Monday April 9, 2012 Day 33 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 1 Chelsea

  • Dempsey 82’
  • Lampard 45’ (pen.)

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Chelsea
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Tuesday morning (UK only).
    • 90' FULL TIME. It ends 1-1 and Chelsea miss the chance to go fourth. Great point for Fulham!
    • 90' Chelsea piling on the pressure in the final moments as Etuhu is forced to concede a late corner.
    • 89' Stat: Clint Dempsey has scored 14 goals in his last 13 matches in all competitions at Craven Cottage.
    • 87' Fulham are rampant at the moment. Sa leaps high from the resulting corner but this time Cech holds on.
    • 86' Great chance for Fulham! Dempsey puts Riise through on goal but the Norwegian takes a heavy touch and Cahill is able to block his shot. Riise should have done a lot better there.
    • 85' @Rajput__on Twitter - Chelsea will need to play on another level to have a chance against Barcelona Kepp sending me your thoughts on the game
    • 84' Chelsea sub: Drogba on, Ramires off.
    • 83' GOAL! Dempsey heads in an equaliser! The Texan rises high and his header flies in via the back of Gary Cahill. 1-1!
    • 82' What a save by Cech, who keeps out Hughes's goalbound header! Fantastic stop!
    • 81' Fulham sub: Sa on, Diarra off.
    • 80' Kelly cuts in from the right and his dinked cross is headed out by a Chelsea head for a corner.
    • 79' Just over 10 minutes to go, and Fulham need to find some inspiration from somewhere.
    • 78' Chelsea make a hash of clearing a long ball forward and Mikel can only half clear it to Dempsey, who drives forward and lashes a powerful low shot into the arms of Cech.
    • 76' Dempsey finds Duff on the right and he crosses to the far post towards Frei, but Ivanovic makes a crucial headed clearance. Real backs to the wall stuff for Chelsea.
    • 75' Fulham sub: Etuhu on, Murphy off.
    • 75' Chelsea are really pinned in here. Torres is cutting an isolated figure again as Fulham dominateb this second half - but without finding a breakthrough.
    • 74' agent_eben on Twitter - Chelsea really need Mata, they need those passes. Keep sending me your thoughts on the game
    • 73' Lampard clatters into Dempsey and the home fans cry for a yellow. Mark Clattenburg is not the most popular man here tonight.
    • 72' @ayyo_kyle on Twitter - Chelsea will have to push harder to edge this one out..... Keep sending me your thoughts on the game
    • 71' Chelsea sub: Mata on, Meireles off.
    • 70' Terry makes a diving header to clear Riise's cross - but you get the feeling Fulham will step things up now.
    • 69' But Cech makes a superb claim under pressure.
    • 68' Dempsey forces a corner, which met by a huge roar. The home support are really trying to rally their players as we approach the final 20 minutes.
    • 66' Great chance for Chelsea as Lampard picks out Kalou with a wonderful cross with the outside of his right boot from the left, but Kalou cannot prevent his header from going over the bar.
    • 64' Murphy takes one for the team, fouling Lampard as he was bursting forward. Definite yellow.
    • 63' Fulham's Frei has been very impressive tonight.
    • 62' Beautiful pass by Frei releases Riise down the left, and the Norwegian goes for goal with an outrageous shot with the outside of his left foot that drifts just wide of Cech's far post. Superb effort, great combination between Frei and Riise.
    • 61' @MADXs1aphe4d on Twitter - With Dempsey in amazing form this season i reckon he will pull one back, final score 1-1. Keep sending me your thoughts on the game
    • 60' Frei's turn of pace is nothing short of explosive, and he forces Ivanovic into a cynical trip - drawing yet another Fulham free-kick.
    • 59' This time a Chelsea man does go in the book - Mikel for a trip on Frei.
    • 58' Dempsey appears to be tripped on the edge of the box but Clattenburg waves play on - much to the anger of the home fans.
    • 57' @SM18CFC on Twitter - If Chelsea bring Drogba on I think he will be useless, he always seems to do better when he starts! Keep sending me your thoughts on Twitter. Fulham fans, where are you?
    • 56' Fulham lacking options as they go forward and Jol may need to shake things up soon (with subs not signings!)
    • 55' Dempsey gets a sight of goal at the other end, but his left-footed shot from 20 yards is hastily charged down.
    • 54' Torres lays the ball off to Meireles, who fires a disappointing shot high over the bar. Not for the first time tonight.
    • 53' Ramires cuts in from the right onto his left foot, but his shot is tame and Schwarzer catches it easily.
    • 52' @CarlosDollar on Twitter - The reason that Chelsea are only 1-0 up is because JuanMata is on the bench! But Chelsea still going to win 2-1 Keep sending me your reaction on Twitter
    • 51' Fulham looking a littkle shaky in these early stages. Chelsea seem to have them where they want them at the moment.
