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Fulham   1 - 0   Basle

Andy Johnson takes a shot as David Angel Abraham attempts to tackle him
Andy Johnson came closest to breaking the deadlock for Fulham in the first half

Danny Murphy's second-half goal ended Fulham's run of three successive losses thanks to a table-topping Group E win over Basle in the Europa League.

The midfielder latched on to Andy Johnson's cutback in the 56th minute before unleashing a skidding 18-yard strike past goalkeeper Franco Costanzo.

Basle had good chances either side half time as Benjamin Huggel and Marco Streller fired over from close range.

And Mark Schwarzer's diving save denied Mark Chipperfield in the final minute.

The full-time whistle came at just the right time for the London side as Basle pushed forward relentlessly in search of an equaliser in the final 10 minutes.

Switzerland international striker Streller blazed over from eight yards following excellent work on the left from Valentin Stocker in the 83rd minute before substitute Antonio de Silva's superb curling 35-yard free-kick only just evaded Schwarzer's right-hand post.

Despite a nervous finale, Fulham held on for a confidence-boosting win ahead of an important Premier League match against fellow strugglers West Ham on Sunday.

Boss Roy Hodgson rested Brede Hangeland, bringing in teenager Chris Smalling, while John Pantsil, Aaron Hughes, Damien Duff and Dickson Etuhu, who all started in the 1-0 defeat by Arsenal last week, were missing.

Swiss team Basle, who beat Italian giants Roma in the previous round, boasted experienced strikers Alexander Frei and Streller up front.

And Frei was called into action in the 12th minute when Behrang Safari's strong found the Switzerland captain inside the box, but his weak 14-yard left-foot strike rolled harmlessly past Schwarzer's left post.

The visitors should have taken the lead in the 23rd minute when Streller's intelligent header found Huggel unmarked inside the six-yard box, but the midfielder sent his shot high over the crossbar.

Although Johnson had a penalty claim on the cusp of half time dismissed by German referee Michael Weiner, the striker was involved in the build-up for Fulham's goal 11 minutes after the interval.

After latching on to Stephen Kelly's pass, Johnson skipped away from two defenders before his accurate cutback was perfectly slotted past Costanzo's dive by Murphy from the edge of the 18-yard box.

The goal stiffened Basle's resolve, with manager Thorsten Fink withdrawing defender David Abraham in favour of the attacking invention of Antonio da Silva.

Substitute Chipperfield went close in injury time, but Basle could not find a way past Schwarzer as Fulham held on to move top of their group.


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
"We were playing a good team, it was a very tough game. We were better in the second half, got on top and luckily scored our goal - but they made it tough to the final minutes.

"It was a gritty performance in terms of our defending - which is an important part of the game.

"We were able to rest one or two senior players, who I hope will recover for the weekend. It's important to use your squad in this competition."

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 1-0 Basle FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Murphy 57

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Basle

    • 01 Costanzo
    • 04 Atan
    • 20 Safari
    • 33 Sahin
    • 06 Gelabert (Chipperfield 86)
    • 08 Huggel
    • 14 Stocker
    • 19 Abraham (Da Silva 69)
    • 30 Carlitos (Almerares 82)
    • 09 Streller
    • 13 Frei

    Substitutes

    • 23 Colomba,
    • 28 Ferati,
    • 11 Chipperfield,
    • 17 Shaqiri,
    • 24 Cabral,
    • 25 Da Silva,
    • 15 Almerares
    Ref: WeinerAtt: 16,100
    FULHAM
    BASLE

    Possession

    • Fulham 50%
    • Basle 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 1
    • Basle 4

