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  1. Gera keeps Fulham's hopes alive

    Gera keeps Fulham's hopes alive

    A first-half goal by Zoltan Gera was just enough to give Fulham a 1-0 Europa League win at home to CSKA Sofia. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • CSKA Sofia
    • 90+3' And there goes the final whistle! A crucial three points for Fulham and a massive boost to their hopes of progressing. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' We're into the final minute of stoppage time. Zamora gives the ball away and Sofia have one last throw of the dice.
    • 90+2' This fixture is effectively meaningless for Sofia - they can't qualify regardless of the result - but they're not giving up.
    • 90+1' Fulham have got a throw in the corner and they'll be happy to keep it there.
    • 90+1' There will be three minutes of stoppage time. Three minutes between Fulham and a crucial Europa League victory.
    • 90' Roy Hodgson looks a frustrated figure on the touchline. Surely he knows this match should be done and dusted.
    • 89' Respite for Fulham as they earn a free-kick midway inside the Sofia half. Stoyanov is booked.
    • 88' Fulham are hanging on in these final few minutes but it really shouldn't be like this. The match should have been out of sign by half-time.
    • 87' Another opportunity goes begging for Sofia. Minev delivers a cross from the right but it's a touch too high for Yanchev who heads over. Tense stuff at Craven Cottage.
    • 83' Sofia are looking dangerous in these closing stages and Delev fires narrowly over.
    • 82' Duff clears off the line! Sofia's corner is half cleared but Yanev shoots from 18-yards and Duff - who's only been on the field four minutes - knees it off the line.
    • 81' Schwarzer makes his mind up early and gets a good fist to it but Sofia win a corner.
    • 81' Free-kick for Sofia and Pantsil is booked as a result. Chance for the visitors to deliver a cross into the box.
    • 78' Duff replaces Murphy who has put in a good shift in his first start for six weeks.
    • 78' Minev has to leave the field for treatment but he quickly returns. Sofia have made all their changes so they'd be down to 10 men if anyone picks up a knock.
    • 77' Free-kick for Sofia after Gera went in hard on Minev who looks in a lot of pain.
    • 75' Sofia have looked much more lively in this half and Fulham need to grab a second to kill this match off.
    • 72' Another substitution for Sofia. Rui Miguel comes on for Todorov.
    • 70' That knock has obviously taken its toll on Davies and he's replaced by Dempsey.
    • 69' Penalty shout for Fulham as Riise goes down from a shoulder barge but the referee waves play on.
    • 68' Fulham are pressing and pressing but they just can't find that decisive breakthrough at the moment.
    • 67' Davies is back on. Zamora plays in a great low cross and a Sofia defender makes a sliding clearance. Just as well because Gera was ready to slot that home. Fulham corner but then give away a free-kick.
    • 66' Fulham are temporarily down to ten men while Davies receives treatment off the pitch.
    • 65' Davies makes a challenge on Stoyanov but injuries himself in the process and requires treatment.
    • 64' Substitution for Sofia - Ivanov, who gave away the penalty, is replaced by Yanev.
    • 63' Poor free-kick but Sofia can only clear as far as Riise who shots overs.
    • 62' Yellow card for Minev for a two-footed lunge. Riise to deliver the free-kick from the left wing.
    • 61' Zamora has just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal. The former West Ham man has the chance of play Gera in but dithers and Sofia take the ball off Zamora.
    • 59' Chance for Sofia! The Bulgarians are looking more and more dangerous in this second-half and Delev's shot on the turn is inches wide.
    • 58' Fulham clear their lines and earn a corner but Hughes heads over.
    • 57' Zamora loses the ball in midfield and Sofia put together a swift break which finds captain Yanchev up top but Schwarzer produces a smart stop.
    • 56' It looked as though Gera might force his way through the Sofia defence there but Hungarian committed a foul.
    • 55' First attacking move of the half from Sofia but Stoyanov balloons his cross out for a goal kick.
    • 54' Substitution for Sofia - Timonov is replaced by the superbly named Michel Platini.
    • 52' Fulham have started the second-half as they ended the first - with plenty of ideas. Gera's corss is blocked by a Sofia defender and Fulham don't look far off a second.
    • 50' Another chance for Zamora! The 28-year-old exchanges passes with Gera but can't keep his shot under control and fires wide from 20-yards.
    • 50' Riise makes a driving run down the left and earns Fulham a throw near the corner flag.
    • 48' Pantsil was impressive throughout the first-half, getting up and down the right flank, and he's started the second period in the same vain.
    • 47' Yes they can! Gera and Pantsil combine well on the right and Pantsil nearly has a sight of goal but Chavdarov is first to the ball.
    • 46' We're back underway at Craven Cottage. Can Fulham continue the tempo they had in the first-half?
    • 46' Fulham make a change - Hangeland is replaced by Hughes at the back.
    • 45+1' And there we have it - referee Pavel Balaj blows up for half-time. Fulham will be happy to go into the break at 1-0 but it really should be more. Murphy's penalty was woeful while Zamora and Davies should have done better with their efforts.
    • 45' Pantsil and Zamora link up well again but Zamora's left-footed cross is easily cleared. There will be one minute of added time.
    • 44' Poor delivery by Stoyanov and there's a collective sigh of relief around Craven Cottage.
    • 44' Sofia have got more and more into this game as the half goes on and they've won a corner.
    • 42' That booking means Baird will miss Fulham's clash with Basel. Fortunately for him the free-kick comes to nothing.
    • 41' Yellow card for Baird for a shirt tug and is booked. The Northern Irishman isn't happy and throws the ball away in disgust. He's got to be careful - and the referee is happy to let him know that!
    • 40' Fulham really should be more than 1-0 up and they'll have to be careful not to be caught by a late sucker punch.
