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Europa League: Fulham defiant after defeat to FC Twente

FC Twente 1 Fulham: Fulham’s Mousa Dembele believes the Cottagers can overcome the disappointment of last night's Europa League defeat and qualify for the last 32 of the competition.

Marc Janko stabbed home an 89th-minute goal to give FC Twente a 1-0 win which ensures they will finish top of Group K.

However, Fulham will join them in the knockout stages if they win their final group match at home to Odense on December 14.

Dembele said: “Everybody will work hard enough to win the final game. It's very important to us and I think we'll win it.”

On tonight's setback, the 24-year-old Belgian added: “We tried to play our way and we would have been happy to take a point, but Twente had most of the game so maybe they deserved to win.

“What happened at the end is a bit disappointing for us, but we're not playing badly as a team.”

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

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

Dembele limped off as Fulham pushed forward and Janko scored two minutes from time.

The win was Twente's first against English opposition and things got worse for the Cottagers when Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time.

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