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Jack Rodwell finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-3 Everton.The assist for the goal came from Royston Drenthe.
Louis Saha grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Everton.Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Baird on Louis Saha. The referee books Chris Baird for unsporting behaviour. Royston Drenthe crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by John Arne Riise. Assist by Royston Drenthe.
(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Aaron Hughes coming on for Zdenek Grygera.
Close range effort by Bobby Zamora clears the crossbar.
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in. The ball is delivered by John Arne Riise, The ball is delivered by Bobby Zamora, Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Clearance by Leighton Baines.
Tony Hibbert sends in a cross.
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
John Arne Riise crosses the ball, clearance by Leighton Baines.
Foul by Royston Drenthe on John Arne Riise, free kick awarded. Steve Sidwell takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. John Arne Riise crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Centre by Bobby Zamora, save by Tim Howard.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Phil Neville leaves the field to be replaced by Seamus Coleman. Louis Saha challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick. Andrew Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Steve Sidwell challenges Royston Drenthe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick. Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. Steve Sidwell receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Strike on goal comes in from Leighton Baines from the free kick. Tim Cahill on for Leon Osman.
The ball is sent over by Leon Osman, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Bryan Ruiz scores a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Everton.Assist on the goal came from Clint Dempsey.
Zdenek Grygera sends in a cross, Tony Hibbert makes a clearance. Corner taken by John Arne Riise from the left by-line played to the near post.
Bryan Ruiz on for Danny Murphy.
Leon Osman sends in a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Louis Saha is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Baird.
Effort from outside the box by Jack Rodwell goes wide right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Chris Baird.
Centre by Andrew Johnson, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Phil Jagielka fouled by Andrew Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Sylvain Distin challenges Andrew Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin goes into the referee's book. Centre by Danny Murphy, Brede Hangeland has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal. Apostolos Vellios goes off and Louis Saha comes on.
John Arne Riise concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
John Arne Riise crosses the ball, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Centre by Zdenek Grygera, save by Tim Howard.
Royston Drenthe produces a cross, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Shot from just outside the area by Clint Dempsey misses to the left of the target.
The ball is crossed by John Arne Riise, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
Short corner worked by Danny Murphy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Clint Dempsey. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Danny Murphy produces a cross, Phil Neville manages to make a clearance.
Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
Centre by John Arne Riise, clearance made by Tim Howard.
Tony Hibbert delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Phil Neville. Shot comes in from Chris Baird from the free kick, Phil Neville gets a block in.
Steve Sidwell produces a cross, save made by Tim Howard.
Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save. Corner taken by Danny Murphy.
A cross is delivered by Marouane Fellaini, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Effort from outside the area by Danny Murphy hits the post. Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
The ball is crossed by Tony Hibbert, Apostolos Vellios produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Phil Jagielka. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by John Arne Riise goes over the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by John Arne Riise, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Royston Drenthe takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Moussa Dembele challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
Steve Sidwell has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
John Arne Riise takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Hibbert. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by John Arne Riise from the left by-line, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by John Arne Riise, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
Leighton Baines sends in a cross, Headed effort from close range by Jack Rodwell goes wide left of the goal.
Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
The ball is swung over by Zdenek Grygera, Shot by Clint Dempsey from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
John Arne Riise concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Leon Osman from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zdenek Grygera by Leon Osman. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Phil Neville, clearance by Zdenek Grygera.
John Arne Riise concedes a free kick for a foul on Royston Drenthe. Tony Hibbert takes the free kick.
Royston Drenthe grabs a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Everton.The assist for the goal came from Jack Rodwell.
Centre by Leighton Baines, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
Jol backs retrospective action for play acting
Fulham manager Martin Jol would back retrospective action for simulation after seeing Moussa Dembele controversially sent off in Poland on Thursday night.
The Belgium international was handed a straight red card 29 minutes into the Cottagers' 1-0 defeat to Wisla Krakow in Europa League Group K.
The incident occurred when an innocuous passage of play flared up, with Dembele pushing over Gervasio Nunez after he caught him on the back of the ankle.
The Argentinian midfielder went down clutching his face despite being pushed at shoulder height, and Jol believes retrospective action by UEFA for such play acting would be a good move.
"That would be something to look at in the future," he said. "I feel [Dembele] should not have raised his hand but, having seen it again, I don't think it is a red card.
"I spoke with him because we were very disappointed. Everything was for nothing because of that action and he knows that.
"You can approach it very positively and say it was not a red card but, on the other hand, he shouldn't have done it. But if UEFA was to look at that situation they would see it was exaggerated a lot.
"It was a little push on his shoulder but you can't do anything about it. We're not the first in history that has happened to but we have been punished twice - you miss the player in the game and he misses the next one as well."
Dembele receives an automatic one-match suspension for the red card and will also miss the rematch with Wisla as Fulham are unable to appeal under UEFA regulations.
While banned for European action, the 24-year-old will play a part in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash against Everton and will be joined by the returning Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora.
The pair did not travel to Poland in order to rest ahead of the Toffees' visit and Jol believes such rotation is important to keep the side fighting on all fronts.
"We felt we had to exclude a couple of players [from the Wisla trip] because, after the international break, it is hard to play the same teams all the time," he said.
"That is probably one of the positive things at the moment as we have a lot of players that were not included on Thursday, who were on the bench or rested altogether.
