Saturday 10 August 2013, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Sidwell 10'
Paletta 56'; Sansone 86'

10' Goal

Steve Sidwell

45'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Dimitar Berbatov

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Giorgos Karagounis
Off:Derek Boateng

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adel Taarabt
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Bryan Ruiz

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris David
Off:Steve Sidwell

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Arne Riise
Off:Kieran Richardson

56' Goal

Gabriel Paletta
Assist by Antonio Cassano

86' Goal

Nicola Sansone
Assist by Gianni Munari

70' Yellow Card

Jaime Valdés Card was given for a foul

45'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marco Marchionni
Off:Raman Chibsah

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gianni Munari
Off:Jonathan Biabiany

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Djamel Mesbah
Off:Yohan Benalouane

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicola Sansone

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefano Okaka
Off:Antonio Cassano

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefano Morrone
Off:Jaime Valdés

Two second-half goals saw Fulham fall to a 2-1 defeat in our final pre-season game against Parma at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Two second-half goals saw Fulham fall to a 2-1 defeat in our final pre-season game against Parma at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

We started well with Steve Sidwell’s thunderbolt strike putting us ahead in the first 10 minutes, but a scrappy second half saw Gabriel Paletta head home an equaliser. Substitute Nicola Sansone was then on hand to head home an 86th minute winner from close range after a deep cross was nodded back across goal by Gianni Munari.

Both sides began with good chances as Richardson’s through ball to Na Bangna was cut out as Paletta came across to clear with a sliding tackle. Parma then went close inside the first five minutes as the ball was floated over and Amauri’s header was diverted away from goal by a great leap from Hughes inside his own six-yard box.

Fulham kept up the early pressure and were rewarded with an incredible strike from Steve Sidwell. The midfielder turned a tackle in the middle of the pitch, charged forward and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner past goalkeeper Antonio Mirante from fully 35 yards.

Buoyed by the goal, Berbatov controlled a long ball well and combined with Na Bangna, but the pair were just kept out by some resolute defending. Fulham had some fight to them as well as Richardson crashed into a tackle with Rosi that left the Italian on the floor, but our left-back with the ball.

Na Bangna then had a chance to double our lead in the 17th minute when a ball over the top into the area saw him find space and cut inside. As his marker, Rosi, slipped the young winger’s curled shot was well gathered by Mirante.

Up the other end, Parma could have found a way back into the game but Amauri’s cushioned header was not controlled well by Jonathan Biabiany as he raced into the box and the chance was cleared. Amauri then had the ball in the net on 23 minutes as he poked home from close range with Maarten Stekelenburg beaten, but the flag was raised for offside.

Fulham continued to find space up front and Berbatov’s ball down the right released Dejagah. The Iran international’s cross was low and hard, evading Bryan Ruiz, and Sidwell was unable to follow up the near post. The midfielder’s dink over the top then almost found Berbatov, but Mirante was able to come and gather before our striker reached it.

The Italian side were still threatening in bursts and a good cross found the head of defender Yohan Benalouane, but he glanced it just past the post. Then Marco Parolo almost levelled the scores in the same way as Sidwell – a 30 yard hammer smashed against the crossbar in the 31st minute and bounced down, just failing to cross the line with Stekelenburg beaten.

As the half-time break came into view, a deep cross just evaded the diving Berbatov and Benalouane went on a charging run from his own half that was cut out by a combination of Aaron Hughes and Brede Hangeland. Parma were almost gifted an equaliser as a short pass out of defence was cut out by Amauri but Derek Boateng’s heroic block in the box saved a certain goal as we went into the break 1-0 up.

Manager Martin Jol brought on Hugo Rodallega for Berbatov but it was Parma who started brighter as Richardson was forced to head clear from under his own bar early on. Fulham’s sub immediately almost reached a wayward backpass by Paletta but Mirante was just able to claim it before he arrived.

After Sidwell’s heroics of the first half, every time the midfielder reached the ball the crowd would urge him to shoot, but his volley flew well over the bar when he connected well from a poor Parma clearance in the 52nd minute. Parolo tried to mimic his long-range effort from earlier, but it was deflected over the bar.

