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Fulham at Shakhtar Donetsk

last updated Tuesday 23rd February 2010, 6:01 PM
Fulham travel to the Ukraine for the first time on Thursday to face Shakhtar Donetsk.

A thunderous strike from Bobby Zamora handed Fulham FC a 2-1 first-leg lead against FC Shakhtar Donetsk, but the 2008/09 UEFA Cup winners have the odds in their favour as the focus shifts to Ukraine.

Zoltán Gera's third-minute opener caught Shakhtar cold in London, but they were on top by the time Luiz Adriano responded (32) only for Zamora's tremendous first-time effort (63) to give Fulham victory.

The first leg was Fulham's first meeting with Ukrainian opposition, while this will be their first competitive game in Ukraine.

This will be Fulham's 26th game since their European debut in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup, and the second leg of their first post-Christmas UEFA club competition fixture.

Fulham's record in 12 European away games is a healthy W5 D4 L3. They have never conceded more than two goals in a European fixture.

Shakhtar are unbeaten in ten European home games since a 1-0 loss to Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage, recording eight wins and two draws.


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