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Premier League

  • August 13, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 25700

Live Commentary

  • That's it. The match ends scoreless. Shay Given has to be man of the match for several big saves to preserve the point for the visitors.
  • 90'
    SubstitutionStilian Petrov Ciaran Clark
  • 87'
    Back and forth here in the final 10 minutes. This game appears to be destined to end scoreless...
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Richard Dunne
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Stilian Petrov
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Mousa Dembele
  • 80'
    Dunne rises well to meet a corner and its deflected just wide. Villa starting to pressure, now.
  • 76'
    Cross finds its way to Albrighton, but his shot grazes the outside netting from the top of the box
  • 73'
    SubstitutionBobby Zamora Mousa Dembele
  • 72'
    Fulham has a free-kick at the corner of the box. Murphy's delivery is poor though
  • 70'
    Villa with a counter-attack chance, Warnock's cross crucially intercepted by Schwarzer
  • 67'
    SubstitutionCharles N'Zogbia Marc Albrighton
  • 65'
    Great save Given! Zamora takes down with his chest, cuts to his left, and the Irish keeper slides out to deny him
  • 64'
    Aston Villa has looked out of sorts this half, while Fulham has taken the upper hand. This game still looking for its first goal
  • 60'
    Great clearing header by Dunne on the Fulham corner. Villa counter but it comes to nothing.
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Emile Heskey
  • 56'
    Neither side have made a sub yet. You'd think Villa would be thinking about making one soon, as they've been on the back foot this half
  • 50'
    Zamora again with a chance, but his header from Riise's cross is right at Given. Fulham bright here to start the second half
  • 47'
    Given denies Zamora from point-blank! The England man is played in by a flicked header but his effort is saved well
  • 46'
    The second half is underway
  • 45' + 2'
    Yellow Card Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • 45'
    Murphy finds Duff cleverly, and he cuts in and strikes over the bar. That's the last chance of the half as the referee blows his whistle a minute later
  • 43'
    Andy Johnson cuts in and strikes well, but right at Given, then Heskey off all people defends a Zamora shot on the subsequent play
  • 40'
    Petrov hits a decent strike from distance that blazes just over the bar
  • 37'
    Great service from the right from N'Zogbia deserved a better header than James Collins provided, as he skies over the bar
  • 36'
    Spell of possession for the home side leads to a pass straight out of bounds by Hangeland. Fulham hasn't shown a whole lot going forward thus far
  • 30'
    Free-kick opportunity for Fulham leads to a scramble in the box, but Villa defends well and Warnock blocks Dempsey's shot
  • 27'
    N'Zogbia puts in a good cross from the right side and Heskey's header flashes over the bar
  • 23'
    Fulham's defense looks ripe for the picking at the moment. Bent marginally offside two times in a row
  • 21'
    Yellow Card Danny Murphy
  • 20'
    Dunne hoofs the ball forward and Senderos is easily shrugged aside by Heskey, who has a decent chance, but his shot is tame.
  • 18'
    First goal of the EPL season goes to Luis Suarez. Not a big surprise, that.
  • 16'
    Pretty even affair thus far, both teams look lively.
  • 12'
    You would have bet on the Norwegian scoring on his debut there, but it was not to be
  • 11'
    What a chance! Riise played in on the left side, but he blasts just over the bar from just ten yards out
  • 7'
    Gabriel Agbonlahor dupes the referee into giving a free-kick on the edge of the box, but N'Zogbia's well-hit cross finds no teammate
  • 4'
    Duff on the attack down Fulham's right side early, but his cross is cleared well by the Villa defense
  • 1'
    This match, and the EPL season, is UNDERWAY!
  • Morning all, Seth Vertelney with you here for the EPL kickoff, featuring Clint Dempsey's Fulham facing Aston Villa