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 6
    • Basle 5

    Corners

    • Fulham 3
    • Basle 8

    Fouls

    • Fulham 16
    • Basle 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:10 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+2:37 Scott Chipperfield takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 90:00+2:02 Frederico Almerares concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Smalling. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 90:00+1:31 The ball is swung over by Antonio Da Silva, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 87:38 Marco Streller is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 87:01 Corner from the left by-line taken by Alexander Frei, Jonathan Greening makes a clearance.
    • 84:40 Shot by Antonio Da Silva from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 84:40 Substitution Marcos Gelabert goes off and Scott Chipperfield comes on.
    • 84:40 Booking Chris Baird goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 84:34 Foul by Chris Baird on Marco Streller, free kick awarded.
    • Correction - 82:08 Marco Streller produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 82:08 Shot on goal by Marco Streller from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 81:24 Substitution Frederico Almerares comes on in place of Carlos Alberto Carlitos.
    • 80:38 Corner taken short by Valentin Stocker.
    • 78:02 The referee blows for offside against Marco Streller. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 77:24 The ball is sent over by Bjorn Helge Riise.
    • 77:00 Marco Streller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 76:23 Alexander Frei takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 75:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Johnson. Franco Costanzo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:43 Corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise from the right by-line played to the near post, Marco Streller manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:14 Marcos Gelabert delivers the ball, Serkan Sahin takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 72:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Marcos Gelabert. Direct free kick taken by Marcos Gelabert.
    • 71:03 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 70:15 Marco Streller challenges Chris Smalling unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 69:20 Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcos Gelabert. Direct free kick taken by Cagdas Atan.
    • 68:10 Substitution Antonio Da Silva comes on in place of David Abraham.
    • 67:47 The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Kelly. Indirect free kick taken by Franco Costanzo.
    • 65:55 Franco Costanzo fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Franco Costanzo takes the indirect free kick.
    • 65:22 Foul by Marcos Gelabert on Andrew Johnson, free kick awarded. Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
    • 63:35 The ball is delivered by Bjorn Helge Riise, clearance made by David Abraham.
    • 62:55 Booking Booking for Jonathan Greening for unsporting behaviour.
    • 62:48 Jonathan Greening challenges Carlos Alberto Carlitos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Cagdas Atan.
    • 62:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Cagdas Atan. Indirect free kick taken by Franco Costanzo.
    • 60:58 Centre by Carlos Alberto Carlitos, Bjorn Helge Riise manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:34 Corner taken by Valentin Stocker from the left by-line, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 59:07 Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 56:42 Assist on the goal came from Andrew Johnson.
    • 56:42 GOAL - Danny MurphyFulham 1 - 0 Basle Danny Murphy grabs a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Basle.
    • 55:44 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 55:20 Stephen Kelly produces a cross, Serkan Sahin makes a clearance.
    • 54:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by David Abraham. Jonathan Greening restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:34 Centre by Stephen Kelly, Cagdas Atan manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:45 Jonathan Greening concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Alberto Carlitos. Carlos Alberto Carlitos takes the free kick.
    • 50:44 Corner taken by Danny Murphy played to the near post, Marco Streller makes a clearance.
    • 49:53 Alexander Frei takes the inswinging corner, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:21 Valentin Stocker crosses the ball.
    • 46:10 Effort on goal by Carlos Alberto Carlitos from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 45:33 Bobby Zamora challenges Berang Safari unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Abraham.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:36 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 41:55 Corner taken by Bjorn Helge Riise from the right by-line played to the near post, Berang Safari manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Greening on Benjamin Huggel. Cagdas Atan takes the direct free kick.
    • 38:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Cagdas Atan. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 38:14 The ball is crossed by Carlos Alberto Carlitos, clearance by Stephen Kelly.
    • 34:10 Benjamin Huggel challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 31:49 Carlos Alberto Carlitos sends in a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 30:47 Valentin Stocker challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Smalling takes the free kick.
    • 29:47 Valentin Stocker is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 27:42 Stephen Kelly is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Franco Costanzo.
    • 26:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Dempsey on Serkan Sahin. Free kick taken by Serkan Sahin.
    • 25:07 Alexander Frei is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 24:33 Corner taken by Alexander Frei, clearance by Clinton Dempsey.
    • 24:03 Corner taken by Alexander Frei played to the near post, clearance by Bobby Zamora.
    • 23:06 Benjamin Huggel produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
    • 22:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Greening on Carlos Alberto Carlitos. Valentin Stocker takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:37 Bjorn Helge Riise produces a cross, clearance made by Cagdas Atan.
    • 19:35 Effort from deep inside the area by Benjamin Huggel clears the bar.
    • 18:34 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Cagdas Atan. Direct free kick taken by Cagdas Atan.
    • 17:37 Shot from just outside the box by Paul Konchesky goes over the target.
    • 16:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marco Streller on Chris Smalling. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:27 Andrew Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 15:14 Marcos Gelabert challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Konchesky has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 14:20 Unfair challenge on Marcos Gelabert by Jonathan Greening results in a free kick. Cagdas Atan takes the free kick.
    • 12:48 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Carlos Alberto Carlitos from the right by-line.
    • 12:13 Valentin Stocker delivers the ball, Carlos Alberto Carlitos takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 9:28 Bjorn Helge Riise challenges Berang Safari unfairly and gives away a free kick. Berang Safari takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:30 Corner taken by Alexander Frei from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Bobby Zamora.
    • 7:46 Unfair challenge on Valentin Stocker by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Franco Costanzo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:32 The referee gives a free kick against Marco Streller for handball. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 5:13 Andrew Johnson crosses the ball, save by Franco Costanzo.
    • 3:12 Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marco Streller. David Abraham takes the free kick.
    • 1:45 The offside flag is raised against Andrew Johnson. Serkan Sahin takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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