From the resulting corner, however, Parma were level. A long ball found Parolo on the edge of the box and he dinked it back over to Cassano. The forward’s deep cross found the far post and the onrushing Paletta crashed a header past Stekelenburg to equalise.

A raft of substitutions occurred in the 63rd minute as Parma brought on four players and Adel Taarabt made his debut, coming on for Dejagah, while Giorgos Karagounis arrived for Derek Boateng.

Karagounis immediately made an impact as he forced Jaime Valdes into a crude tackle which earned him a yellow card. A long ball then saw Bryan Ruiz fouled on the edge of the box as Parma tried to exert their physical presence but Taarabt’s effort hit the wall.

Taarabt’s burst then saw the new signing cut down outside the box by Paletta and another free-kick chance came. This time it was Ruiz, but his effort dipped narrowly over the bar.

In the 76th minute, substitute Stefano Okaka (a former Fulham player) missed a glorious chance as Djamel Mesbah swung in a cross but the striker’s header was off target from six yards out. On came Pajtim Kasami for Bryan Ruiz for the final quarter and the Switzerland forward came close to netting the winner as he almost got on the end of a fizzed cross from substitute Chris David in the 84th minute.

However, Fulham were made to pay for not taking advantage of their chances as, a couple of minutes later, a deep cross found the extra man and Gianni Munari headed back across goal to the waiting Nicola Sansone to head home from close range.

As the seconds ticked away, John Arne Riise burst down the left and provided a good low cross, but Kasami’s effort on goal was saved well at the near post. Taarabt showed some great skill to cut inside his man in the final minute and burst into the box, but Parma’s defence closed in on him to ensure they left SW6 with the win.

Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Saturday 10 August 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 9,786


Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson (John Arne Riise 79'); Dejagah (Taarabt 63'), Derek Boateng (Karagounis 63'), Sidwell (David 79'), Mesca (Duff 56'); Ruiz (Kasami 76'); Berbatov (Rodallega 45')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol


Line-up: Mirante; Rosi, Paletta, Benalouane (Mesbah 63'), Felipe; Chibsah (Marchionni 45'), Valdés (Morrone 70'), Parolo, Biabiany (Munari 63'); Cassano (Okaka 63'), Amauri (Sansone 63')

