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  • December 5, 2011
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 25688
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  • That's it from me, Nick Rosano. Thank you for following along! For more soccer talk, you can follow me on Twitter at the handle: @nicholasrosano
  • 90' + 6'
    That's it! Riise makes the clearance and the referee blows the whistle! Clint Dempsey's 85th minute goal gave Fulham the only goal it needed to record a vital home win. 10 man Liverpool saw its 11 game unbeaten streak in all competitions come to an end.
  • 90' + 5'
    Suarez drives his free kick into the wall and Liverpool can't hold onto the ball. Andy Johnson breaks for Fulham, but he fires wide of Reina's goal with no support.
  • 90' + 4'
    Substitution Danny Murphy Marcel Gecov
  • 90' + 2'
    A free kick is given for Liverpool in a dangerous spot as Senderos brings down Suarez. Danny Murphy is down near midfield receiving treatment, meaning we will likely see more than the original three minutes of injury time.
  • 90'
    Riise with a vital interception as Liverpool works the ball into the area, giving everything to find a tying goal.
  • 88'
    Liverpool is pushing for the equalizer with a matter of minutes left, and Charlie Adam connects well, but drill his shot a couple feet wide.
  • 85'
    Assist Danny Murphy
  • 85'
    Goal Clint Dempsey
  • 85'
    GOAL FULHAM! A big mistake from Reina as he spills Murphy's shot right into the path of Dempsey, and the American international smashes into the roof of the net.
  • 84'
    And Stewart Downing is denied a great goal by an equally great save on the other end! Schwarzer leaps to parry away a swerving effort heading straight for the corner!
  • 83'
    Great effort from Dembele as he drives from the middle of the field and finds some space at the edge of the area, only to fire just wide!
  • 81'
    Another chance for Fulham! This time Dembele is stopped once more by Reina as he drives a first-time shot at goal.
  • 80'
    So close Clint Dempsey! The American international receives the ball at his feet, fakes out his defender to gain inches of space and curls an effort that rattles the crossbar!
  • 77'
    Substitution Craig Bellamy Stewart Downing
  • 77'
    Substitution Andy Carroll Dirk Kuyt
  • 72'
    Red Card Jay Spearing
  • 72'
    Jay Spearing is sent off! The Liverpool players protest furiously, but the referee adjudged the tackle to be dangerous enough for a red card. Liverpool will have to play with 10 men for the remainder.
  • 71'
    Substitution B. Zamora Andy Johnson
  • 69'
    Fulham has mostly defended well, but is often too slow in its buildup play, which has really hampered the team's ability to create quality chances.
  • 66'
    Great move by Liverpool as Jose Enrique dinks the ball up over for Suarez, who applies a superb finish, but he is inches offside and it remains 0-0.
  • 63'
    Glen Johnson picks out Bellamy, who is through on goal, but fires well wide from a tight angle.
  • 63'
    However, the short passing set piece breaks down and Murphy's effort rolls tamely into Reina's hands.
  • 62'
    It's now Fulham's turn from the edge of the area as Craig Bellamy is adjudged to have fouled John Arne Riise.
  • 61'
    But Bellamy's effort deflects off the wall and behind. The corner is headed just wide by Daniel Agger and Fulham is off the hook, for now.
  • 59'
    Yellow Card Philippe Senderos
  • 59'
    End-to-end stuff all of a sudden! After Dembele nearly sets up a Fulham goal with a nice run and cutback, Liverpool breaks, and Senderos brings down Adam just on the edge of the area for a dangerous free kick.
  • 52'
    Fulham can't quite clear its lines after a corner, but similarly, Liverpool can't quite make them pay. Early spells of pressure for the visitors in the second half.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Clint Dempsey
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Craig Bellamy
  • 49'
    Clint Dempsey gets into it with Craig Bellamy after the latter pushes the former from behind. The cards come out, but it was a strong reaction after a fairly innocuous foul.
  • 46'
    The second half is underway at Craven Cottage!
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Mousa Dembélé
  • 45'
    Halftime at Craven Cottage! It's Fulham 0-0 Liverpool, with both sides having excellent chances. Moussa Dembele's early effort was stopped by Reina, while Jordan Henderson beat Mark Schwarzer but saw the effort rebound off the inside of the post. Both sides will be looking to improve upon a promising first half.
  • 44'
    Perhaps Fulham's best passing move so far in the game results in a short spell of pressure by the home side, but it is cut short as Dembele gives away a free kick just outside the Liverpool area.
  • 37'
    Liverpool has been slightly the better side in the last few minutes, but Fulham's attackers have shown they can shake up Liverpool's defense as Dempsey tests Reina again with a swerving effort.
  • 33'
    Suarez continues to find himself at the heart of everything Liverpool, as he uses his skill and acceleration to get to the byline and cut back for Andy Carroll, who can't connect.
  • 30'
    More positive play from Liverpool as Carroll and Suarez combined to lay it off for Henderson, whose shot goes just wide of Schwarzer's goal.
  • 28'
    Excellent play from Jordan Henderson! The youngster finds space and bursts into the area, putting the Fulham defenders on their heel. He a sliver away from a goal as his effort strikes the inside of the post.
  • 22'
    Some slick play from Luis Suarez sees him boom a ball into the area for Craig Bellamy, but the Welshman is just behind the ball, and can't bring it through on goal.
  • 18'
    We're seeing some back-and-forth stuff now. It's Fulham's turn to threaten after miscues from Jordan Henderson and Charlie Addam allow the home side to apply some pressure. Both Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele forced good saves out of Pepe Reina.
  • 13'
    A few minutes of sustained pressure from Liverpool sees Charlie Adam fire a skipping shot that's corralled by Schwarzer. Patient buildup play from Liverpool, which looks keen on striking early.
  • 7'
    A chance on the other end now as Charlie Adam finds Luis Suarez in the left hand channel. The Uruguayan crosses to Carroll, but his tame shot is right at Mark Schwarzer.
  • 5'
    Chance for Fulham! Demeble is in on goal, but miscued his finish, allowing Pepe Reina to make the save.
  • 3'
    The USA's Clint Dempsey and Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz are both in the lineup for Fulham tonight.
  • 1'
    The game is underway!
  • A beautiful moment before kickoff as the crowd gives a rousing minute of applause in memory of Wales manager Gary Speed, who passed away last weekend.
  • Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of the Monday evening showdown between Fulham and Liverpool. The Reds travel to Craven Cottage having avoided defeat in their last 11 competitive games and are on a high after recording victories over Chelsea in the league and League Cup, and a draw against Manchester City. Fulham has not won in its last three league games, but will be looking to build on a creditable draw with Arsenal as it hopes to move away from the relegation zone.