Thursday 18 March 2010, 6:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
UEFA Europa League
Fulham FC
Zamora 9'; Gera 39', (pen) 49'; Dempsey 82'
Trezeguet 2'

9' Goal

Bobby Zamora
Assist by Simon Davies

39' Goal

Zoltán Gera
Assist by Simon Davies

49' Penalty

Zoltán Gera

82' Goal

Clint Dempsey

90' Yellow Card

Paul Konchesky Card shown to player for time wasting

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Stephen Kelly

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bjorn Helge Riise
Off:Zoltán Gera

2' Goal

David Trezeguet

12' Yellow Card

Mauro Camoranesi Card was given for a foul

27' Red Card

Fabio Cannavaro Card was given for a foul

51' Yellow Card

Diego Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Red Card

Jonathan Zebina Card was given for violent conduct

90'+2 Yellow Card

Felipe Melo Card was given for a foul

27' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zdenek Grygera
Off:Antonio Candreva

51' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paolo De Ceglie
Off:Mauro Camoranesi

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alessandro Del Piero
Off:Fabio Grosso

Fulham produced a remarkable comeback on Thursday evening to advance through to the Quarter-Final of the UEFA Europa League.

Fulham were 4-1 down on aggregate at one stage but a stunning fight back culminated in Clint Dempsey chipping a dramatic winning goal late in the second-half.

The match got off to a lively start with both sets of fans in good voice at the Cottage. Unfortunately for the Whites, it was Juventus who struck first with a goal from their very first attack. David Trezeguet was in the right place at the right time to get on the end of a scuffed clearance. The French striker picked his spot and side-footed a low finish past Mark Schwarzer.

But it was only a matter of time before Fulham were back on level footing on nine minutes, and once again that man Bobby Zamora was on target. Zamora controlled a cross from Paul Konchesky on his chest before volleying a fierce effort past Antonio Chimenti.

As the atmosphere kicked up a notch Mauro Camoranesi entered the referee’s book for a late tackle on Konchesky. In contrast to the first leg, Fulham were certainly on the front foot with Zamora looking to stretch the Juve defence with some penetrating runs in behind. One such run on 12 minutes was almost brilliantly found by a long pass from Chris Baird.

Fulham continued to press in a real edge-of-the-seat first-half. With Juventus dedicating most of their time to keeping the Whites at bay – Fulham looked the most likely to find the next goal. Both Damien Duff and Simon Davies were seeing their fair share of ball as Fulham used the full width of the pitch well.

The battle between Paul Konchesky and Mauro Camoranesi down Fulham’s left side was a key area in determining the Whites’ defensive success.

Fulham were handed a huge boost on 26 minutes when Fabio Cannavaro was shown a straight red card after he was adjudged to have brought down the rapidly advancing Zoltan Gera after Zamora had put the Hungarian through on goal.

From the ensuing free-kick Chimenti produced an exceptional save to deny Zamora’s goal bound effort. Game on.

The dismissal forced Alberto Zaccheroni to immediately replace Antonio Candreva with Zdenek Grygera. It was a brave step as Juventus pushed Diego up front to partner Trezeguet.

The game had turned into attack versus defence as Fulham looked to break down a well organised Juventus back line.

Simon Davies struck the crossbar with a free kick shortly before Dickson Etuhu stuck the post with a header from close range. The warning signs were there and Fulham deservedly took the lead on 39 minutes following a wonderful piece of attacking play. Zamora flicked a delightful ball into the path of Simon Davies whose low cross was struck high into the net by Zoltan Gera – sending the Craven Cottage crowd wild.

Fulham got the second-half underway attacking the Hammersmith End. And the Whites drew level on aggregate almost immediately when Zoltan Gera maintained his composure to fire home from the penalty spot on 49 minutes. Gera’s back-heel in the Juventus area found Damien Duff whose cross struck the arm of Diego – the referee had to hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Fulham were given a timely reminder of the attacking prowess Juventus possessed when Trezeguet volleyed a shot on target after a quick Juventus counter-attack. Nonetheless, it remained an attack very much against the run of play as Fulham worked the ball well from flank to flank in search of a fourth goal.

A slight lull in play followed which Juventus used to slow the pace of the game down and gradually advance up the pitch. Juve changed tack slightly as they looked to make a number of driving runs through the centre of Fulham’s midfield rather that try to pass their way through.

A powerful shot from Simon Davies was parried out by Chimenti on 70 minutes as Fulham resumed their attempts on goal. Roy Hodgson made an attacking substitution soon after when he introduced Clint Dempsey for Stephen Kelly. Simon Davies moved to right back as Dempsey joined Zamora up front and Gera moved out to the left flank.
Fulham found a new lease of life after the change and came close to netting when a Simon Davies cross flashed through the Juventus penalty area. Another cross from Davies on 77 minutes was met firmly by the head of Dempsey, only to be parried away by Chimenti.

Mohamed Sissoko, Juventus’ main protagonist in their defensive efforts, was having a fine game. But Chimenti was again called into action on 80 minutes when he parried a powerful Zoltan Gera effort away from danger.

Fulham scored a dramatic winner on 82 minutes through a delightful chipped finish from Clint Dempsey. The Fulham substitute found himself in space on the edge of the penalty area and dinked a world-class finish over Chimenti to give Fulham the aggregate lead.

Juventus were shown their second red card of the evening in ectra time after Jonathan Zebina kicked out at Damien Duff.

Match Information

Competition: UEFA Europa League

Date: Thursday 18 March 2010
Kick-off: 6:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,458

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers


Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly (Dempsey 70'), Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Duff, Baird, Etuhu, Davies; Gera (Bjorn Helge Riise 84'); Zamora

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Smalling, Dikgacoi, Marsh-Brown, Nevland


Line-up: Chimenti; Salihamidzic, Cannavaro, Zebina, Grosso (Del Piero 84'); Camoranesi (De Ceglie 51'), Melo, Sissoko; Diego, Candreva (Grygera 27'); Trezeguet

Unused substitutes: Pinsoglio, Poulsen, Marrone, Iaquinta

Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 44Keanu Marsh-Brown
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 23Clint Dempsey
Juventus (4-3-2-1)
  • 12Antonio Chimenti
  • 7Hasan Salihamidzic
  • 5Fabio Cannavaro
  • 15Jonathan Zebina
  • 6Fabio Grosso
  • 16Mauro Camoranesi
  • 4Felipe Melo
  • 5Mohamed Sissoko
  • 28Diego
  • 26Antonio Candreva
  • 17David Trezeguet
  • 41Carlo Pinsoglio
  • 11Paolo De Ceglie
  • 23Zdenek Grygera
  • 18Christian Poulsen
  • 39Luca Marrone
  • Vincenzo Iaquinta
  • 10Alessandro Del Piero