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Roma   2 - 1   Fulham

Fulham endured a harsh night in the Stadio Olimpico
The defeat leaves Fulham third behind leaders Basle and second-placed Roma

By Mandeep Sanghera

Nine-man Fulham will blame a harsh red card for Erik Nevland for their Europa League Group E defeat by Roma.

Diomansy Kamara picked himself up from a Marco Andreolli foul to put Fulham ahead from the penalty spot.

But Nevland was sent off for a 49th minute tackle on Daniele de Rossi before John Arne Riise equalised with a shot that deflected off two players.

Stefano Okaka Chuka nodded in Roma's winner before Paul Konchesky was also red-carded for Fulham late on.

But it was the dismissal of Nevland that had changed the course of the game and, while Fulham had a measure of control beforehand, they were forced into a rearguard action after the dismissal.

Nevland had only been on the pitch for four minutes when he was sent back to the changing room for clipping De Rossi's heels with a sliding challenge.

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Referee Kevin Blom's decision gave Roma the impetus to take the game to their opponents following a lacklustre performance up until that point.

Fulham had beaten Liverpool last Saturday and were a team high on confidence, while Roma showed the struggle for form their 14th place in Serie A indicated.

The difference in both teams was plain to see from the start as the visitors passed the ball around with an authority and threat which did not take long to materialise in a goal.

Zoltan Gera slid a pass into the Roma box for Clint Dempsey and he cut the ball back for Kamara, who was tripped by Marco Andreolli - the scorer of Roma's equaliser in the reverse fixture two weeks ago.

Kamara stroked home the spot-kick with the kind of calmness and composure that was epitomising Fulham's display as he sent keeper Doni the wrong way.

Roma briefly raised their game and Philippe Mexes should have levelled, only to steer a header wide from an invitingly whipped in Cicinho cross.

The home side were also denied what appeared a good shout for a penalty when a Mexes shot from a corner seemed to be blocked by the arm of defender John Pantsil.

But it was Fulham whose play carried the greater danger and Kamara, Dempsey and Gera were combining well in attack, with an assured looking defence behind them.

An unmarked Kamara headed wide at the far post before Dempsey angled a shot wide after being set up by Gera and Nevland's red card then proved decisive.

Marco Cassetti headed wide at the far post wide and Stefano Guberti had a left-foot shot tipped over for the home side.

And Fulham eventually buckled when John Arne Riise's shot took deflections off Gera and his brother Bjorn on the way past wrong-footed Cottagers keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Schwarzer was soon beaten again as, despite getting a hand to Okaka-Chuka's header, he could not stop it going in.

Fulham pushed centre-back Brede Hangeland up into attack late on but could not avoid defeat, with Konchesky's dismissal for a tackle on Taddei rubbing salt into their wounds.

The defeat leaves Fulham third behind leaders Basle and second-placed Roma in Group E with two games to go.

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Roma 2-1 Fulham FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Riise 69
  • Okaka Chuka 76
  • Kamara (pen) 19

Roma

  • 32 Doni (Bertagnoli 46)
  • 02 Cicinho (Taddei 46)
  • 03 Andreolli yellow card
  • 05 Mexes
  • 17 Riise
  • 77 Cassetti
  • 07 Pizarro
  • 16 De Rossi yellow card
  • 19 Julio Baptista
  • 21 Stefano Guberti (Menez 66)
  • 89 Okaka Chuka yellow card

Substitutes

  • 27 Bertagnoli,
  • 13 Motta,
  • 11 Taddei,
  • 20 Perrotta,
  • 33 Brighi,
  • 24 Cerci,
  • 94 Menez

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: BlomAtt: 20,000
ROMA
FULHAM

