Fulham progress despite Europa stalemate

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Fulham were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Faroe Island part-timers NSI Runavok last night but still progressed to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Martin Jol's side will face Crusaders of Northern Ireland next Thursday after completing a 3-0 aggregate victory over Runavok. Damien Duff hit the crossbar after five minutes and then sliced a shot over from six yards out but Fulham could not find a breakthrough.

Jol later announced Fulham were close to signing the former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise from Roma.