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  • Date:18 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:24,750
  • Zamora (54) Murphy (74)
  • Aguero (17) Aguero (45)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

92mins

Long range effort by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes wide right of the target.

91mins

Gael Clichy delivers the ball.

90mins

Gael Clichy produces a cross, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

88mins

Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

88mins

Moussa Dembele leaves the field to be replaced by Bryan Ruiz.

87mins

Shot by Carlos Tevez from outside the box goes over the target.

87mins

Pablo Zabaleta produces a cross, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.

86mins

The referee books Steve Sidwell for unsporting behaviour.

85mins

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

84mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Baird.

82mins

Carlos Tevez on for Sergio Aguero.

81mins

Adam Johnson comes on in place of Samir Nasri.

81mins

Pablo Zabaleta has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

80mins

Steve Sidwell challenges Samir Nasri unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.

79mins

A cross is delivered by Steve Sidwell, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

77mins

Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. Free kick crossed by Gareth Barry, save by Mark Schwarzer.

75mins

Danny Murphy fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-2 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Bobby Zamora.

74mins

Pajtim Kasami sends in a cross, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.

74mins

Pajtim Kasami takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

73mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Samir Nasri, Micah Richards has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

73mins

Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Murphy.

72mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.

71mins

Shot by John Arne Riise from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

70mins

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

David Silva goes off and Pablo Zabaleta comes on.

69mins

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

68mins

The ball is swung over by Bobby Zamora, clearance by Micah Richards.

68mins

Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

67mins

Unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

66mins

Clint Dempsey sends in a cross, clearance by Joleon Lescott.

65mins

Corner taken left-footed by Pajtim Kasami.

65mins

Inswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the right by-line, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

65mins

Centre by Pajtim Kasami, Gael Clichy gets a block in.

64mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.

64mins

Centre by Samir Nasri, comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.

64mins

Short corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.

64mins

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.

61mins

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Corner taken short by Pajtim Kasami.

61mins

Outswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the left by-line, clearance by Edin Dzeko.

59mins

Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Gareth Barry is cautioned. Damien Duff goes off and Pajtim Kasami comes on. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

57mins

Bobby Zamora challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

55mins

Bobby Zamora finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Clint Dempsey.

51mins

Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

51mins

Micah Richards is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

49mins

Foul by Gareth Barry on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy, Micah Richards manages to make a clearance.

49mins

Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

49mins

The offside flag is raised against Sergio Aguero. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

48mins

The referee blows for offside against Damien Duff. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.

47mins

Centre by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

46mins

A goal is scored by Sergio Aguero from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Man City.Assist by Edin Dzeko.

41mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Micah Richards produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

41mins

Steve Sidwell sends in a cross, save by Joe Hart.

40mins

Chris Baird takes a shot.

39mins

Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

37mins

Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

35mins

The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

34mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

32mins

Centre by Damien Duff.

31mins

Effort from outside the penalty box by Bobby Zamora goes wide right of the target.

30mins

Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Arne Riise.

29mins

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Damien Duff gets a block in. A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance made by Chris Baird.

28mins

Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

28mins

The ball is sent over by Sergio Aguero, Chris Baird gets a block in.

28mins

Samir Nasri takes a short corner.

27mins

Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

25mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Gael Clichy takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

25mins

Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.

24mins

A cross is delivered by Sergio Aguero, clearance made by Damien Duff.

24mins

Corner taken by Samir Nasri, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

23mins

The ball is swung over by Edin Dzeko, John Arne Riise gets a block in.

21mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.

20mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.

19mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

18mins

Sergio Aguero finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Man City.The assist for the goal came from David Silva.

15mins

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.

15mins

Gael Clichy fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

14mins

The ball is delivered by David Silva, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

13mins

Stephen Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Samir Nasri crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

13mins

Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.

11mins

Centre by Steve Sidwell.

9mins

The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, Close range effort by David Silva goes wide of the left-hand upright.

8mins

Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards. Free kick taken by David Silva.

8mins

The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.

8mins

Foul by Gael Clichy on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

7mins

The referee blows for offside against Edin Dzeko. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

4mins

Damien Duff takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

2mins

Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by David Silva results in a free kick. John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.

