Saturday 27 April 2019, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Babel 79'
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
0

79' Goal

Ryan Babel
Assist by Cyrus Christie

28' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Cyrus Christie
Off:Denis Odoi

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alfie Mawson
Off:Ryan Sessegnon

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Ryan Babel

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Ward
Off:Oumar Niasse

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rhys Healey
Off:Víctor Camarasa

87' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Off:Aron Gunnarsson

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Ryan Babel’s wonder strike kept Fulham’s fantastic run going with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at the Cottage.

Ryan Babel’s wonder strike kept Fulham’s fantastic run going with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City at the Cottage.

After a low-key first half that was notable only for a concerning injury suffered by Denis Odoi, the Whites came out strongly after the restart.

Aleksandar Mitrović squandered what was a good chance by his standards, but then Babel produced a goal right out of the top drawer to put his side in front.

Taking it on first-time, the forward sent a brilliant effort away from where it had come, planting it away from the goalkeeper and inside the far post.

With their Premier League status hanging in the balance, Cardiff poured forwards to no avail, although should probably have nabbed a point when Junior Hoilett rattled the bar.

Scott Parker made one change to the team that won at AFC Bournemouth, with Tom Cairney recalled in place of Jean Michaël Seri, after the skipper missed the trip to Dorset to witness the birth of his son – and future Fulham midfielder? – Aubrey.

The first chance came on 12 minutes when Ryan Babel bamboozled Bruno Manga before feeding Aleksandar Mitrović who powered one towards the corner that Neil Etheridge beat away at full stretch.

Fulham were forced into an early substitution following an unfortunate collision between Denis Odoi and Maxime Le Marchand, as the former headed back to his goalkeeper while his teammate went to volley clear, only to make firm contact with Odoi. After a long delay for treatment, Cyrus Christie replaced him at right-back as he departed straight down the tunnel on a stretcher, to a standing ovation.

Chances were few and far between in what was a cagey encounter, although the Whites nearly got their noses in front in the seventh of nine minutes added on at the end of the first half. Babel stayed on his feet after appearing to be caught by Lee Peltier in the box and picked out Ryan Sessegnon with his cross, but the youngster couldn’t make a strong connection and volleyed wide.

Fulham forged a gilt-edged opening three minutes after the restart. Babel found Cairney’s run into the box, the skipper then cut back to Mitrović who couldn’t control his first time effort from 16 yards out, and it sailed over.

Cardiff were struggling to deal with Cairney’s creativity, and he almost caught Etheridge out with his deep cross on 55 minutes, with the former Fulham stopper forced to claw it out from underneath his crossbar.

The Bluebirds’ first shot of note soon followed, but Victor Camarasa could only blaze over from distance.

They then switched things up in the forward area, replacing Oumar Niasse with Danny Ward.

Midway through the second half a pristine Cairney pass spotted the forward run of Joe Bryan, but a last-ditch tackle as he went to pull the trigger denied the left-back a first Premier League goal.

Mitrović then rolled his man and unleashed fury on the edge of the box, but his left footer cleared the bar.

A second City substitution saw Camarasa make way for Rhys Healey.

Sergio Rico had been a quiet bystander for much of this game, but he was still alert when called upon, beating away Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s vicious strike on 73 minutes.

Cardiff were clearly hoping to keep things goalless and snatch it late on. What was not in the gameplan was Babel belting in a Goal of the Season contender. Christie’s positive forward run culminated in him pulling it back to Babel, who bent a stunning curler first time beyond the helpless Etheridge and inside the far post. It was in from the moment it left his foot.

To their credit, the visitors threatened an immediate response when Ward headed Junior Hoilett’s free-kick on target, but Rico made a fine stop to tip it over.

Sessegnon had scored every time he’d faced Cardiff, but he wasn’t to making it six from six as he was replaced by Alfie Mawson who made his first appearance of the calendar year.

Ward had been industrious since his introduction, and drew another good save from Rico with four minutes left. City then made their final change as Aron Gunnarsson made way for Bobby Decordova-Reid.

Cardiff looked certain to equalise two minutes later when Reid broke clear. His shot was blocked but only as far as Hoilett, who thwacked the bar with the goal gaping.

Babel then made way to rapturous applause. Floyd Ayité was the man to replace him.

