Full-time - 120'
2 - 1
18:45 +00:00, May 12, 2010
HSH Nordbank Arena, Germany
Referee: S Rizzoli
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Roy Hodgson and his men deserve plenty of credit for the way they performed, but it's Atletico who take the glory after a difficult route to the final.
It was cruel indeed on Fulham, who battled back from a nervy first half to at least match their opponents in the second and extra time, but Forlan grabbed the winner too late for Fulham to produce a fightback.
It's all over! Atletico Madrid win the Europa League!
Gera looks to have a last-gasp chance to poke it home, but the flag's up and he puts it wide. That'll be the end for Fulham.
Davies puts a cross into the area, it comes out for Etuhu but he scuffs his shot.
Two minutes of added time.
Atleti win a corner and they'll be able to run down the clock here.
Konchesky plans it long and Hangeland nods it on, but it's through to De Gea.
Valero comes on for Aguero, who takes his time leaving the field.
Greening comes on for Murphy.
Forlan is booked for removing his shirt.
It took a deflection from Hangeland and that may have put it into the goal.
Great work from Aguero down the left finally produces the killer ball, and Forlan is able to turn it in from close range!
GOAL FOR ATLETICO!
Murphy cuts out a cross and Schwarzer appears nervous of conceding a free-kick by picking it up, so Murphy has to clear for a throw-in.
Dempsey turns well on the halfway line and Raul Garcia is booked despite Perea bringing him down.
Davies gets a cross in for Nevland. It's behind him, but he manages to control and turn to shoot. Always going over, though.
Ujfalusi hooks the ball back for Forlan. The striker unleashes a powerful effort but it's always wide of goal.
Murphy puts it into the area but the ref spots an infringement and Atleti have a free-kick.
Dempsey wins another Fulham free-kick.
Murphy puts the free-kick in and Etuhu is up for it, but De Gea puches clear.
Dempsey wins a free-kick for a foul from Raul Garcia.
Salvio gets a booking for a foul on Konchesky.
Etuhu is in the right place to block a ball into the box.
Atletico kick off the second half.
It was another finely balanced period, but Atleti came very, very close to taking the lead almost with the last kick of the half.
That's the end of the first half of extra time!
Aguero pokes it wide with an open goal! Forlan breaks past Baird and fires across goal, there's a scramble, and Aguero - at full stretch - can only divert it into the side netting!
Aguero receives the ball in the box but he just can't create any space and Konchesky eventually forces a throw in.
Nevland chases a ball down the flank but it curls out of play.
Aguero looks to latch onto an ambitious pass from Forlan, but it's just ahead of him.
Forlan puts the ball across the face and Schwarzer can only pad it away, but Fulham scramble it clear!
Davies fires the free-kick straight into the two-man wall. Very poor.
Perea's boot is high and he kicks Nevland in the head. Fulham free-kick.
Konchesky gets a fine header in as Fulham come under pressure.
Nevland picks up a ball in the box, chests and shoots across goal, but he can't quite get the angle right.
Dempsey chases a long ball over the top, but Perea deals with it.
Perea and Dempsey go shoulder to shoulder but it's given as an Atletico free-kick.
Davies has space down the left but his cross is straight into Perea.
Davies puts the corner in and De Gea gathers easily.
Nevland wins a corner off Perea.
Jurado tries a speculative effort but it's always rising.
Davies tries a long-range effort seconds into extra time, but he scuffs it.
Fulham kick off the second period of extra time.
It's the end of 90 minutes and we're going into extra time!
Hangeland puts in a challenge on Aguero and there are shouts for a penalty, but it looked like he dived - the ref waves play on.
Gera gives the ball away as Fulham try to spark a break.
Vevland's offside again as he holds up the play.
Nevland is given offside as the ball comes over the top. Fulham have had a good couple of minutes.
Nevland receives the ball out on the right but bizarrely tries a shot across goal on the bounce that goes out for a throw-in.
Konchesky puts in a cross from the left but the flag's up for offside.
Murphy's free-kick hits the wall and goes out for a throw-in.
Gera goes down after a barge from Raul Garcia and Fulham have a free-kick in a very good position.
Atletico pile on the pressure but Fulham are standing tall. Raul Garcia is forced into another long-range effort, which goes wide.
Duff, who looks really tired, comes off to be replaced by Nevland.
Jurado attempts a long-range speculative effort, but it's really poor.
