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1 vs 0
Played
December 5, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 25688‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Mousa Dembele
Mousa Dembele
Fulham
Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey
Fulham
Flop of the Match
Charlie Adam
Charlie Adam
Liverpool
Jay Spearing
Jay Spearing
Liverpool

Fulham 1-0 Liverpool: Late Clint Dempsey strike stuns 10-man Reds following Jay Spearing red card

Luis Suarez had an effort ruled out for offside before Jay Spearing was sent off for a late challenge on Dembele, and the American popped up with the winner

By Michael Lightfoot

EPl - Fulham v Liverpool, Danny Murphy and Luis Suarez
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Ten-man Liverpool's strong away run was halted after they were beaten 1-0 by a late Fulham goal at Craven Cottage, with Clint Dempsey doing the damage for the home side.

In a fixture with numerous chances at either end, the American took advantage of a fumble from Pepe Reina with five minutes remaining to prod the ball over the line, and edge Martin Jol's men five points clear of the drop zone.

With Brazilian Lucas Leiva out for the duration of the season, Kenny Dalglish called up Jay Spearing for his first Premier League appearance of the campaign but he only lasted 70 minutes before he was sent off for clattering into Belgian Moussa Dembele rather late.

The visitors were aiming for the seventh straight away win, which which would have equalled a club record, but were beaten by Fulham thanks to a winning goal by all-time Premier League leading goalscorer Clint Dempsey.

Moussa Dembele had the game's first chance. Striker Bryan Ruiz slotted the Belgian through but Pepe Reina made himself big to block his shot.

Moments later, Luis Suarez cut back for striker partner Andy Carroll but his powered effort on the stretch was straight at Mark Schwarzer. Then, Charlie Adam’s shot from range was deflected goalbound but the Australian goalkeeper had it covered at his near post.

Clint Dempsey drove at Reina again and this time his shot almost deceived the Spaniard as it swerved mid-air, and the stand-in captain had to palm the ball away.

Into the second half, and the chances kept coming for both sides. Jose Enrique volleyed from outside the box forcing a fine save from Schwarzer.

Liverpool then had the ball in the back of the net; Enrique dinked the ball over the top of the defence and Suarez finished with aplomb, but he was just offside.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining when Jay Spearing clattered late into Moussa Dembele and his follow through took most of the Belgian with him.        

The hosts should have taken the lead almost immediately. Fulham’s clever build-up involved substitute Andy Johnson and Dembele, before Ruiz’s pass ended with Dempsey swerving a shot on goal that cannoned back off the bar.

Shortly after, Dembele shot straight at the Spaniard, then drove just wide, as the Cottagers tried to make their man advantage count.

At the other end, substitute Stewart Downing fended off numerous defenders before unleashing a strike that hit the post via a world class save from Schwarzer.

But the deadlock was eventually broken with five minutes left. Danny Murphy’s drive was dropped into the path of Dempsey by Reina, and he slotted past the normally reliable goalkeeper to allow Fulham to hold on for their second home win of the game.

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Fulham

23
Mark Schwarzer
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
Stephen Kelly
Defender
3.00
3
John Arne Riise
Defender
3.00
5
Brede Hangeland
Defender
3.50
14
3.50
13
Danny Murphy
Midfielder
85′ 94′
3.00
20
Dickson Etuhu
Midfielder
3.00
30
Mousa Dembele
Striker
4.00
11
Bryan Ruiz
Striker
2.50
2
Clint Dempsey
Midfielder
49′ 85′
3.00
25
B. Zamora
Striker
71′
2.50

Liverpool

2.50
25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.50
3
3.50
5
3.00
37
3.00
14
3.00
20
Jay Spearing
Midfielder
72′
2.50
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
3.00
7
2.50
9
3.00
39

Substitutes

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Neil Etheridge
Goalkeeper
0.00
18
0.00
17
0.00
8
Pajtim Kasami
Midfielder
0.00
15
Marcel Gecov
Midfielder
94′
0.00
21
Kerim Frei
Midfielder
0.00
8
3.00

Substitutes

0.00
32
Doni
Goalkeeper
0.00
19
0.00
23
0.00
34
0.00
11
3.50
19
0.00
11
Dirk Kuyt
Midfielder
77′

Coach/Manager

-
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Coach/Manager

0.00
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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
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2