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Fulham 3 - 0 NSI Runavik

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  Danny Murphy of Fulham shoots to score a penalty during the UEFA Europa League qualifying match between Fulham and NSI Runavik at Craven Cottage on June 30, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Danny Murphy of Fulham shoots to score a penalty during the UEFA Europa League qualifying match between Fulham and NSI Runavik at Craven Cottage on June 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Was there any doubt?

Well, maybe for a moment when the score was still level and Janus Hansen caught a glimpse of goal from afar and tried his luck. A bit wide, much to Mark Schwarzer's delight.

But that was that and Martin Jol's life at Fulham got off to a pleasant start with a 3-0 victory in the first leg of Fulham's Europa League qualifying round tie with NSI Runavik.

Damien Duff opened the scoring for Fulham in the 33rd when he slotted home from the edge of the box, finally cracking the defensive shield that NSI had desperately held onto since the start of the match.

Danny Murphy doubled the lead from the spot in the 61st after Simon Davies was fouled in the box. Andy Johnson's sliding finish gave Fulham a third shortly after.

Shots were, predictably, 21-4 in Fulham's favor and the Londoners held an even more daunting edge in corners at 14-1. Possession numbers, which I don't have handy, will be similarly tilted.

The match not only served as an introduction for Jol, but, in the 78th minute, Lauri Dalla Valle made his senior debut as well, coming on for Bobby Zamora.

Kristian was at the match and should be able to shed more light than I can from recollecting Twitter updates and goving over match reports from my office.

Still, not a bad way to start a season or, if you happened to be at the Craven Cottage, spend a summer's evening.