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Fulham   4 - 1   Juventus (agg 5 - 4)

Zoltan Gera
Gera celebrates the penalty that levelled the tie at 4-4 overall for Fulham

By Phil Dawkes

Fulham produced a stunning second-leg comeback against nine-man Juventus to make the Europa League quarter-finals.

David Trezeguet appeared to have ended the tie with an early goal for Juve but Bobby Zamora soon fired Fulham level.

Fabio Cannavaro's sending off for a professional foul on Zoltan Gera swung the game in Fulham's favour before the Hungarian's neat finish put them ahead.

Gera's penalty levelled the tie overall and substitute Clint Dempsey's chip won it before Jonathan Zebina was sent off.

Fulham fans have been treated to some inspiring Europa League football this season, and their side did not disappoint, once again putting on a gripping and passionate display.

The Cottagers, trailing 3-1 from the first leg at the Stadio Olimpico di Turin, still retained hope of reaching the last eight due to Dickson Etuhu's solitary away goal.

Hodgson hails Fulham character

That Juventus did their utmost to extinguish such fragile belief by taking the lead inside three minutes and still failed is largely a testimony to the spirit and belief that permeates through Roy Hodgson's side.

It was also partly owing to the controversial decision of referee Bjorn Kuipers to send off Cannavaro.

The intent of Cannavaro's foul - the result of a clash with Gera as he eyed a clear route to goal - was uncertain and there was a likelihood that Zebina could have covered the Hungarian midfielder's run but Kuipers felt a goal-scoring opportunity had been denied and showed the Italian national captain a straight red.

The dismissal ended what had been an albeit brief mauling for Cannavaro at the hands of the Fulham front line, and England hopeful Zamora in particular, who made good on his pre-match promise to get the better of the World Cup winner.

The Italian was brushed aside with ease by the big frontman, who then fired the ball into the net from 10 yards to bring Fulham level on the night after Trezeguet's opener.

It was a timely response to Juventus' third-minute strike, scored by the French forward via a well-taken side-foot finish to the corner of the net after Fulham had failed to clear a Hasan Salihamidzic left-wing cross.

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Cannavaro's dismissal in the 26th minute was equally well-timed for the home side, giving them the majority of the game in which to capitalise and they almost did so immediately from the free-kick resulting from the defender's costly foul.

Juve's 39-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti made an error-strewn first start of the season against Siena at the weekend as the Turin side let slip a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3, but he was on hand to tip Zamora's set-piece over the bar.

Twice later in the half Chimenti was beaten, but on both occasions the woodwork came to his rescue, firstly from a Simon Davies free-kick from the left and then from Dickson Etuhu's header from a corner.

But neither goalkeeper nor goal frame could prevent Fulham taking the lead on the night in the 39th minute.

Again Zamora was central, flicking cleverly to Davies on the left and from the midfielder's first-time cross Gera was on hand to side-foot into the roof of the net from six yards.

Just four minutes into the second half Fulham levelled the tie.

A backheel from Gera released Damien Duff and when Diego's hand cut out the resulting cross in the box, a penalty was awarded which the Hungarian duly dispatched with aplomb for his second of the game.

After a lull in the tempo of the match, Hodgson introduced Dempsey from the bench in place of Stephen Kelly and with practically his first touch - a header from a Davies cross - he would have put Fulham ahead overall for the first time in the tie but for Chimenti's save.

The American midfielder did not have to wait long for his moment to win the tie for his team and when it came he claimed it in sensational style.

Collecting the ball on the edge of the area, and with the Juve defence backing off, Dempsey produced a stunning chip that floated over Chimenti and into the far top-corner of the goal.

The goal sparked delirium from the home crowd and petulant displays of frustration from the Italians during the remainder of the match.

One of these was to further tarnish their evening as defender Zebina kicked out at Duff on the right-hand touchline and was deservedly dismissed in stoppage time.

It was an unsavoury moment on which to end the match but nothing was to deny Fulham their jubilant and richly-deserved denouement.