"There was probably eight or nine players [fresh] and that is probably the first time we have had that situation."
As well as utilising his full squad, the Dutchman has been boosted ahead of Everton's visit by the return to fitness of several first-team players.
Skipper Danny Murphy will feature after overcoming a knee injury and will be joined in the squad by Philippe Senderos and Zdenek Grygera, who have recovered from respective knocks. Summer signing Bryan Ruiz could also feature if he passes a fitness test.
Everton manager David Moyes says Apostolos Vellios is getting closer to making his first Toffees start - but feels the young striker is probably still best deployed as an impact substitute for the time being.
Vellios scored his second goal in six appearances off the bench this season when he netted a late consolation for the Merseyside outfit in last weekend's 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea.
Moyes admits the 19-year-old Greek is staking a claim for a starting berth, but is wary of putting too much responsibility on Vellios too soon.
Asked how far away Vellios was from earning a place in the first XI, Moyes said: "He has got a possibility - he has scored goals and we are lacking goals at this moment in time.
"In short bursts, he has done very well. But he is young and it would be asking a lot at the moment.
"We see him every day in training and we can see what he is capable of and what he is not. He is certainly getting closer, because we need to get some goalscorers in the team.
"Tolos has come on and got us a couple of goals off the bench, but that might just be the best way for him until he gets a little bit more experienced and little bit more used to it."
James McFadden looks unlikely to make his second Everton debut as he continues to work his way back to full fitness.
McFadden rejoined the Toffees on a free transfer this week, returning to the club he left for Birmingham in 2008, but he has not played a competitive game in over a year due to a serious knee injury and his condition is being closely monitored by Moyes.
Saha inspires Everton victory
Former Fulham striker Louis Saha returned to haunt his former club with a late goal which inspired Everton to a dramatic 3-1 victory at Craven Cottage.
The 33-year-old netted from an acute angle for the Toffees before Jack Rodwell scored in stoppage time to ensure they ended their three-match losing steak.
Saha's strike came seconds after Bobby Zamora somehow managed to clip the crossbar despite rounding Tim Howard.
Everton took a third-minute lead after Royston Drenthe hit an audacious shot from long distance that snuck in the far corner.
It looked liked Fulham had earned a share of the spoils, though, thanks to substitute Bryan Ruiz's exquisite chip three minutes after coming on.
However, Zamora's extraordinary miss allowed Saha and Rodwell to score and secure victory for the Merseysiders.
Fulham manager Martin Jol made seven alterations to the side which lost 1-0 in the Europa League at Wisla Krakow on Thursday.
The visitors made two changes to the side which lost 3-1 at Chelsea last weekend, bringing in Drenthe and Apostolos Vellios.
Despite having lost their last three matches, Everton started the brightest of any visiting side at Craven Cottage this season and took an early lead.
Incisive passing through the middle saw the ball fall to Drenthe, who smashed home from 30 yards.
Fulham looked shellshocked as the Toffees continued to press forward and only John Arne Riise's sprawling block thwarted Sylvain Distin minutes later.
Aside from an overhead kick attempt by Clint Dempsey, the visitors were dominating by the Thames and Rodwell was inches away from doubling their lead with a 12th-minute header.
Riise saw a shot blocked and Steve Sidwell fired wide as Fulham tried to gain some authority, before Riise went close with a left-footed half volley.
Everton were still attacking with intent and, after Drenthe tested Mark Schwarzer, Vellios somehow managed to direct Tony Hibbert's cross over the bar with a wayward header from close range.
The play was flitting from one end to the other and the Cottagers came close to levelling through Danny Murphy, who saw a 20-yard strike palmed onto the post by Howard.
The United States goalkeeper was forced into action seconds later to prevent international team-mate Dempsey with a one-handed save.
Howard then managed to tip over Brede Hangeland's goalbound header on the half-hour mark.
Fulham continued to press as half-time approached but only a dipping effort from Dempsey came anywhere near to equalising.
The west Londoners continued to press after the break and a rare Hangeland burst forward forced Hibbert into a last-ditch challenge, before the Norway international then nodded wide.
Everton boss David Moyes replaced Vellios with former Fulham favourite Saha five minutes into the second half in a bid to reinvigorate his attack.
While the Toffees front line needed sprucing up, Phil Jagielka and Distin were performing with aplomb in defence as the Cottagers struggled to find an opening.
Jol brought on summer signing Ruiz in a bid to find a way through and the Costa Rica international provided a moment of magic to force a 67th-minute equaliser.
Neat interplay saw the ball spread left to Ruiz, who produced a exquisite chip over Howard just three minutes after coming on.
The goal spurred Everton into life and Schwarzer did superbly to tip a Saha strike wide from close range.
Play became stretched as both sides searched for the all-important third goal of the day, with Fulham coming closest as Howard saved a close-range Ruiz effort with his feet three minutes from the end.
Fulham thought they had grabbed a last-minute winner through Zamora after he latched on to Andrew Johnson's pass and rounded Howard, but somehow he managed to hit the bar.
The Cottagers were made to pay for their futility seconds later as Saha broke free and managed to squeeze home under pressure from Aaron Hughes and Schwarzer.
And Everton ensured they would return to Merseyside with all three points in stoppage time as Rodwell smashed home.
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