Europa League

March 18, 2010



4 - 1


Europa League

18:00 +00:00, March 18, 2010

Craven Cottage, England

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers

2nd Leg: 5 - 4 (Agg)

  • 90'

    Thanks for following tonight's historic game on Soccernet. I'll be back to cover Liverpool vs Lille in, well, 5 minutes.

  • 90'

    Dempsey talking about his winning goal: "Nine times out of ten you don't make those but thankfully it dropped in."

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    Fulham have now beaten the holders and the favourites. No-one will want to draw the Londoners after this result.

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    You have to say Fulham rode their luck for much of this game. Juve will argue that Cannavaro should not have been sent off, and that changed the game.

  • 90'

    Clint Dempsey was the match winner for Fulham tonight with a great goal and secures the biggest win in Fulham's history. Celebrations aplenty for the home side.

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    FULHAM ARE THROUGH! They have beaten the mighty Juventus.

  • 90'

    Seconds to go...

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    Juve are close to losing it. In more ways than one.

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    Now Felipe Melo is booked for dissent.

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    Although we may need more than 3 due to the red card...

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    3 minutes of injury time to play.

  • 90'

    Juve are down to 9 men! Zebina can't get the ball off Duff and kicks him up the back side. Duff turned to Del Piero thinking it was him and tempers are fraying.

  • 90'

    Red card for Zebina!

  • 89'

    Konchesky takes too long to take the free kick and is booked for timewasting

  • 89'

    And Dempsey is fouled by Salihamidzic.

  • 87'

    Fulham need to hang on because a goal for Juve now would put them through. Dempsey's goal means no extra time.

  • 86'

    Fulham go defensive, Juve need to go for broke. Del Piero, probably Juve's greatest ever player, has 5 minutes to save the Italians.

  • 85'

    Fulham sub: Riise on for Gera.

  • 85'

    Juventus sub: Del Piero on for Grosso.

  • 84'

    Zamora nearly puts it beyond Juve. He did very well to get a shot away but it was a daisy cutter.

  • 83'

    Juve on the attack. Diego pulls a cross back to Salihamidzic whose shot takes a deflection and is caught by the grateful Schwarzer. Danger for Fulham there.

  • 82'

    Clint Dempsey scores a fantastic goal! He chips the ball over the scrambling goalkeeper from outside the box. Goal of a lifetime from the Texan. That was amazing from the American.

  • 81'

    4-1 TO FULHAM!

  • 81'

    Duff's exquisite touch finds Davies who plays the ball back to Duff. Shot blocked.

  • 80'

    Dempsey coming on has really lifted the home side.

  • 79'

    Fulham attacking again with Gera who makes space brilliantly on the edge of the box and shoots powerfully towards goal. Saved.

  • 77'

    Davies puts in a cross, which is a shade behind Dempsey, but the American re-adjusts his body well and heads the ball well but into the arms of Chimenti. Great chance.

  • 77'

    Dempsey almost scores for Fulham!

  • 76'

    Zamora breaks free down the right and plays it back to Baird who hits the worst diagonal cross ever. Straight out of play.

  • 76'

    Juve break and Diego shoots from distance, only to find Schwarzer.

  • 75'

    It's unbelievable that the extra officials haven't flagged for a foul in the Juve box there. Sissoko has committed foul after foul tonight but hasn't been punished. Poor refereeing.

  • 74'

    Gera shoots from distance and it's over.

  • 74'

    Davies's corner was looking for Hangeland who appeared to be held. There's been a lot of that tonight and the ref hasn't picked up on it.

  • 72'

    Duff forces a corner off Grosso.

  • 71'

    And Dempsey is involved straight away. He disposes Grosso very easily and plays in Duff down the right, whose cross is just behind Gera

  • 71'

    Hodgson isn't playing for extra time by making that substitution. An attacking midfielder for a defender. Dempsey has 20 minutes.

  • 71'

    Fulham sub: Dempsey on for Kelly.

  • 70'

    But Fulham counter and Davies fizzes a shot at Chimenti. The goalkeeper could only parry that shot.

  • 70'

    Juve win a throw deep in the Fulham half.

  • 69'

    The lively Gera looks to put Davies in, but the Welshman had checked his run.

  • 68'

    Gera puts Zamora through but he's clambering all over the back of De Ceglie and that's a foul.

  • 67'

    Diego finds a yard of space on the edge of the box but pulls his shot wide.

  • 66'

    The injuries of the last few minutes have led to a lull in proceedings. The game's become a bit scrappy.

  • 65'

    Dempsey is warming up on an exercise bike on the sidelines. Lazy.

  • 64'

    Etuhu is down. The tempo of the game has dropped in the last couple of minutes. Both sides are probably preparing a stonking finale.

  • 63'

    Dempsey is preparing to come on...

