Saturday September 29, 2012 Day 6 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 2 Manchester City

  • Petric 10’ (pen.)
  • Agüero 43’
  • Dzeko 87’

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  1. Premier League - Dzeko gives Manchester City win at Fulham

    Premier League - Dzeko gives Manchester City win at Fulham

    Edin Dzeko scored with his first touch off the bench as Manchester City came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Manchester City
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    • 90+4 There's the whistle - a late goal from Edin Dzeko gives Manchester City a 2-1 win over Fulham. City stay four points behind Chelsea.
    • 90+3 Rodallega fouls Kompany this time and that should be the end of Fulham's afternoon.
    • 90+2 Just over from Aguero after a sweeping counter from City! Lovely play in the build-up.
    • 90' Three minutes added time being played.
    • 89' The ball drops nicely to Silva, whose shot is well blocked by Riise.
    • 88' Schwarzer is furious and rightly so. That was rubbish from Riise. Why on earth put the ball back into the danger area like that? Appalling header.
    • 87' GOAL CITY! DZEKO! 2-1 AT THE DEATH! Horrible defending from Fulham. Riise with a terrible defensive header, which Dzeko smashes into the top right with his first touch.
    • 86' CITY SUB: Dzeko has come on for the visitors. Last throw of the dice by Mancini.
    • 85' Straight into the wall from Balotelli, who scowls accordingly.
    • 84' Balotelli has decided to take this one as it's actually closer to 25 yards out, a touch to the left. He will shoot...
    • 83' Karagounis's first act is to slide through Aguero, getting the ball but catching the diminutive Argentine. Free-kick around 30 yards out as Dzeko warms up...
    • 82' City are trying to find the pass but Fulham have everyone lined up in banks of four with a spare man in midfield.
    • 81' FULHAM SUB: Karagounis comes on for Ruiz.
    • 80' Balotelli hammers another ambitious long-ramnge effort wide after Toure found him free. Well off target this time though.
    • 79' If Fulham hold on for a point here it will be testament to hard work and organisation - they are closing down from the front.
    • 78' Clichy leaves Riether in a heap after the German right-back got the better of him. Taken short as Ruiz finds Duff but the Irishman gives it away on the edge of the City box.
    • 77' Schwarzer again fails to hold a cross in first time but he gathers Nasri's ball at the second attempt, Balotelli's intent to ruffle the Aussie keeper clear enough.
    • 76' Riise closes down Silva and City have a throw. Meanwhile, City bring on Nasri for Barry as expected.
    • 75' Schwarzer bravely comes to punch a dangerous cross under pressure from Super Mario, while Zabaleta pings a return ball in that Hughes clears.
    • 74' Nasri is warming up now - expect Barry to make way.
    • 73' That was a warning for City if there ever was one - Fulham are not just passengers as the visitors toil in search of a second.
    • 72' Halsey waves away Fulham appeals for a penalty as Kacaniklic's cross is blocked by Zabaleta. Now it drops for RUIZ WITH A SCREAMER but Hart bats it away!!
    • 71' Silva with another mazy run but he's unable to get the shot away, seeing one effort blocked before setting up Toure for a pop - although he is offside.
    • 69' Balotelli picks up the ball around 25 yards out and he fires a curling effort a few yards wide. Schwarzer watching it all the way but at least he had a go.
    • 68' Free-kick on the left then, which Riise will swing in for Hangeland, but a poor ball that almost goes out for a throw.
    • 67' Kompany gives away another free-kick with a cynical tug on Rodallega. He needs to watch it, already booked!
    • 66' MAN CITY SUB: Tevez off for Balotelli; FULHAM SUB: Petric's work is done and he is replaced by Kacaniklic.
    • 65' City get it away in the end as Silva goes on a mazy run, now Toure on it but his cross is cleared. Fulham get themselves in a bit of a mess trying to get rid of it, and Zabaleta has a dig but well high and wide.
    • 64' Nice move forward from Fulham but the attack stalls as Rodallega runs into Zabaleta. Odd defending follows though as a succession of balls across the face of goal cause City some self-inflicted problems.
    • 63' Schwarzer flaps at this delivery but his defence help him out to hoof upfield. A long half-hour beckons for the hosts.
    • 62' Zabaleta wins a corner off Riise after a sweeping move down the right. Fulham fail to get it clear, Tevez gets on to the ball and drills a low shot at Schwarzer. Another corner.
