Friday 27 April 2018, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Lucas Piazon 45'; Mitrovic 76'
Sunderland
Sunderland
1
Asoro 28'

45' Goal

Lucas Piazon

76' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Assist by Stefan Johansen

90'+3 Yellow Card

Marcus Bettinelli Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+6 Yellow Card

Aboubakar Kamara Card was given for arguing during match

40' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Matt Targett

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rui Fonte
Off:Lucas Piazon

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomas Kalas
Off:Tom Cairney

28' Goal

Joel Asoro
Assist by Ashley Fletcher

45'+2 Yellow Card

John O'Shea

61' Yellow Card

Ashley Fletcher Card shown to player for time wasting

62' Yellow Card

Jason Steele Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+6 Yellow Card

Callum McManaman Card was given for arguing during match

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adam Matthews
Off:Billy Jones

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum McManaman
Off:Ovie Ejaria

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Maja
Off:Ethan Robson

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The battle for automatic promotion will go down to the wire after Fulham came from behind to beat Sunderland.

The battle for automatic promotion will go down to the final weekend of the season after Fulham came from behind to beat Sunderland on Friday night.

Joel Asoro fired the already relegated Black Cats into the lead, but Lucas Piazon ensured the teams went into the break level when he stabbed home at the end of the first half.

The Whites showed a marked improvement after the restart and deservedly went in front when Aleksandar Mitrović headed in a Stefan Johansen free-kick.

Seven minutes stoppage time ended up being played but Fulham held on to make it 23 unbeaten and move two points ahead of Cardiff City, who travel to Hull the following day for their game in hand.

Having taken seven points from a possible nine, Slaviša Jokanović named an unchanged starting XI for the fourth time in a row. Injury ruled Neeskens Kebano out, so Luca de la Torre took his place on the bench.

The first effort on goal came in the 12th minute when Asoro dragged well wide from 20 yards. A corner was given for some reason, but thankfully the set-piece was easily cleared.

Five minutes later Ashley Fletcher volleyed over wildly from just inside the box as the visitors had the better of the early chances, with the Whites struggling to imprint their fluid style on proceedings.

A typical Denis Odoi break out of defence almost created an opening for Fulham midway through the first half when he played an eye of the needle pass towards Ryan Sessegnon. Black Cats goalkeeper Jason Steele was alive to the danger, though, and beat Sessegnon to the ball.

With the Whites beginning to get a foothold on the game, Steele was then called into action again when Ryan Fredericks whipped in a vicious shot from a tight angle, with the stopper clawing it away on the stretch.

Sunderland took the lead before the half hour mark when a long ball forward was flicked in-field by Fletcher to Asoro, who rolled Matt Targett before finding the bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the box.

An immediate response almost arrived when Piazon was invited to shoot from 18 yards, but his bobbling strike dropped just the wrong side of the post.

Fulham were dealt a big blow five minutes before half-time when Targett – who had been struggling with a knock since the goal – limped off. Jokanović used the opportunity to make an offensive change as Aboubakar Kamara replaced him, with Sessegnon dropping to left-back.

And Kamara had an immediate impact as his side restored parity in the final minute of normal time in the first half. After being fed by Johansen at the start of a counter-attack, he slipped in Fredericks whose cross was palmed back into danger by Steele, with Piazon gleefully mopping up the loose ball into the net.

John O’Shea was then booked in the aftermath for dissent as he thought Sunderland should have been awarded a penalty prior to the equaliser.

Things almost got better for the Whites in stoppage time when Mitrović did well to head Kamara’s deep delivery back across goal, but Lamine Kone just beat Tom Cairney to it.

Sunderland made a change of their own at the interval, with Adam Matthews replacing Billy Jones.

Fulham created an opening inside the first minute of the restart with some intricate play on the edge of the box, but it culminated in Johansen curling some way over.

Kamara had been a real nuisance down the right flank since his introduction, and he drew another save from Steele in the 51st minute with a powerful shot from an acute angle.

The substitute then drew a foul 25 yards from goal. Johansen took the set-piece and found the target, but Steele’s positioning was on point and he saved comfortably.

Fulham were pushing for their second goal and a clever snapshot from Mitrović could have brought it in the 57th minute, but Steele beat away his poked strike.

Another slick passage of play before the hour mark saw Kamra and Johansen combine to tee up Cairney who opened his body up and bent one towards the corner, but it went a yard the wrong side of the upright.

Paddy McNair then tried his luck from range, but Marcus Bettinelli was right behind it and not troubled.

Two yellow cards in quick succession followed for the visitors, with Fletcher and Steele each booked for time wasting.

A mazy run by Fredericks caused panic in the away penalty area but his shot at the end was blocked. The ball eventually found its way to Kevin McDonald but he couldn’t repeat his heroics of a week earlier and fired over.

Half of Craven Cottage thought Cairney had put his side in front on 72 minutes. His placed shot looked for all the world to be sailing in, but it missed the target by a lick of paint.

Jokanović then made his second change of the evening, as Rui Fonte came on for Piazon.

With quarter of an hour to go, there was an earthquake in SW6 as Mitrović made it 2-1. Johansen swung in a beautiful free-kick following another foul on Kamara, and the imposing Serb leapt high, headed down, and saw the ball fly into the net. Eruption at Craven Cottage.

With the Fulham players celebrating, Chris Coleman brought on winger Callum McManaman for Ovie Ejaria.

