Sunday 17 March 2013, 3:00pm at White Hart Lane, London
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Berbatov 52'
Dimitar Berbatov scored on his return to White Hart Lane as Fulham secured a famous 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

77' Yellow Card

Clint Dempsey Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Michael Dawson

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermain Defoe
Off:Gylfi Sigurdsson

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Thomas Carroll
Off:Mousa Dembélé

52' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Sascha Riether

16' Yellow Card

Ashkan Dejagah Card was given for a foul

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Eyong Enoh
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Urby Emanuelson
Off:Bryan Ruiz

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Dimitar Berbatov scored on his return to White Hart Lane as Fulham secured a famous 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

Following a largely uneventful first half, the Bulgarian finished neatly from Sascha Riether’s cross on 52 minutes to earn his side a well earned three points in North London.

Martin Jol’s team were organised and disciplined throughout, with Spurs’ attacking threat well neutralised, while they were also threatening going forward, with Ashkan Dejagah and Damien Duff each putting in a tireless shift on the flanks.

The home side twice came close to an equaliser through Jermain Defoe, only to find Mark Schwarzer in inspired form as the Whites held on to move back into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.

Jol named an unchanged side from the one that drew 2-2 with Sunderland more than two weeks ago, while Eyong Enoh made the matchday squad for the first time as he took his place on the bench.

Spurs kicked off and within the first minute Gareth Bale capitalised on a piece of miscontrol from John Arne Riise, but Brede Hangeland got back to deny the in-form Welshman a shot on goal at the expense of a corner.

The home side were enjoying plenty of the ball and came within a whisker of taking the lead in the seventh minute when Bale’s header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson corner was headed off the line by Riether.

Tottenham were looking to play everything through Mousa Dembele in the middle of the park, with the former Fulham favourite at the heart of most of their play. The Belgian was proving difficult to shrug off the ball and Dejagah was shown a yellow card for his efforts to do just that on 16 minutes.

Neither side was having much luck creating chances, with wild efforts by Bale and Steve Sidwell both flying over the crossbar in a first half low on quality in the final third. 

A pinpoint crossfield pass from Giorgos Karagounis on 43 minutes found Berbatov down the right flank and the former White Hart Lane hero’s centred ball almost caught Hugo Lloris out, but the Frenchman cleared it at the second attempt after spilling initially.

Sigurdsson went as close as anyone to scoring as stoppage time approached but while his shot was hit firm and true, it was never likely to trouble Schwarzer as it flew high and wide.

Andre Villas-Boas made an attacking alteration at half-time, with the familiar face of Clint Dempsey taking to the field in place of captain Michael Dawson.

The first shot on target of the second period came on 51 minutes as Schwarzer comfortably held Bale’s low drive, before Fulham immediately went up the other end to open the scoring.

Dejagah played in Riether - who had made a trademark run in behind – and the German slid the ball across the face for Berbatov to tuck home an effort beyond Lloris and inside the far post. Our top scorer’s celebration was muted in respect to his former employers.

The goal seemed to inject a huge confidence boost into Fulham’s play. First, Sidwell’s deflected effort from distance needed two attempts from Lloris to claim the greasy ball, before Hangeland headed marginally wide following a corner.

Villas-Boas made another positive change shortly after the hour mark as Defoe came on for Sigurdsson, before another substitution was made on 67 minutes in the guise of Tom Carroll, with Dembele the man replaced.

Defoe had a great opportunity to equalise on 70 minutes when the ball fell to him inside the penalty area but his shot was too close to Schwarzer who blocked magnificently. Then, neat footwork from Carroll saw the youngster evade two challenges 40 yards from goal which gave him the space to play Bale in. Luckily for Fulham, Schwarzer read the situation impeccably and was out quickly to smother.

Jol then played his first card as Enoh was given a debut as he took Karagounis’ place in the Fulham engine room.

