Monday April 1, 2013 Day 31 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 3 - 2 Queens Park Rangers

  • Berbatov 8’ (pen.), 22’
  • Hill 41’ (o.g.)
  • Taarabt 45’
  • Rémy 51’

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  1. Premier League - Fulham cling on to beat QPR in thriller

    Premier League - Fulham cling on to beat QPR in thriller

    Dimitar Berbatov scored twice as Fulham withstood a second-half barrage to beat QPR 3-2 in a thrilling West London derby. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • 90+6 That's it! Fulham get the three points in a cracker of a game, with QPR still second bottom ahead of Reading on goal difference!
    • 90+6 Karagounis takes it short and Riether earns a throw. MBia goes down and Riether helps him up before taking the throw.
    • 90+5 Riether with a smart turn into the right and he draws a game-killing foul. Karagounis is still chattering with the ref over that penalty appeal.
    • 90+4 Berbatov flicks it in for Ruiz but the Costa Rican is offside.
    • 90+3 HOW IS THAT NOT A PENALTY? Berbatov hasles Onuoha into giving it away, Karagounis is in but Onuoha pulls him down - play on says the ref!
    • 90+2 Senderos is now booked for time wasting, so expect another minute or so to be added.
    • 90+1 Five minutes added time - more than enough for QPR to level!
    • 90' Bosingwa launches it into the box but Hangeland clears. Townsend on the ball now but he puts it out.
    • 89' Berbatov looks angrily at the linesman after being penalised for offside.
    • 88' Karagounis is booked for time wasting. Expect a long added period at the end.
    • 86' Jenas fires a yard wide from range, Schwarzer just short of saving it!
    • 84' Hangeland with a crunching challenge on MBia in the box, clean though and Fulham get the goal kick in the end.
    • 83' QPR SUB: Traore is replaced by Mackie as QPR go for broke!
    • 82' Berbatov holds it up for Riise, getting the ball back and winning a throw off Bosingwa. Riise will take all night over this.
    • 81' Traore is on his feet and walks off for more treatment. Good that it's not serious.
    • 80' Traore, who was taken out by Sidwell, is still being treated. The Fulham man is up and trudges off.
    • 79' Late from Sidwell after he lost control of the ball! He's down but he's going off as soon as he's up!
    • 78' INCHES WIDE BY ZAMORA! A great save by Schwarzer in the end after Senderos's clearance dropped to his ex-colleague! Corner.
    • 77' Remy does brilliantly to turn Hangeland and Senderos inside and out but he blasts the finish over. Zamora too slow in support.
    • 76' Emanuelson gets lucky twice, after a mis-kicked clearance and a slip, and he somehow gets it away. Berbatov holds it up, slows it down and calms his panicky team-mates.
    • 75' Zamora tries an overhead from a cross but he underhits it into Schwarzer's arms. Now Onuoha slips and Ruiz could be in but he doesn't know whether to pass or shoot, doing neither and playing it to Cesar.
    • 75' QPR SUB: Taarabt, who started the fightback but has faded, is replaced by speedy wide-man Hoilett.
    • 74' ... But Remy runs it out for a goal kick to Fulham.
    • 73' Karagounis fouls MBia and responds in incredulous fashion. QPR break but Townsend's cross is cleared. Now Traore on a run but Fulham half-clear. QPR come again...
    • 72' Emanuelson with a fine through ball but no-one is as quick as Onuoha, let alone Berbatov, and the former England U21 defender shepherds it back to Cesar.
    • 71' A bit better from Fulham now as they pass the ball around nicely before Riether strays offside.
    • 70' Corner to QPR as the ball ricochets around, looked like Townsend handled it though. Bosingwa lofts it in but Emanuelson but clears unorthodox fashion. Now the ball drops to Samba, who takes it well but hits the shot well wide!
    • 69' Superb defending from Ruiz to sweep up and bring it clear after Bosingwa and Remy again combined.
    • 68' Berbatov wins an aerial battle with Onuoha but it was a foul says the ref.
    • 67' Good play by Remy to release Bosingwa but his low cross is too close to Schwarzer.
