Monday 1 April 2013, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Berbatov (pen) 8', 22'; o.g. Hill 41'
Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers
2
Taarabt 45'; Remy 51'
Ten-man Fulham edged a thrilling West London derby - just - after a 3-2 win over local rivals Queens Park Rangers.

8' Penalty

Dimitar Berbatov

22' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov

41' Own-goal

Clint Hill

79' Red Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

89' Yellow Card

Sascha Riether Card shown to player for time wasting

90'+2 Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos Card shown to player for time wasting

38' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Urby Emanuelson
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emmanuel Frimpong
Off:Urby Emanuelson

45' Goal

Adel Taarabt
Assist by Bobby Zamora

51' Goal

Loïc Remy
Assist by Stéphane Mbia

14' Yellow Card

Clint Hill Card was given for a foul

49' Missed Penalty

Loïc Remy

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nedum Onuoha
Off:Clint Hill

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Junior Hoilett
Off:Adel Taarabt

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Mackie
Off:Armand Traore

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Ten-man Fulham edged a thrilling West London derby - just - after a 3-2 win over local rivals Queens Park Rangers.

The Whites, who went into the game with just two defeats in 2013, took the lead through Dimitar Berbatov’s penalty, before the Bulgarian made it 2-0 after a horrendous error from Christopher Samba. Clint Hill then turned the ball into his own net but Rangers pulled one back just before the break when Adel Taarabt fired home.

That goal sparked Rangers into life and early in the second half, they were awarded a penalty of their own when Giorgos Karagounis caught Taarabt. Loic Remy saw his spot-kick brilliantly saved by Mark Schwarzer but the Rangers striker was to save face a couple of minutes later when he raced clear to score.

Steve Sidwell was then shown a straight red card for a late lunge on Armand Traore but Fulham held on to secure the three points and the bragging rights over their struggling neighbours from Loftus Road, who remain deep in relegation trouble.

Martin Jol named an unchanged starting XI for the fourth successive game as Bryan Ruiz passed a late fitness test on a slight hamstring strain suffered on international duty with Costa Rica. QPR made two changes from the side that lost 3-2 at Aston Villa, with Traore and Taarabt coming into their starting line-up. Former Whites striker Bobby Zamora made his first return to the Cottage since his switch to Loftus Road in January 2012.

On a chilly April night in SW6, Rangers fashioned the opening shot of the match in the fifth minute but Stephane Mbia’s speculative effort from 30 yards was easily held by Schwarzer.

At the other end, Damien Duff cut inside from the left and saw his right-footed shot parried away by Julio Cesar. But Rangers failed to clear the danger and they were punished when the Whites won a penalty after Samba clipped Ashkan Dejagah in the box. The towering defender had initially done well to win the ball from Berbatov as a Sascha Riether cross came in, but he failed to spot Dejagah sneaking in behind and clipped the ankle of the Iranian. Referee Lee Probert immediately pointed to the spot and Berbatov made no mistake, slotting home nonchalantly from 12 yards for his fourth goal in successive games.

R’s captain Hill went into the book on 13 minutes for a late tackle on Karagounis and from the resulting free-kick, Ruiz bent his set-piece five yards wide of the near post. Five minutes later, Dejagah won a free-kick off Hill and Duff’s clipped delivery went inches wide off the back of Samba.

But it was 2-0 to Fulham on 22 minutes. Again Samba was the culprit for QPR when, under pressure from Duff, he sloppily gave the ball straight to Berbatov. The Bulgarian did the rest, skipping into space before firing past the Rangers goalkeeper.

Rangers finally mustered a foray forward two minutes later and could arguably have reduced the scoreline when Traore’s cross was nodded into the path of Zamora by Remy. The ex-Whites hitman swivelled but hit his half-volley high and wide from seven yards out.

On 37 minutes, Andros Townsend fired a shot six yards outside Schwarzer’s left-hand post, before Fulham were forced into an early change when Dejagah was replaced by Urby Emanuelson after being caught by Traore.

But that was soon forgotten as Fulham made it 3-0. After some slick football, the ball was eventually worked out to Duff on the left. He played a quick pass to Brede Hangeland, who was making a rare run in the opposition box, and the skipper’s flick played in the overlapping Riise. The Norwegian whipped in a cross from the byline which Hill could only turn into his own net.

Rangers pulled one back a minute before the break. A slip from Karagounis presented the ball to Taarabt. The former Tottenham Hotspur man, who scored twice against the Whites in Rangers’ 2-1 win at Loftus Road in December, still had a lot to do but ran at speed at Hangeland and saw his shot from the edge of the box fizz into the far corner via the fingertips of Schwarzer.

Rangers, who replaced captain Hill with Nedum Onuoha at the break, tried to take the initiative immediately after the restart and Remy saw a shot deflected just wide.

And, two minutes later, Rangers earned a spot-kick of their own when Taarabt’s fancy footwork committed Karagounis into a tackle on the edge of the box which saw him catch the Moroccan. Thankfully for Fulham, Schwarzer dived to his left to make a superb one-handed stop from Remy.

However, the Frenchman made amends on 51 minutes, beating the offside trap, racing away from Philippe Senderos and smashing a shot beyond Schwarzer and off the underside of the bar to change the complexion of the game.

Fulham were suddenly hanging on and Townsend’s long-range drive was beaten away by Schwarzer, before Samba scuffed a shot wide after controlling a deep cross into the box.

Rangers made their second change of the game on 74 minutes, with Taarabt being replaced by Junior Hoilett. Fulham hearts were in mouths two minutes later when Ruiz was caught in possession by Mbia, who played in Remy. He twisted past Senderos but shanked his effort wide. Moments later, Zamora forced Schwarzer to superbly palm the ball round the post.