    • 39' Sofia free-kick in a dangerous position. Todorov delivers it high into the Fulham box but Schwarzer punches clear.
    • 38' Pantil's long ball finds Zamora who volleys a superb ball to Davies but he doesn't have enough space to get a shot off.
    • 37' We're back underway and Schwarzer takes the free-kick.
    • 35' Gera goes down under the challenge of Morozs. Both players went up for the header but Morozs led with his arm and is booked for his troubles.
    • 35' Good defending by Riise but his long punt forward sees Sofia regain possession.
    • 34' Sofia are managing to string a few passes together and win a throw high in the Fulham half.
    • 32' Word is that Sofia coach Luboslav Penev cannot get into the ground as he doesn't have the right accreditation. You couldn't make it up!
    • 30' Zamora and Davies are the dangermen but neither of them had that fniishing touch when it mattered. Another Fulham corner sees Hangeland head over.
    • 29' Another miss! A long ball from Murphy finds Zamora who lays up for Davies - but he drags his shot wide. Should have scored.
    • 28' Fulham are doing a great job in hustling Sofia and the Bulgarians just can't clear their lines. Fulham regain possession.
    • 27' Clever ball by Davies square across the top of the box but Gera's takes an air shot!
    • 26' Sofia just can't deal with Davies and the Welshman earns a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right-hand edge of the box.
    • 26' The first corner is cleared but Fulham earn another. Davies whips it in but Smalling's header is wide.
    • 25' Great chase from Pantsil puts the Sofia defender under pressure and Fulham earn a corner. Davies to take.
    • 23' Fulham down the right again. Davies plays in Zamora but the pass is just a touch too heavy and the keeper collects.
    • 21' Sofia can't seem to string more than two passes together and Fulham are controlling possession. Time for look for a second.
    • 19' Sofia corner and it's played in at the front post. Pantsil takes a swipe at it and it's another corner which Fulham clear.
    • 18' Zamora should make it two but he can't control his volley from 12-yards and fires over. He's got to hit the target from that sort of distance.
    • 17' That was the third goal of the season for Hungarian Gera. It's been all Fulham so far - other than Timonov thundering shot which hit the bar.
    • 15' GOAL! You can't say it hasn't been coming. Fulham are causing Sofia all sorts of problems on the right wing and Riise stands up a cross which Gera heads past Chavdarov. 1-0 Fulham!
    • 14' Zamora plays in Pantsil in the right channel and the defender unleashes a firm strike which is well saved by Chavdarov.
    • 13' Chavdarov collects the corner but Fulham regain possession after his goal kick.
    • 13' Nice turn from Zamora 22-yards out and his shot takes a deflection for a corner.
    • 10' Murphy has got to put that miss behind him but that's an early blow after six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
    • 9' Murphy misses! What a terrible penalty! The Fulham captain just balloons it over the bar and Sofia escape.
    • 8' PENALTY FOR FULHAM! Gera sent tumbling in the box by Ivanov. Clumsy, clumsy challenge.
    • 6' Let off for Fulham! Timonov shoots from 30-yards and Schwarzer is beaten but the crossbar saves the home side.
    • 4' The Sofia defence are caught half asleep and Davies is slotted through from the free-kick but Chavdarov smothers his low cross.
    • 4' All Fulham at the moment and they've won a free-kick midway inside the Sofia half.
    • 3' It's that right side which causes the visitors problems again. Zamora is played in and has a sight of goal but his second touch is too heavy and Chavdarov collects in the Sofia goal.
    • 2' It's Fulham bossing the early stages and Davies is almost played in down the right.
    • 1' While Fulham were boosted by the return of Zamora and Murphy, Sofia have coach Luboslav Penev with them today after a ban on him leaving Bulgaria was lifted. The 43-year-old had been held in Bulgaria because of a bank demand over debt.
    • 1' And we're underway! Fulham kick-off.
    • - The teams are out and Craven Cottage is packed to the rafters.
    • - Roy Hodgson has left a few big hitters on the bench, namely Duff and Dempsey, who has six goals to his name this season.
    • - And Fulham showed their pedigree with victory over group leaders Basel at Craven Cottage in October. Murphy scored the only goal that evening.
    • - Fulham can count themselves unlucky not to be in a better position in Group E. Marco Andreolli's 93rd minute strike rescued a point for Roma in London, while the Italians came from a goal down to beat nine-man Fulham 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.
    • - CSKA SOFIA LINE-UP: Chavdarov, Minev, Vidanov, Ivanov, Kostadin Stoyanov, Todorov, Yanchev, Popov, Morozs, Timonov, Delev Subs: Ivaylo Petrov, Rui Miguel, Branekov, Nikolay Manchev, Yanev, Michel, Baez REFEREE: Pavel Balaj (Romania)
    • - FULHAM LINE-UP: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Smalling, Hangeland, Kelly, Riise, Baird, Murphy, Gera, Davies, Zamora Subs: Stockdale, Duff, Hughes, Dempsey, Saunders, Briggs, Uwezu
    • - The teams are in!
    • - Fulham are boosted by the return of captain Danny Murphy while Bobby Zamora also returns to the ranks. But Erik Nevland, Paul Konchesky and Jonathan Greening are banned and Eddie Johnson, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Seol Ki-Hyeon are ineligible.
    • - CSKA Sofia on the other hand have registered just one point to date - their 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson's men at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in September.
    • - The Cottagers are third in the group with five points from four matches, four points adrift of leaders Basel and two behind second-placed Roma, with just two games remaining.
    • - Fulham go into this match needing a win to keep their hopes of progressing from Group E alive. Roma host Basel in the other fixture.
    • - Welcome to tonight's live text commentary of Fulham's Europa League clash with CSKA Sofia at Craven Cottage.
  • Summary

