Saturday 4 May 2013, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Ruiz 70', 77'
Reading
Reading
4
Robson-Kanu (pen) 12', 62'; Le Fondre 75'; Karacan 83'
Bryan Ruiz hit two goals, but Fulham were beaten 4-2 at Craven Cottage on Saturday by already-relegated Reading.

70' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Hugo Rodallega

77' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Alexander Kacaniklic

27' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos Card was given for a foul

87' Yellow Card

Eyong Enoh

28' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kieran Richardson
Off:John Arne Riise

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Damien Duff

12' Penalty

Hal Robson-Kanu

62' Goal

Hal Robson-Kanu

75' Goal

Adam Le Fondre
Assist by Jem Karacan

83' Goal

Jem Karacan

84' Yellow Card

Adrian Mariappa Card was given for a handball

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adam Le Fondre
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nick Blackman
Off:Jobi McAnuff

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daniel Carrico
Off:Hal Robson-Kanu

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Bryan Ruiz hit two goals, but Fulham were beaten 4-2 at Craven Cottage on Saturday by already-relegated Reading.

The Royals went 1-0 ahead after a Hal Robson-Kanu penalty and, in the second half, they extended their lead through the striker again. Ruiz got one back after a good ball from Hugo Rodallega, but Adam Le Fondre restored the two-goal cushion. Ruiz then scored his second to see the Whites comeback again, but Jem Karacan ended our hopes of a revival as he ran through to make it 4-2.

Fulham started well and a long ball from Giorgos Karagounis brought the first chance of the game in the second minute. The pass was floated in to Damien Duff on the right who killed it with his first touch and crossed for Ruiz, but the Costa Rican’s shot was well saved by Alex McCarthy from close range.

The Royals then hit back with a wave of pressure as Pavel Pogrebnyak almost sneaked in at the far post, but John Arne Riise got in front of him as the cross arrived and diverted it away for a corner. Soon after, Garath McCleary ran well down the left and cut it back for Robson-Kanu, but Philippe Senderos did well to throw himself in front of the shot.

Reading were then gifted a 12th minute opener as Robson-Kanu went down right on the edge of the box under a challenge from Riise. The assistant flagged for a penalty and the striker picked himself up to hit the spot-kick low into the bottom corner of the net much to the consternation of the Fulham faithful.

Danny Guthrie was causing problems for the Whites and his run down the right saw him find some space and hit in a cross, but Brede Hangeland was there at the near post to send it away. The impressive McCleary then had a shot from outside the area, but it was scuffed wide and failed to trouble Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.

Duff and Urby Emanuelson combined to force a corner and, as the ball was swung back in, Berbatov showed some neat control under pressure in the box to chest it down and get a shot away, although it was well blocked.

As Jobi McAnuff drove at the Whites’ defence, McCleary again found space on the left and cut inside to see his shot fizz wide of the post. But then Fulham almost grabbed the equaliser. A chipped Karagounis ball to Berbabov saw the Bulgarian’s header just fail to loop over McCarthy.

The pressure was telling as Senderos clattered into the back of Pogrebnyak to earn himself the game’s first yellow card and, in a bid to shake things up, Manager Martin Jol made a tactical change as Rodallega came on for Karagounis in the 27th minute, with Ruiz dropping deeper into midfield.

Good movement from Riise and Rodallega almost opened Reading up, but the defence stood strong to block Ruiz’s shot from outside the area. The trio combined again as a cross was smashed across goal and Berbatov’s ball back in was headed back by Ruiz to Rodellaga six yards out; only an incredible save from McCarthy ensured that Reading kept their lead.

Rodallega was making an impact and his ball through to Ruiz saw the forward hit a shot into the hands of McCarthy. As half-time approached, Ruiz’s crossfield pass to Riise almost saw the Norwegian sneak in at the far post, but his shot went wide. Our other full-back Sasha Riether did well to dive in and block a shot, but we went into the break at 1-0 down.

Minutes after the restart it was almost 2-0 as Karacan broke through the middle onto a flicked ball over the top. Schwarzer and Hangeland just combined to keep out. Fulham looked to hit back immediately with Ruiz on the break and Berbatov’s excellent scoop over the top found Rodallega who swiveled and unleashed a powerful shot which was going into the top corner before McCarthy’s intervention.

Incredibly, Pogrebnyak then failed to double Reading’s lead. Robson-Kanu’s shot was blocked but the rebound then spun up and evaded the onrushing Schwarzer. As the Russian striker was about to tap it in, he missed his kick under pressure from Senderos and Fulham fans breathed a sigh of relief.

Riise was then withdrawn in the 55th minute, as Kieran Richardson entered the fray. Fulham fans, though, were incandescent just five minutes later as Ruiz’s ball through was flicked in to Berbatov by Rodallega. The Bulgarian was seemingly upended in the box by Stephen Kelly but the assistant’s flag remained by his side.

A killer blow was then struck as a super ball upfield found McCleary in space. He cut inside and his shot was brilliantly blocked by Senederos, but the rebound fell to Robson-Kanu who took his time and curled an effort into the corner to make it 2-0.

Good interplay between Ruiz and Rodallega opened up some space for Duff as we tried to get back into the game, but his shot was deflected wide. Emanuelson then saw a dipping shot palmed away and Berbatov knocked an effort over the bar as the ball was chipped back in to the far post.

And it was Ruiz and Rodallega who combined to give us a way back into the game in the 69th minute. The ball was slipped in to Rodellaga, who then reversed it to the Costa Rican as he ran in on goal. A cool head was needed and duly he slotted his shot between the legs of McCarthy to make it 2-1.