    • 61' City with a long spell of possession as a chant reminiscent of 2Unlimited's "No Limits" rings out.
    • 60' Balotelli is warming up. Whatever he does is bound to amuse.
    • 59' An inventive headed effort from Aguero curls just wide. Good cross Zabaleta after a fine run from Silva.
    • 58' Duff with the corner but he overhits it, well beyond Hangeland and too high for a flying Rodallega at the back stick.
    • 57' Corner Fulham after a surging run down the right by Riether. Barry knocking it out. Hangeland steps up...
    • 56' Corner City - but Silva overhits it out for a goal kick,
    • 55' City are moaning again as a cross is cleared by Fulham - do they want handball by Riise or a foul on Zabaleta? Neither hold up though, it hit Riise's back and Zabaleta slipped.
    • 54' Silva on a mazy run, trying a one-two with Aguero, but Riise gets a toe on it and the ball ricochets off the Spaniard into Schwarzer's arms.
    • 53' Fulham break from the corner and Baird is in acres of space but, seemingly scared on taking it on, he tries to release Petric, only passing it to a maroon shirt.
    • 52' Oooh almost a great flicked ball to Silva but touched behind for a corner, good defending Riise.
    • 51' Duff swings it in but over Hangeland's head and Hart claims.
    • 50' Fulham felt they should have had a corner as Kompany may have got a touch - they get one anyway as Clichy mis-kicks a clearance behind.
    • 49' JUST WIDE FROM HANGELAND! Fantastic ball from Ruiz that the big defender flicked towards goal, Hart a spectator as it flies wide.
    • 48' Clichy trips Sidwell on the Fulham right, a free-kick from wide for Ruiz to curl in...
    • 47' Decent start from Fulham to this second half as they keep possession reasonably well.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+1 Just the one minute of added time that is eaten up by more City possession until Riether lumps it long, half-time and 1-1 at the Cotage.
    • 45' Can see City nabbing a second before the break, Fulham defending far too deep through no real fault of their own.
    • 44' The City fans are singing that Champions song. Steady on chaps, Chelsea are actually better than you at the moment.
    • 43' GOAL CITY! AGUERO. 1-1. A superb save initially from Schwarzer as he kept out a low drive from Silva as he diverted a cross-shot from Zabaleta, but Aguero was quickest to the rebound to finish from a tight angle.
    • 42' Rodallega takes on Zabaleta but this time the Argentine gets his challenge right and brings it clear.
    • 41' Offside as Clichy overlaps again. Fulham will do well to ride out the half.
    • 40' Silva with a clever ball wide of a conjested area but Clichy's cross is headed clear by Ruiz of all people. Fulham holding on now.
    • 39' Silva with a rasping drive that Schwarzer bats out, and Aguero on the loose ball but the big Aussie intercepts his cross-shot and Fulham scramble it clear!! City piling it on!
    • 38' SAVED ON THE LINE BY SCHWARZER! A goalmouth scramble followed City's counter from that Fulham free-kick. Looks like he kept it out though. Great counter from Silva and Toure, Tevez was sliding in with Hughes.
    • 37' Five Fulham players are over this: Riise, Ruiz, Rodallega, Hughes and Petric. They take their time before Rodallega fires it into the wall - the loose ball drops to Ruiz who smashes a first-time effort into the side netting!
    • 36' Petric spins past Kompany on the edge of the box, with the City captain catching him with a lunge and booked. Free-kick in a dangerous spot indeed...
    • 35' Fine run from Silva inside from the right, he beats two men before finding Barry who slides it wide left to Clichy, but his shot is easy for Schwarzer.
    • 34' Tevez turns and fires a weak low effort well wide.
    • 33' A Silva shot is blocked and it bounces towards Schwarzer, who claims but is shoved by Aguero. Needless, lucky not to get booked. Looking at Tevez's penalty claim again, and he played for it - contact was minimal if any and he deliberately spun to give the effect of a pull. Good call from Halsey.
    • 32' Aguero races away but, despite being central and the Fulham defence backing off, he slips it wide to Tevez, whose cross is poor. Fulham counter but Sidwell wastes it with a poor shot well over.
    • 31' Tevez is furious as he feels he was held by Riise when he miscontrolled a through-ball - he kind of has a point, looked like some contact!
