see also
    Thursday's football as it happened
    27 Aug 09 |  Football
    Fulham 3-1 Amkar Perm
    20 Aug 09 |  Europe


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