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Fulham hit by Duff injury

Fulham suffered a last-gasp defeat to FC Twente as they wasted the chance to make the knockout stage last night.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham's poor first period was compounded by an injury to Damien Duff in the 34th minute, although the west Londoners looked a more cohesive attacking unit after the restart.

Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Moussa Dembele also limp off.

Things got worse for the visitors when neat play from Twente saw Janko turn home Roberto Rosales' cross. The goal two minutes from time was compounded further by Andrew Johnson's sending-off in stoppage-time, meaning he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense, which Fulham need to win.

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