Fulham were tonight beaten 1-0 by Polish club Wisla Krakow in their third group stage match of the Europa League.
Moussa Dembele was harshly sent off on the half-hour mark for a soft push on Gervasio Nunez after teammate Ivica Iliev was lucky not to be sent off for his second-minute challenge on Brede Hangeland.
The red card to the Belgian attacker made life very difficult for Martin Jol’s men who conceded in the 60th minute when Dudu Biton gave Mark Schwarzer no chance with his 22-yard effort after picking up the ball in midfield.
The Cottagers were already without the rested Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey and it only got worse when replacement forward Orlando Sa had to come off early in the second half with a hamstring problem.
Wisla had a man of their own sent off in the 87th minute when Osman Chavez received a second booking, however, the Poles were the team who had the score on the board and managed to secure their first win in four attempts against English clubs, allowing them to join Odense on three points as Dutch club FC Twente went to the top of Group K with a 4-1 win in Denmark.
Europa League Group K
Wisla Krakow (POL): 1 (Dudu Biton 60’)
Fulham (ENG): 0
Stadion Miejski im, Krakow
Yellow cards: WIS - Ivica Iliev 2’, Osman Chavez 27’/87’
FUL - nil
Red cards: WIS - Osman Chavez 87’
FUL - Moussa Dembele 29’