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90'
S. Rondón
Goal
81'
N. Kebano
R. Sessegnon
81'
Kenedy
P. Dummett
74'
H. Elliot
F. Ayité
69'
F. Fernández
I. Hayden
66'
Y. Muto
C. Atsu
65'
R. Babel
C. Christie
61'
M. Ritchie
Assist
61'
F. Schär
Goal
59'
J. Bryan
Yellow Card
Kick Off
11'
Ayoze Pérez
Goal
9'
M. Ritchie
Assist
9'
J. Shelvey
Goal
Kick Off
3
1
3
0

Stats

Possession
% %
8
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 6
Total Passes 765 358

Commentary

That will do it for our live coverage of this Premier League match between Fulham and Newcastle United! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
As for what's next for these clubs, Fulham will take their talents back to the Championship and they will certainly be hoping that they'll be able to win plenty of matches en route towards potential promotion. Newcastle face a different challenge this summer as they try to keep hold of Rondon and, far more importantly, Rafa Benitez who has yet to fully commit to the cub long-term as he awaits promises from owner Mike Ashley.
Well, that's certainly not the note that Fulham fans would have wanted given this was their last Premier League match for some time. That being said, it was an oddly appropriate exit as, throughout the season, they were frequently more decent than bad but the defence continually let them down. Newcastle were the team that were able to take advantage of this today scoring four goals despite having just 32 per cent of the ball. First came the back-to-back strikes from Shelvey (9') and Perez (11'), then Schar ensured his side's victory in the 61st minute, only for Rondon to further punish the hosts with the another goal in the last moments of the match. As for Fulham, they had a couple of chances through Mitrovic and Elliott but neither found the back of the net as their side departed the Premier League with a whimper.
90' + 2' FULL-TIME: Fulham 0-4 Newcastle United
S. Rondón
Goal
Newcastle United
90' GOOALLLL!!!! RONDON MAKES IT FOUR! He was played in behind the defence and fired from an acute angle that Rico saved, but the rebound fell back to the feet of the Venezuelan striker and he slotted the second chance into the back of the net! What a way to end what could be his final game for the club! Fulham 0-4 Newcastle
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
88' Elliott collects the ball in the box, cuts in, and tries a low, curling effort that Dubravka had covered the whole way. Bright spark from the youngster though!
85' Ole's ringing out amongst the travelling support as Newcastle pass it around the back.
83' Babel shows off some tidy footwork as he manages to keep the ball in play down the left before misplaying a pass that was seemingly intended for Mitrovic.
N. Kebano
R. Sessegnon
Fulham
81' Fulham make a change now as Sessegnon is taken off with Kebano entering the fray.
Kenedy
P. Dummett
Newcastle United
81' Kenedy replaces Dummett for the final 10 minutes.
79' Dummett opts for safety first and tucks a loose ball behind for a corner rather than let it develop into anything more dangerous for Fulham.
76' Sessegnon drives into the box but he, and the rest of the Fulham attack all seemed surprised that he'd done so and an attempted pass back is cut out and Newcastle clear. Remarkable hesitation from all parties involved there.
H. Elliot
F. Ayité
Fulham
74' Harvey Elliot, the youngest Premier League player ever, comes onto the pitch for Fulham replacing Ayite.
73' Chambers is called for handball after seemingly beating the backline and whipping in a cross.
71' CHANCE! Dummett had surged forward and whipped a low ball into the feet of Rondon in the box and the striker fired right at Rico who reacted well! Rondon usually scores from there.
F. Fernández
I. Hayden
Newcastle United
69' A change in defence for Newcastle as Hayden is replaced by Fernandez.
68' While a full comeback is unlikely, Babel could certainly help Fulham find the back of the net. In fact, the Dutchman has been involved in more goals for Fulham (8) than anyone but Mitrovic (11) despite not joining the club until January!
Y. Muto
C. Atsu
Newcastle United
66' Newcastle make a swap of their own with Atsu withdrawn in favour of Muto.
R. Babel
C. Christie
Fulham
65' Fulham, unsurprisingly, make an attacking change as Babel replaces Christie.