Unused substitutes: Pavarini, Bajza, Cassani, Lucarelli, Pedro Mendes, Palladino

Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 36Mesca
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 30Chris David
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • Martin Jol
Parma (4-4-2)
  • 83Antonio Mirante
  • 87Aleandro Rosi
  • 29Gabriel Paletta
  • 28Yohan Benalouane
  • 19Felipe
  • 5Raman Chibsah
  • 10Jaime Valdés
  • 16Marco Parolo
  • 7Jonathan Biabiany
  • 99Antonio Cassano
  • 11Amauri
  • 1Nicola Pavarini
  • 91Pavol Bajza
  • 2Mattia Cassani
  • 3Djamel Mesbah
  • 6Alessandro Lucarelli
  • 23Pedro Mendes
  • 4Stefano Morrone
  • 24Gianni Munari
  • 32Marco Marchionni
  • 14Stefano Okaka
  • 17Raffaele Palladino
  • 21Nicola Sansone
  • There goes the final whistle and it's finished Fulham 1-2 Parma.
  • 92 Taarabt dances his way into the area but can't quite get his shot away
  • 90 Two minutes of added time have just been announced.
  • 89 Riise pulls the ball back for Kasami but the midfielder's effort, although well hit, was straight at Mirante
  • 86 Parma take the lead as Sansone heads in
  • 83 A fizzing free-kick from David hits a defender and whistles just wide of the far post.
  • 79 Goalscorer Sidwell is replaced by Chris David, while Richardson makes way for John Arne Riise
  • 80 A trademark crossfield pass from Karagounis almost finds Duff but Mirante just beats him to the ball
  • 78 Taarabt continues to impress, with a series of tricks and flicks
  • 76 Kasami replaces Ruiz
  • 76 Great chance at the far post for Okaka but the former Fulham man puts his header wide
  • 73 Taarabt wins a free-kick following some great skill, with Ruiz landing the subsequent set-piece on the roof of the net
  • 73 Taarabt wins another free-kick following some great skill 25 yards from goal.
  • 71 Confirmation of today's attendance: 9,786
  • 72 Taarabt takes the free-kick but sends it straight into the wall.
  • 71 Taarabt robs his man before playing in Ruiz who is promptly pushed off the ball unfairly.
  • 69 Karagounis and Valdes square up to each other after the Parma man caught Karagounis late. Valdes is booked for his troubles
  • 68 Stekelenburg beats Sansone to the ball as he threatened to break clean through
  • 63 Meanwhile, Adel Taarabt makes his debut in place of Dejagah, while Karagounis comes on for Boateng
  • 63 Parma make four substitutions, including the introduction of former Whites striker Stefano Okaka
  • 61 A neat one-two between substitute Duff and Bryan Ruiz almost plays the Irishman in, but it's just snatched away from him by a Parma defender.
  • 56 Parma captain Gabriel Paletta rises highest to head home Cassano's cross
  • 55 Parolo's effort from range deflects off Hangeland for a Parma corner
  • 55 Boateng penalised for a mistimed challenge on Marchionni
  • 53 Ruiz and Mesca have been causing problems all game and they've won three free-kicks already in the second half
  • 46 Fulham kick-off to get us back underway
  • 46 Hugo Rodallega is on for Berbatov, while Parma midfielder Raman Chibsah is off for Marco Marchionni
  • 45 Fulham lead through Sidwell's magnificent effort from rang
  • 45 Stekelenburg gets down well to keep out Biabiany's low effort
  • 43 Derek Boateng denies Parma a certain equaliser with a superb block as he throws himself in front of a shot following an interception of Stekelenburg's pass
  • 42 Richardson plays in Mesca who had made a clever run behind his marker, but he unfortunately sliced his cross into the middle
  • 37 After Berbatov was fouled, Ruiz sends in a dangerous free-kick that just evades Hangeland and then Berbatov
  • 34 Parolo tries his luck again from range but is way off target this time
  • 32 Close! Marco Parolo rattles the bar with a vicious effort with Stekelenburg beaten
  • 31 Boateng makes a great sliding tackle on Amauri but is penalised by the referee
  • 29 Benalouane gets on the end of the corner but glances his header wide
  • 28 Boateng gets in the way of a cross at the expense of a Parma corner
  • 27 Sidwell dinks a ball over the top that just evades Berbatov. The crowd are shouting 'SHOOT' every time Sidwell gets the ball!
  • 26 Great cross from Dejagah just evades Ruiz, while Sidwell can't get enough of a contact at the far post to turn it in
  • 23 Parma have the ball in the back of the net but Amauri was clearly offside and the flag is subsequently raised
  • 22 Yohan Benalouane attempts an ambitious crossfield pass, but Sascha Riether is there to intercept
  • 20 Lovely backheel from Berbatov sets Mesca away but the young winger is unable to get his cross in
  • 18 Mesca beats his man in the area after collecting a brilliant Bryan Ruiz pass but sends his shot straight into the keeper's arms
  • 10 GOAL! Steve Sidwell unleashes an absolute rocket into the top corner
  • 2 Bryan Ruiz demonstrates his defensive qualities by tracking back well before robbing Antonio Cassano of the ball
  • 1 And we're underway! Parma kick-off, attacking the Hammersmith End
  • The teams emerge and we're now just minutes away from kick-off
  • Parma boast an impressive strikeforce, with Antonio Cassano and Amauri leading the line
  • Buomesca Tue Na Bangna gets a run out on the wing for Fulham, while new loan signing Adel Taarabt takes his place among the substitutes
  • There's just 45 minutes until kick-off here and the teams have been announced.