    • 30' BIG MISS AGUERO! Garcia flicked Silva's corner to the far post where El Kun was totally unmarked but he headed wide!
    • 29' Silva marauds forward before sliding Zabaleta in down the right, but the Argentine's cross is deflected behind for a corner.
    • 28' Riise elects to shoot from range with that free-kick, and it counts as a shot on target although Hart gathers easily enough.
    • 27' Kompany leaves Rodallega in a heap after the Colombian turned him. Looked a bookable offence to me, but Mr Halsey just points for a free-kick.
    • 26' Sidwell wags a finger at the referee after conceding what he feels was a soft free-kick for a tackle on Toure.
    • 25' Zabaleta gets on to a lofted ball from Tevez, he pings it low first-time from the byline and Schwarzer is all over the place but Hangeland hacks it away with Toure lurking! City's best chance so far.
    • 24' Easy does it for Schwarzer who latches on to a backpass after Aguero loses control of it. Riether is caught in the face by Aguero, accidentally.
    • 23' Promising for City as they set up Toure on the edge of the box but he wants one touch too many and his effort is blocked before a free-kick is given away.
    • 22' Nice turn by Tevez but Sidwell is on him in a flash and Fulham can clear, although Hughes plays it somewhat aimlessly upfield.
    • 21' Great tackle by Petric, now Ruiz on the ball with a fine pass wide for Riise but a touch too heavy for the Norway left back. Almost a beauty.
    • 20' Looking at the replay of the penalty and it was pretty hapless from Zabaleta. Micah Richards, all is forgiven.
    • 18' For all City's bluster Fulham don't look particularly threatened and are more than comfortable on the ball going forward - City will need to change tack somewhat.
    • 16' City trying to pass their way into dangerous territory but Aguero's pass is flicked away for a throw.
    • 15' Fulham break now as Rodallega races on to Sidwell's pass, fine cut back AND PETRIC but he blasts it high and wide! Good chance Fulham!
    • 13' Petric holds it up for Rodallega, who is happy to win a throw off Zabaleta. Fulham holding up well enough so far!
    • 12' Tevez with a half-chance but Schwarzer claims the ball as the Argentine is shut out by Hughes.
    • 11' Hughes hoofs the ball clear as Silva banged in a low cross from the left. Expect a City surge for the next few minutes.
    • 10' GOAL FULHAM! Petric makes no mistake from the spot with a fierce effort to the right, with Hart going the wrong way. Fulham, without Berbatov, lead 1-0!
    • 9' PENALTY FULHAM! City have defended like fools recently and once more they self-destruct as Zabaleta completely misses a challenge on Riise, allowing him into the box before tugging his shirt!
    • 8' Good first-time cross from Riether on the right but headed clear. Then some panic in the City defence as Rodallega picks it up, he gets past Hart but is too far wide to finish and the visitors survive!
    • 7' Dejagah is injured, by the way, hence his absence. Same goes for Berbatov. Aguero, meanwhile, tries to release Barry wide left but he overhits it given the England midfielder's lack of pace.
    • 6' Better from Fulham now as they get a hold on possession, as they should at home even if they are playing City.
    • 5' Finally Fulham get forward as Ruiz finds Duff, but the cross is cleared. Only as far as Riise, who drills in a cross that City manage to scramble to touch.
    • 4' Again City attack despite conceding a free-kick as Fulham struggle to get out of their half. Toure his time drives one in, well wide though.
    • 3' Garcia fortunate not be be booked for a lunge on Bryan Ruiz.
    • 2' Nastasic fouls Petric but City win it back from Fulham, the visitors dictating the tempo early on.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
    • 14:55 We're just five minutes from kick off now as the players emerge, so it's your last chance to post your pre-match predictions...
    • 14:50 Kompany resumes the captain's duties after he was rested in midweek, with Zabaleta starting at right back due to injuries to Richards and Maicon.
    • 14:45 What do you make of the two line-ups? Do you think Mancini and Jol have selected the right sides for this afternoon's clash? Post your views and predictions.
    • 14:40 Tevez and Aguero form the City strike force with Dzeko and Balotelli again having to settle for spots on the bench. Nastasic plays at the back with Lescott on the bench, and Barry starts in midfield.
    • 14:35 So, as expected, Rodallega and Petric will combine in attack for Fulham with Berbatov sidelined. Ruiz also gets a start in what is an attacking line-up from Martin Jol.