    • 82' Duff clears off the line! Sofia's corner is half cleared but Yanev shoots from 18-yards and Duff - who's only been on the field four minutes - knees it off the line.
    • 59' Chance for Sofia! The Bulgarians are looking more and more dangerous in this second-half and Delev's shot on the turn is inches wide.
    • 50' Another chance for Zamora! The 28-year-old exchanges passes with Gera but can't keep his shot under control and fires wide from 20-yards.
    • 29' Another miss! A long ball from Murphy finds Zamora who lays up for Davies - but he drags his shot wide. Should have scored.
    • 18' Zamora should make it two but he can't control his volley from 12-yards and fires over. He's got to hit the target from that sort of distance.
    • 15' GOAL! You can't say it hasn't been coming. Fulham are causing Sofia all sorts of problems on the right wing and Riise stands up a cross which Gera heads past Chavdarov. 1-0 Fulham!
    • 9' Murphy misses! What a terrible penalty! The Fulham captain just balloons it over the bar and Sofia escape.
    • 8' PENALTY FOR FULHAM! Gera sent tumbling in the box by Ivanov. Clumsy, clumsy challenge.
    • 6' Let off for Fulham! Timonov shoots from 30-yards and Schwarzer is beaten but the crossbar saves the home side.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Fulham

    Manager: Roy Hodgson

  • CSKA Sofia

    Manager: Luboslav Penev

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil Yellow Card
      • C. Smalling
      • B. Hangeland Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Kelly
      • C. Baird Yellow Card
      • D. Murphy Substitution Out (79′)
      • B. Riise
      • Z. Gera Goal
      • S. Davies Substitution Out (70′)
      • B. Zamora

      Subs

      • A. Hughes Substitution In45′
      • D. Duff Substitution In79′
      • C. Dempsey Substitution In70′
      • M. Briggs
      • D. Stockdale
      • M. Saunders
      • M. Uwezu
    • Starting line-up

      • Z. Chavdarov
      • Y. Minev Yellow Card
      • P. Vidanov
      • I. Ivanov Substitution Out (64′)
      • K. Stoyanov Yellow Card
      • A. Popov
      • T. Yanchev
      • V. Morozs Yellow Card
      • Y. Todorov Substitution Out (72′)
      • T. Timonov Substitution Out (54′)
      • S. Delev

      Subs

      • I. Petrov
      • R. Miguel Substitution In72′
      • A. Branekov
      • K. Yanev Substitution In64′
      • N. Manchev
      • Michel Substitution In54′
      • F. Baez
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