Sunday 2 December 2018, 12:00pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Premier League
Chelsea
Chelsea
2
Pedro 4'; Loftus-Cheek 82'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

4' Goal

Pedro
Assist by N'Golo Kanté

82' Goal

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Assist by Eden Hazard

69' Yellow Card

César Azpilicueta Card was given for a foul

83' Yellow Card

Álvaro Morata Card shown to player for time wasting

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Off:Mateo Kovacic

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Álvaro Morata
Off:Olivier Giroud

78' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Davide Zappacosta
Off:Marcos Alonso

55' Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Stefan Johansen

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Ryan Sessegnon

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Tom Cairney

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90
Fulham were beaten 2-0 by neighbours Chelsea in the first South-West London derby of the season in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Fulham were beaten 2-0 by neighbours Chelsea in the first South-West London derby of the season in Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off.

Goals at the start and end of the match did the damage, with Pedro taking advantage of a defensive error and Ruben Loftus-Cheek finishing off a decent team move.

The Whites had their chances in the game, with Calum Chambers drawing a hat-trick of saves from Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, but in the end the hosts’ clinical edge in front of goal proved the difference.

As a precaution, André Schürrle missed out on a return to his old stomping ground after picking up a slight knock in training, with Stefan Johansen taking his place as Claudio Ranieri opted for an extra body in midfield.

Inside the opening 23 seconds Fulham were presented with a sight of goal as Cyrus Christie drove forward purposefully before letting fly from range, but Kepa got down to his right to keep it out.

And then a few minutes later we were punished for a lapse in concentration. Jean Michaël Seri was robbed of possession by N’Golo Kante in midfield, who advanced and slipped in Pedro who made no mistake.

The Whites did not let their heads drop and had another shot on target shortly after the quarter hour mark when Tom Cairney squared to Chambers who composed himself and drilled in an effort that was well struck but too close to Kepa.

Chelsea were having plenty of nice touches without being overly penetrative, but they drew Sergio Rico into a good save midway through the half when he repelled Olivier Giroud’s angled drive.

Our goalkeeper had to be alert again shortly before half-time when Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross was met by Giroud, with Rico making another smart stop.

Ranieri implemented a double change at the break in an attempt to reverse our fortunes, with Aboubakar Kamara and Floyd Ayité replacing Ryan Sessegnon and Johansen.

The first chance of the second period fell the way of the home side as space opened up for Pedro to run into, but his placed effort was comfortably parried by Rico.

Fulham then twice went close to an equaliser at the other end. First, Antonio Rudiger slid Christie’s cross just past the post, and from the subsequent corner Chambers was denied by a fine Kepa save.

Midfielder Chambers was proving to be the Whites’ biggest goal threat, this time bringing a sprawling save at full stretch from Kepa after connecting superbly first time with Cairney’s cutback.

The Blues’ first change arrived midway through the second half as Loftus-Cheek came on for Mateo Kovacic, before Azpilicueta became the first man to have his name taken for a late crunch on Cairney in the middle of the park.

With 20 minutes to go Chelsea made a straight switch up front as Giroud made way for Alvaro Morata.

The hosts then went close to doubling their lead when Eden Hazard’s deflected effort was set to creep inside the post, but Rico showed off his incredible reach to get a hand to it. The loose ball dropped kindly to Morata but thankfully he blazed over with the goal gaping.

Ranieri made his final substitution of the afternoon with 15 to play, as Neeskens Kebano took Cairney’s place, with Chelsea following suit soon after as Marcos Alonso made way for Davide Zappacosta.

Chelsea managed to wrap things up on 82 minutes when some crisp link-up play on the edge of the box culminated in Hazard feeding a cute ball through to Loftus-Cheek who finished coolly inside the near post.

Morata was then shown a yellow card for kicking the ball away after he was penalised for a foul on Alfie Mawson. One could argue he was lucky not to then be sent off, after he sarcastically applauded the referee’s decision to book him.

