NSI Runavik 0-0 Fulham (Agg 0-3)

NSI Runavik 0 - 0 Fulham (agg 0 - 3)

Andrew Johnson
Johnson had several chances saved by the home goalkeeper

Fulham secured their place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League after a goalless second leg with NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands.

Martin Jol's side, 3-0 ahead from the first game at Craven Cottage, will face Crusaders of Northern Ireland in the next phase of the qualifying campaign.

Damien Duff hit the crossbar after five minutes and then sliced over from six yards as Fulham peppered the NSI goal.

Klaemint Olsen put a good chance wide for the home side after the break.

Fulham, who were runners-up to Atletico Madrid in the 2010 final, have 21 matches to negotiate if they are to feature in the 2012 showpiece, which will be played at the National Stadium in Bucharest.

Jol made four changes from the first leg with Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird the only two squad members to have played in the Faroe Islands before, replaced by Stephen Kelly and Philippe Senderos in defence.

Jonathan Greening took over from Simon Davies on the left flank and Steve Sidwell came in for Danny Murphy in central midfield.

Bobby Zamora nodded an early chance over, Duff cut in from the right and saw a shot from 25 yards rebound off the woodwork, while Matthew Briggs failed to find the target with a close-range header.

NSI goalkeeper Andras Gano denied Andrew Johnson on three occasions and collected a Dickson Etuhu header following Jonathan Greening's free-kick.

The visitors were unable to create as many chances after the break and were grateful when Olsen sliced wide of Mark Schwarzer's left-hand post, having surged into the area.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise could be about to join his brother Bjorn Helge at the west London club.

"He's coming for a medical. If that's okay we've got ourselves a very good player," Jol said.

Commenting on the draw in the Faroes the former Spurs boss said: "It's not easy playing here but I feel if you create six or seven chances in the first half you should score.

"In the first half we had seven or eight good chances and we have to be more productive and eager to score. In the second half I think we only had two chances which weren't enough.

"We have to get fitter and more creative and come up with solutions. In this sort of game you need players that can make a difference and we didn't have that.

"Defensively we were sound and we didn't concede, which is important but they did have one chance at the end. Technically you can see the difference between the players but they did well."

[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]

Top Stories