Fulham claimed a 2-1 Europa League quarter-final first leg success against Wolfsburg on Thursday evening, though the coach of the Germans, Lorenz-Guenther Koestner, has claimed that the loss was largely of their own making.
Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff had the home side 2-0 up before a fine Alexander Madlung header in the closing stages of the encounter breathed new life into the tie, a fact the German coach was quick to stress.
“In the first half Fulham waited for us to make mistakes, and we made them!” the coach lamented to his side’s official website. “At the beginning of the second half both sides increased the pressure. Really we should have taken the lead, but instead of that we gifted Fulham two goals. Still, the team dealt with the situation and came back well. The goal to make it 2-1 was incredibly important.”
Midfielder Zvejvdan Misimovic felt that die Wolfe’s goal was merited, explaining: “We can live with the 2-1 scoreline. The goal we got was absolutely deserved. We proved our strength with that. Of course it is not the optimal result, but we played quite well today and we can still achieve more.”
The second leg takes place at the Volkswagen Arena next Thursday.
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