Possession

  • Roma 57%
  • Fulham 43%

Attempts on target

  • Roma 10
  • Fulham 5

Attempts off target

  • Roma 9
  • Fulham 1

Corners

  • Roma 10
  • Fulham 3

Fouls

  • Roma 7
  • Fulham 21
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:49 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+1:59 Cesar Julio Baptista produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 90:00+0:39 David Pizarro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:39 Sent off Paul Konchesky receives a red card for professional foul.
  • 90:00+0:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Taddei by Paul Konchesky.
  • 89:27 Jeremy Menez produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 88:23 Julio Sergio Bertagnoli takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:23 Booking Chris Baird goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:17 Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marco Andreolli.
  • 88:03 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. John Arne Riise gets a block in.
  • 86:36 Shot by Stefano Okaka Chuka from 20 yards. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 84:53 The official flags Stefano Okaka Chuka offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 84:20 Unfair challenge on Jeremy Menez by John Pantsil results in a free kick. Philippe Mexes takes the direct free kick.
  • 83:57 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Konchesky.
  • 83:49 John Pantsil takes a shot. Blocked by Marco Andreolli.
  • 83:17 Philippe Mexes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Konchesky.
  • 79:53 Unfair challenge on Daniele De Rossi by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniele De Rossi.
  • 78:35 Daniele De Rossi challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 78:19 Jeremy Menez takes a shot. Clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 75:40 Substitution Dickson Etuhu goes off and Chris Baird comes on.
  • 75:40 Assist by Rodrigo Taddei.
  • 75:40 GOAL - Stefano OkakaRoma 2 - 1 Fulham Stefano Okaka Chuka finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Roma 2-1 Fulham.
  • 71:42 Booking Daniele De Rossi is shown a yellow card for dissent.
  • 71:28 Daniele De Rossi takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
  • 70:11 Corner taken by Paul Konchesky from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 69:55 Substitution Bjorn Helge Riise leaves the field to be replaced by Bobby Zamora.
  • 68:27 Assist by David Pizarro.
  • 68:27 GOAL - John Arne RiiseRoma 1 - 1 Fulham John Arne Riise scores a goal from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Roma 1-1 Fulham.
  • 68:15 Corner taken right-footed by David Pizarro from the left by-line,
  • 67:59 John Arne Riise takes a shot. Blocked by Zoltan Gera.
  • 67:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Greening on David Pizarro. David Pizarro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:24 Substitution Jeremy Menez on for Stefano Guberti.
  • 65:16 Headed effort from deep inside the area by Cesar Julio Baptista misses to the left of the goal.
  • 64:33 Rodrigo Taddei takes a outswinging corner.
  • 64:24 Rodrigo Taddei takes a shot. Paul Konchesky gets a block in.
  • 63:23 Unfair challenge on John Pantsil by Stefano Okaka Chuka results in a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:00 Outswinging corner taken by David Pizarro.
  • 62:50 Cesar Julio Baptista takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
  • 61:37 The official flags Stefano Okaka Chuka offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 58:41 Cesar Julio Baptista takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 55:16 Outswinging corner taken by Daniele De Rossi, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:59 David Pizarro takes a inswinging corner.
  • 54:41 Stefano Guberti takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 53:21 The ball is swung over by Stefano Guberti, Close range header by Marco Cassetti misses to the right of the target.
  • 51:57 Shot by Cesar Julio Baptista from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 51:32 Corner taken by Stefano Guberti from the left by-line.
  • 51:08 Jonathan Greening is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by David Pizarro.
  • 50:15 Shot on goal by Rodrigo Taddei from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 48:59 David Pizarro takes the free kick.
  • 48:59 Sent off Erik Nevland is shown a red card for professional foul.
  • 48:52 Unfair challenge on Daniele De Rossi by Erik Nevland results in a free kick.
  • 48:35 Foul by Zoltan Gera on Stefano Guberti, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Daniele De Rossi.
  • 46:48 Centre by Stefano Guberti, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution Erik Nevland on for Diomansy Kamara.
  • 45:01 Substitution Rodrigo Taddei is brought on as a substitute for Joao Cicinho.
  • 45:01 Substitution (Roma) makes a substitution, with Julio Sergio Bertagnoli coming on for Alexander Doni.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:04 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 44:53 Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.
