Saturday 29 September 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Petric (pen) 10'
Manchester City
Manchester City
2
Agüero 43'; Dzeko 87'
Mladen Petric made a goalscoring return but a last-gasp strike by substitute Edin Dzeko earned Manchester City a 2-1 win at Fulham.

10' Penalty

Mladen Petric

66' Substitution

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

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Giorgos Karagounis
Off:Chris Baird

43' Goal

Sergio Agüero

87' Goal

Edin Dzeko

36' Yellow Card

Vincent Kompany Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mario Balotelli
Off:Carlos Tévez

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Samir Nasri
Off:Gareth Barry

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Edin Dzeko
Off:Javi García

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Mladen Petric made a goalscoring return but a last-gasp strike by substitute Edin Dzeko earned Manchester City a 2-1 win at Fulham.

Petric slotted home from the penalty spot in the ninth minute after John Arne Riise had been fouled just inside the box by Pablo Zabaleta.

But reigning Barclays Premier League champions City levelled just before the break through Sergio Aguero and then substitute Dzeko broke Fulham hearts when he took advantage of Riise’s mistake to earn Roberto Mancini’s men the points.

Fulham Manager Martin Jol made two changes to his starting XI from the side that won 2-1 at Wigan Athletic, with Alexander Kačaniklić and the injured Dimitar Berbatov replaced by Bryan Ruiz and Petric. Kačaniklić took a place amongst the substitutes.

Fulham lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Petric led the line, with Ruiz just behind and Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff patrolling the left and right flanks respectively.

After a quiet start, the match burst into life in the ninth minute. From the middle of the park, Chris Baird played a wonderful pass out to Riise on the left. The Norway international cut inside and was dragged back by Zabaleta inches inside the box.

After a moment’s hesitation, referee Mark Halsey pointed to the spot, with Petric calmly sending Joe Hart the wrong way to put the Whites in front. It was the Croatian’s third goal for Fulham since his summer switch to SW6.

It could have been even better for Fulham on 15 minutes when Petric played Rodallega in down the left. The Colombian’s pullback was met by Petric but from eight yards he scooped his shot well over the bar.

Carlos Tevez tried to win a penalty in the 20th minute when he fell dramatically in the box after a brush from Brede Hangeland but Halsey correctly waved play on. Five minutes later Hangeland did brilliantly to clear from danger after Zabaleta got to the byline and whipped the ball into the six-yard box.

At the other end, Ruiz won a free-kick 35-yards out. Riise let fly but saw his fierce drive held by Hart. It should have been 1-1 just before the half-hour mark when David Silva’s corner was met at the far post by Aguero but the striker could only head into the side-netting.

Tevez drew the home supports’ ire on 31 when he again tumbled theatrically in the box with Riise the closest Fulham defender. Once more, Halsey waved away his protests. It looked for all the world that City would equalise on 38 minutes. Yaya Toure played Zabaleta in down the right. His pull-back was deflected towards his own net by Sascha Riether, but a combination of Mark Schwarzer and Aaron Hughes allowed the Aussie goalkeeper to claim the ball on the line.

City continued to press and moments later, Silva’s shot was brilliantly palmed away by Schwarzer. And the goal that had been coming finally arrived on 43 minutes. Tevez’s shot was deflected towards goal by Silva. Schwarzer did well to push it away but he could only knock it into the path of Aguero, who slotted home from five yards out. It was to be the final action of note from a pulsating first 45 minutes.

The second half began with Hangeland heading inches wide after meeting a Ruiz free-kick but it wasn’t until the hour mark that either side threatened again, with Aguero nodding Zabaleta’s centre just past the far post.

Both sides made changes on 65 minutes, Kačaniklić replacing Petric for Fulham, with Mario Balotelli coming on for Tevez for City. The move saw Rodallega switch to the frontman role, with Kačaniklić taking his spot on the left.

City continued to press, with Fulham getting ever deeper. Balotelli curled an effort wide on 70 minutes, before Riether helped the Whites to break with an upfield ball to Rodallega. He found Kačaniklić whose pull-back was cleared as far as Ruiz. The Costa Rican let fly from the edge of the box but Hart pushed his effort away.