Joe Bennett’s low header was saved by Rico with a minute to go, but the home fans were raging as Calum Chambers appeared to have been fouled in the build-up.

They continued to lay siege to the Fulham goal but Rico and his compadres held firm, to make it three wins and three clean sheets in a row.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,822

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Odoi (Christie 28'), Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan; Chambers, Zambo Anguissa; Ryan Sessegnon (Mawson 85'), Cairney, Babel (Ayité 89'); Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Kebano, Seri, Elliott

Manager: Scott Parker

Cardiff City

Line-up: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett; Gunnarsson (De Cordova-Reid 87'), Bacuna; Hoilett, Camarasa (Healey 72'), Mendez-Laing; Niasse (Ward 61')

Unused substitutes: Brian Murphy, Jazz Richards, Cunningham, Harris

Manager: Neil Warnock

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 36 91
2 Manchester City 35 89
3 Tottenham Hotspur 36 70
4 Chelsea 35 67
5 Arsenal 35 66
6 Manchester United 35 64
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 54
8 Everton 36 50
9 Watford 36 50
10 Leicester City 35 48
11 West Ham United 36 46
12 Crystal Palace 36 43
13 A.F.C. Bournemouth 36 42
14 Newcastle United 35 41
15 Burnley 35 40
16 Southampton 36 38
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 34
18 Cardiff City 36 31
19 Fulham 36 26
20 Huddersfield Town 36 14
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
8
13
Shots On Target
2
8
Passing Accuracy
87%
65%
Fouls
10
8
Corners
10
3
Offsides
1
3
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 12Ryan Babel
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 31Fabri
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 24Jean Michael Seri
  • 56Harvey Elliott
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Cardiff City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Lee Peltier
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 5Bruno Ecuele Manga
  • 3Joe Bennett
  • 17Aron Gunnarsson
  • 15Leandro Bacuna
  • 33David Junior Hoilett
  • 21Víctor Camarasa
  • 19Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
  • 29Oumar Niasse
Substitutes
  • 28Brian Murphy
  • 6Jazz Richards
  • 18Greg Cunningham
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 23Kadeem Harris
  • 9Danny Ward
  • 32Rhys Healey
Manager
  • Neil Warnock
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 1, Cardiff City 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0.
  • 90'+5' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90'+5' Delay in match Sergio Rico (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 90'+4' Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is high and wide to the left.
  • 90'+2' Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.
  • 90'+2' Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing with a cross.
  • 90' Attempt saved. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing with a cross.
  • 89' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Ryan Babel.
  • 88' Offside, Cardiff City. David Junior Hoilett tries a through ball, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is caught offside.
  • 88' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.
  • 87' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).
  • 87' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 87' Substitution, Cardiff City. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Aron Gunnarsson because of an injury.
  • 87' Delay in match (Fulham).
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Rhys Healey (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Peltier.
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Alfie Mawson replaces Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 84' Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).
  • 84' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 81' Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rhys Healey.
  • 81' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross.
  • 80' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 80' Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 79' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.
  • 74' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 74' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 74' Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 73' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 73' Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).
  • 73' Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Morrison.
  • 72' Substitution, Cardiff City. Rhys Healey replaces Víctor Camarasa.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Calum Chambers.
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
  • 64' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).
  • 61' Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Oumar Niasse.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Junior Hoilett.
  • 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Junior Hoilett.
  • 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.
  • 51' Hand ball by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 48' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 46' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Junior Hoilett.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Cardiff City 0.
  • 45'+10' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Cardiff City 0.
  • 45'+9' Attempt missed. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 45'+7' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Babel.
  • 43' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 43' Attempt blocked. Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oumar Niasse.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Ryan Babel (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 39' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 39' Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City).
  • 33' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Peltier.
  • 31' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 31' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 28' Substitution, Fulham. Cyrus Christie replaces Denis Odoi because of an injury.
  • 20' Delay in match Denis Odoi (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 18' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 18' Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Offside, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • 16' Foul by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 16' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Offside, Fulham. Denis Odoi tries a through ball, but Maxime Le Marchand is caught offside.
  • 13' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Oumar Niasse.
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.
  • 12' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Babel.
  • 11' Offside, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga tries a through ball, but Oumar Niasse is caught offside.
  • 10' Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City).
  • 8' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 8' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 7' Foul by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 7' Víctor Camarasa (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 2' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 2' Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.