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Friday 31 July 2015

Duff bids to banish Paris blues with Fulham glory

Published 08/04/2010 | 00:56

Damien Duff is hoping to bury his memories of World Cup heartbreak by guiding Fulham to Europa League glory.

Duff's hopes of making his second appearance at a World Cup finals were dashed in November after Thierry Henry's now infamous handball helped France seal a 2-1 aggregate playoff win over the Republic of Ireland in Paris.

Fulham have accounted for the likes of UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk and Italisn giants Juventus to make the quarter-finals, where they hold a 2-1 lead going into tonight's second leg against Wolfsburg.

“Will winning the Europa League make up for losing out on the World Cup? Yes, that and more,” the 31-year-old said.

“It has been an amazing journey, and in a way that night in Paris is a distant memory now.

“We've played so many games since then and they seem to be getting bigger and bigger. To get to a final and win would be just unbelievable.

“When we started out in the summer nobody would ever have thought we'd get this far so bring it on.”

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