Etuhu gets a vital touch on the ball as it threatens to bounce to Ujfalusi.
Schwarzer rather nervily kicks the ball out for a throw in under a small amount of pressure.
Ujfalusi scuffs his shot on the edge of the area and Fulham clear for a throw.
Gera lifts the ball over the top with the outside of his boot, but Dempsey can't reach it and De Gea gathers.
Ujfalusi fires in a shot as the corner is cleared to the edge of the area, but it's miles over.
Jurado wins a corner with a long-range effort that ballooned off Murphy.
Reyes is replaced for Salvio. That's a bit of a surprise - he's been lively if not as effective as he might have liked.
Hangeland heads away Forlan's cross. The game has quietened down in recent minutes.
Aguero takes it but it's not troubling Schwarzer.
Etuhu fouls Aguero and Atleti have a free-kick and the chance to fire a shot on goal.
Baird receives a cross from the left and is given time to turn and clear.
De Gea punches the corner clear.
Dempsey wins a corner for Fulham.
Murphy plays a really poor pass as Fulham get numbers up in attack.
Konchesky heads a cross clear and Fulham counter.
Duff floats a cross in front of goal and Gera just manages to make contact with his boot at the far post, but it's too far beyond him and he can't turn it on target.
Simao is substituted for Jurado. Simao looks unhappy, but he's been pretty poor tonight.
Duff makes some space on the edge of the area and pulls a shot back across goal. It's wide, but a decent effort.
Forlan bursts through and gets a shot off, but it's blocked and Konchesky is just able to clear. Dangerous moment for Fulham.
Schwarzer goes up to gather the cross confidently.
Baird brings down Simao and Atleti have another free-kick.
Fulham win a free-kick for a trip from Reyes, giving them a bit of respite.
Simao looks to be putting it into the box but goes short to Reyes. It eventually comes to Forlan out on the left, but Fulham get it clear.
Atleti will look to whip this in.
Hangeland gets a yellow card after hauling down Aguero and showing a bit of dissent.
Simao tries a shot on the edge of the area but it's straight at the defender.
Davies fires a fierce shot at De Gea from close range! It's too close to the keeper but still needed an excellent low save!
Ujfalusi attempts to cross from the right, but it's straight out of play.
Fulham attack again and Dempsey gets a decent shot off, but he's just offside.
Reyes nearly sparks at Atleti counter but his pass is woeful, going straight through to Schwarzer.
Clint Dempsey makes an early impact, pressuring Dominguez into conceding a throw.
Dempsey comes on to replace Zamora. Zamora's not fully fit by any stretch but he did play a massive part in the goal.
Antonio Lopez tries a shot from outside the box but it's off target.
Aguero looks to burst down the right but Fulham put in some strong challenges to thwart him.
Gera bursts clean through on goal and looks to be offisde but nothing is given. His touch is heavy, though, and De Gea gathers. De Gea is unhappy that Gera went for it.
Fulham hold onto the ball for some time, putting together some great play, and it ends up with Duff putting in a dangerous cross from the right, which is headed away. Great play from the visitors.
Gera breaks into the box but is swiftly dispossessed.
Fulham attack with Konchesky down the left. Zamora is tugged back as he looks to receive a pass on the edge of the box but nothing given.
Fulham look to counter but Gera's pass is cut out by Reyes.
Atletico get the second half underway.
Join us in 15 minutes to see if Fulham can up their game or Atleti continue to dominate.
Fulham have been second best in the first half and had to withstand some heavy pressure after scoring the equaliser, but it's all square and all to play for in the second half.
It's half time.
Simao has a shot from another corner but Schwarzer does enough and gathers at the second attempt.
Forlan forces a good low save from Schwarzer.
Schwarzer punches a Reyes corner clear. There's a penalty shout for handball against Konchesky but it's not given. Ujfalusi takes a shot and it's a corner.
Simao's corner is headed clear.
Simao wins a corner by kicking the ball off Hughes.
Samio's corner is really poor and Zamora blasts the ball clear.
Atleti win a corner after the free-kick is headed away.
Murphy bundles over Simao. Atleti have the chance to float one into the area.
Atletico apply some more pressure but Fulham are defending well.
The ball comes to Reyes, unmarked, on the edge of the area, but he blazes well over.
Atleti win a corner as they look to bounce back quickly.
Atletico looked well worth their lead, even if they did get a bit of luck on the offside call, but it's all square now.