Sunderland couldn’t deal with Kamara and after he’d been hacked down again in a dangerous position, Johansen almost punished them only for his sweet free-kick to be tipped behind by a sprawling Steele.

The Wearsiders’ final switch saw Josh Maja come on for Ethan Robson with five minutes to play, with the Whites following suit before long with Tomas Kalas replacing Cairney in attempt to see the game out.

Four minutes were added on but in the sixth minute of stoppages Kamara and McManaman were booked for an off-the-ball altercation, which thankfully proved to be the last action of the game as Fulham ensured the battle for second would go down to the wire.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 27 April 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 21,849

Referee: Peter Bankes

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett (Kamara 40'); Cairney (Kalas 90'), McDonald, Johansen; Lucas Piazon (Rui Fonte 74'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Norwood, De La Torre

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Sunderland

Line-up: Steele; Jones (Matthews 45'), Koné, O'Shea, Wilson; Paddy McNair, Ethan Robson (Maja 85'); Asoro, Ovie Ejaria (McManaman 77'), Honeyman; Fletcher

Unused substitutes: Camp, Clarke-Salter, Lua Lua, Mumba

Manager: Chris Coleman

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 98
2 Fulham 45 88
3 Cardiff City 44 86
4 Aston Villa 44 82
5 Middlesbrough 44 72
6 Derby County 44 71
7 Millwall 44 69
8 Brentford 44 68
9 Preston North End 44 67
10 Bristol City 44 66
11 Sheffield United 44 66
12 Leeds United 44 57
13 Norwich City 44 57
14 Ipswich Town 44 56
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Queens Park Rangers 44 53
17 Nottingham Forest 44 52
18 Hull City 44 48
19 Reading 44 43
20 Birmingham City 44 43
21 Bolton Wanderers 44 40
22 Barnsley 44 38
23 Burton Albion 44 38
24 Sunderland 45 34
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
14
8
Shots On Target
5
2
Passing Accuracy
84%
75%
Fouls
15
10
Corners
4
2
Offsides
1
5
Bookings
2
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 21Matt Targett
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 32Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 9Rui Fonte
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Sunderland (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jason Steele
  • 2Billy Jones
  • 23Lamine Koné
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 36Marc Wilson
  • 4Paddy McNair
  • 28Ethan Robson
  • 29Joel Asoro
  • 53Ovie Ejaria
  • 26George Honeyman
  • 9Ashley Fletcher
Substitutes
  • 12Lee Camp
  • 21Adam Matthews
  • 35Jake Clarke-Salter
  • 11Kazenga Lua Lua
  • 13Callum McManaman
  • 37Bali Mumba
  • 20Josh Maja
Manager
  • Chris Coleman
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.
  • 90'+6' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+6' Callum McManaman (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Callum McManaman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 90'+4' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90'+3' Delay in match Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Marc Wilson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Callum McManaman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 88' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).
  • 85' Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces Ethan Robson.
  • 82' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Steele.
  • 82' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 81' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 81' Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
  • 80' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 80' Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).
  • 77' Substitution, Sunderland. Callum McManaman replaces Ovie Ejaria.
  • 76' Goal! Fulham 2, Sunderland 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 75' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 75' Foul by Marc Wilson (Sunderland).
  • 74' Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Marc Wilson is caught offside.
  • 74' Substitution, Fulham. Rui Fonte replaces Lucas Piazon.
  • 73' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 73' Paddy McNair (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 72' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 71' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lucas Piazon.
  • 69' Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Ovie Ejaria is caught offside.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 66' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 66' George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Ethan Robson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.
  • 63' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 63' Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Jason Steele (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.
  • 61' Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 61' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Foul by Paddy McNair (Sunderland).
  • 61' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Honeyman.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Honeyman.
  • 60' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 60' George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 57' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Steele.
  • 57' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paddy McNair.
  • 54' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 54' Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
  • 52' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Lamine Koné (Sunderland).
  • 51' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 49' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Foul by Ethan Robson (Sunderland).
  • 49' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 49' Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 46' Attempt blocked. Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Sunderland 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Sunderland. Adam Matthews replaces Billy Jones.
  • 45'+6' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Sunderland 1.
  • 45'+4' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45'+4' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 45' John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 45' Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 1. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.
  • 41' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 41' Paddy McNair (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Matt Targett because of an injury.
  • 40' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 39' Delay in match Matt Targett (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 38' Offside, Sunderland. Marc Wilson tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.
  • 37' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 37' Foul by Lamine Koné (Sunderland).
  • 36' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 36' Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Offside, Sunderland. Marc Wilson tries a through ball, but Ovie Ejaria is caught offside.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 30' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 29' Delay in match Matt Targett (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 28' Goal! Fulham 0, Sunderland 1. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher with a headed pass.
  • 28' Offside, Fulham. Denis Odoi tries a through ball, but Lucas Piazon is caught offside.
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lamine Koné.
  • 26' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 26' Marc Wilson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 24' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 24' Paddy McNair (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Offside, Sunderland. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.
  • 20' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 20' Billy Jones (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 19' Foul by Marc Wilson (Sunderland).
  • 18' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
  • 17' Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paddy McNair with a headed pass.
  • 16' Foul by Matt Targett (Fulham).
  • 16' Joel Asoro (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 12' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Matt Targett.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Joel Asoro (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Honeyman.
  • 3' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
  • 3' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 2' Delay in match Tom Cairney (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.