    • 66' Lovely skill from Berbatov and then Emanuelson, who beats two men before lofting the ball in for the Bulgarian, but he is offside.
    • 65' Ruiz on the ball now but he gives it away. He's faded a touch but has ability to make magic, so expect him to continue for a few more minutes.
    • 64' Berbatov brings down Onuoha as the QPR defender races forward from halfway. Townsend will swing it in but Fulham clear.
    • 63' Hangeland with a driving run, now Emanuelson on the left, he does really well to keep it in and picks out Hangeland but the big man's control lets him down and QPR clear!
    • 62' Fulham with a throw on the right. They'll do well to earn a spell of possession now, slow things down.
    • 61' Ruiz and Berbatov with some nice play on the left but Emanuelson's cross is deflected into the arms of Cesar.
    • 60' A big delay over this free-kick... Taarabt with a poor one into the wall.
    • 59' Emanuelson feels he got the ball with that slide on MBia but it was a foul and QPR have a free-kick a yard or two shy of the D!
    • 58' Surely a foul throw by Traore but the officials keep their counsel.
    • 57' Samba keeps his cool to clear to touch this time. This match could go either way now, Fulham all at sea but QPR have really come out all-guns blazing.
    • 55' QPR launch into another account but again Zamora is offside. He is working well with Remy though!
    • 54' Bosingwa blocks it with his chest, Fulham want a penalty but the ref says play-on! Townsend with a screamer from range that dips in front of Schwarzer, good stop and Zamora is in but he's offside.
    • 53' QPR are right back in this now and they launch waves of attack at Fulham, who seem a bit shell-shocked!
    • 52' Hangeland played Remy onside from MBia's pass, Senderos a bit slow but Remy always winning a foot race. Game on!
    • 51' GOAL QPR! Remy with a hammer of a finish in off the bar after getting goal-side of Senderos! Great first touch, brilliant finish! MBia with the pass!
    • 49' Remy to put the match right in the mix - BUT SCHWARZER SAVES IT! Poor penalty, low to the right, Schwarzer guessed right and Duff hacks the rebound clear!
    • 48' Zamora with a flick to Remy, it lands behind him as while he is unmarked and his shot is blocked. Karagounis challenges Taarabt and it's a penalty! Lookes soft but he's given it!
    • 48' Ruiz with a low drive that Berbatov tries to flick into the corner but Cesar claims well to his left.
    • 47' Berbatov almost sneaks in but QPR clear to touch. Still with Fulham though...
    • 46' The second half is underway and QPR race to goal from the kick off as Remy forces a smart low save from Schwarzer! Corner! Good ball in from Taarabt and MBia flies in but his flick-on lands past Samba and wide! Hangeland held the Congo defender off.
    • 46' Half-time sub: QPR replace the hapless Hill with Onuoha. Samba survives - I suppose his errors were out of character.
    • 45+3 Half-time and Fulham lead 3-1, two from Berbatov and a Hill own-goal. Taarabt with a late one for QPR.
    • 45+2 Terrible touch by Traore to lose control of it in a good spot on the left wing.
    • 45+1 Remy is okay and play continues with a throw in.
    • 45' Two minutes added time. Remy needs some treatment...
    • 44' GOAL QPR! Great strike from Taarabt, fizzing low drive into the bottom left after a solo run. Karagounis slipped to let him in but he had it all to do.
    • 43' Bosingwa is over the ball, nearly 40 yards out, but his centre is cleared, only as far as Townsend. Lofted into the box but easy meat for Schwarzer.
    • 42' Hangeland with a clumsy tackle on Taarabt and he is lucky not to see yellow.
    • 41' Fine interplay between Berbatov and Ruiz, now Sidwell on it, slowing the play and finding Hangeland of all people on the left wing. Duff plays a one-two with the defender, now Riise with the cross AND HILL TURNS IT PAST HIS OWN KEEPER! 3-0! QPR, as it stands, bottom.
    • 40' FULHAM SUB: Dejagah is injured and cannot continue. Emanuelson replaces him.