Simon Davies smashes home from Gera's cross! Zamora burst through into the area brilliantly but looked to have lost the chance. Duff then poked it wide to Gera, who chipped to the far post for Davies to volley home.
GOAL FOR FULHAM!
Konchesky puts the cross in from the left but there's no one there to meet it.
Zamora picks the ball up on the edge of the area and looks to dribble his way through, but he's quickly crowded out.
Aguero produces a burst of pace before unleashing a shot, but he doesn't catch it cleanly and it's an easy save.
Diego Forlan latches on to a mishit from Aguero to finish neatly. Fulham appealed for offside and it looked like he was just off.
Duff goes down on the right flank and wants a free-kick, but the ref waves his appeals away.
Fulham win a throw-in in the Atleti half.
Dominguez heads on goal from the free-kick but Schwarzer saves comfortably.
Atleti have a free-kick from distance after a foul on Reyes.
Aguero creates more problems but again Hangeland clears the cross.
Aguero produces some superb skill out on the left before cutting the ball across the face of goal but Hangeland gets it clear relatively easily.
Hughes does brilliantly well to see off Aguero as the throughball threatens to cause problems.
Forlan tries a speculative effort but, although he gets the power, it's well over the bar.
Davies unleashes a stunning volley from the edge of the box! De Gea manages to hold onto the shot, though.
Gera tries to cross in but it's blocked. Throw-in for Fulham.
Forlan races onto a throughball but the bounce favours Schwarzer.
Gera fires a shot well over the bar from the edge of the area! It was never threatening but that was good from Fulham.
Reyes fires the free-kick towards the top corner but Schwarzer deals with it and was well positioned.
Etuhu concedes a free-kick for a foul on Ujfalusi for a foul in a dangerous position. Atletico could cross this in or go for goal.
Davies gives away a foul on Ujfalusi as Zamora chests down to try to spark a break.
Etuhu's pass fails to find Davies and Atletico win possession. Fulham have been sloppy on a number of occasions tonight despite putting together some good play at times.
Forland hits the post! Aguero broke free after a poor pass from Gera and feeds his striker partner, who beats the keeper but his shot finds the outside of the post.
Murphy tries to feed a through-ball to Davies but there's much too much weight on it and De Gea claims.
The ball bounces out of play for a Fulham goal kick.
Zamora looks to have broken free on the left, but again he's well offside.
Hangeland looks to have blocked off Aguero, but the ref waves play on.
Schwarzer punches a cross clear, but it comes to Garcia, whose shot is blocked.
Fulham struggle to clear the corner but they get away with it and it's out for a throw-in.
Raul Garcia's long-range shot takes a deflection. Atletico corner.
Davies plays Zamora through on the left, but the striker is well offside.
Gera looks to race away down the right flank, but the ball goes out of play before he can reach it.
Duff puts the ball out for a throw-in as Fulham come under a bit of pressure.
Schwarzer comes under a bit of pressure as he receives a backpass but he gets it clear.
Gera attempts to get a shot away but loses his footing. The ball comes for Duff, who tries to find Konchesky on the left flank, but the ball goes out of play.
Forlan plays a pass to no one to put the ball out of play. Atletico are having the early possession but still look a bit nervy.
Ujfalusi sends a long ball forward for Aguero but it's easily gathered by Schwarzer.
Fulham get the match underway!
The players are now in the tunnel ahead of what is the biggest match in Fulham's history.
Atletico have plenty of firepower on offer, with Sergio Aguero partnering Diego Forlan in attack and Jose Antonio Reyes and Simao on the flanks.
In defence, Chris Baird is named in preference to John Pantsil.
Damien Duff, another injury doubt, also makes the starting line-up.
Top scorer Bobby Zamora makes the starting line-up for Fulham having been doubtful with an Achilles problem. He was unable to create an impact while half-fit against Hamburg in the semis, so Roy Hodgson must have faith that he is fully recovered.
Atletico are the bookies' favourites going into the match but, given the number of shocks Fulham have caused already, it would be foolish to rule out another upset.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for tonight's match in Hamburg.
Join us from 1945 BST when Roy Hodgson's Fulham look to complete the fairytale by winning the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid in Hamburg.
David De Gea
Alvaro Dominguez Soto
José Antonio Reyes
Leandro Daniel Sasia Cabrera
Nacho Barnola Camacho