Saturday 1 September 2007, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Dempsey 42'; o.g. Rocha 77'; Kamara 90'
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
3
Kaboul 10'; Berbatov 28'; Bale 61'
Diomansy Kamara's stunning injury time overhead kick helps Fulham come back from 3-1 down to take a point from Tottenham in Saturday's six-goal thriller at Craven Cottage.

42' Goal

Clint Dempsey

77' Own-goal

Ricardo Rocha

90' Goal

Diomansy Kamara

83' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Healy
Off:Hameur Bouazza

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Alexei Smertin

10' Goal

Younes Kaboul

28' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov

61' Goal

Gareth Bale

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Dawson
Off:Steed Malbranque

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1 min: Spurs got the game underway attacking the Hammersmith end. Kamara set the tone for Saturday's London derby early on with a thunderous challenge on Malbranque on the touchline.

5 min: Berbatov, lying deep, collected the ball in the middle of the park and played a neat one before passing the ball to Keane on Fulham's 18 yard line. Keane’s flick to the far post lacked finesse and Niemi collected with ease.

10 min: Goal Spurs (Kaboul). A corner from Tottenham’s right flank was played to Niemi’s near post. The keeper came to collect but failed to catch cleanly and the ball dropped to Kaboul who made no mistake with the finish from 3 yards.

Fulham 0 - 1 Tottenham

18 min: Davis almost pulled the game level after some industrious work in midfield by Smertin. The midfielder won possession in the middle of the park and set Kamara up for the attack. The Senegalese striker charged forward and unleashed a thunderous challenge on goal. The ball deflected ot the left channel and Bouazza collected before delivering a cross which fizzed along the six yard line. Robinson fumbled but Davis sent his effort over the bar under pressure.

25 min: A Bocanegra header from the half way line reached Kamara in the penalty area. The striker controlled the ball in an instant before passing the ball back to Davies on the far corner of the 18 yard line. The Welshman sent in a rasping shot across goal but the effort lacked the direction to trouble Robinson.

28 min: Goal Spurs (Berbatov). Steven Davis’ header in midfield fell straight into Robbie Keane’s path in the middle of the park. Keane sent a first time controlled volley down the right hand channel. Barbatov sensed the opportunity and sprinted clear of Stefanovic before heading the ball into his path and unleashing a clinical low volley past Niemi from 12 yards to double Spurs lead.

Fulham 0 - 2 Tottenham

37 min: Spurs continued to pressure, earning three successive corners. Berbatov and Keane’s movement in the final third was a constant menace during the first period.

40 min: Fulham countered, entering a spell of controlled possession following good work from Dempsey under pressure. A minute later the American was to get his reward.

42 min: Goal Fulham (Dempsey). Fulham’s pressure resulted in a corner on the right hand side. Davies sent in an inswinging delivery and Dempsey charged into the box to send an unstoppable header past Robinson from 10 yards. Fulham were back in the game.

Fulham 1 - 2 Tottenham

43 min: Both keepers needed to be alert before the break. First a contentious offside decision set Spurs free but fortunately Bale’s shot from the 18 yard line was well judged by Niemi who smothered the ball in a central position. Seconds later Kamara beat Spurs offside trap but Robinson raced out of his goal mouth and leapt on the ball at the feet of Kamara.

Second Half Action

46 min: Both sides retained the same line-ups for the second period. Fulham made a strong start but in Spurs first attack of the second half Berbatov sent in a cracking 25 yard volley which Niemi was forced to tip over his crossbar.

50 min: Fulham entered their best spell of the game. Lengthy spells of possession resulted in a series of attacks from the flanks. A clinical finish was lacking but the Whites improved play raised the atmosphere inside Craven Cottage.

54 min: Niemi made up for his first half error, pulling of an outstanding save from Jenas. A Spurs corner was knocked back to Jenas by Keane. The midfielder, 25 yards from goal sent in a rasping right footed volley. Niemi leapt to tip the ball over the bar.

55 min: Steed Malbranque missed a glorious opportunity to increase Spurs lead. The ball popped up to Malbranque in the middle of Fulham’s area, 12 yards from goal but he sent his shot was sent crashing against the post.

60 min: Goal Spurs (Bale). Fulham’s high line was caught out by Robbie Keane’s flick on the hour. Gareth Bale sprinted through Fulham’s defence, beating the offside trap for a one-on-one with Niemi. Bale opted for the near post and stroked the ball past Niemi to extend the away side’s lead.