Again the Whites refused to throw in the towel after conceding, with Seri making sure Kepa was awake with a swirling long ranger, but the young stopper was behind it all the way.

A few more chances fell our way in stoppage time as Kamara, Christie and Mawson all tried their luck, but no consolation was forthcoming as we slipped to defeat in the SW6 derby.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Sunday 2 December 2018
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 40,551

Referee: Craig Pawson

Chelsea

Line-up: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso (Zappacosta 78'); Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 67'); Pedro, Giroud (Morata 70'), Hazard

Unused substitutes: Caballero, Christensen, Fàbregas, Willian

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Christie, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand; Seri; Chambers, Johansen (Ayité 45'); Cairney (Kebano 76'); Ryan Sessegnon (Kamara 45'), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Ream, Bryan, Cissé

Manager: Claudio Ranieri

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 14 38
2 Liverpool 13 33
3 Chelsea 14 31
4 Tottenham Hotspur 13 30
5 Arsenal 13 27
6 Everton 13 22
7 Manchester United 14 22
8 Leicester City 14 21
9 A.F.C. Bournemouth 14 20
10 Watford 14 20
11 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 18
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 16
13 West Ham United 14 15
14 Crystal Palace 14 12
15 Newcastle United 14 12
16 Cardiff City 14 11
17 Huddersfield Town 14 10
18 Southampton 14 9
19 Burnley 14 9
20 Fulham 14 8
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
16
9
Shots On Target
9
4
Passing Accuracy
89%
73%
Fouls
8
17
Corners
4
6
Offsides
0
1
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Chelsea (4-3-3)
  • 1Kepa Arrizabalaga
  • 28César Azpilicueta
  • 2Antonio Rüdiger
  • 30David Luiz
  • 3Marcos Alonso
  • 7N'Golo Kanté
  • 5Jorginho
  • 17Mateo Kovacic
  • 11Pedro
  • 18Olivier Giroud
  • 10Eden Hazard
Substitutes
  • 13Willy Caballero
  • 21Davide Zappacosta
  • 27Andreas Christensen
  • 4Cesc Fàbregas
  • 12Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • 22Willian
  • 29Álvaro Morata
Manager
  • Maurizio Sarri
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Claudio Ranieri
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, Chelsea 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.
  • 90'+2' César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Calum Chambers.
  • 90' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 86' Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 86' Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
  • 84' Offside, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 84' Attempt saved. Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maxime Le Marchand.
  • 83' Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
  • 83' Foul by Álvaro Morata (Chelsea).
  • 83' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Goal! Chelsea 2, Fulham 0. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 79' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 79' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 79' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alfie Mawson with a headed pass.
  • 78' Substitution, Chelsea. Davide Zappacosta replaces Marcos Alonso because of an injury.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
  • 76' David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 74' César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 73' Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 71' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 70' Substitution, Chelsea. Álvaro Morata replaces Olivier Giroud.
  • 69' César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
  • 69' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Mateo Kovacic.
  • 66' Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
  • 66' Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Calum Chambers (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 64' Attempt saved. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 62' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 62' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 60' Attempt saved. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 59' N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 54' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 54' Pedro (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 54' Attempt saved. Calum Chambers (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri with a cross.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.
  • 53' Foul by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).
  • 53' Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 49' Attempt saved. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Luiz.
  • 49' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 47' Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Chelsea 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Chelsea 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Pedro.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.
  • 42' Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).
  • 42' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.
  • 39' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 39' Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 37' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 35' Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.
  • 31' David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 31' Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea).
  • 31' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 29' Attempt blocked. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 28' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 28' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 26' Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).
  • 26' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Calum Chambers (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 14' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 14' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 11' Foul by N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea).
  • 11' Jean Michael Seri (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.
  • 4' Goal! Chelsea 1, Fulham 0. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by N'Golo Kanté.
  • 1' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • First Half begins.