Fulham v Man Utd live!

07 March 2009 06:27
90+2 Game over at Craven Cottage and United cruise into the semi-finals. They've routed Fulham here without moving out of second gear. Awesome display and can anybody stop them achieving that clean sweep? 90+2 Vidic is fouled by Dacourt as he skips past the Frenchman. 90+2 Evra gives away a free-kick, Daves takes and it evades everybody. 90+2 Carrick lifts a lovely ball through to Welbeck, who has beaten the offside trap. But he stumbles at the vital moment and Aaron Hughes gets back to muscle him off the ball. 90+1 Into stoppage time as Welbeck is fouled, literally knocked aside by a frustrated Hangeland. 90 Vidic gives van der Sar an anxious moment with a backpass that is heading straight for his own goal with the Dutchman waiting for it about 20 yards away. Van der Sar recovers his position in time though. 89 Fulham still trying to get a consolation but to be fair they've hardly threatened the United goal in this half. 88 Park finds Welbeck 25 yards out. He shoots for goal but it's high, wide and not very handsome. 87 Dacourt flights a pass towards the United box but it's overhit and goes straight through to van der Sar. 85 Park somehow wriggles away from about five Fulham defenders on the edge of the box but Tevez can't profit from his elusiveness. 84 Dempsey flicks a pass over the United defence with the outside of his right foot but guess who is there? Vidic has anticipated and nods it calmly back to van der Sar. 83 It may be 4-0 but Vidic is defending as strongly as ever, diving to clear a low cross. He wants yet another clean sheet. 82 At 5.10 today this looked like a tricky tie for United, now it's a cakewalk. The big question is can anyone stop them this season? 81 GOAL PARK - It's a landslide now. Fulham give the ball away as Gera plays it across field, straight to Park 35 yards out. He races towards the box, shifts the ball to his right foot and fires past Schwarzer into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. 80 Sweet football from United almost results in a fourth goal. Tevez twists and turns before laying the ball back to Carrick. He plays a one-two with Welbeck before finding Tevez again. Rather than go for the hat-trick he squares the ball for Welbeck six yards out but it's inches away from the young striker. Would have been some goal. 79 Park turns superbly past Dacourt. The Frenchman is very late, catches the South Korean and gets a booking for his troubles. 79 For once Tevez's control lets him down. A rare occurence tonight. 78 Dempsey tries to turn away from Vidic in the box but the United defender is far too strong. 76 Davies tries to play in Kamara but the offside flag is up. 75 Ironic cries of 'ole' from the crowd as Fulham knock it around. No threat though really. 74 Another United free-kick as Dacourt fouls Fletcher. 73 Gera is penalised for a foul on Carrick. 73 The travelling support are in full voice while the Fulham fans are silent. 72 Carrick's corner is hooked away by Davies, only back to the United midfielder. He crosses again but Schwarzer claims it. 71 Tevez wins a corner on the left as his cross is deflected out. 70 Evra finds Tevez with a lovely pass and the Argentine takes it beautifully on his chest before firing into the side netting. He definitely fancies the hat-trick here. 68 Park goes down after a challenge from Pantsil and the Fulham man is booked. 68 Fulham make their final change as Zoltan Gera replaces Zamora. 66 Tevez turns superbly just outside the Fulham box and shoots low. Schwarzer gets down smartly to hold it. 65 Park and Evra team up to set United away on the break. Then Tevez shapes to shoot before playing a lovely ball out to Fletcher on the right. But he gets a horrible bobble just before the ball reaches him and can't control it. 65 Evans has to be alert to avoid giving the ball away to Pantsil after a misplaced pass from van der Sar. 64 Rooney makes way for Danny Welbeck as United make another change. They really are in the comfort zone now. 62 Rooney - trying to find space on the right - clashes with Dempsey.Then Fulham give the ball away on the edge of their own box and Park's low shot is really well saved by Schwarzer. He pushes the low effort away from goal. 61 Dacourt crosses into the United box but Evans is there to head powerfully clear. 60 Another change for Fulham as they bring on Diomansy Kamara in place of Andy Johnson. 59 Park shoots low from 20 yards out but it bobbles into the grateful arms of the diving Schwarzer. 58 Rooney almost latches onto a Fletcher pass but Hangeland is there to clear for Fulham. 57 Fulham make a substitution as Dacourt replaces Danny Murphy. Like for like. Could be damage limitation for the Cottagers. 56 Pantsil plays a one-two with Johnson but the return pass is too strong and Evans is in quickly to intercept. 55 Simon Davies wins a free-kick as Olivier Dacourt gets ready to come on for Fulham. As you'd expect, the only real noise inside a very muted Craven Cottage is coming from the visiting fans. 54 Carrick almost plays in Rooney. Fulham will be hoping this one doesn't get really ugly. 53 Carrick finds Park on the United left. He crosses but the home side clear. 52 Eckersley does make his entrance, replacing O'Shea. The Irishman was holding the back of his leg - maybe a hamstring problem? Probably a precautionary move from United. 51 Looks like United will rest some of their stars now. Richard Eckersley getting stripped on the touchline. 