1mins

Gareth Barry fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Jol vows to attack City Fulham manager Martin Jol has pledged to fight fire with fire when high-flying Manchester City visit Craven Cottage on Sunday. The west Londoners have struggled so far this season in the Barclays Premier League, whereas opponents City have started in scintillating form. Fulham only have two points on the board after four matches and Jol admitted earlier this week his side need to start turning draws into wins. The Cottagers have drawn three out of their last four home games and the Dutchman believes the best way to change their fortunes against City will be to press from the offset. "I plan for us to attack on Sunday," Jol said. "They play attacking football but still with two defensive midfielders and four players at the back. "They don't take a lot of initiative but they've got four quality players that try to get behind your midfield. "They have a lot of quality. We have to come up with something to stop that and still get goals." The Dutchman highlighted in his programme notes his belief that the competition could act as an important platform to build confidence, and he thinks it is paying dividend already despite Thursday's frustrating result. He added: "Bright points were Pajtim Kasami at 19 years of age played well and I thought Chris Baird too did well, playing for the first time in the centre." Baird could again feature for Jol's side on Sunday with Aaron Hughes struggling with a knee injury and new signing Zdenek Grygera still bedding in. City manager Roberto Mancini wants his team to develop the winning mentality of Europe's top clubs. After City were held to a draw by Napoli on their Champions League debut in midweek, Mancini feels they still have some way to go to match the established elite. The Italian said: "I want our team to have a strong mentality like (Manchester) United, like Milan or like Barca. "All these teams that won the Champions League or the championship of their country, I think we need to have this mentality." City have been in outstanding domestic form, winning all four of their league games and scoring 15 goals in the process. Fans hope to see that form carried over into Europe but Mancini says he would happily sacrifice style if it guaranteed victories. Mancini said: "We play always to win but we need to understand we can win without always playing well. "You can play fantastic football but if you don't score, in the Champions League, it is difficult because every game you meet a top team. "If you concede or make a mistake it can be difficult. "So, for me it is better maybe to not play very well but to score and have control of the game, like United did, like Milan." Mancini is expecting a tough afternoon as City return to domestic action at Fulham tomorrow. The City boss expects the Cottagers, who drew with FC Twente in the Europa League on Thursday, to raise their game for the encounter. He said: "Fulham is always a difficult game. Last year we won there but we played a fantastic game. "I have seen their games and they are very dangerous. "I watched Fulham against Blackburn on Sunday. It was a different game. "When a team like Fulham or Blackburn play against a top team like us, United or Chelsea, they play better. They put in everything they have." City will again be without midfielders Nigel de Jong and James Milner. De Jong could be out for another two weeks with a foot injury while Milner will miss a second game as a result of a clash of heads in last week's win over Wigan. Apart from that, Mancini will have his usual plethora of options to juggle, particularly in attack. In-form duo Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, with 13 goals between them, have become the first-choice strike pair with last season's top scorer Carlos Tevez largely confined to the bench. One player yet to feature for City is former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. The 30-year-old joined the club last month in the hope of reviving his career after three injury-ravaged years at Old Trafford. Although he has not been included in City's Champions League squad due to a lack of match fitness, Mancini has been impressed with his workrate in training. He is now likely to be given his first run-out in next week's Carling Cup third-round tie against Birmingham. Defender Kolo Toure, eligible again after serving a drugs ban, is also likely to be back in action soon after two games as an unused substitute.

Formation:442Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Chris Baird
  • Brede Hangeland
  • John Arne Riise
  • Damien Duff
  • Danny Murphy
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Moussa Dembele
  • SUBS
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Carlos Orlando Sa
  • Pajtim Kasami
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Marcel Gecov
  • Zdenek Grygera

