For the first time since 2002, Craven Cottage played host to a European match. Despite the rain and lousy conditions, Fulham put smiles on the faces of its' home supporters with a big second half en route to a 3-0 win over FK Vetra and an aggregate score of 6-0 to advance to the play-off knockout round of the inaugural Europa League competition.
The win puts Fulham into Friday's draw of the play-off knockout stage where their next opponent will be drawn.
Fulham had a comfortable 3-goal margin coming into Thursday's match, but wanted to please the home crowd at the Cottage with a solid performance. After a goalless first half, Roy Hodgson's side came out flying in the second half. Dickson Etuhu opened the scoring in the 57th minute when he got on the end of a Paul Konchesky corner to give the Cottagers a 1-0 lead.
Andy Johnson got in on the action for a late brace in the 80th and 84th minute to put a big exclamation point on the match for the Cottagers.
For those unfamiliar with the competition's set-up, Fulham now will play a to-be-determined opponent in another two-leg tie. The winner of that tie will then advance to the Europa League group stage.
Obviously getting to the group stage would be fantastic but the Cottagers can expect a much tougher opponent in the play-off round.
Fulham's next round two-leg tie will take place on August 20th and August 27th.