63' FULHAM HAVE THE BALL IN THE NET.... oh no, but it's offside! A shot was taken from outside the box that deflected off of Anguissa who was beyond the last defender. Tough break for the hosts.
M. Ritchie
Assist
Newcastle United
61' Ritchie records his second assist from a corner today! This one came from the left corner and he found Schar perfectly in stride and the big defender was never going to miss from there!
F. Schär
Goal
Newcastle United
61' GOOOALLLL!!! Schar scores Newcastle's third! From a corner, Ritchie lofted his cross and Schar ran onto it and hammered his header down and into the back of the net! That came against the run of play though, as we've mentioned, it was Newcastle who looked the more dangerous side and they've proven it there! Fulham 0-3 Newcastle
J. Bryan
Yellow Card
Fulham
59' Bryan drags back Perez to prevent a two-one-one. Professional foul that unsurprisingly has drawn yellow.
58' This match currently has all the urgency of a team that has already been relegated and one who can finish no higher than 13th.
56' Fulham win another corner, their fourth of the match. Can they make it count?
54' Penalty Shout! Sessegnon dribbles through the box and goes to ground but the referee says play on! No penalty or card for diving awarded by Kevin Friend.
52' Newcastle launch on a counter attack through Perez who picks out Rondon who lays the ball back rather than shooting, and eventually the chance goes. The striker is known for being unselfish upfront, but he probably should have just shot there.
49' Fulham have come out firing to start the half, but they continue to shoot from distance which is unlikely to turn this match around. Cairney the latest culprit.
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and we're back underway!
As for the second half, you'd expect Fuham to make an attacking substitution sooner rather than later as they try to find a way past the opposing back line, while Newcastle will surely be more than content to keep the status quo, just sitting back and absorbing pressure. Of course, things will likely change around the 60th minute, or if either side manage to score a goal before then.
What an interesting half that was with Fulham dominating the ball, but Newcastle dominating the chances. The latter came surging out of the gates and scored twice in the first 11 minutes through a brilliant half-volley from Shelvey (9') and a bit of a sloppy goal from Perez (11'). Form there, it was Fulham who pushed forward and the hosts did manage an impressive 10 shots, though they failed to put any on target as most of them were taken from distance.  Of course, breaking down a Rafa Benitez defence is no easy task and, considering Fulham have scored multiple goals in just two of their last 15 league matches, it's unlikely they'll be able to pull back level. The last day of any season can be crazy though, so you never know!
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: Fulham 0-2 Newcastle United
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' Of course, Newcastle clearing the ball well and frequently hardly comes as a surprise considering they came into this match leading the league in clearances with 1,082.
42' Cairney collects and shields the ball well in midfield before picking out Sessegnon on the run. The wide man tries to cut a pass back to the penalty spot but it's cleared with ease by Newcastle.
40' In a bit of role reversal, Perez holds the ball up for Rondon before the latter lashes at his shot and drags it well wide of goal.
38' Fulham continue to dominate the ball yet they just can't find a way through the Newcastle backline. They have the momentum again though for what that's worth.
36' Bryan and Sessegnon both have chances to whip in crosses from the left, but neither are able to pick out a fellow Fulham player through the bodies of Newcastle ones.
34' Tom Cairney is fouled in his own half and it will be a free-kick to the hosts.
32' Newcastle now trying to take back some control of the tempo as they pass calmly amongst themselves at the back.
30' Mitrovic tries backing down his defender before falling down himself, and the referee sees nothing wrong with it and says play on.
27' Schar finds himself forward, and he tries to replicate his wonderstrike from the Burnley match... and really, really doesn't as it ends up a solid 10 yards away from goal.
25' It's been all Fulham since the second goal, and the hosts now boast an impressive 67.5 per cent of possession.
24' Ayite controls the ball well on the edge od the box before unleashing a shot that was always rising, and soars above Dubrazka's crossbar.
22' Mitrovic gets a free header from the corner, but he heads it wide as he was running away from goal! He usually buries those!
21' Fulham starting to apply the pressure as a pass forward to Ayite is cleared behind by Newcastle to prevent any further damage. Can Fulham pull off a bit of set-piece magic and get back into the match?