    • 39' Bosingwa to take the corner but headed away by Ruiz at the near post. Now Townsend with one of his low drives but it flies a yard wide.
    • 38' Townsend with a driving run and shot from range but deflected wide for another corner.
    • 37' Taarabt with a shot that is blocked, MBia now on the ball but Fulham bring it clear, Riether's touch letting him down though.
    • 36' A lucky rebound off the ref could play QPR in but Fulham get it away.
    • 35' The free-kick from Ruiz is cleared as far as Dejagah, who is jeered by the away fans but is clearly limping. He touches it back wide before strolling away from the play. Now Berbatov takes Traore out with a glorious flick, racing in down the right before drilling a low cross-shot that Bosingwa deflects into Cesar's arms! Could have been an own-goal! What skill from Berbatov!
    • 34' Sidwell squeezes the ball wide to Dejagah, who is tripped by Traore to win a free-kick on the right. Dejagah is in pain, holding his ankle.
    • 33' Dejagah brings the ball clear, Berbatov flicking it up in the air before overheading it towards Ruiz but that was over ambitious and the ball drops out for a throw.
    • 32' Much better from the visitors as they start to build a bit more possession, but how much of that is Fulham backing off?
    • 31' Taarabt gives it away but MBia ia back sweeping up to cover the mercurial playmaker.
    • 30' MBia looks QPR's most dynamic player at the moment - Taarabt not really getting on the ball.
    • 29' Fulham break from the corner as Karagounis drives forward, one-two is on with Berbatov but he goes it alone and runs into Hill.
    • 28' Great play by MBia on the left as he charges down a Riether clearance, fine cross too that Zamora knocks down FOR REMY SURELY but his finish is blocked over for a corner! Senderos with the vital touch!
    • 26' Finally the Hoops get into Fulham's half but the hosts scramble it clear.
    • 25' Fulham are all over QPR, who look like a condemned side on this showing so far. Berbatov now with five in four and 13 for the season. Player.
    • 24' Jeers from the home fans as Zamora mis-hits a volley well wide. Leave it out, it was Jol who wanted to get rid, not the other way round, and it freed up space for Berbatov, who is twice the player.
    • 23' Samba was supposed to be the man who gives QPR defensive steel in their fight against the drop - he has just lost them the game.
    • 22' GOAL FULHAM! Berbatov flicks home the finish after Samba makes a royal mess of clearing, dithering in his own box to let Duff steal the ball and set up Berbatov for a low finish. Deary me.
    • 21' This time Sidwell is adjudged to have fouled Cesar, who was flapping at that corner, and QPR have a free-kick.
    • 20' ALMOST A SECOND! Great ball in from Duff and it bounces off Hangeland before striking Samba to land inches wide! Could have gone anywhere!
    • 19' Dejagah is tripped around 25 yards out and, belatedly, the referee blows. Hill again.
    • 18' The corner is flicked on by Ruiz but it lands wide. Inventive backheel but the direction was all wrong.
    • 17' Riise earns a corner as his driving run from the left sees his cross deflected into the side netting.
    • 16' Berbatov with a nice pass down the left but QPR scramble it clear. After a promising opening few minutes QPR are backs against the wall now.
    • 15' Ruiz takes the free-kick but bends it too far wide, Cesar watching it all the way.
    • 15' Berbatov is warned for his reaction and Hill booked. Both could easily have been sent off.
    • 14' Hill with a bad tackle on Karagounis! Late and strong, Berbatov is furious and shoves Hill!
    • 13' Riether with a crossfield pass that Berbatov flicks towards Ruiz but it's a touch too heavy and QPR survive that attack.
    • 12' QPR fail to clear the corner but MBia manages to tackle Dejagah before he gets a cross in. Still Fulham on the ball though.
    • 11' Dejagah slides a nice backheel through for Ruiz but Samba manages to muscle him out of the way. Fulham have a corner.
    • 10' Karagounis with what seems like a good tackle on Taarabt but Probert mistakes the Moroccan's slip on the ball for contact.
    • 9' That is Berbatov's fourth goal in four PL games - the first time he has done that. His 12th in 25 Prem matches this season.