Fulham 1 - 3 Tottenham

66 min: Chris Baird’s defensive instincts saved Fulham on the goal-line. Niemi’s punched clearance fell to Berbatov who smashed the ball towards goal from 25 yards. Barid’s last ditch intervention deflected the ball away to safety - superb defending.

67 min: Matin Jol replaced Keane with Jermain Defoe. Two minutes later Lawrie Sanchez introduced David Healy for Bouazza.

72 min: Fulham earned a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Konchesky’s set piece deflected back to Smertin who’s shot from 18 yards rattled through a host of players before Dempsey was adjudged offside on the six yard line.

76 min: Goal Fulham (Smertin) Fulham were back in the game when Smertin’s shot from 25 yards in a central position deflected over Robinson and looped into the net.  The home crowd sensed a point could be salvaged from the game and Fulham were turning the game. 

Fulham 2 - 3 Tottenham

78 min: Lawrie Sanchez introduced further attacking reinforcements heading into the final ten minutes of the game, introducing Collins John for the outstanding Smertin.

80 min: Fulham continued to press, urged on by the home crowd. Fulham began to control the game, dominating possession. A rare charge upfield by Spurs resulted in Bocanegra being booked for a barge on Berbatov but it was a brief respite as Fulham continued to search for the equaliser.

83 min: Spurs were under severe pressure and Matin Jol sent in defensive reinforcements - Steed Malbranque was replaced by Michael Dawson. Fulham were now camped in Tottenham's half and looked good for the equaliser.

88 min: Goal Fulham (Kamara). In the dying seconds Kamara pulled off an incredible piece of skill to pull Fulham level. Fulham earned a throw-in down the left flank and Baird launched the ball into the box. Amongst a congested area the flick on fell to Kamara. With his back to goal,15 yards out, Kamara lifted off the ground and sent his overhead kick over Robinson and into the top corner of the net. Craven Cottage erupted. 

Fulham 3 – 3 Tottenham

90 min: Davies almost won it with a right footed drive which hit the Spurs defence and looped over Robinson, shaving the far post. Fulham were all over Spurs in the final moments of the game and looked likely to grab the winner before Referee Mike Riley blew the whistle to end a remarkable London deby game.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 1 September 2007
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,007

Referee: Mike Riley

Fulham

Line-up: Niemi; Baird, Stefanovic, Bocanegra, Konchesky; Davies, Steven Davis, Smertin (John 79'), Bouazza (Healy 70'); Dempsey, Kamara

Unused substitutes: Batista, Volz, Brown

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Robinson; Chimbonda, Rocha, Kaboul, Lee Young-Pyo; Malbranque (Dawson 84'), Huddlestone, Jenas, Bale; Keane, Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Alnwick, Zokora, Tainio, Bent

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 4 10
2 Everton 5 10
3 Chelsea 4 10
4 Manchester City 4 9
5 Newcastle United 4 8
6 Wigan Athletic 5 7
7 West Ham United 4 7
8 Arsenal 3 7
9 Middlesbrough 5 7
10 Portsmouth 4 5
11 Blackburn Rovers 3 5
12 Manchester United 4 5
13 Tottenham Hotspur 5 4
14 Aston Villa 3 4
15 Fulham 5 4
16 Birmingham City 5 4
17 Sunderland 4 4
18 Reading 5 4
19 Bolton Wanderers 5 3
20 Derby County 5 1
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 29Antti Niemi
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 6Dejan Stefanovic
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Paul Konchesky
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 10Steven Davis
  • 8Alexei Smertin
  • 24Hameur Bouazza
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 11Diomansy Kamara
Substitutes
  • 13Ricardo Batista
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 30Wayne Brown
  • 15Collins John
  • 31David Healy
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2)
  • 1Paul Robinson
  • 2Pascal Chimbonda
  • 33Ricardo Rocha
  • 5Younes Kaboul
  • Lee Young-Pyo
  • 15Steed Malbranque
  • 6Tom Huddlestone
  • 21Jermaine Jenas
  • 11Gareth Bale
  • 10Robbie Keane
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 12Ben Alnwick
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 4Didier Zokora
  • 6Teemu Tainio
  • 10Darren Bent