A crazy game took another twist on 78 minutes when Sidwell was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on Traore. The midfielder’s heavy touch had seen him stretch for the ball and he couldn’t put on the breaks as he attempted to win back possession. Fulham immediately made a change, with the more defence-minded Emmanuel Frimpong replacing Emanuelson.

QPR then made their final substitution of the game, with Jamie Mackie coming on for Traore, before Jenas curled a shot a few yards wide of Schwarzer’s far post. Riether was booked on 89 minutes for taking too long to take a throw-in and Senderos was also cautioned for time-wasting as the match entered added time.

Karagounis saw a late penalty shout turned down in the final action of a pulsating match as Fulham hung on for a win which edges them to within a point of ninth-placed Swansea City with a game in hand.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 1 April 2013
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,117

Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dejagah (Emanuelson 38' (Frimpong 80')), Karagounis, Sidwell, Duff; Ruiz; Berbatov

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

Manager: Martin Jol

Queens Park Rangers

Line-up: Julio César; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill (Onuoha 45'), Traore (Mackie 84'); Jenas, Mbia; Remy, Taarabt (Hoilett 75'), Townsend; Zamora

Unused substitutes: Green, Ben Haim, Park Ji-Sung, Granero

Manager: Harry Redknapp

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 30 77
2 Manchester City 30 62
3 Tottenham Hotspur 31 57
4 Chelsea 30 55
5 Arsenal 30 53
6 Everton 30 51
7 Liverpool 31 48
8 West Bromwich Albion 31 44
9 Swansea City 31 40
10 Fulham 30 39
11 West Ham United 30 36
12 Southampton 31 34
13 Stoke City 31 34
14 Norwich City 31 34
15 Newcastle United 31 33
16 Sunderland 31 31
17 Wigan Athletic 30 30
18 Aston Villa 31 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 31 23
20 Reading 31 23
Goals
3
2
Total Shots
9
21
Shots On Target
3
7
Passing Accuracy
82%
82%
Fouls
12
7
Corners
3
6
Offsides
6
4
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
1
0
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
  • 12Emmanuel Frimpong
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Queens Park Rangers (4-2-3-1)
  • 33Julio César
  • 19José Bosingwa
  • 5Christopher Samba
  • 6Clint Hill
  • 3Armand Traore
  • 16Jermaine Jenas
  • 40Stéphane Mbia
  • 18Loïc Remy
  • 10Adel Taarabt
  • 29Andros Townsend
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 1Robert Green
  • 15Nedum Onuoha
  • 21Tal Ben Haim
  • 7Park Ji-Sung
  • 14Esteban Granero
  • 23Junior Hoilett
  • 12Jamie Mackie
Manager
  • Harry Redknapp
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 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.
  • 90'+5' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 90'+4' Offside, Fulham. Dimitar Berbatov tries a through ball, but Bryan Ruiz is caught offside.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov with a through ball.
  • 90'+2' Philippe Senderos (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 90'+1' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 89' Sascha Riether (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 87' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 86' Attempt missed. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 84' Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Jamie Mackie replaces Armand Traore.
  • 82' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 82' Andros Townsend (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.
  • 80' Substitution, Fulham. Emmanuel Frimpong replaces Urby Emanuelson.
  • 79' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
  • 79' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 78' Delay in match Steve Sidwell (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 78' Delay in match Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.
  • 78' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 78' Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia following a fast break.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by José Bosingwa.
  • 75' Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Junior Hoilett replaces Adel Taarabt.
  • 74' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 74' José Bosingwa (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 73' Stéphane Mbia (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Christopher Samba (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Armand Traore with a cross.
  • 69' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 68' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 68' Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Offside, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 63' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 63' Nedum Onuoha (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Jermaine Jenas tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 59' Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Fulham).
  • 59' Stéphane Mbia (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 54' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia.
  • 52' Offside, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 51' Goal! Fulham 3, Queens Park Rangers 2. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia with a through ball.
  • 49' Penalty saved! Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 48' Penalty conceded by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 48' Penalty Queens Park Rangers. Adel Taarabt draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 47' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 47' Foul by Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 46' Attempt missed. Stéphane Mbia (Queens Park Rangers) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by José Bosingwa with a cross following a corner.
  • 46' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 46' Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 3, Queens Park Rangers 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Nedum Onuoha replaces Clint Hill.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 3, Queens Park Rangers 1.
  • 45'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45'+1' Delay in match Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.
  • 45' Goal! Fulham 3, Queens Park Rangers 1. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.
  • 43' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 43' Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Own Goal by Clint Hill, Queens Park Rangers. Fulham 3, Queens Park Rangers 0.
  • 38' Substitution, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson replaces Ashkan Dejagah because of an injury.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adel Taarabt following a corner.
  • 37' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Julio César.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.
  • 34' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 34' Foul by Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 29' Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.
  • 29' Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Loïc Remy with a headed pass.
  • 22' Goal! Fulham 2, Queens Park Rangers 0. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
  • 21' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 21' Julio César (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christopher Samba.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 19' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 19' Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 18' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis with a cross following a corner.
  • 18' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by José Bosingwa.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 14' Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 13' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stéphane Mbia.
  • 11' Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 10' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Armand Traore tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.
  • 10' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 10' Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Goal! Fulham 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
  • 7' Penalty Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 7' Penalty conceded by Christopher Samba (Queens Park Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 7' Attempt saved. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 5' Attempt saved. Stéphane Mbia (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adel Taarabt.
  • 4' Offside, Fulham. Philippe Senderos tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 4' Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Stéphane Mbia tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.
  • 3' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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