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Fulham 3-1 Liverpool

Fulham striker Bobby Zamora reacts after putting his side ahead against Liverpool
Zamora tapped in for Fulham's opener against Liverpool

By Mandeep Sanghera

Liverpool were reduced to nine men as they suffered a fifth league defeat in 11 games after losing at Fulham.

Cottagers striker Bobby Zamora gave his side the lead against the run of play when he tapped in a Damien Duff cross.

Fernando Torres equalised with an 18-yard volley only for Erik Nevland to flick in a shot from close range to restore Fulham's lead.

Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher were sent off late on for Liverpool before Clint Dempsey tapped in Fulham's third.

Degen was given a straight red after a late challenge on Dempsey just moments before Carragher, who will argue he got the ball, was dealt the same fate for a professional foul on Zamora.

Red cards were harsh - Benitez

The defeat and the manner of it heaped more despair on to a Reds side in disarray as their season threatens to fall apart.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez also took off Torres with the scores level after 62 minutes as he attempted to shield his star striker from injury ahead of a crucial Champions League game at Lyon on Wednesday.

But Torres is vital to Liverpool's play and confidence - as he showed in the win over Manchester United last week - and Fulham's surge to victory after his exit is likely to see Benitez come under fire for the substitution.

Liverpool fans would have had serious concerns about their chances going into the game at Craven Cottage with Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Albert Riera, Fabio Aurelio and Alberto Aquilani not even making the squad, and their concerns were well-founded.

Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Andriy Voronin each made rare Premier League starts and, even though the visitors had plenty of possession early on, Fulham took the lead.

606: DEBATE

Just after Yossi Benayoun had thumped a far-post shot against the Fulham crossbar, Zamora caught the Reds defence sleeping as he stole in between Kyrgiakos and Emiliano Insua to tap in a low-angled Duff cross.

Picking the ball out of his net was almost keeper Pepe Reina's first action of the match and, while Liverpool were dominating the game, his counterpart Mark Schwarzer was rarely tested.

That all changed when a Voronin header from Degen's ball came off Aaron Hughes and Torres instantly lashed in a volley from the edge of the box.

Torres was then taken off and a more adventurous Fulham, who showed an increased energy and sense of purpose, took full advantage of his departure.

Zamora was incensed he was not given a penalty when Carragher eased him off the ball as they chased a long thump forward but the home side did not have long to wait for a second goal.

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In stretching to keep the ball in play, Dirk Kuyt handed the ball to Paul Konchesky who skipped over the Dutchman's recovering challenge and chipped in a cross which Zoltan Gera nodded back for Nevland to apply the finishing touch.

The need to chase the game left Liverpool susceptible at the back and, with their defence having been vulnerable all season, they soon capitulated.

Degen might have felt hard done by along with Carragher, who eventually left the field after remonstrating he had got the ball in a tackle on Zamora.

Fulham then made the most of their numerical advantage with Nevland playing in an unmarked Dempsey and he side-footed home to compound Liverpool's misery.

Dempsey scored the winner when Fulham last beat Liverpool in the top-flight back in May 2007 and his goal left the Reds nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 3-1 Liverpool FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Zamora 24
  • Nevland 73
  • Dempsey 87
  • Torres 42

Fulham

Substitutes

Liverpool

Substitutes

  • 42 Gulacsi,
  • 38 Dossena,
  • 40 Ayala,
  • 26 Spearing,
  • 28 Plessis,
  • 39 Eccleston,
  • 19 Babel
Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 25,700
FULHAM
LIVERPOOL

Possession

  • Fulham 51%
  • Liverpool 49%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 6
  • Liverpool 3

