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Hangeland swoops to make it sweet sixteen for Fulham

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Roy Hodgson saluted a historic night for Fulham after Brede Hangeland's goal sent them into the last 16 of the Europa League.

Hangeland headed home against the run of play in the first half and Fulham, 2-1 up from the first leg, made it through despite Jadson's strike for Shakhtar Donetsk levelling the game on the night.

Shakhtar, the 2009 UEFA Cup winners, were sent spinning out as Fulham's European adventure took them further than they have been in their history in the revamped competition.

Hodgson said: “It has been a wonderful night for the club. Shakhtar showed what a good team they are. Their ability to pass and keep the ball is as good as I've seen in my 35-year career.

“I don't like to compare nights, but it's yet another marvellous night along the way and great credit to the team. I really enjoyed the night and the performance but I still hope there'll be some more good nights to come. I'll wait until I retire to discuss which were the great moments and which were the lesser moments.”

During their visit to England, Shakhtar's players were barred from Harrods, owned by Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed, and the Londoners knew that if they could shut up shop again they would be going through.

Having stood up to an early barrage, it was Fulham who took the lead with their first attack.

Bobby Zamora won a free-kick, Damien Duff floated in the cross and Hangeland's glancing header beat Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov. The moment Fulham feared came in the 69th minute when substitute Douglas reached the byline and pulled the ball back for Jadson to sweep the ball past Schwarzer.

But they survived the final 20 minutes and the stoppage-time dismissal of Danny Murphy, for kicking out at Darijo Srna, to see out a stunning success.

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