  • 44:53 Booking Caution for Brede Hangeland.
  • 44:41 Stefano Okaka Chuka is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
  • 43:10 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Bjorn Helge Riise from the left by-line.
  • 42:58 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. John Arne Riise gets a block in.
  • 42:22 The ball is delivered by Joao Cicinho, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Stefano Okaka Chuka misses to the left of the goal.
  • 41:49 Corner taken by David Pizarro, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 41:13 David Pizarro takes a outswinging corner.
  • 41:02 Stefano Okaka Chuka takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
  • 39:13 Clinton Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Philippe Mexes. David Pizarro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:56 The official flags Stefano Okaka Chuka offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:43 Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 37:43 Booking Stefano Okaka Chuka booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 37:32 Jonathan Greening fouled by Stefano Okaka Chuka, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 37:07 Headed effort from inside the area by Diomansy Kamara misses to the right of the goal.
  • 35:45 Joao Cicinho fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joao Cicinho.
  • 33:11 Philippe Mexes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:11 Booking Caution for Jonathan Greening.
  • 33:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Pizarro by Jonathan Greening.
  • 32:18 Diomansy Kamara fouled by Philippe Mexes, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
  • 30:05 The referee blows for offside against Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Alexander Doni.
  • 27:24 David Pizarro fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Pizarro.
  • 24:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Pizarro on Diomansy Kamara. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jonathan Greening, Foul by Clinton Dempsey on Alexander Doni, free kick awarded. Alexander Doni takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:03 Joao Cicinho crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Philippe Mexes misses to the left of the goal.
  • 23:33 Daniele De Rossi fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Daniele De Rossi takes the free kick.
  • 22:33 Joao Cicinho fouled by Jonathan Greening, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Pizarro from right wing.
  • 21:44 John Arne Riise fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. John Arne Riise takes the free kick.
  • 20:14 Unfair challenge on Daniele De Rossi by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Daniele De Rossi takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:38 GOAL - Diomansy KamaraRoma 0 - 1 Fulham Diomansy Kamara scores a placed penalty. Roma 0-1 Fulham.
  • 17:42 Booking Marco Andreolli goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 17:34 Penalty awarded for a foul by Marco Andreolli on Diomansy Kamara.
  • 16:58 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Alexander Doni.
  • 15:17 Foul by Bjorn Helge Riise on Joao Cicinho, free kick awarded. David Pizarro restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:01 Stefano Guberti takes a corner.
  • 12:01 Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Arne Riise. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.
  • 11:01 The ball is sent over by Stefano Guberti, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 10:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Dempsey on David Pizarro. Free kick taken by David Pizarro.
  • 8:43 Bjorn Helge Riise takes a shot. Blocked by Philippe Mexes.
  • 6:35 Inswinging corner taken by David Pizarro.
  • 6:13 Unfair challenge on John Arne Riise by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:51 Dickson Etuhu challenges David Pizarro unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Pizarro takes the free kick.
  • 3:49 Stefano Okaka Chuka is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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5 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
AEK Athens 2-2 BATE R
Anderlecht 3-1 Timisoara R
Basle 3-1 CSKA Sofia R
CFR Cluj-Napoca 2-3 Sparta Prague R
Dinamo Bucharest 0-3 Galatasaray R
Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 Ajax R
Everton 0-2 Benfica R
FC Copenhagen 1-1 PSV R
FC Twente 2-1 Tiraspol R
Fenerbahce 3-1 S. Bucharest R
Genoa 3-2 Lille R
Hamburg 0-0 Celtic R
Heerenveen 2-3 Hertha Berlin R
Levski Sofia 0-1 SV Salzburg R
Nacional 1-1 Athletic Bilbao R
P. Belgrade 2-4 Club Brugge R
Rapid Vienna 0-3 Hapoel Tel-Aviv R
Roma 2-1 Fulham R
SK Sturm Graz 0-1 Panathinaikos R
Slavia Prague 2-2 Valencia R
Sporting 1-1 FK Ventspils R
Toulouse 0-2 S. Donetsk R
Villarreal 4-1 Lazio R
Werder Bremen 2-0 FK Aust. Vienna R

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Europa League photos
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