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Thursday, 18 March 2010

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 4-1 Juventus FT
(HT 2-1)(agg 5-4)
  • Zamora 9
  • Gera 39
  • Gera (pen) 49
  • Dempsey 82
  • Trezeguet 2

Fulham

Substitutes

Juventus

  • 12 Chimenti
  • 05 Cannavaro red card
  • 06 Grosso (Del Piero 85)
  • 15 Zebina red card
  • 04 Felipe Melo yellow card
  • 07 Salihamidzic
  • 16 Camoranesi yellow card (De Ceglie 52)
  • 22 Sissoko
  • 26 Candreva (Grygera 28)
  • 28 Diego yellow card
  • 17 Trezeguet

Substitutes

  • 41 Pinsoglio,
  • 21 Grygera,
  • 29 De Ceglie,
  • 18 C Poulsen,
  • 39 Marrone,
  • 09 Iaquinta,
  • 10 Del Piero
Ref: KuipersAtt: 23,458
FULHAM
JUVENTUS

Possession

  • Fulham 50%
  • Juventus 50%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 8
  • Juventus 4

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 5
  • Juventus 3

Corners

  • Fulham 8
  • Juventus 1

Fouls

  • Fulham 15
  • Juventus 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:07 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+2:28 Damien Duff decides to take a short corner.
  • 90:00+2:00 Direct free kick taken by Damien Duff.
  • 90:00+2:00 Booking De Carvalho Felipe Melo shown a yellow card.
  • 90:00+1:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by De Carvalho Felipe Melo.
  • 90:00+1:24 Foul by Bobby Zamora on Mohamed Sissoko, free kick awarded. Antonio Chimenti takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+0:16 Sent off The referee red cards Jonathan Zebina for violent conduct.
  • 89:30 Booking Paul Konchesky goes into the book for time wasting.
  • 88:56 Clinton Dempsey fouled by Hasan Salihamidzic, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:58 Jonathan Zebina gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Mohamed Sissoko. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:49 Bobby Zamora is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Antonio Chimenti.
  • Correction - 85:51 Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Antonio Chimenti makes a comfortable save.
  • 85:51 Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Save made by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 84:04 Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
  • 84:04 Substitution (Juventus) makes a substitution, with Alessandro Del Piero coming on for Fabio Grosso.
  • 84:04 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Bjorn Helge Riise coming on for Zoltan Gera.
  • 84:04 Zdenek Grygera concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora.
  • 83:44 A cross is delivered by Hasan Salihamidzic.
  • 81:52 Assist by Dickson Etuhu.
  • 81:52 GOAL - Clinton DempseyFulham 4 - 1 Juventus Goal scored by Clinton Dempsey from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 4 (5)-(4) 1 Juventus.
  • 79:47 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Antonio Chimenti. Damien Duff takes a short corner. Damien Duff takes the inswinging corner, Mohamed Sissoko makes a clearance.
  • 78:00 Damien Duff is ruled offside. Antonio Chimenti takes the indirect free kick. The offside flag is raised against David Trezeguet. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 77:21 The ball is delivered by Simon Davies, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 75:06 Chris Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Ribas Diego. Shot on goal comes in from Ribas Diego from the free kick, Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
  • 74:13 Shot from just outside the box by Zoltan Gera goes over the crossbar.
  • 74:04 A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, Zdenek Grygera makes a clearance.
  • 73:39 Paul Konchesky sends in a cross, clearance made by Mohamed Sissoko.
  • 73:13 Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.
  • 72:12 The ball is sent over by Damien Duff.
  • 70:32 Substitution Clinton Dempsey is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Kelly.
  • 70:25 Damien Duff delivers the ball.
  • 70:01 Simon Davies takes a shot. Save made by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 67:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zdenek Grygera by Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 67:01 Ribas Diego has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 66:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Sissoko by Chris Baird. Mohamed Sissoko takes the free kick.
  • 65:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Jonathan Zebina. Direct free kick taken by Zdenek Grygera. Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on De Carvalho Felipe Melo. Direct free kick taken by De Carvalho Felipe Melo.
  • 63:00 David Trezeguet is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:42 Shot on goal by Damien Duff from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 58:57 Ribas Diego takes the inswinging corner, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Jonathan Zebina goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 58:24 Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Ribas Diego, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ribas Diego, clearance made by Stephen Kelly.
  • 57:24 The referee blows for offside against Bobby Zamora. Indirect free kick taken by Jonathan Zebina.
  • 56:45 The offside flag is raised against Paul Konchesky. Free kick taken by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 56:13 David Trezeguet gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
  • 55:20 Shot from 18 yards from David Trezeguet. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save. De Carvalho Felipe Melo challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 52:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Mohamed Sissoko. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:58 Substitution Mauro German Camoranesi goes off and Paolo De Ceglie comes on.