    • 50' Bertrand fizzes a tantalising ball across the face of goal that Lampard, who appeared to be impeded by Hangeland, cannot reach. Penalty shout? Maybe.
    • 49' Lampard receives the ball 25 yards out and goes for goal with a left-footed shot that just fades away of the left post. Good effort by the England midfielder though.
    • 48' Just hearing that the referee has confirmed that Danny Murphy's challenge on Salomon Kalou was not the reason for the penalty award - I will bring you more on that if I get it.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Fulham get us underway again.
    • - @aheadless on Twitter - Chelsea would be absolutely nowhere this year without the old heads of Lampard, Drogba and the manager Terry. Keep sending me your HT reaction on Twitter
    • - @JM_Villanueva14 on Twitter - Everytime Kalou has the ball I have that feeling he's gonna lose it - put Romeu on to let the passing flow in the midfield. Keep sending me your HT reaction on Twitter
    • - Can Fulham claw this one back? Or will Chelsea shut up shop in the second half? Let me know on Twitter
    • 45' HALF TIME. Chelsea lead 1-0 and Mark Clattenburg is the subject of plenty of boos.
    • 45' It was a clumsy challenge by Murphy and that will really disappoint Fulham, who have been the better side in this first half.
    • 45' GOAL! Schwarzer went the right way, but Lampard fires it low into the bottom corner. 1-0.
    • 45' PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Murphy fouls Kalou and Lampard will take it...
    • 44' Lampard picks out Torres with a lovely ball over the top but Kelly nips the ball off the Spaniard's toes.
    • 42' Martin Jol’s side have won five and lost just one of the last seven games on home soil - and you can see why. Chelsea on the back foot as we approach half time.
    • 41' Murphy rolls the resulting free-kick to his left for Riise to belt from distance, but his shot is blocked and Chelsea are able to hack it clear.
    • 40' Cahill catches Diarra and goes into the book. Studs were a little up but it seems like another harsh booking.
    • 38' Lampard lunges in on Dembele and Fulham have a free-kick 30 yards from goal. An apologetic Lampard is lucky not to be in the book for that one.
    • 37' Steohen Kelly is struggling with a hand injury picked up when Bertrand thumped it at him from close-range. He is undergoing treatment now.
    • 35' Cahill attacks it at the far post but Dembele clears (after worrying everyone in white with some impressive but unnecessary skill on the edge of his own box).
    • 34' Ramires earns Chelsea a corner that Meireles will take.
    • 33' Danny Murphy only half clears with his head and Ryan Bertrand hammers the loose ball at goal from the edge of the box. It strikes Kelly on the hand but there's no way it was intentional.
    • 32' Dempsey picks out Riise, who is getting forward at every opportunity tonight, but his low cross is intercepted just before it reaches Dempsey.
    • 31' Lampard decides to shoot from 35 yards. He probably wishes he hadn't. High and very wide.
    • 29' That goal has really lifted Fulham - and the home fans - after struggling to find their feet early on. Can Chelsea respond?
    • 27' Really promising play by the 18 year old.
    • 26' Another good chance for Fulham as Frei weaves his way into space 25 yards out and fires a low goalbound effort that Cech has to turn around his right post.
    • 25' Best chance so far falls to Fulham! Dembele advances down the left and pulls his cross back to Dempsey, who can only stab his shot straight at Cech from 10 yards.
    • 23' Raul Meireles goes into the book, but Riise has dived and Mark Clattenburg falls for it. No contact whatsoever, but Meireles is in the book.
    • 21' Kalou goes for goal with an ambitious effort at the other end, but it's very comfortable for Schwarzer.
    • 20' Riise drives a cross into the box but Duff is unable to make the kind of contact he was looking for with his volley, and Cech gathers.
    • 19' Meireles clatters into Diarra. One more and he'll surely be in the book.
    • 18' Ramires gets into a good position but slips at the vital moment and Riise is able to bring the ball clear. Ramires is the first victim of the wet surface!
    • 17' Meireles lays the ball across to Mikel, who bangs the ball into the Putney end.
    • 16' Fulham don't make the most of the corner and Chelsea clear easily.
    • 15' Dembele twists inside and outside of Meireles, before forcing a corner off the Portuguese. Excellent play by the Belgian.
    • 14' Fulham finding themselves a little pinned in at the moment. Chelsea dictating things a little.
    • 13' Frei sails past Meireles, who cynically trips him and is lucky not to see yellow.
    • 12' But Fulham's defending is not over as Chelsea force a corner.
    • 11' The defender absolutely threw himself at that ball.