  • 62'

    Gera was clearly fouled in the box, or maybe just outside. Zebina and De Ceglie sandwiched Gera and I have no idea why the ref waved play on. Anyway, Duff picked up the pieces and fired just over.

  • 61'

    Poor play by Etuhu. He had the chance to release Duff and waited, and waited and the pass was cut out.

  • 60'

    Diego puts the corner in from the left and finds Zebina's head, but it loops over the bar.

  • 59'

    But instead it's clipped in and nodeed out for a Juve corner.

  • 58'

    Diego is fouled by Etuhu. The Brazilian played for that and Juve can shoot here. 30 plus yards out.

  • 57'

    Zamora is offside. He doesn't seem impressed.

  • 56'

    Konchesky gets himself in a forward position down the left but is offside.

  • 55'

    Trezeguet get a half chance after Diego sold Hangeland. No more than a half chance for Trezeguet as he hits it straight at Schwarzer.

  • 54'

    Duff tracks back 50 yards to play it back to Schwarzer. The home side are showing great commitment tonight.

  • 53'

    Konchesky pumps it into the box and Davies almost gets on the end of it. Fulham look they could knock out one of Europe's great sides here. One more goal will do it.

  • 53'

    The ref is having some stern words with Sissoko after a late lunge on Konchesky.

  • 52'

    Juventus sub: De Ceglie on for Camoronesi.

  • 51'

    Sissoko twists and turns and tries his luck from 30 yards. He probably wishes he hadn't. Terrible shot.

  • 50'

    The Cottage is bouncing.

  • 49'

    Fulham have turned this around spectacularly. The penalty looked harsh and Diego picked up a yellow for it, despite turning his back as the cross came in.

  • 48'

    This turning into a really special night for Fulham. Gera calmly strokes it to the left of the goal and Chimenti is sent the wrong way. Cool penalty.

  • 48'

    3-1 FULHAM!

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    Gera to take...

  • 47'

    Diego is adjudged to have handballed it. That looks harsh.

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    Felipe Melo puts his arm in Gera's face and it's a foul.

  • 47'

    Fulham need to recreate the intensity of their first half. Gera almost gets behind Zebina, but Zebina recovers well.

  • 46'

    Hold on. We're off again.

  • 45'

    Juve are down to 10 men and Fulham only need one more goal to force extra time. This could be a cracking second half. See you in 15 minutes. I'm off to get my breath back.

  • 45'

    And that's the end of the half. And Fulham leave the field to rapturous applause.

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    There will be 2 extra minutes at the end of this exhilarating half.

  • 44'

    Sissoko concedes a corner.

  • 43'

    Grosso's high clearance is booed by the Fulham fans. But that's what Grosso has been reduced to. Juve are in tatters.

  • 42'

    Chris Baird's pass is slightly overhit and Zamora was almost causing more problems. Juve will be happy to see the back of him.

  • 41'

    Diego fouls Etuhu. Now that's turn up for the books.

  • 40'

    Trezeguet is offside.

  • 39'

    Gera scores for Fulham! A tap in from Davies's low cross after he was put through by Zamora. Beautifully crafted by the Londoners and that's no less than they deserve.

  • 39'

    2-1 FULHAM!

  • 38'

    Etuhu hits the post from the corner! He wins a header he should never win and Etuhu should score there. The ball cannoned off the outside of the post when it should have hit the back of the net.

  • 37'

    Davies hits the bar from the resulting free kick!

  • 36'

    Zamora buys a cheap free kick out of the ref. Camaronesi is the man in the thick of it again.

  • 35'

    Fulham have re-grouped so well here. They looked dead and buried after 2 minutes. But they still need 2 more, and that only gets them extra time...

  • 33'

    Duff exchanges a 1-2 with Zamora and is taken down by Camoronesi, already on a yellow. Risky tackle but he took the ball.

  • 32'

    Davies was put through with a tremoundous low diagonal ball by Kelly, by Chimenti came out to gather. Fulham are knocking on the door.

  • 30'

    Zebina is fouled by Zamora, who has played fantastically well so far.

  • 28'

    Going back to that red card, Cannavaro's foul was definitely cynical. The Italisn knew exactly what he was doing because Gera would have been through on goal. But 9 times out of 10 that will be yellow. Ver brave decision from the ref.

  • 27'

    Zamora almost scores from the resulting free kick. Ver close to a second goal for Zamora. That ball was heading for the top left corner and it's a great save by Chimenti.

  • 26'

    Juventus Sub: Grygera on for Candreva

  • 26'

    Juve's talismanic captain is off and this could be a big turning point.

  • 25'

    This is controversial. Cannavaro fouls Gera and is adjudged to be the last man. He wrestled him on the edge of the box after Gera was put through by Zamora. That looked extremely harsh to me.

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  • 25'

    Juve are camped on the edge of the Fulham box again and the Londoners are defending very deep. However Grosso's cross is terrible and Schwarzer gathers.

