Saturday 30 March 2019, 12:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Manchester City
2
Bernardo Silva 5'; Agüero 27'

67' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for a foul

80' Yellow Card

Maxime Le Marchand Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Floyd Ayité

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:André Schürrle
Off:Tom Cairney

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin McDonald
Off:Ryan Babel

5' Goal

Bernardo Silva
Assist by Sergio Agüero

27' Goal

Sergio Agüero
Assist by Bernardo Silva

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gabriel Jesus
Off:Sergio Agüero

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernandinho
Off:Kevin De Bruyne

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Riyad Mahrez
Off:Raheem Sterling

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90
Fulham were defeated 2-0 by a composed Manchester City outfit at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
Fulham were defeated 2-0 by a composed Manchester City outfit at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. 

First half goals from Bernardo Silva & Sergio Aguero gave the visitors a commanding lead heading into the intermission and they maintained their two goal cushion for the duration to continue their push for the title. 

Scott Parker rang the changes from the side that had fallen to a narrow defeat against Liverpool two weeks ago. Maxime Le Marchand, Cyrus Christie and Ryan Sessegnon all came into the starting XI. With the changes, the Whites modified their formation to add an extra body to the back line, implementing a 5-2-3 shape to counter the potent visiting attack. 

It was a beautiful day by the banks of the Thames as the referee got the game under way at a sunbathed Craven Cottage. 

However, it was the defending champions who took an early lead after the controlling the early proceedings. A misplaced pass out from the back was picked up by Silvla who curled a picture perfect effort into the bottom left hand corner past Sergio Rico in the Fulham net. 

The visitors sensed blood a nervy ten minutes ensued, with wave after wave of marauding City attacks bombarding the Fulham box. After weathering the storm, the Whites began began to slowly feel their way back into the encounter, growing in confidence on the ball. 

However, in the 27th minute a lapse in concentration at the back was punished ruthlessly by Aguero. A pass back towards goal that lacked power was collected by the bustling Argentinian striker who made no mistake from close range, firing a powerful shot into the roof of the net from 7 yards out. A telling example of how mistakes are punished in the Premier League with erring efficiency. 

Our heads did not drop and in the 33rd minute Calum Chambers threaded a wonderfully weighted ball into the path of Sessegnon who had timed his run in behind the city back line to perfection. After taking a touch the young winger fizzed a ball across the box which Edersen reacted quickly to, to parry it away and clear of any danger. 

Just prior to the break Ilkay Gundogan came close to adding a third for The Citizens, bending a fierce drive just wide of the far post. 

The beginning of the second half lacked the same speed and intensity that had been on show in the opening 45 minutes. 

With neither side able to create any openings of merit in the first ten minutes Raheem Sterling stung the gloves of Sergio Rico in the 61st minute. A rasping drive from just outside of the box that looked destined for the bottom corner was kept out by a strong left hand of the Spaniard. 

With time ticking down Manchester City almost grabbed a third on the break. After a 50/50 contest in the centre of the pitch went the way of City, the ball was worked forward with rapid efficiency. Kyle Walker, who had advanced forward into the Fulham box lashed a well struck effort against the post, which ricocheted clear of danger. 

With City contended to sit back with their two goal cushion the match played out with little to no incident aside from a few half-chances. Sterling, Gundogan and Silva each mistiming their respective efforts. 

We will look the bounce back away from home on Tuesday as we travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford. 
 

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 30 March 2019
Kick-off: 12:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,001

Referee: Kevin Friend

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Christie, Fosu-Mensah, Le Marchand, Chambers, Bryan; Ayité (Kebano 64'), Zambo Anguissa, Cairney (Schürrle 70'), Ryan Sessegnon; Babel (McDonald 88')

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Odoi, Steven Sessegnon, Vietto

Manager: Scott Parker

Manchester City

Line-up: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne (Fernandinho 75'), Gündogan, Silva; Bernardo Silva, Agüero (Gabriel Jesus 57'), Sterling (Mahrez 88')

Unused substitutes: Muric, Danilo, Stones, Sané

Manager: Josep Guardiola

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 31 77
2 Liverpool 31 76
3 Tottenham Hotspur 30 61
4 Arsenal 30 60
5 Manchester United 30 58
6 Chelsea 30 57
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 44
8 Watford 30 43
9 West Ham United 31 42
10 Leicester City 31 41
11 Everton 31 40
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth 31 38
13 Newcastle United 31 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 33
15 Brighton and Hove Albion 29 33
16 Southampton 30 30
17 Burnley 31 30
18 Cardiff City 30 28
19 Fulham 32 17
20 Huddersfield Town 31 14
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
5
24
Shots On Target
0
7
Passing Accuracy
79%
90%
Fouls
4
12
Corners
0
11
Offsides
4
1
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (5-4-1)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 21Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 12Ryan Babel
Substitutes
  • 31Fabri
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 14André Schürrle
  • 19Luciano Vietto
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Manchester City (4-3-3)
  • 31Ederson
  • 2Kyle Walker
  • 30Nicolás Otamendi
  • 14Aymeric Laporte
  • 35Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • 17Kevin De Bruyne
  • 8Ilkay Gündogan
  • 21David Silva
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 10Sergio Agüero
  • 7Raheem Sterling
Substitutes
  • 49Arijanet Muric
  • 3Danilo
  • 5John Stones
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Riyad Mahrez
  • 19Leroy Sané
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
Manager
  • Josep Guardiola
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 0, Manchester City 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.
  • 90' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).
  • 90' André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Substitution, Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Raheem Sterling.
  • 88' Substitution, Fulham. Kevin McDonald replaces Ryan Babel.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.
  • 86' Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
  • 86' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a headed pass.
  • 82' Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
  • 82' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
  • 81' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 80' Kyle Walker (Manchester City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
  • 78' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).
  • 78' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 78' Offside, Fulham. Timothy Fosu-Mensah tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.
  • 77' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 76' Delay in match André Schürrle (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 75' Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Kevin De Bruyne.
  • 74' Offside, Fulham. André Schürrle tries a through ball, but Maxime Le Marchand is caught offside.
  • 74' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).
  • 74' André Schürrle (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 70' Substitution, Fulham. André Schürrle replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 69' Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
  • 69' André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 68' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
  • 67' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 67' David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 67' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 66' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 65' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 64' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 63' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 63' Delay in match Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 62' Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 62' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 61' Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
  • 61' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
  • 58' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 57' Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Sergio Agüero.
  • 57' Offside, Fulham. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
  • 53' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 48' Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).
  • 48' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Manchester City 2.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 41' Attempt saved. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
  • 41' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Silva.
  • 41' Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).
  • 38' Offside, Manchester City. David Silva tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross following a corner.
  • 36' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 35' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 31' Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 29' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).
  • 29' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 27' Goal! Fulham 0, Manchester City 2. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Ryan Babel (Fulham) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 18' Foul by Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City).
  • 18' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 14' Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kyle Walker.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
  • 11' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 10' Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross following a corner.
  • 10' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 10' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a cross.
  • 9' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 9' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Tom Cairney.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
  • 5' Goal! Fulham 0, Manchester City 1. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.
  • 5' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).
  • 5' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
  • 3' Attempt blocked. Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 3' Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 1' Offside, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand tries a through ball, but Ryan Babel is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.