    • 10' Meireles flicks on well for Kalou, whose cross from the left is dummied by Meireles to allow Torres a shot - but his effort from the edge of the box is charged down by Hangeland.
    • 8' Terry is on 'Dempsey watch' tonight and the American is cunningly coming deep to collect the ball, and is dragging Terry out of position.
    • 6' Murphy swings it in towards Hangeland, but Cech clutches onto the greasy ball well.
    • 5' Riise collects the ball in an advanced position down the left, but his low cross is stabbed clear by Cahill. But Fulham come at them again and force the first corner of the night.
    • 4' Chelsea settle into their game with a sustained period of possession but Meireles over hits his ball out to the right wing - greeted by loud jeers from the home fans.
    • 3' Andrew Head on Twitter: Chelsea look to have offensive tactics, a minimum of 4 (very good) attacking players on the bench.
    • 2' Dempsey drops deep to collect the ball and plays a beautiful ball to the left wing to Frei, who overhits his pass down the wing to the advancing Riise.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Chelsea get us underway.
    • 19.55 Can Chelsea get the win they need to draw level with Spurs and Newcastle in the race for that fourth Champions League spot? Or will in-form Fulham pull off a third successive win? Let me know on Twitter
    • 19.50 NEWS: Martin Jol has confirmed that Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz has a broken metatarsal, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
    • 19:45 Some stats to get you excited from Opta: "Fulham have won just one of the 21 Premier League games against Chelsea (W1 D8 L12). Fulham have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League games at Craven Cottage. Chelsea have won three and drawn two of their last five visits to Craven Cottage."
    • 19:40 Branislav Ivanovic starts for Chelsea but he could soon be set for a spell on the sidelines. The defender has been caught on video apparently punching Wigan's Shaun Maloney and could face a three-match ban. Ivanovic faces FA action
    • 19:35 Fulham make two changes from the side that won 3-0 at Bolton as Kerim Frei and Danny Murphy come in for Alexander Kacaniklic and Bryan Ruiz.
    • 19:30 John Terry starts for Chelsea despite those cracked ribs of his, while Juan Mata has been dropped to the bench with Salomon Kalou coming back into the starting XI. Having been rested in the 2-1 win over Wigan on Saturday, Fernando Torres is back in to replace Didier Drogba in attack.
    • 19:25 TEAMS: Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Diarra, Murphy, Frei, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Etuhu, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Sa. /// Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Meireles, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Torres, Kalou. Subs: Romeu, Mata, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Turnbull, Sturridge.
    • 19:20 With Tottenham losing at home to Norwich earlier today, Chelsea have the chance to move joint fourth alongside Spurs and Newcastle as the race for Champions League qualification intensifies. Arsenal sit two points above Spurs and Newcastle having played a game less. This is a crucial, crucial game for Chelsea.
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the West London derby between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage.
  • Summary

    • 86' Great chance for Fulham! Dempsey puts Riise through on goal but the Norwegian takes a heavy touch and Cahill is able to block his shot. Riise should have done a lot better there.
    • 83' GOAL! Dempsey heads in an equaliser! The Texan rises high and his header flies in via the back of Gary Cahill. 1-1!
    • 82' What a save by Cech, who keeps out Hughes's goalbound header! Fantastic stop!
    • 66' Great chance for Chelsea as Lampard picks out Kalou with a wonderful cross with the outside of his right boot from the left, but Kalou cannot prevent his header from going over the bar.
    • 62' Beautiful pass by Frei releases Riise down the left, and the Norwegian goes for goal with an outrageous shot with the outside of his left foot that drifts just wide of Cech's far post. Superb effort, great combination between Frei and Riise.
    • 50' Bertrand fizzes a tantalising ball across the face of goal that Lampard, who appeared to be impeded by Hangeland, cannot reach. Penalty shout? Maybe.
    • 49' Lampard receives the ball 25 yards out and goes for goal with a left-footed shot that just fades away of the left post. Good effort by the England midfielder though.
    • 45' GOAL! Schwarzer went the right way, but Lampard fires it low into the bottom corner. 1-0.
    • 45' PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Murphy fouls Kalou and Lampard will take it...
    • 26' Another good chance for Fulham as Frei weaves his way into space 25 yards out and fires a low goalbound effort that Cech has to turn around his right post.
    • 25' Best chance so far falls to Fulham! Dembele advances down the left and pulls his cross back to Dempsey, who can only stab his shot straight at Cech from 10 yards.
    • 19.50 NEWS: Martin Jol has confirmed that Fulham forward Bryan Ruiz has a broken metatarsal, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
    • 19:25 TEAMS: Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Diarra, Murphy, Frei, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Etuhu, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Sa. /// Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Meireles, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Torres, Kalou. Subs: Romeu, Mata, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Turnbull, Sturridge.

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