    • 8' GOAL FULHAM! Berbatov coolly slots home the penalty with the keeper going the wrong way, 1-0 Fulham.
    • 7' Ruiz picks the ball up and crosses but off the head of Dejagah and it spins away from goal! Fulham come again as Berbatov gets the ball in the box, Samba initially challenges him but the loose ball spins to Dejagah AND SAMBA BRINGS HIM DOWN! Penalty Fulham!
    • 6' Fulham get forward, which they've not done too much so far, but Duff's low drive is batted away by Cesar!
    • 5' MBia exchanges passes with Taarabt, buying space for a shot with a nice turn but firing weakly at Schwarzer.
    • 4' Taarabt goes down but Lee Probert plays advantage - however Zamora is offside so Fulham have it back.
    • 3' Cesar gets a touch of the ball thanks to a wayward Riise cross. Pretty uneventful start so far...
    • 2' @MenRaba: "QPR will win tonight & will then have a chance to stay up. It's about time that Taarabt scores" - very optimistic! Twitter
    • 1' The first half is underway at Craven Cottage!
    • 19:55 Martin Jol on Mark Schwarzer: "He can go on for the next one or two years, but it's not like he is 22 and has another 10 years left in him. But how old are goalkeepers? If you look for evidence of them being 44-45, I can't see it. So 40 is quite remarkable. They (Australia) will go to the World Cup and he wants to be there. He will be 42 and then he will come back to us hopefully."
    • 19:50 Harry Redknapp on Bobby Zamora: "I don't know why you should get stick when you go back to a club where you have done so fantastically well. Why do you abuse someone when they have given you good service and been a good player? I went to watch them play Juventus that night (in the Europa League). Fulham went 1-0 down and they won 4-1 and Bobby ripped them to shreds. Years ago people would go back to their old club and they would get a lovely ovation. Dear oh Lord, what has happened?"
    • 19:45 What do you think the score will be? Send me your predictions for tonight's match - and QPR's survival chances - on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. Follow on Twitter!
    • 19:40 The odds from William Hill have Fulham at (11/10), QPR (14/) and the draw (9/4). That’s a slight lengthening on Fulham winning from earlier today but they are comfortable favourites.
    • 19:35 FACT: If Jermaine Jenas scores today, it will be the second time he has netted in three consecutive Premier League appearances. The first was six years ago.
    • 19:30 FACT: If Berbatov scores today it will be the first time he has netted in four consecutive Premier League fixtures.
    • 19:25 QPR, meanwhile, start with ex-Fulham striker Bobby Zamora, who recovered from an ankle injury and the flu during the international break. Adel Taarabt is recalled to the starting XI, Redknapp no doubt hoping he replicates the match-winning turn against Fulham from earlier this season.
    • 19:20 No major worries for Fulham, other than Diarra being out for the season with his knee problem. Bryan Ruiz was a slight doubt but he starts behind Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 19:15 FACTS: QPR have won just one of their last seven competitive meetings with Fulham (L5 D1), but this victory came earlier this season (2-1) at Loftus Road. Adel Taraabt scored both of QPR’s goals in the 2-1 win over Fulham earlier this season; the only side that the Moroccan has scored more than once against in the Premier League.
    • 19:15 FACTS: Fulham defeated QPR 6-0 at Craven Cottage in their last meeting there; both QPR’s record defeat and Fulham’s joint-record win in the Premier League.
    • 19:10 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov; Subs: Etheridge, Hughes, Richardson, Frimpong, Frei, Emanuelson, Rodallega /// QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Townsend, Jenas, Taarabt, Remy, Zamora; Subs: Green, Park, Mackie, Onuoha, Granero, Hoilett, Ben Haim
    • 19:05 QPR are second last in the division, ahead of Reading only on goal difference. If Fulham spank the Hoops tonight by three or more, they will drop to the bottom again. Fulham, meanwhile, cannot move higher than 10th but can close the gap in Swansea to one point. Premier League table
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the West London derby between Fulham and QPR at Craven Cottage, kicking off at 8pm.
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