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April 1, 2013
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 25117
D. Berbatov 8', 22'
C. Hill 41' (own goal)
Queens Park Rangers
A. Taarabt 45'
L. Rémy 51'
It's all over and Fulham have held out to win 3-2 despite losing Steve Sidwell after he was sent off. QPR will be gutted, they played well at times during this game but their defending in the first half ultimately cost them. Loic Remy will look back at his penalty miss with regret as it has cost his team a precious point in their fight against the drop. Relegation is looming over the R's now as they are seven points adrift with just seven games left to play this season. Fulham meanwhile are all but safe and are now nine points clear of the drop zone in 10th place.
90' + 5'
It's full-time at Craven Cottage!!!
90' + 4'
QPR just can't get the ball off Fulham at the minute and their hopes of getting anything out of this game are ebbing away by the second.
90' + 3'
CHANCE AND PENALTY SHOUT!!!! Karagounis is put through on goal by Berbatov but Onouha is there every step of the way with the midfielder, who goes down in the box and appeals for a penalty but his claims are waved away by Probert.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Philippe Senderos
Fulham are killing time unfairly according to referee Lee Probert as Senderos joins Reither in the book for time wasting.
Five minutes of added time to be played at Craven Cottage.
Yellow Card Sascha Riether
Fulham are doing a good job of killing the game here. They're doing their utmost to keep the ball in QPR territory and it seems to be working at the moment. Lots of long balls being hoofed up by the R's which plays right into the hands of Senderos and Hangeland.
CHANCE!!! The ball is lifted into the Fulham area again but Hangeland clears only as far as Jenas, who sidefoots the ball towards the bottom corner but his effort goes inches wide.
QPR need to get their level of tempo back up, as the intensity of the game has dropped off slightly since the red card. They're seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the field, they need to raid deeper.
Now I can safely say that this game has had everything. What a cracker it's been. 10 minutes to go, can QPR get an equaliser?
Red Card Steve Sidwell
RED CARD!!!! Sidwell is given a straight red card, for a challenge on Traore. The tackle was a bit dangerous, as he went in hard, but there's not much intent there. Still Fulham are now down to 10, can QPR take advantage?
CHANCE!!! Zamora goes close now, as Remy's knock back falls to him on the edge of the box and he hits a left-footed shot first time but the ball goes just wide of the post.
CHANCE!!!! Mbia releases Remy down the left, he twists and turns Senderos, and beats him before firing at goal but his shot goes over the bar.
The award for most ambitious effort of the evening now goes to Zamora as he tries an overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area which trickles into the hands of Schwarzer. Wasteful effort.
It's backs to the wall for Fulham now as QPR continue to throw everything at them. Bosingwa's cross is headed away only as far as Traore who drives forwards and beats three men before he's stopped by Senderos.
From the resulting corner Fulham initially clear the danger but a second header from Emmanuelson puts them right under the cosh as he heads the ball behind him for a throw-in. Fortunately for him, Hangeland wins it and hoofs the ball clear.
Townsend is still looking dangerous though, as he doesn't give up after beating Emmanuelson and challenge Riise for the ball forcing a corner. They're fighting for everything tonight QPR.
The game seems to have calmed down again, thanks to QPR who seem to have gone back to their first half selves. Bosingwa sums this up quite nicely by lifting the ball straight into the hands of Schwarzer.
Townsend picks up the ball from the clearance and raids downfield before he's stopped in his tracks by Senderos. It's end to end this game!
CHANCE!!! Emanuelson raids down the left and gets fouled but the referee plays on, he knocks it back to Hangeland in the box, but he gets his feet get tied up at the wrong moment and the QPR defence clear the danger.
Taarabt steps up... and fires his shot straight into the wall and Fulham clear the danger. Well that was an anti-climax.
As I say that QPR attack again and Emanuelson hauls down Mbia just outside the penalty area. A free kick in a dangerous position.
Fulham needed to calm the tempo of the game down and seem to have done that. The pace in the opening 10 minutes of the half was frenetic, which played right into the hands of the visitors. Possession football is the name of the game for the hosts now.
What a game we have on our hands here. QPR have come out firing in the second half. Can they keep this level of intensity up?
CHANCE!!! Townsend lashes an effort towards goal which looks to be heading into the bottom corner but Schwarzer makes the save. It's all QPR now!
Assist Stéphane M'Bia
Goal Loïc Remy
GOALLL!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!! Remy scores and it's 3-2 now and QPR are well and truly back in this game. Mbia feeds the striker, who takes the ball in stride in the penalty area and blasts the ball high into the top corner. Remember what I said at half-time! Game on!!!
Missed Penalty Loïc Remy
Penalty save Mark Schwarzer
SAVED!!!!! Remy's spot kick is saved by Schwarzer as he got down low to his left and the Frenchman's shot was as tame as they come. What an opportunity missed!!
PENALTY TO QPR!!! Karagounis trips Taarabt in the area and referee Probert points to the spot.
CHANCE!!! The ball just doesn't quite fall for Remy in the area after Hangeland's header deflected into his path, and the defender is on hand to recover to make a block to deny the striker.
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CHANCE!!! Straight from the kick off Fulham lose possession and Remy picks up the ball drills a shot at goal, which takes a deflection and goes just wide.
We're back underway at Craven Cottage.
Half-time at Craven Cottage and what a half of football. I think we've had pretty much everything in this game so far, bar a sending off. Despite all their failings QPR still have a lifeline in the game and could, dare I say, get something out of this game. Fulham have taken full advantage of QPR's problems and no-one more so than Dimitar Berbatov's who grabbed a couple of goals. They'll need to be wary though. This has some of the hallmarks of Fulham - Manchester City, five years ago, when the Cottagers were all but relegated at the break but turned it around and survived.