  • 24'

    Camoranesi is fouled by Davies on the half way line.

  • 23'

    Juve are trying to be too intricate with their passing on the edge of the Fulham box. Diego loses it and the move breaks down.

  • 22'

    Davies is looking for Zamora yet again. But his diagonal ball from the left is overhit.

  • 20'

    Diego's free kick is headed out by Hangeland.

  • 20'

    Diego buys a foul out of Konchesky. Dangerous area on the right for Juve.

  • 19'

    Felipe Melo tries to get clever and his back-heel goes out of play.

  • 18'

    The resulting corner is inches too high for Hangeland, who was unchallenged. There was an awful lot of pushing in the Juve box there.

  • 17'

    Duff's cross is put out for a corner to Fulham. Chance.

  • 17'

    Felipe Melo fouls Zamora. Bobby is making himself a huge nuisance tonight. Fulham are very much looking like the side more likely to score again.

  • 16'

    Davies puts a free kick into Zamora and Chimenti drops the ball under pressure from Zamora. But the ball is cleared.

  • 15'

    Cannavaro and Zamora clash again, and this time it could have been a penalty. Gera headed into the danger area and Cannavaro looked to wrestle Zamora to the ground.

  • 14'

    Cannavaro fouls Zamora. The Italian knows he's in a game against Zamora.

  • 13'

    Zamora just fails to meet Baird's long ball. If Zamora had got to that he would have been through on goal.

  • 12'

    Gera overhits a cross looking for Zamora but the home side have their tails up.

  • 11'

    Camoranesi gets a yellow card for a late tackle on Konchesky. He desrved a yellow for that and will miss the next game.

  • 10'

    Diego almost responds immediately. He sidesteps Etuhu and blasts a shot that Schwarzer fails to hold.

  • 9'

    That has lifted Craven Cottage and they have begun their recovery. Cannavaro was looking for a foul but is was wishful thinking, Zamora just used his strength well. And we have a game again.

  • 8'

    Konchesky found himself on the left with acres of space. He put in a perfect cross for Zamora who brushed Cannavaro aside too easily and the English forward fired past the reserve goalkeeper.

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  • 7'

    Zamora wins a throw for Fulham in the Juve half

  • 6'

    Juve are looking very confident on the ball. Another attack breaks down but Fulham were chasing shadows there.

  • 5'

    Gteat cross by Duff from the right. A little too strong for Davies in the end.

  • 4'

    The ref is having a word with Felipe Melo for foul on Duff

  • 3'

    Fulham are trying to knock the ball about and a cross just fails to find Duff at the far post.

  • 3'

    Juve have undoubtedly atarted the stronger but that was surely a bit harsh on the home side.

  • 2'

    Salihamidzic puts a low hard cross in from the right towards Diego. The ball drops back to Trezeguet who picks himself and sidefoots a left foot shot past Schwarzer

  • 2'

    1-0 TO JUVENTUS!

  • 2'

    Etuhu fouls Diego, just as he did about a hundred times in the first leg.

  • 1'

    Fabio Capello is in the crowd for this one.

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    The away side kick things off, shooting to the left

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    We're approaching kick off at Craven Cottage. The home side are playing in their white shirts, Juventus are in gold


    "I've seen stranger things happen in my career, so I am sure the players will be doing their very best to turn the game around in the second leg."


    "It's not impossible. We're not out of it for sure," said Hodgson. "I've seen stranger things happen in my career, so I am sure the players will be doing their very best to turn the game around in the second leg."


    And Hodgson's reason for optimism was further enhanced after Alberto Zaccheroni's Juve side squandered a three-goal lead in their 3-3 draw with Siena at the weekend.


    While Juve's aggregate lead will make them favourites, Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is adamant that Dickson Etuhu's away goal in Turin has provided his side with glimmer of hope.


    Juve are missing Gianluigi Buffon and Alex Manninger, so Antonio Chimenti plays in goal. Manninger has a thigh injury, while Buffon has already been out for a month with a similar injury.


    Danny Murphy and Jonathan Greening are suspended, David Elm is ill, but Bjorn Helge Riise returns after overcoming a stomach bug he picked up in Turin.


    Fulham's Andy Johnson and John Pantsil are both sidelined with knee injuries, but Hangeland plays despite a chest injury.


    Juventus XI: Chimenti, Salihamidzic, Zebina, Cannavaro, Grosso, Camoranesi, Felipe Melo, Sissoko, Diego, Candreva, Trezeguet. Subs: Pinsoglio, Iaquinta, Del Piero, Poulsen, Grygera, De Ceglie, Marrone.


    Fulham XI: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Baird, Etuhu, Davies, Gera, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Riise, Dempsey, Smalling, Dikgacoi, Marsh-Brown.


    Join us at 18.00GMT to see if Fulham can overturn a 3-1 defeat in the first leg to beat Juventus in the Europa League.