With just under 10 minutes remaining, Fulham made another change. Baird, who had picked up a knock, was replaced by Georgos Karagounis as the Greek made his Whites debut.

City snatched the win with under four minutes left – and it was a horrible goal to concede. A cross into the box from Gael Clichy was headed back across his own goal by Riise. The ball hit Steve Sidwell and Dzeko swivelled to fire home, just seconds after entering the fray as a substitute.

It was cruel on Fulham who had battled all afternoon and looked set to earn a richly-deserved point for their efforts.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 29 September 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,698

Referee: Mark Halsey

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Sidwell, Baird (Karagounis 81'); Duff, Ruiz, Rodallega; Petric (Kacaniklic 66')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Briggs, Smith, Kasami

Manager: Martin Jol

Manchester City

Line-up: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Javi García (Dzeko 86'), Barry (Nasri 76'); Silva, Yaya Touré, Agüero; Tévez (Balotelli 66')

Unused substitutes: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner

Manager: Roberto Mancini

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 6 16
2 Everton 6 13
3 Manchester United 5 12
4 Manchester City 6 12
5 West Bromwich Albion 5 10
6 Arsenal 6 9
7 Fulham 6 9
8 Newcastle United 6 9
9 Tottenham Hotspur 5 8
10 West Ham United 5 8
11 Swansea City 6 7
12 Stoke City 6 7
13 Sunderland 5 7
14 Liverpool 6 5
15 Aston Villa 5 4
16 Wigan Athletic 6 4
17 Southampton 6 3
18 Norwich City 6 3
19 Reading 5 2
20 Queens Park Rangers 5 2
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
7
23
Shots On Target
3
7
Passing Accuracy
73%
89%
Fouls
8
12
Corners
2
4
Offsides
1
2
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 10Mladen Petric
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 40Alex Smith
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Manchester City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Joe Hart
  • 5Pablo Zabaleta
  • 4Vincent Kompany
  • 33Matija Nastasic
  • 22Gaël Clichy
  • 14Javi García
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 21David Silva
  • 42Yaya Touré
  • 16Sergio Agüero
  • 32Carlos Tévez
Substitutes
  • 30Costel Pantilimon
  • 6Joleon Lescott
  • 13Aleksandar Kolarov
  • 7James Milner
  • 8Samir Nasri
  • 10Edin Dzeko
  • 45Mario Balotelli
Manager
  • Roberto Mancini
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, Manchester City 2.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Manchester City 2.
  • 90'+3' Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Yaya Touré.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Touré.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 87' Goal! Fulham 1, Manchester City 2. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gaël Clichy with a cross.
  • 86' Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Javi García.
  • 85' Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).
  • 85' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 84' Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 84' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Chris Baird.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 78' Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).
  • 78' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 76' Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces Gareth Barry.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 72' Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Yaya Touré is caught offside.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vincent Kompany.
  • 71' Gareth Barry (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 71' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 70' Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Barry.
  • 68' Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).
  • 68' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 66' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Mladen Petric.
  • 66' Substitution, Manchester City. Mario Balotelli replaces Carlos Tévez.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Yaya Touré.
  • 62' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 62' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta with a cross.
  • 58' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gareth Barry.
  • 55' Carlos Tévez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 55' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 52' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 51' Carlos Tévez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 51' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gaël Clichy.
  • 50' Foul by Gareth Barry (Manchester City).
  • 50' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).
  • 49' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Manchester City 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Manchester City 1.
  • 43' Goal! Fulham 1, Manchester City 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.
  • 43' Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 43' Attempt blocked. Carlos Tévez (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 41' Offside, Manchester City. Yaya Touré tries a through ball, but Gaël Clichy is caught offside.
  • 39' Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlos Tévez.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 36' Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 36' Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).
  • 36' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Attempt saved. Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry.
  • 34' Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Carlos Tévez (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 33' Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).
  • 33' Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 29' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 28' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 27' Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).
  • 27' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Yaya Touré (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 24' Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 24' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 23' Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).
  • 23' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega following a fast break.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Carlos Tévez (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 10' Goal! Fulham 1, Manchester City 0. Mladen Petric (Fulham) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
  • 9' Penalty conceded by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 9' Penalty Fulham. John Arne Riise draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 4' Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).
  • 4' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Matija Nastasic (Manchester City).
  • 2' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.