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In a night of dramatic Europa League action, Fulham made their first ever European final, after the pulsating second leg of their semi-final against Hamburg gave them a historic victory. The Cottagers came from behind at Craven Cottage to win 2-1, thanks to goals from Simon Davies and Zoltan Gera, and now will face Atletico Madrid, who lost 2-1 to Liverpool but went throw on away goals, at the final in Hamburg.

‘After going a goal down against the run of play I think we made a major piece of history here in a very special atmosphere,’ Hodgson said. ‘I think lots of teams would have lost their discipline and shape, but we stayed strong. To have reached a Europa League final - and I do not care if you are Fulham or one of the top four - is an outstanding achievement. That will be recognised by everyone.

‘Football is an emotional game, so in a semi-final the players could be excused for losing their heads or discipline but they did not do it tonight. Normally success softens you and makes you less determined but that has not been the case with this team throughout this season.’

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