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April 9, 2012
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 25697
C. Dempsey 82'
F. Lampard 45'
Fantastic match played at a pretty fast pace. Chelsea will be disapointted after drawing having led for much of the seconf half. The result moves Fulham up to ninth spot while Chelsea stay in sixth spot. I hope you enjoyed Goal.com's LIVE commentary.
90' + 3'
Cahill goes down in the Fulham box and Clattenburg blows his whistle. However it's not for a penalty but infact for the end of the game!
90' + 3'
Another chance for Chelsea to lauch it forward but Hangeland meets the ball well.
90' + 2'
Chelsea are really pushing for a winner now. Schwarzer comes off his line and juggles the ball before eventually gathering it to take some pressure off.
90' + 1'
Cahill picks the ball up off Cech and lauches a ball forward to Drogba which breaks down. However the Blues pick up the ball and win a corner
Three minutes added on. Enough time for a dramatic winner?
Corner to Chelsea after smart play by Didier Drogba. Gary Cahil gets up well but the ball deflects for a corner.
Chelsea try to get an attack going but Terry's attempted through ball is well over hit and goes out for a Fulham goal kick.
Yet again Cech is called into action action from the corner. Fulham players seem to be first to everything at the moment.
What a chance for Fulham! Dempsey plays Riise through but the left backs first touch takes him wide of the target and his effort is blocked for a corner.
Both side's are pushing for a winner now! Just over five minutes left in an entertaining west London derby.
Assist Damien Duff
Goal Clint Dempsey
Not the best defending by Chelsea for the goal. Dempsey met the ball unopposed.
Goal! 1-1. The following corner is headed met by the head of Dempsey who guides his effort into the far post. Fulham's star man has done it again!
Kelly tries to put another ball into the box but his effort is blocked behind for a corner. The set piece is fired in and well met by Aaron Hughes but Cech pulls off an excellent stop.
Dempsey eyes up a long-range striker which Cech manages to comfortbably gather.
Bertrand has put in a solid display after getting another start with Ashley Cole still out injured.
Ivanovic guides the ball out of play for a Chelsea goal kick after Duff hits a wayward cross into the box.
Long ball over the top to Duff is stopped by an offside flag. If he could've timed that a bit better then he was through on goal.
Branislav Ivanovic gets up well to head away a dangerous looking cross with Diarra ready to head the ball just behind him. Fulham are really pressing for a goal now.
Just over 15 minutes plus stoppage time left in the match. Can Fulham manage to grab a dramatic point from the game or will the Blues take a vital three points?
Possible signs of tiredness amongst the players after playing again so soon after their weekend wins.
The linesmans flag again thwarts another promising looking Fulham move.
Stat: Mata, whose just come onto the pitch, has failed to net in an away Premier League game since moving to the club from Valencia last summer.
Another Riise cross is well cleared by Chelsea. The home side could do with someone getting on the end of one of these balls into the box.
Another corner to Fulham following decent play down their left hand side. Cech catches the ball before launching the ball out and setting his side on an attack.
Almost a second. Lampard crosses the ball into the six yard box and it looks like Kalou could have a free header but Riise rises to head the ball away from danger. Torres would have liked to have been on the end of that Lampard cross!
Despite having much of the ball so far this half Fulham have struggled to really create anything to panic Cech.
Free kick to Chelsea which Lampard smacks straight in the wall. The ball drops to Mikel who does exactly the same thing.
Yellow Card Danny Murphy
Marginal offside against Fulham. Frei threads the ball through to Riise who hits a swinging effort just wide of the goal although it wouldn't have stood anyway.
Di Matteo is just half an hour away from yet another win since taking over as the Blues' interim manager.
The rain's still coming down, making the ball skid off the surface and away from a number of attempted passes.
Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
Yet again Frei troubles Chelsea with his quick feet, winning a second free-kick in a minute. Fulham are trying to get the ball to him as often as they can.
Dempsey goes down on the edge of Chelsea's penalty area and looks for a free kick but Clattenburg is unmoved.
Frei is causing panic amongst the visitors backline everytime he picks up the ball and runs at them. Fulham could have some talent on their hands if he plays like this consistently!
Fantastic opportunity for Chelsea to double their lead. Kalou links up well with Torres, the Spaniard lays the ball off to Raul Meireles on the edge of the box but his strike goes high and wide of the target.
Another chance. This time to Ramires. The former Benfica man cuts into the box before unleashing a weak shot which is easily gathered by Schwarzer.
Stat: Lampard has taken 48 penalties in the league for Chelsea, scoring 42. That's some strikerate!
Dempsey is clean through on goal only to be thwarted by a debatable handball. That looked like a harsh decision.
Lampard taked a couple of touches before unleashing a trademark shot which drifts just wide of Schwarzer's post.
Interesting update - match referee Mark Clattenburg has stated that the penalty was infact awarded for a Kelly challenge, not Murphy's!
The home side start on the front foot with Riise hitting in a cross which is well cleared.
And we're back underway at Craven Cottage. Neither manager has made any changes. Can Fulham get back into the game?
Fulham are unlucky to be behind at the half time interval but need to come out firing in the second half to get something from the match. If Chelsea manage to keep a clean sheet and get themselves another goal then they move fourth and into the final Champions League spot.
45' + 1'
The half draws to a close with Chelsea grabbing a vital late goal to grab a 1-0 lead. Fulham probably deserve to be level at least but a Lampard goal puts Di Matteo's team ahead.