  • 50:58 Mohamed Sissoko has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 50:23 Booking Ribas Diego is given a yellow card.
  • 48:23 GOAL - Zoltan GeraFulham 3 - 1 Juventus Zoltan Gera scores a placed penalty. Fulham 3 (4)-(4) 1 Juventus.
  • 47:05 The referee penalises Ribas Diego for handball.
  • 46:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by De Carvalho Felipe Melo on Zoltan Gera. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:19 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 44:16 Corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line, De Carvalho Felipe Melo makes a clearance.
  • 41:26 Unfair challenge on Mohamed Sissoko by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Fabio Grosso takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:37 Dickson Etuhu fouled by David Trezeguet, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick. Chris Baird has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 39:50 The referee blows for offside against David Trezeguet. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
  • 38:56 The assist for the goal came from Simon Davies.
  • 38:56 GOAL - Zoltan GeraFulham 2 - 1 Juventus Goal scored by Zoltan Gera from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 2 (3)-(4) 1 Juventus.
  • 38:50 Centre by Simon Davies,
  • 38:32 Foul by De Carvalho Felipe Melo on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 37:28 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Header from close range by Dickson Etuhu bounces off the post.
  • 36:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauro German Camoranesi on Bobby Zamora. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Simon Davies,
  • 35:01 Zdenek Grygera fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 34:41 Fabio Grosso challenges Simon Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 31:49 The offside flag is raised against David Trezeguet. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 31:17 Bobby Zamora is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 29:09 The assistant referee flags for offside against Zoltan Gera. Antonio Chimenti takes the free kick.
  • 28:42 Outswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance by De Carvalho Felipe Melo.
  • 26:17 Bobby Zamora fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 26:17 Substitution Zdenek Grygera is brought on as a substitute for Antonio Candreva.
  • 26:17 Sent off Fabio Cannavaro receives a red card for professional foul.
  • 26:07 Foul by Fabio Cannavaro on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded.
  • 23:53 Foul by Simon Davies on Mauro German Camoranesi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mauro German Camoranesi.
  • 22:32 De Carvalho Felipe Melo fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mohamed Sissoko.
  • 21:21 A cross is delivered by Simon Davies.
  • 20:08 Unfair challenge on Ribas Diego by Paul Konchesky results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ribas Diego, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
  • 18:41 Unfair challenge on Mauro German Camoranesi by Zoltan Gera results in a free kick. De Carvalho Felipe Melo takes the free kick.
  • 17:32 Damien Duff sends in a cross, De Carvalho Felipe Melo makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies.
  • 16:39 De Carvalho Felipe Melo challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing, clearance by David Trezeguet.
  • 15:47 Handball decision goes against Hasan Salihamidzic. Free kick crossed right-footed by Simon Davies from left wing, save by Antonio Chimenti.
  • 14:28 A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly. The offside flag is raised against Bobby Zamora. Antonio Chimenti takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:04 Fabio Cannavaro concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 12:10 The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera.
  • 11:31 Free kick crossed left-footed by Paul Konchesky.
  • 11:31 Booking Mauro German Camoranesi is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 11:26 Paul Konchesky fouled by Mauro German Camoranesi, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 9:59 Chris Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamed Sissoko. De Carvalho Felipe Melo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 9:36 Ribas Diego takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 8:33 Paul Konchesky provided the assist for the goal.
  • 8:33 GOAL - Bobby ZamoraFulham 1 - 1 Juventus Goal scored by Bobby Zamora from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1 (2)-(4) 1 Juventus.
  • 8:24 The ball is sent over by Paul Konchesky,
  • 7:33 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Fabio Cannavaro.
  • 5:22 A cross is delivered by Damien Duff.
  • 3:24 The ball is sent over by Paul Konchesky.
  • 3:13 Damien Duff sends in a cross, Hasan Salihamidzic manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Mohamed Sissoko. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.
  • 1:47 GOAL - David TrezeguetFulham 0 - 1 Juventus A goal is scored by David Trezeguet from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0 (1)-(4) 1 Juventus.
  • 1:31 A cross is delivered by Hasan Salihamidzic.
  • 0:44 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ribas Diego. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Cannavaro.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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