19' Nice move from Fulham as they pass through the midfield with relative ease. Sessegnon then made a run into the box that Cairney spotted well, and his pass... is just a touch heavy which allows Dubravka the time to come out and smother it.
17' Chance! Chambers lines up a shot from outside the box but drags it just left of goal with Dubravka diving! Better from the hosts that.
14' The Fulham defence had started to look better over the last four matches, in which they only conceded once in each. Before that though, they had allowed two or more goals in the previous 13 outings... and have done so again today.
Ayoze Pérez
Goal
Newcastle United
11' GOOALLLLL!!! NEWCASTLE HAVE SCORED AGAIN! Atsu dribbled into the box on the left and shaped his body for a curling effort that was saved but then spilled by Rico which allowed a surging Perez to run onto it and finish the chance! This is certainly not the start Fulham would have been expecting, or hoping for. Fulham 0-2 Newcastle
M. Ritchie
Assist
Newcastle United
9' Ritchie opted to send his corner kick to Shelvey in space rather than into the bundle of bodies on the goal-line, and that proved to be the right call as the latter then buried the chance to take the lead!
J. Shelvey
Goal
Newcastle United
9' GOOALLLLL!!!! Jonjo Shelvey gives Newcastle the lead! From a Ritchie corner, Shelvey had time to take a touch before absolutely thumping a half-volley into the left side of goal with Rico grasping at nothing but air. Fulham 0-1 Newcastle
7' After Sessegnon lost control of the ball in the attacking third, Newcastle recovered and pushed forward themselves through Perez who tried to play Rondon in behind the defence but the pass found a defender rather than his teammate.
5' Cairney goes through the back of Schar who stays on the pitch briefly before getting back to his feet. The latter should be fine to continue.
3' Ayite paces down the right wing before cutting inside and attempting what looked like a curling effort at goal, but it had nearly nothing on it and was easily blocked by Newcastle
1' Referee Kevin Friend blows his whistle, and this match is underway!
The players are out on the pitch. Not long to go now!
This will be the last Premier League match played at Craven Cottage for at least a year, and the fans will be hoping for a positive send off. They may just get it as well considering Fulham have won eight of their last nine league matches at home against against Newcastle.
Newcastle make two changes after their hard-fought match against Liverpool last week. Manquillo and Ki both drop out of the side with Shelvey and Diame coming into the starting XI. While the defence certainly deserves plaudits, it’s Ayoze Perez who will surely pull the eye considering he’s scored an impressive five goals in his last four matches, just taking the club lead in goals (11) over Rondon (10). If either of those front-men are to score today though, they will need support and Ritchie is the most likely to provide it considering he leads the Magpies in nearly every creative statistic.
Newcastle substitutes: Karl Darlow, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Kenedy, Yoshinori Muto, Kelland Watts, Lewis Cass.
Newcastle (5-4-1): Martin Dubravka; Isaac Hayden, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Matt Ritchie; Ayoze Perez, Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame, Christian Atsu; Salomon Rondon.
Two changes from Scott Parker, who was formally appointed as Fulham’s head coach this week. For today’s match, Tim Ream is replaced by Mawson while Babel drops to the bench with Ayite preferred. Of course, Mitrovic will be a player to focus on today as it was Newcastle who let him move to Fulham on loan last season, and permanently in the summer window. The Serbian striker has not been at his best in the second half of the season, but he still leads his side in goals (11), and will surely be looking to punish his old club with a goal or two.
Fulham substitutes: Fabri, Ryan Babel, Neeskens Kebano, Steven Sessegnon, Luca De La Torre, Harvey Elliott
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Sergio Rico; Cyrus Christie, Alfie Mawson, Maxime Le Marchand, Joe Bryan; Calum Chambers, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa; Floyd Ayite, Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon; Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Now, let's take a look at the players that will be involved today!
Newcastle have every right to be confident in their own right today considering they have won the final match of the last four league seasons, though it should be noted they were all at St. James' Park.
Despite already being relegated, Fulham come into this match in arguably their best form of the season having picked up an impressive 35% of their Premier League points in the nine matches of Scott Parker's tenure.
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