Sunday 12 May 2013, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Berbatov 33'
Liverpool
Liverpool
3
Sturridge 36', 62', 85'
Dimitar Berbatov scored his 14th goal of the season but a Daniel Sturridge hat-trick saw Fulham sink to a 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool.

33' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Sascha Riether

15' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Urby Emanuelson
Off:Kieran Richardson

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Arne Riise
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

36' Goal

Daniel Sturridge
Assist by Daniel Sturridge

62' Goal

Daniel Sturridge
Assist by Philippe Coutinho

85' Goal

Daniel Sturridge
Assist by Philippe Coutinho

52' Yellow Card

Glen Johnson Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:José Enrique
Off:Andre Wisdom

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fabio Borini
Off:Jonjo Shelvey

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Coady
Off:Philippe Coutinho

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Dimitar Berbatov scored his 14th goal of the season but a Daniel Sturridge hat-trick saw Fulham sink to a 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool.

Berbatov nodded home Sascha Riether’s cross just after the half-hour mark to put the Whites in front, but Liverpool levelled three minutes later when Sturridge fired past Mark Schwarzer.

On the hour mark, Mark Halsey then turned down a seemingly blatant penalty when Lucas Leiva appeared to handle Bryan Ruiz’s cross, before Sebastian Coates got away with what looked like a clip on Alexander Kačaniklić as the youngster looked to go clear.

Liverpool went down the other end and scored when Sturridge slotted past Schwarzer and the striker missed two more good chances before grabbing his third with five minutes left with a neat lob over the Fulham goalkeeper.

Jol made three changes to the side that lost 4-2 at home to Reading last weekend. Aaron Hughes replaced Philippe Senderos at centre-half, Kieran Richardson came in for John Arne Riise at left-back and former Liverpool youngster Kačaniklić was preferred to Urby Emanuelson on the left flank.

Liverpool made the early running and Brede Hangeland make a good block to stop a Jonjo Shelvey shot on five minutes, with Riether later taking the ball off the Reds midfielder’s toes as he threatened to jink his way through.

Schwarzer then pushed away a fierce drive from Philippe Coutinho, before the injured Richardson limped off to be replaced by Emanuelson in the 15th minute.

The best Fulham attack of the the opening stages came when Kačaniklić skipped past a couple of Liverpool defenders down the right but sent his cross a couple of yards too far in front of Berbatov. On the half-hour mark, Eyong Enoh sent a dipping half-volley straight at Pepe Reina after a Giorgos Karagounis cross had only been cleared as far as the Cameroon international.

Two minutes later the Whites were in front. Ruiz did well to find Duff on the right and the Irishman played a short pass to the overlapping Riether with the German’s cross inch-perfect for the unmarked Berbatov to nod home from five yards.

Three minutes later, Liverpool were level. A Fulham break broke down in the Liverpool box and the Reds swiftly counter-attached with Sturridge showing Hughes a clean pair of heels and firing a fierce shot past Schwarzer.

Ruiz was pulling the strings in midfield and Fulham were nearly back in front in the 40th minute when another Riether cross was almost met by Berbatov. The Bulgarian was just beaten to the delivery by Jamie Carragher with the ball going off the Liverpool man and inches wide of the near post.

Liverpool made a change for the start of the second half with Andre Wisdom replaced by Jose Enrique in a switch that saw them revert from a 3-5-2 formation. And the substitute created an early chance for Sturridge, sending in a cross which the striker headed over the bar from eight yards.

Glen Johnson went into the book in the 52nd minute for a lunge on Enoh, before Kačaniklić dragged a shot wide of the far post after picking up the ball in the midfield of the park. The same Fulham player then danced his way through a herd of Liverpool men but saw his run eventually ended by a Carragher tackle. On the hour mark, a Ruiz shot was deflected just wide, before the Costa Rican weaved his way into box and saw strong penalty claims for handball by Leiva waved away by Halsey.

Coates then appeared to catch Kačaniklić as the youngster looked to go clear and latch onto a long ball from Karagounis - Halsey again waved play on - and Liverpool went straight down the other end and scored when Coutinho’s pass was deflected into the path of Strurridge who slotted past Schwarzer.

The Fulham fans and players were furious at the two decisions that had gone against the Whites and Schwarzer then made a superb stop to prevent Sturridge from claiming a third on 63 minutes after a slip from Hangeland.

Five minutes later, Liverpool again broke – it was three against one – but, with Shelvey and Coutinho waiting for the pass, Sturridge went for goal and, once more, Schwarzer made a brilliant stop.

Jol made his second change on 71 minutes, with Mladen Petrić coming on for Kačaniklić, before Shelvey saw a shot blocked by Riether when he should really have done better after being found in space inside the area.