Assist Salomon Kalou
Penalty Goal Frank Lampard
That's his 150th goal in the Premier League a truly wonderful achivement, especially for a midfielder. Some of those goals cames during his spell at West Ham but the bullk have been since he moved to Stamford Bridge.
GOAL! Lampard thumps the ball into the left-hand corner of the goal. Schwarzer dived the right way but failed to get to the ball!
Penalty to Chelsea. Murphy dives in on Kalou and gives away a spot-kick with the Blue's forward not really going anywhere. Murphy probably should have stayed on his feet with Kelly providing Fulham with some cover. Lampard's poised to take it.
Lampard chips a ball over the top which Torres just fails to control a better first touch and he would have been in.
Free-kick to Fulham around 25 yards out. Danny Murphy lays the ball off to Riise to strike it but the former Roma man can only mishit his shot into the wall.
Yellow Card Gary Cahill
Stat: Fulham have never lost after going ahead in the Premier League so far this season, a run which stretches to a dozen matches.
Duff's causing his old side all sorts of trouble when he gets on the ball and another mazy run almost leads to a chance.
Kalou runs with the ball along the face of the area and appears to be looking for some room to get a shot in, but instead decides to play a ball to a team-mate who gets caught offside.
Torres tries to chip the ball forward into the danger area but fails to pick out a team-mata. The Spaniard has struggled to get himself into the match after showing real signs of improvement over recent weeks.
The ball drops to Ryan Bertrand who drills a shot towards goal which Stephen Kelly blocks behind for a corner which is easily cleared away.
Another Fulham attack comes to nothing. The home side are really pushing their London rivals back at the minute and look the most likely to break the deadlock.
Terry slips over and almost lets Dempsey in on goal but his centre-back partner covers and gets his side out of trouble.
The earlier leauge match in the season finished in a 1-1 draw. Juan Mata opened the scoring before Dempsey, yes him again, equalised.
Chelsea on the back foot at the minute. Frei and Dembele have both started the match really well and are outshining their opponents at the moment.
Wonderful play by Frei who keeps the ball on the edge of Chelsea's box before firing in a low shot which Cech has to get down well to puch behind. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
Fantastic chance for Fulham! Dempsey takes a return pass from the impressive Dembele but gets the ball stuck under his foot and fails to get any real power in his shot.
Fairly even opening to the match with the ball being played around quite well. There's been shots at goal but not with any real power. Plenty of time for that to change though!
Yellow Card Raúl Meireles
Attempt on goal at the other end of the pitch with Salomon Kalou trying to place the ball into the net buy only managing to strike the ball straight at Schwarzer.
Hangeland hits a raking ball to put John Arne Riise in down the left. The former Liverpool man picks out Damien Duff who can only hit a tame effort into Cech's gloves.
Interesting stat: Fulham in the league this season - goals for 42, goals against 42, points 42.
John Obi Mikel hits a hopeful shot well wide of Mark Schwarzer's goal. Di Matteo would have liked to have seen Frank Lampard on the end of that shot instead.
A mazy run by Moussa Dembele leads to a corner to the home side. Fulham play it short but only manage to make a bit of a mess of it.
Another Lampard corner comes to nothing and Fulham try to push up the pitch after a spell of pressure by the visitors.
A win by two clear goals will move Roberto Di Matteo's side up into fourth spot in the Premier League, just ahead of Tottenham and Newcastle.
Another corner to the Blues. This time a better effort which bounces dangerously in the area before Fulham manage to clear it out.
Fantastic block on the edge of the area by Brede Hangeland who throws himself infront of a thumping Fernando Torres shot. The ball goes out for a corner which comes to nothing.
The corner's comfortably gathered by Petr Cech who tries to get his side going with a swift attack which comes to nothing.
First corner of the match to the home side. Can they put in a decent ball to test out the Chelsea backline?
Terry attempts a long-range pass from one side of the pitch to the other but overhits his attempt and the ball sails out for a Fulham throw in.
The match has started at a steady pace with neither side managing to get a real grip on the game. The conditions should make for a watchable game.
The host start to string a few passes together but the attack comes to nothing after a loose ball by the recalled Kerim Frei.
A massive roar from the crowd as Clint Dempsey gets his first touch of the ball. His been in excellent form this season and netted a brace at the weekend.
Chelsea passing it around early on with John Terry getting a few early touches.
Referee Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle and we’re underway at Craven Cottage with Chelsea kicking off.
The players are just coming out onto the pitch to rather damp conditions. I’m expecting this West London derby to be a real cracker with plenty of chances!
Breaking news: Fulham boss Jol has just ruled Bryan Ruiz out of the remainder of the season after confirming the Costa Rican has suffered a broken metatarsal.
Some interesting changes by both managers. Martin Jol makes two changes with Kerim Frei and Danny Murphy coming in for Alexander Kacaniklic and Bryan Ruiz. While Roberto Di Matteo makes six changes, bringing in John Terry, Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Salomon Kalou and Fernando Torres.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Meireles, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Torres, Kalou. Subs: Romeu, Mata, Drogba, Malouda, Bosingwa, Turnbull, Sturridge.
Fulham line-up: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Diarra, Murphy, Frei, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Etuhu, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Sa.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE commentary of Fulham - Chelsea. The hosts sit comfortably in mid-table in the Premier League and come into the back of an emphatic 3-0 win against Bolton at the weekend. As for the Blues, a win would move them onto 59 points - the same as Newcastle United and Tottenham in the race for a Champions League spot.
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