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1 vs 3
Played
May 12, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 25640‎
 
Top of the Match
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool
Flop of the Match
Damien Duff
Damien Duff
Fulham
Brede Hangeland
Brede Hangeland
Fulham

Fulham 1-3 Liverpool: Sturridge steals the show as Reds dominate

A hat trick from the former Chelsea player condemned the Cottagers to their seventh league game without a win as the visitors ran riot in west London

By Ben Cullimore

A hat trick from Daniel Sturridge increased Liverpool's unbeaten streak in the Premier League to seven games as it beat a fragile Fulham side 3-1 at Craven Cottage.

After an impressive opening 30 minutes, the hosts took the lead through a Dimitar Berbatov header shortly after the half-hour mark, but Liverpool replied instantly through Sturridge just three minutes later.

After another strong start from Fulham in the second half, the former Chelsea player then scored again to double his and Liverpool's tally from close range after 63 minutes. The hat trick was completed with a beautiful flick over Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with just five minutes left to play.

Sitting just five points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play and without a win in its last six Premier League clashes, Fulham's lackluster start to its final home game of the season would have done little to fill the confidence of the Craven Cottage faithful.

Fulham's determination paid off when Berbatov was able head home after the half-hour mark thanks to poor marking in the center of the box from Liverpool. Sascha Riether, on loan from Cologne, was teed up on the right of the visitor's penalty area by Damien Duff before sending in a superb cross to the unmarked Bulgarian in front of goal.

Liverpool replied instantly, however, after fantastic play from Sturridge in which he turned one way and then the other to beat Hughes before blasting the ball past Schwarzer to even up the scoreline again after a manic three minutes.

Sturridge, seemingly undeterred by the boos from the home fans, started the second half strongly and was handed an early chance to double his tally when Stewart Downing's cross found the England international's head just a minute into the half, but his effort ended up sailing over the bar.

Fulham pressing for an equalizer led to strong shouts for a penalty from the home fans and players alike when Bryan Ruiz's cross struck Lucas' hand on the edge of the six yard box, but referee Mark Halsey waved away the plethora of protests.

In similar fashion to the first half, Liverpool replied immediately to a threat at the other end and, once again, it was Sturridge who finished off an impressive attacking movement. He was picked out in front of goal by a slick pass from Phillippe Coutinho and slotted the ball past Schwarzer from close-range to make it 2-1.

The chances continued for the visitors as they picked apart a fragile Fulham defense, but somehow a third goal evaded them, despite their dominance in the final third.

Sturridge was finally rewarded for his, and his team's, efforts when he wrapped up his hat trick with five minutes left to play, chipping the ball over a fast-approaching Schwarzer after yet another fantastic assist from Countinho.

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Fulham

23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Brede Hangeland
Defender
2.00
18
Aaron Hughes
Defender
2.50
27
Sascha Riether
Defender
33′
3.50
14
Giorgos Karagounis
Midfielder
83′
2.00
15
1.50
16
Damien Duff
Midfielder
1.50
11
3.00
6
Eyong Enoh
Midfielder
2.50
9
2.00
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
3.00

Liverpool

3.00
25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
1.50
19
2.50
23
2.00
47
3.50
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
85′ 88′
2.00
14
3.00
19
1.50
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
1.50
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
77′
4.00
15

Substitutes

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Neil Etheridge
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
14
 - 
35
 - 
28
1.50
10
2.00
20
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Substitutes

 - 
1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
 - 
35
Conor Coady
Defender
88′
 - 
-
Lloyd Jones
Defender
 - 
-
Suso
Midfielder
 - 
24
3.00
31

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0