Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Duff bids to banish Paris blues with Fulham glory

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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