Alexander Kacaniklic was brought on for Duff as Jol made his final change but it was a Reading winger who almost added to the scoring: McCleary driving away down the right and hammering a shot which flew just over the bar. Five minutes later, Fulham were behind by another as a ball through the middle saw substitute Le Fondre race past Schwarzer and slot home Reading’s third.

The 3-1 lead lasted only one minute though. Kacaniklic worked some space on the right and curled a lovely cross into the box for Ruiz to nod home his second of the game. The Fulham heads were up and as Berbatov raced away on the flank, his cross was met by Rodallega who hammered his shot against the bar.

The Whites were undone, though, as Karacan added a fourth as the game moved into the last 10 minutes. The ball wasn’t cleared in the Fulham box and the midfielder arrived to power a low shot into the bottom corner. Ruiz tried to net his hat-trick and spur another comeback, but his free-kick was hit over the bar and then Rodallega came within an inch of scoring in the last minute but was just unable to get his head on the cross. To add insult to injury, Sean Morrison then blocked on the line from Kacaniklic’s shot to put the seal on a miserable day for the Whites.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 4 May 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,087

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise (Richardson 56'); Duff (Kacaniklic 71'), Karagounis (Rodallega 28'), Enoh, Emanuelson; Ruiz; Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Manolev, Frimpong

Manager: Martin Jol

Reading

Line-up: McCarthy; Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly; Robson-Kanu (Carrico 82'), Guthrie, Karacan, McCleary; McAnuff (Blackman 73'); Pogrebnyak (Le Fondre 72')

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Pearce, Harte, Hunt

Manager: Nigel Adkins

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 35 85
2 Manchester City 35 72
3 Chelsea 34 65
4 Tottenham Hotspur 35 65
5 Arsenal 35 64
6 Everton 35 59
7 Liverpool 35 54
8 West Bromwich Albion 35 48
9 Swansea City 35 43
10 West Ham United 36 43
11 Stoke City 35 40
12 Fulham 36 40
13 Aston Villa 36 40
14 Southampton 36 39
15 Norwich City 36 38
16 Newcastle United 36 38
17 Sunderland 35 37
18 Wigan Athletic 35 35
19 Reading 36 28
20 Queens Park Rangers 35 25
Goals
2
4
Total Shots
22
21
Shots On Target
10
10
Passing Accuracy
81%
82%
Fouls
16
10
Corners
3
3
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 33Eyong Enoh
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 25Stanislav Manolev
  • 12Emmanuel Frimpong
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Reading (4-4-1-1)
  • 21Alex McCarthy
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 15Sean Morrison
  • 6Adrian Mariappa
  • 27Stephen Kelly
  • 19Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 20Danny Guthrie
  • 4Jem Karacan
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 11Jobi McAnuff
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 41Stuart Taylor
  • 5Alex Pearce
  • 23Ian Harte
  • 29Daniel Carrico
  • 9Adam Le Fondre
  • 10Noel Hunt
  • 30Nick Blackman
Manager
  • Nigel Adkins
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 2, Reading 4.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Reading 4.
  • 90'+4' Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brede Hangeland.
  • 90'+1' Hand ball by Daniel Carrico (Reading).
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 89' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 88' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross.
  • 87' Eyong Enoh (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 87' Daniel Carrico (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 86' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.
  • 84' Adrian Mariappa (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
  • 84' Hand ball by Adrian Mariappa (Reading).
  • 83' Goal! Fulham 2, Reading 4. Jem Karacan (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 82' Substitution, Reading. Daniel Carrico replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 80' Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).
  • 80' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov with a cross.
  • 79' Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).
  • 79' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 78' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 78' Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 77' Goal! Fulham 2, Reading 3. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross.
  • 75' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 3. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jem Karacan.
  • 74' Hand ball by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 74' Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.
  • 73' Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Jobi McAnuff.
  • 71' Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 71' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Damien Duff.
  • 70' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 2. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
  • 68' Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 67' Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 65' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 62' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 2. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.
  • 58' Offside, Reading. Jobi McAnuff tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.
  • 56' Substitution, Fulham. Kieran Richardson replaces John Arne Riise.
  • 56' Offside, Fulham. Philippe Senderos tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.
  • 52' Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 51' Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jem Karacan.
  • 50' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 50' Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Attempt saved. Jem Karacan (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.
  • 49' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 47' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Jem Karacan (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a through ball.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Reading 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Reading 1.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson with a cross.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Urby Emanuelson.
  • 37' Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
  • 37' Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.
  • 36' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a headed pass.
  • 31' Foul by Jem Karacan (Reading).
  • 31' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 30' Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).
  • 30' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 29' Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.
  • 28' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 27' Philippe Senderos (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 27' Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 27' Foul by Philippe Senderos (Fulham).
  • 26' Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).
  • 25' Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Eyong Enoh (Fulham).
  • 25' Attempt missed. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 23' Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.
  • 22' Offside, Reading. Garath McCleary tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a headed pass.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 18' Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 17' Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 14' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).
  • 14' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 13' Jem Karacan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 12' Goal! Fulham 0, Reading 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 11' Penalty Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 11' Penalty conceded by John Arne Riise (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 9' Offside, Fulham. Mark Schwarzer tries a through ball, but Urby Emanuelson is caught offside.
  • 9' Offside, Reading. Stephen Kelly tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.
  • 8' Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 8' Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Fulham).
  • 6' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).
  • 6' Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.
  • 4' Corner, Reading. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 2' Attempt missed. Urby Emanuelson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 2' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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