    • 14:30 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Ruiz, Petric, Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Karagounis, Briggs, Kacaniklic, Smith /// Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Barry, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Nasri, Kolarov, Dzeko, Balotelli
    • 14:25 Richards said on Friday: "Winning the league was an amazing time for everyone involved at the club, but I guess it wasn't meant to be for me at the start of the season. I suppose it's part and parcel of football, injuries come with it. I think you just have to take it on the chin and get on with it really."
    • 14:20 Manchester City defender Micah Richards looks like making a timely return from injury to give the team a welcome boost at the back. The 24-year-old has not played this season after injuring his ankle on Great Britain duty at the Olympics. So far City have conceded 14 goals in seven matches and have yet to keep a clean sheet.
    • 14:15 Mancini said: "Carlos was good for the first month then after the international break his condition was so-so. He worked well for one month in pre-season. He was fantastic for three or four games and played always. Then he went to Argentina for one week and maybe loses his condition."
    • 14:10 Roberto Mancini has blamed international demands for affecting his Manchester City stars Carlos Tevez and David Silva. The City manager claimed Tevez's spell away with Argentina impacted on the striker's condition - even though he did not play - and said Silva's drop in form was a result of his efforts for Spain in Euro 2012. Full story
    • 14:05 Fulham are one place above City in the table after five matches with a superior goal difference, but both sides have nine points on the board. Table
    • 14:00 Follow our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Just over from Aguero after a sweeping counter from City! Lovely play in the build-up.
    • 87' GOAL CITY! DZEKO! 2-1 AT THE DEATH! Horrible defending from Fulham. Riise with a terrible defensive header, which Dzeko smashes into the top right with his first touch.
    • 72' Halsey waves away Fulham appeals for a penalty as Kacaniklic's cross is blocked by Zabaleta. Now it drops for RUIZ WITH A SCREAMER but Hart bats it away!!
    • 59' An inventive headed effort from Aguero curls just wide. Good cross Zabaleta after a fine run from Silva.
    • 49' JUST WIDE FROM HANGELAND! Fantastic ball from Ruiz that the big defender flicked towards goal, Hart a spectator as it flies wide.
    • 43' GOAL CITY! AGUERO. 1-1. A superb save initially from Schwarzer as he kept out a low drive from Silva as he diverted a cross-shot from Zabaleta, but Aguero was quickest to the rebound to finish from a tight angle.
    • 39' Silva with a rasping drive that Schwarzer bats out, and Aguero on the loose ball but the big Aussie intercepts his cross-shot and Fulham scramble it clear!! City piling it on!
    • 38' SAVED ON THE LINE BY SCHWARZER! A goalmouth scramble followed City's counter from that Fulham free-kick. Looks like he kept it out though. Great counter from Silva and Toure, Tevez was sliding in with Hughes.
    • 37' Five Fulham players are over this: Riise, Ruiz, Rodallega, Hughes and Petric. They take their time before Rodallega fires it into the wall - the loose ball drops to Ruiz who smashes a first-time effort into the side netting!
    • 31' Tevez is furious as he feels he was held by Riise when he miscontrolled a through-ball - he kind of has a point, looked like some contact!
    • 30' BIG MISS AGUERO! Garcia flicked Silva's corner to the far post where El Kun was totally unmarked but he headed wide!
    • 25' Zabaleta gets on to a lofted ball from Tevez, he pings it low first-time from the byline and Schwarzer is all over the place but Hangeland hacks it away with Toure lurking! City's best chance so far.
    • 15' Fulham break now as Rodallega races on to Sidwell's pass, fine cut back AND PETRIC but he blasts it high and wide! Good chance Fulham!
    • 10' GOAL FULHAM! Petric makes no mistake from the spot with a fierce effort to the right, with Hart going the wrong way. Fulham, without Berbatov, lead 1-0!
    • 9' PENALTY FULHAM! City have defended like fools recently and once more they self-destruct as Zabaleta completely misses a challenge on Riise, allowing him into the box before tugging his shirt!
    • 8' Good first-time cross from Riether on the right but headed clear. Then some panic in the City defence as Rodallega picks it up, he gets past Hart but is too far wide to finish and the visitors survive!
    • 14:30 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Baird, Sidwell, Duff, Ruiz, Petric, Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Karagounis, Briggs, Kacaniklic, Smith /// Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Barry, Silva, Toure, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Nasri, Kolarov, Dzeko, Balotelli
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