50 GOAL ROONEY - Another wonderful United goal and surely that's game over as far as this one is concerned. After exchanging passes on the edge of the Fulham box Rooney curls a beauty low and past Schwarzer into the bottom corner of the net. 50 Zamora crosses towards Dempsey - decent curling ball into the six-yard box. But O'She stays with his man and does enough to stop him getting anywhere near the ball. 49 Carrick's diagonal ball for Tevez in midfield is too strong and Konchesky intercepts for the home side. 49 Vidic in strongly to intercept as Pantsil tries to set up a Fulham attack. 48 Fletcher heads the corner away at the near post. 47 Konchesky wins a corner off O'Shea on the Fulham left. They need an early goal here. 46 Back under way in the second half at Craven Cottage. The break memorable for Fergie fair skipping back out onto the pitch and across it to his dugout. Very impressive. 45+2 Half-time at the Cottage and that brace from Tevez has United in cruise control. They've looked shaky at the back at times, but brilliant in attack at others. Mountainous task for the home side now. 45+1 Into first-half stoppage time and Fulham win a throw near the corner flag. It's a foul throw - what a waste. 45 The visitors break again and this time O'Shea goes close after getting forward down the right. Another goal now would surely finish Fulham. 44 Sublime flick by Anderson in midfield - just calmly lifts the ball over an opponent on the turn and then finds Tevez. Brilliant stuff. 42 Brilliant pasing move from United ends with Evra winning a corner down the left. Carrick rolls it back to Anderson on the edge of the Fulham box but he mishits his shot badly. 40 Anxious moment for United with Ferdinand down injured, but he's okay to carry on after receiving treatment for what looks like an ankle injury. 39 United looking pretty dodgy at the back despite that 2-0 lead. Ferdinand tries to play offside and fails miserably as Zamora is played in on goal. The angle isn't great and van der Sar is out to block his effort. 38 United are lucky not to concede now. Zamora flicks on for Johnson and Ferdinand fails to cut it out. Johnson - clean through 10 yards out - is just about to pull the trigger when Ferdinand produces an amazing recovery to get a foot in. Real chance for the Cottagers that. 37 Just looking at a replay of that Tevez goal, and it was an absolute scorcher. Two goals in a matter of minutes for the Argentine, and it's gone from a tricky tie to what looks like a cakewalk for Sir Alex Ferguson's quadruple-chasing team. 35 GOAL TEVEZ - United go 2-0 up and it's sensational strike from that man Tevez. He breaks into the opposition half, cuts inside a defender and fires a blistering 25-yarder that beats Schwarzer all ends up en route to the top corner of the net. 32 Carrick almost finds Tevez with a clever pass but Fulham clear. The ball is played long towards Zamora but United are back to avert the danger. 30 United almost go 2-0 ahead as Rooney misses a real sitter. He's totally unmarked six yards out but sidefoots a perfect Tevez cross against the outside of a post with Schwarzer well beaten. 24 Anderson tries a long pass from his own half but the ball goes straight to Schwarzer. 22 Rooney bursts into the Fulham half, spots Schwarzer off his line and tries an audacious long-range effort that just clears the Fulham goal. 21 There's almost another misunderstanding between Vidic and Van der Sar as the United keeper comes off his line, only for Vidic to almost head it over him and into goal. 20 GOAL TEVEZ - United go ahead from a corner on the right. It finds Tevez at the back post. He loses Paul Konchesky and nods into tne unguarded Fulham net. Heartbreaking for the home side. 15 Johnson picks out Zamora on the edge of the penalty area after a great run. Zamora shoots under pressure from Rio Ferdinand and slices the ball well wide of goal. 14 Fulham win a throw-in deep inside their own half. Johnson sends Bobby Zamora on his way down the right and his cross is headed on target by Dempsey but Van der Sar has it covered. 13 Andy Johnson forces an error from Edwin van der Sar and the ball is heading into the goal only for Nemanja Vidic to make a great clearance off the line. 11 Anderson spreads the ball wide for John O'Shea but the Irishman lacks the pace to get to it and the ball goes out for a Fulham throw-in. 17 Roy Hodgson looking anxious on the touchline but Fulham have made a decent fist of this so far. 5 Clint Dempsey plays a pass down the left for Paul Konchesky to chase. He outmuscles Nemanja Vidic and ends up winning a corner. 3 A defensive mix-up allows Wayne Rooney to play Carlos Tevez through on goal and he forces a fine save from Mark Schwarzer, who almost palms the ball back into the path of Rooney. Manchester United win a corner but it comes to nothing. 1 The game gets underway. Fulham make an immediate foray into the United half but end up conmceding a goal-kick. Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson Subs: Zuberbuhler, Nevland, Gera, Kamara, Dacourt, Stoor, Kallio Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Park, Rooney, Tevez Subs: Foster, Berbatov, Giggs, Scholes, Welbeck, Evans, Eckersley Manchester United are still on course for the quintuple, and fans will be expecting a comfortable win over Fulham today. Roy Hodges maty have other ideas though and, with Craven Cottage packed to the rafters, a victory for the visitors is anything but a foregone conclusion.

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