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Match Report

Fulham comeback stuns City Manchester City surrendered their 100% record in this season's Barclays Premier League as Fulham stunned them with a second-half comeback in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage. City looked set to equal their best-ever opening to a top-flight campaign when Sergio Aguero's jaw-dropping adaptation to life in England continued with the seventh and eighth goals of his five-game City league career. He made it 2-0 just seconds after the break but Fulham refused to buckle, with Bobby Zamora and Danny Murphy earning them a deserved draw. The result was the first blow to City's title challenge and, coming four days after their first ever Champions League game, it cast doubt on the ability of Roberto Mancini's men to combine the rigours of domestic football with that of Europe's top club competition. This game was the fourth time in the last four rounds of Premier League fixtures that City had kicked off before Manchester United. They had been trumped by their arch-rivals on each occasion but arrived in west London determined to lay down another marker on a ground where they won 4-1 last season. Fulham went like for like, manager Martin Jol keeping faith with his 4-2-3-1 system as he sought his first Premier League win in charge. City went close to opening them up inside seven minutes after Edin Dzeko strayed offside when put through by Samir Nasri. They continued to boss proceedings, and although Clint Dempsey sent a 25-yard drive straight down the throat of Joe Hart after 15 minutes, City duly took the lead three minutes later. Gareth Barry found David Silva on the edge of the box, and he was allowed to turn and feed Aguero, who timed his run perfectly before sidefooting home. Mark Schwarzer denied City a second goal three times in the space of three minutes, beating Dzeko to Aguero's cross, tipping Clichy's 20-yard shot wide and getting fingers to Dzeko's piledriver after another great move involving Yaya Toure and Silva. The recalled Zamora ballooned a 30-yard shot into the stands as Fulham continued to be given the runaround, while Dempsey looked their only real threat, drilling another effort too close to Hart. The frustrated home fans roared on encouragement as their side enjoyed a rare spell of possession but Fulham posed little threat to the City goal. Jol emerged for the second half with a face like thunder, but whatever he said during the break appeared to be rendered void when Aguero doubled the visitors' lead straight from the kick-off. Clichy pumped a diagonal ball forward to Dzeko, whose knockdown was fired into the bottom left corner by the Argentinian. Aguero thought he had completed back-to-back Premier League hat-tricks - he hit one against Wigan eight days ago - three minutes later with an identical finish but he was narrowly offside. The home side took full advantage of their reprieve when they finally created a gilt-edged chance in the 55th minute. The build-up was of the City kind, ending when Dempsey threaded in the unmarked Zamora, who curled the ball into the top corner. Zamora had been played onside by Micah Richards, who redeemed himself moments later when his last-ditch challenge stopped Dempsey making it 2-2. Fulham's first-half lethargy had vanished and Barry was booked for chopping down Mousa Dembele, whose low drive was palmed wide by Hart after Pajtim Kasami replaced an ailing Damien Duff. Hart excelled himself again by tipping over Dempsey's bullet header from a corner before Mancini took action, withdrawing Silva for Pablo Zabaleta midway through the half. The visitors remained a threat on the break, Richards glancing wide from a corner. But it was Fulham's pressure that told when they equalised 15 minutes from time, Danny Murphy's scuffed 20-yarder taking a huge deflection off Vincent Kompany and going beyond the stranded Hart. Craven Cottage was rocking and Mancini was forced to make a change again when Adam Johnson and Carlos Tevez replaced Nasri and Aguero in quick succession. The fresh legs almost told in the final five minutes when Tevez was denied by a brave Brede Hangeland block. Sidwell was booked and Jol threw on Bryan Ruiz for the excellent Dembele but Toure almost had the final say when his 30-yard strike drifted wide.

Form Guide

    DLLD
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Man City
  • WWWW

Last Meetings

  • Man City
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 27/02/2011
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 4
  • Man City
  • 21/11/2010
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 2
  • Man City
  • 21/03/2010
  • Man City
  • 2 - 2
  • Fulham
  • 25/10/2009
  • Man City
  • 1 - 3
  • Fulham
  • 12/04/2009
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 1
  • Man City
  • 06/12/2008

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • B Zamora 1
  • CD Dempsey 1

Man City

  • SL Aguero 6
  • E Dzeko 6
  • DJ Silva 2
  • G Barry 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 7
    • Goals per game 2
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Man City

    • Total goals 20
    • Goals per game 15
  • 1 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 81-90 mins

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