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Rooney effort enough for Fulham defeat
Published : 02 Feb 2013 20:17:45Rss feed
Wayne Rooney's solitary goal turned the spotlight on Manchester United's Barclays Premier League title rivals after they beat Fulham 1-0 in a match which was interrupted by floodlight failure at Craven Cottage.
And it all came after a whirlwind opening was halted by a break in play just before half-time when the stadium was plunged into darkness.
Patrice Evra reacted quickest but could only scoop the ball against the bar before Sascha Riether cleared Rooney's shot off the line.
Then a brilliant move involving Nani and Tom Cleverley created another opportunity for Rooney, which he stroked against a post.
For a while it appeared Fulham might claim a major scalp. Rafael cleared off the line from Ruiz after Jonny Evans had been forced to head away from underneath his own bar.
Rooney had other ideas, though, and when Fulham failed to get a touch to De Gea's long kick downfield, the England man picked his spot and, in front of England manager Roy Hodgson, calmly found the bottom corner.
Van Persie might have added a second only to volley over from close range, although the striker was required at the other end to clear Philippe Senderos' injury-time header off the line.
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