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 4
  • Liverpool 3

Corners

  • Fulham 2
  • Liverpool 2

Fouls

  • Fulham 10
  • Liverpool 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:50 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:42 Clinton Dempsey decides to take the corner short.
  • 90:00+2:21 Daniel Ayala gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:31 Chris Baird produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 90:00+0:31 The ball is swung over by Clinton Dempsey, save made by Jose Reina.
  • 88:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Nathan Eccleston. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 86:42 The assist for the goal came from Erik Nevland.
  • 86:42 GOAL - Clinton DempseyFulham 3 - 1 Liverpool A goal is scored by Clinton Dempsey from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 3-1 Liverpool.
  • 85:16 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Dickson Etuhu coming on for Jonathan Greening.
  • 84:56 Substitution Daniel Ayala comes on in place of Dirk Kuyt.
  • 84:40 Brede Hangeland is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:17 Paul Konchesky takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Emiliano Insua makes a clearance.
  • 81:18 Clinton Dempsey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. John Pantsil takes a shot. Blocked by Emiliano Insua.
  • 81:18 Sent off Jamie Carragher is shown a red card.
  • 81:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Jamie Carragher.
  • 78:53 Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:53 Sent off Philipp Degen shown a red card for professional foul.
  • 78:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Philipp Degen on Clinton Dempsey.
  • 77:15 Substitution Nathan Eccleston replaces Yossi Benayoun.
  • 76:19 Effort on goal by Bobby Zamora from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 76:11 Zoltan Gera crosses the ball, clearance by Jamie Carragher.
  • 75:38 Foul by Ryan Babel on Aaron Hughes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 75:05 Bobby Zamora crosses the ball.
  • 74:06 Javier Mascherano challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 72:53 The assist for the goal came from Zoltan Gera.
  • 72:53 GOAL - Erik NevlandFulham 2 - 1 Liverpool Erik Nevland fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 2-1 Liverpool.
  • 72:48 The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky,
  • 71:09 Short corner worked by Andriy Voronin, Effort from just outside the area by Javier Mascherano goes over the target.
  • 70:25 The offside flag is raised against Erik Nevland. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:43 Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 65:14 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
  • 62:20 Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 62:20 Substitution Ryan Babel on for Fernando Torres.
  • 62:20 Clinton Dempsey challenges Dirk Kuyt unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 59:24 Bobby Zamora produces a cross, Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
  • 57:10 Bobby Zamora challenges Sotirios Kyrgiakos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
  • 53:59 Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
  • 53:59 Booking The referee shows Chris Baird a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 53:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leiva Lucas by Chris Baird.
  • 53:33 The ball is crossed by Paul Konchesky, clearance made by Jamie Carragher.
  • 48:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Dirk Kuyt. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 48:25 Erik Nevland concedes a free kick for a foul on Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 48:02 Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 47:11 Brede Hangeland fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 45:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andriy Voronin by Erik Nevland. Emiliano Insua delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Erik Nevland comes on in place of Damien Duff.
  • 45:01 Substitution Diomansy Kamara leaves the field to be replaced by Zoltan Gera.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:01 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:27 Diomansy Kamara concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Carragher. Jamie Carragher takes the free kick.
  • 44:08 The ball is delivered by Emiliano Insua, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 41:57 GOAL - Fernando TorresFulham 1 - 1 Liverpool Fernando Torres finds the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Liverpool.
  • 39:50 Centre by Emiliano Insua, clearance made by Jonathan Greening.
  • 39:37 Emiliano Insua produces a cross.
  • 38:30 The ball is swung over by Philipp Degen, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
  • 35:21 Paul Konchesky produces a cross, Sotirios Kyrgiakos makes a clearance.
  • 35:11 John Pantsil delivers the ball, Sotirios Kyrgiakos manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andriy Voronin on Aaron Hughes. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 32:59 The ball is delivered by Philipp Degen.
  • 32:03 The ball is sent over by John Pantsil.
  • 31:32 Unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Emiliano Insua results in a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 29:24 Shot from just outside the box by Diomansy Kamara goes over the bar.
  • 28:07 The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
  • 26:52 Paul Konchesky challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andriy Voronin, clearance made by Bobby Zamora.
  • 25:58 Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Sotirios Kyrgiakos takes the free kick.
  • 23:07 Assist on the goal came from Damien Duff.
  • 23:07 GOAL - Bobby ZamoraFulham 1 - 0 Liverpool Bobby Zamora gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Liverpool.
  • 22:29 Dirk Kuyt takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
  • 21:18 Yossi Benayoun takes a shot.
  • 20:16 Bobby Zamora fouled by Sotirios Kyrgiakos, the ref awards a free kick. Bobby Zamora takes the free kick.
  • 18:07 Centre by Dirk Kuyt.
  • 16:11 Corner taken by Andriy Voronin from the right by-line played to the near post, Bobby Zamora makes a clearance.
  • 15:22 Yossi Benayoun produces a cross, Paul Konchesky manages to make a clearance.
  • 14:18 Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Chris Baird results in a free kick. Yossi Benayoun shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 12:56 Philipp Degen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
  • 10:07 Paul Konchesky produces a cross, clearance by Yossi Benayoun.
  • 7:37 Fernando Torres challenges Mark Schwarzer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 6:45 Damien Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Yossi Benayoun. Direct free kick taken by Jose Reina.
  • 5:20 Yossi Benayoun is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 4:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Damien Duff. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andriy Voronin from left wing, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 3:02 The ball is swung over by Philipp Degen, clearance by Jonathan Greening.
  • 2:43 A cross is delivered by Philipp Degen, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 2:10 Centre by Dirk Kuyt, Jonathan Greening makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League results

31 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 3-0 Tottenham R
Bolton 0-4 Chelsea R
Burnley 2-0 Hull R
Everton 1-1 Aston Villa R
Fulham 3-1 Liverpool R
Man Utd 2-0 Blackburn R
Portsmouth 4-0 Wigan R
Stoke 2-2 Wolverhampton R
Sunderland 2-2 West Ham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 31 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 11 20 27
2 Man Utd 11 12 25
3 Arsenal 10 19 22
4 Tottenham 11 4 19
5 Liverpool 11 9 18
6 Man City 9 7 18
7 Aston Villa 10 5 18
8 Sunderland 11 3 17
9 Stoke 11 -2 16
10 Burnley 11 -10 15
11 Fulham 10 0 14
12 Wigan 11 -9 13
13 Everton 10 -3 12
14 Bolton 10 -5 11
15 Birmingham 10 -4 10
16 Wolverhampton 11 -7 10
17 Blackburn 10 -13 10
18 Hull 11 -16 8
19 West Ham 10 -4 7
20 Portsmouth 11 -6 7

see also
Benitez defends Torres withdrawal
31 Oct 09 |  Liverpool
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31 Oct 09 |  Football
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