Saturday 8 September 2018, 12:00pm at Pinatar Arena Football Centre, Murcia
Fulham FC
Schürrle 72'

72' Goal

André Schürrle

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sergio Rico

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harvey Elliott
Off:Luciano Vietto

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:André Schürrle
Off:Floyd Ayité

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tyrese Francois
Off:Maxime Le Marchand

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayesh Rane
Off:Komal Thatal

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cavin Lobo
Off:Everton Santos

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Balwant Singh
Off:Kalu Uche

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sk Faiaz
Off:Manuel Lanzarote

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Arnab Mondal
Off:Sena Ralte

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Prabir Das
Off:Andre Bikey

A sweet hit from substitute Andre Schürrle earned Fulham a 1-0 win over Indian side ATK in our friendly in Murcia.
Fulham concluded their training camp in Murcia on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 1-0 win over Indian Premier League outfit ATK.

A second half strike from substitute André Schürrle was enough to see the Whites pick up the win to conclude a productive training camp in sunny Spain.

Slaviša Jokanović named a strong side for the match, a starting XI which featured nine First Team players and saw a welcome return from injury for Floyd Ayité, who took his place on the left side of a front three.

It was an uncharacteristic rainy day as the referee got the encounter up and running and it wasn’t long before the Whites started to dominate possession and carve out some chances in the tricky conditions.

Calum Chambers, starting in a holding midfield role, saw a glanced header parried clear in the opening 10 minutes and Ayité had a well struck free-kick saved as Fulham began to control the match from the offset.

As the rain subsided and more pockets of space opened in key areas for the Whites the deadlock was not broken. Arindam Bhattacharya was in inspired form in the ATK net, first tipping a Chambers shot from just outside the box wide before Maxime Le Marchand lashed a fizzing drive from 30 yards agonisingly past the post.

The best chance of the match fell to Aboubakar Kamara on the stroke of half-time. After a fluid counter attack down the flanks Kamara was slipped in beyond the ATK backline and looked to break on goal. After powering past John Johnson who cynically tried to hack the striker down, Abou fired low and hard, only to be denied again by a solid save from Bhattacharya.

It remained all square at half-time despite the dominance in possession and a number of good chances to break the deadlock.

Two changes were made at the half. Harvey Elliott was brought on in place of Luciano Vietto and Sergio Rico came on to take over in goal from Fabri.

After an eventful first half the second was a more low key affair with chances few and far between for both sides. However, in the 60th minute a mix up at the back for the Indian side gifted Abou another chance to open the scoring. Andre Bikey and Bhattacharya both thought the other player was taking responsibility for a speculative through ball in behind the back-four. However, neither took the ball and Kamara took a touch before sending a shot wide of the post from a tight angle.

Moments later Elliott had a left-footed shot from the outside of the box parried behind for a corner before a fine strike from substitute Schürrle opened the scoring for the Whites.

With ATK legs visibly tiring once again, too much space was allowed to a Fulham player outside the box. This time no mistake was made. After taking a firm pass and taking it under control with one touch the German curled a delightful strike into the right hand corner. A perfectly weighted strike to give Fulham a deserved lead with 20 minutes to go.

With the clock ticking down Joe Bryan almost extended the Whites lead with eight minutes remaining. Kamara showed a clean pair of heels to the ATK left-back and surged down the left wing. After looking up he played a pass back into the path of Bryan who had followed the move. After composing himself he looked to find the bottom corner with a right-footed shot. However, his shot was well saved and hooked clear.

It proved to be the last opportunity of the game as the referee blew his whistle to end the match and mid-season training camp in Murcia.

Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Saturday 8 September 2018
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Pinatar Arena Football Centre, Murcia


Line-up: Fabri (Rico 46'); Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand (Francois 61'), Bryan; De La Torre, Chambers, O'Riley; Vietto (Elliott 46'), Kamara, Ayité (Schürrle 61')


Line-up: Bhattacharya; Khongjee, Bikey (Das 70'), Johnson, Ralte (Mondal 70'); Malsawmzuala, Vieira; Santos (Lobo 60'), Lanzarote (Faiaz 60'), Thatal (Rane 46'); Uche (Singh 60')

Unused substitutes: Majumder, Lyngdoh, Paul

Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 31Fabri
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 19Luciano Vietto
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 38Tyrese Francois
  • 56Harvey Elliott
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 14André Schürrle
ATK (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Arindam Bhattacharya
  • 22Aiborlang Khongjee
  • 6Andre Bikey
  • 28John Johnson
  • 21Sena Ralte
  • 15Malsawmzuala
  • 2Gerson Vieira
  • 7Everton Santos
  • 29Manuel Lanzarote
  • 26Komal Thatal
  • 9Kalu Uche
  • 3Arnab Mondal
  • 4Prabir Das
  • 11Jayesh Rane
  • 13Debjit Majumder
  • 14Eugeneson Lyngdoh
  • 19Balwant Singh
  • 20Cavin Lobo
  • 32Avilash Paul
  • 44Sk Faiaz