Berbatov forced Reina to tip the ball around the post after being presented with the ball by Jordan Henderson and, from the resulting corner, the Liverpool keeper made a superb save to keep out Hughes’ header.

It was almost game over in the 79th minute when Reds substitute Fabio Borini cut in from the left but saw his curling effort hit the inside of the far post and Schwarzer then saved well from Coutinho as Liverpool’s pace continued to cause the Fulham backline problems.

Jol’s final change saw former Liverpool defender Riise replace Karagounis. Riise’s first touch saw him smack a free-kick past the wall only to see it held by Reina.

But Sturridge made sure of the points for Liverpool when he latched onto Coutinho’s pass and lobbed the onrushing Schwarzer.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 12 May 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,640

Referee: Mark Halsey

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson (Emanuelson 15'); Duff, Enoh, Karagounis (John Arne Riise 83'), Kacaniklic (Petric 72'); Ruiz; Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Senderos, Frimpong, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol

Liverpool

Line-up: Reina; Wisdom (José Enrique 45'), Coates, Carragher; Johnson, Shelvey (Borini 77'), Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Downing; Coutinho (Coady 89'); Sturridge

Unused substitutes: Jones, Jones, Assaidi, Suso

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 36 85
2 Manchester City 36 75
3 Chelsea 37 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 69
5 Arsenal 36 67
6 Everton 37 63
7 Liverpool 37 58
8 West Bromwich Albion 37 48
9 Swansea City 36 46
10 West Ham United 37 43
11 Stoke City 37 41
12 Norwich City 37 41
13 Newcastle United 37 41
14 Southampton 37 40
15 Fulham 37 40
16 Aston Villa 37 40
17 Sunderland 37 39
18 Wigan Athletic 36 35
19 Reading 36 28
20 Queens Park Rangers 37 25
Goals
1
3
Total Shots
10
20
Shots On Target
5
7
Passing Accuracy
88%
88%
Fouls
1
11
Corners
7
8
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 33Eyong Enoh
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 12Emmanuel Frimpong
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Liverpool (3-5-1-1)
  • 25José Reina
  • 47Andre Wisdom
  • 16Sebastián Coates
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 2Glen Johnson
  • 33Jonjo Shelvey
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 21Lucas Leiva
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 10Philippe Coutinho
  • 15Daniel Sturridge
Substitutes
  • 1Bradley Jones
  • 3José Enrique
  • 51Lloyd Jones
  • 11Oussama Assaidi
  • 30Suso
  • 35Conor Coady
  • 29Fabio Borini
Manager
  • Brendan Rodgers
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, Liverpool 3.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Liverpool 3.
  • 90'+1' Offside, Fulham. Aaron Hughes tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 89' Offside, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.
  • 89' Substitution, Liverpool. Conor Coady replaces Philippe Coutinho.
  • 85' Goal! Fulham 1, Liverpool 3. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a through ball.
  • 84' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 83' Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
  • 83' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. John Arne Riise replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 82' Attempt missed. José Enrique (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.
  • 81' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 81' Offside, Liverpool. José Reina tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.
  • 80' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge with a through ball.
  • 79' Fabio Borini (Liverpool) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho following a fast break.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.
  • 77' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 77' Substitution, Liverpool. Fabio Borini replaces Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Eyong Enoh (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 76' Attempt saved. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 76' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by José Reina.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by José Reina.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 74' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 74' Foul by Sebastián Coates (Liverpool).
  • 72' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.
  • 71' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 69' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.
  • 65' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
  • 64' Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 62' Goal! Fulham 1, Liverpool 2. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Eyong Enoh.
  • 53' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 52' Delay in match Eyong Enoh (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 52' Glen Johnson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 52' Eyong Enoh (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
  • 51' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by José Enrique with a cross.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Liverpool 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Liverpool. José Enrique replaces Andre Wisdom.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Liverpool 1.
  • 45'+2' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 37' Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
  • 37' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Goal! Fulham 1, Liverpool 1. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Wisdom following a fast break.
  • 36' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 33' Goal! Fulham 1, Liverpool 0. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a cross.
  • 31' Attempt saved. Eyong Enoh (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 30' Foul by Stewart Downing (Liverpool).
  • 30' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 29' Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 29' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 28' Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.
  • 28' Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 26' Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
  • 26' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Carragher.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.
  • 15' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 15' Substitution, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson replaces Kieran Richardson because of an injury.
  • 15' Delay in match Kieran Richardson (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 14' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 13' Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.
  • 11' Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).
  • 11' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 9' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
  • 8' Offside, Fulham. Aaron Hughes tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 6' Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.
  • 3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.
  • 1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stewart Downing.
  • 1' Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).
  • 1' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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