Fulham 1 Roma 1: Heartbreak for Roy Hodgson as Italians grab late leveller

23 October 2009 02:41
Fulham's hopes of a famous victory were cruelly dashed last night as an injury-time equaliser denied them a deserved Europa League win at Craven Cottage.

Central defender Marco Andreolli struck in the third minute of added time, chesting down David Pizarro's corner and unleashing a rifling rightfoot shot that cannoned off Mark Schwarzer's bar and into the net.

The late late show: Marco Andreolli fires home to break Fulham's hearts

It was to be the last kick of a game in which Fulham had led through Brede Hangeland's 24th-minute header, survived almost 93 minutes without conceding a goal, saved a penalty and recovered from the dismissal of Stephen Kelly in the most bizarre circumstances.

With little more than 10 minutes left, Kelly had made a clumsy tackle on former Liverpool left back John Arne Riise and, after consultation with the 'additional assistant referee', Belgian referee Paul Allaerts inexplicably awarded Hangeland a red card.

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Source: Daily_Mail