Assist Bobby Zamora
Goal Adel Taarabt
GOALLL!!! QPR get a goal back through Taarabt with a great solo effort. He picks the ball up in midfield and drives upfield and fires a low shot into the bottom corner. Game on!!!
When Brede Hangeland is backheeling the ball with precise accuracy, you know it's not your night as an opponent. That was brilliant from the defender.
Own Goal Clint Hill
GOALL!!!! Hill slices the ball into his own net, as Fulham get their third of the evening. Again lovely build-up from the hosts, a Hangeland backheel put in Riise down the flank and his cross was turned into the goal by the defender. Everything is going wrong for Harry Redknapp's side tonight.
Andros Townsend has shown he has an eye for the spectacular after his strike against Sunderland, he tries an audacious effort from 25 yards which goes just wide. That's a warning for Fulham, as that shot was hit with some power.
CHANCE!!! My my Berbatov takes the ball out of the air and lifts it over Traore with incredible skill. He then crosses the ball, which hits Bosingwa and bounces towards the net, but Cesar gets down quickly to make the save.
On the other hand our friends at Opta say: "Fulham have won 54 and drawn one (2-2 v Sunderland last month) of the last 55 PL games in which they've led by 2 goals."
Fulham are sitting back on their lead at the minute. They may have to be wary of that, as weeks ago they surrendered a two goal lead at Sunderland, which cost them two points.
CHANCE!!! Mbia raids down the left and digs out a cross and finds Zamora. He knocks the ball down for Remy, who blasts the ball under pressure from Hangeland over the bar. Good defending by the hosts.
QPR are not lying down, they're still having a go at the Fulham defence. They aren't getting anywhere, but credit to them they're sticking at it.
CHANCE!!! QPR have a chance to get back in the game straight away as the ball falls kindly for Zamora in the area, but he blasts his left-footed shot over the bar. It's not going well for the visitors so far.
Assist Damien Duff
Goal D. Berbatov
GOALLL!! Berbatov gets his second of the game as he calmly strokes the ball into the bottom corner. It's an absolute howler from Samba though as he loses possession in his own box and the Bulgarian takes full advantage. Oh dear, it doesn't get better with more viewings either.
CLOSE!!! QPR are hanging on for dear life here. Another Fulham ball in and the ball goes a whisker wide of the post, without any player in the area touching the ball!
CHANCE!!! Dejagah is fouled by Hill. From the resulting free kick, Duff whips the ball in and Hangeland rises and makes contact but the ball takes a deflection and goes wide of the post.
Fulham are almost in around the back of the QPR defence again but the ball from Duff just doesn't fall to Ruiz and Samba hacks the ball clear. All hands to the pump for the visitors at the moment.
WIDE!! Ruiz steps up from the resulting free kick and curls the ball just wide of the post. Bit wasteful from just outside the penalty area.
Yellow Card Clint Hill
Nasty challenge on Karagounis by Hill. Berbatov doesn't like it one bit and shoves the defender. Only Hill going into the book though.
CHANCE!!! Ruiz raids forward and the ball almost falls for him the QPR box but Mbia is there and takes over the situation using his large frame to shield the ball from the attacker and clear the danger.
How will QPR react to that setback? They push upfield but again they are crowded out as they approach the Fulham box. Solid so far from the hosts.
Penalty Goal D. Berbatov
GOALL!!!! Berbatov steps up and places the ball into the net. It looks so easy for him, as he sends Cesar the wrong way. Calm as you like.
PENALTY TO FULHAM!!! Dejagah is brought down in the area by Samba and the referee points to the spot.
CHANCE!!!! Duff raids down the left and cuts inside on his right and fires towards the bottom corner but Cesar makes the save. Ruiz tries to pounce on the rebound and he lifts the ball to the back post but Dejagah is beaten in the air by Traore.
Nice play from Taarabt opens space for Mbia just outside the box. He hesitates initially, then strikes a tame effort at goal which is saved by Schwarzer. He probably should have shot first time there.
Our first shot and it's a trademark smash from Riise. Fortunately the ball hits Samba and bounces off, he then calmly nods the ball back to Cesar.
Confident start from QPR as they raid into the Fulham half with Townsend and Taarabt, but both are crowded out before they can threaten.
We're underway at Craven Cottage.
Players are out on the pitch at Craven Cottage, we should be underway any minute now.
Now for some Redknapp: "They are all big games for us now. We have to come here and play well, just like we did at Southampton and at Villa. We're in a good frame of mind and I'm looking forward to it. We need to win games, it's key that we pick up points and go on a run. We need at least four wins, maybe even five from our last eight games."
Some manager pre-game talk. He's the one and only Martin Jol talking to SkySports: "We've had a very good spell with only two defeats in eight games. We've got two games in hand and our goal difference is good but on the other hand we need one or two wins to be safe. Losing to QPR in December was our worst game of the season and we would like to do something about it tonight."
Harry Redknapp has made two changes to his QPR side from their defeat to Aston Villa. Armand Traore replaces Fabio, while Park Ji-Sung drops out for Adel Taarabt. Bobby Zamora starts upfront, alongside Loic Remy, against one of his former teams.
Fulham are unchanged from their last Premier League game when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Dimitar Berbatov leads the line and is supported by Ashkan Dejagah and Bryan Ruiz.
QPR: Julio Cesar; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore; Townsend, Mbia, Jenas, Taarabt; Zamora, Remy. Subs: Green, Park, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Ben Haim, Hoilett.
Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Dejagah; Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Frimpong, Richardson, Hughes, Rodallega, Frei, Emanuelson.
Let's kick off with some team news, starting with Fulham.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! commentary of the Premier League clash between Fulham and QPR at Craven Cottage. I'm Simon Sinclair and I'll be taking you through all the action as it happens.
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