The game was almost won for the away side with five minutes left but Dejagah couldn’t get enough of an angle on his header having risen well to connect with Bryan Ruiz’s cross. He got it back across the face with Lloris stranded, but it was lacking the diagonal trajectory required to find the net.

Fulham were holding firm but it required a world-class save from Schwarzer to deny Defoe once more on 90 minutes. Bale had broken with pace before squaring to the England man who looked certain to score only for the Australian custodian to deny him superbly.

A few more valuable seconds were then taken up as Ruiz made way for Urby Emanuelson and Fulham saw the four minutes of added time come and go to secure a huge three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 17 March 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: White Hart Lane, London
Attendance: 36,004

Referee: Michael Jones

Tottenham Hotspur

Line-up: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson (Dempsey 45'), Caulker, Vertonghen; Parker, Dembélé (Carroll 67'); Sigurdsson (Defoe 62'), Bale, Assou-Ekotto; Adebayor

Unused substitutes: Friedel, Walker, Holtby, Livermore

Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dejagah, Karagounis (Enoh 78'), Sidwell, Duff; Ruiz (Emanuelson 90'); Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Richardson, Petric, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 29 74
2 Manchester City 29 59
3 Tottenham Hotspur 30 54
4 Chelsea 28 52
5 Arsenal 29 50
6 Everton 29 48
7 Liverpool 30 45
8 West Bromwich Albion 30 44
9 Swansea City 30 40
10 Fulham 29 36
11 Stoke City 30 34
12 Norwich City 30 34
13 West Ham United 28 33
14 Newcastle United 29 33
15 Sunderland 30 31
16 Southampton 30 31
17 Aston Villa 30 30
18 Wigan Athletic 28 24
19 Reading 30 23
20 Queens Park Rangers 30 23
Goals
0
1
Total Shots
15
7
Shots On Target
3
2
Passing Accuracy
82%
75%
Fouls
10
8
Corners
5
5
Offsides
1
4
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)
  • 25Hugo Lloris
  • 16Kyle Naughton
  • 20Michael Dawson
  • 33Steven Caulker
  • 5Jan Vertonghen
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 19Mousa Dembélé
  • 22Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • 11Gareth Bale
  • 32Benoit Assou-Ekotto
  • 10Emmanuel Adebayor
Substitutes
  • 24Brad Friedel
  • 28Kyle Walker
  • 23Lewis Holtby
  • 29Jake Livermore
  • 46Thomas Carroll
  • 2Clint Dempsey
  • 18Jermain Defoe
Manager
  • Andre Villas-Boas
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 33Eyong Enoh
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Thomas Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90' Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.
  • 88' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 87' Thomas Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Eyong Enoh replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 77' Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Foul by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 76' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Thomas Carroll tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Adebayor is caught offside.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Naughton with a cross.
  • 73' Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 70' Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Caulker.
  • 68' Foul by Thomas Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 68' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Thomas Carroll replaces Mousa Dembélé.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Senderos following a corner.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 66' Attempt blocked. Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
  • 62' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Jermain Defoe replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 62' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.
  • 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steven Caulker.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 57' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steven Caulker.
  • 57' Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 56' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 56' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 54' Hand ball by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 53' Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but John Arne Riise is caught offside.
  • 53' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 53' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Fulham 1. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a cross.
  • 51' Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • Second Half begins Tottenham Hotspur 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Clint Dempsey replaces Michael Dawson.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 45' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 43' Delay in match Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.
  • 40' Foul by Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 40' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 36' Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 36' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from long range on the right is too high. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.
  • 31' Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 31' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Hand ball by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 30' Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.
  • 29' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto following a set piece situation.
  • 23' Hand ball by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 22' Offside, Fulham. Mark Schwarzer tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 20' Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.
  • 19' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 19' Delay in match Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 19' Foul by Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 19' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 16' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 16' Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 16' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Dawson.
  • 13' Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 13' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 8' Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 8' Foul by Philippe Senderos (Fulham).
  • 8' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 8' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.
  • 6' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.
  • 5' Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).
  • 5' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 2' Attempt blocked. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.
  • 1' Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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