Fulham heroes give Chelsea something to think about

by Michael Somerville

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

There is absolutely no deadwood in the Fulham team and on Thursday evening they showed that they have completely shed their “soft” image as they outplayed and outthought the 27 time Italian league winners Juventus.

Some of the supporters must have been thinking that it was lights out time after the 2nd minute when David Trezequet slotted home in front of the Hammersmith End. What followed was one of the greatest comebacks West London has ever seen.

Who would have thought the previously ridiculed Bobby Zamora could out think five time World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro as he fired home in the 9th minute.

It was also Zamora’s ball that caught out the Italian general as Zoltan Gera burst through only to be cynically tripped by the defender. A straight red card seemed a little harsh, but the depth of quality on show in Juventus’ squad still remained favourites with Fulham needing to score three more times to win the tie.

The little West London club kept pressing, harrowing and risking as they went in search of a second. It came. Just before half time in the move of the match, Konchesky fed Zamora, who played a delightful chip across to Simon Davies who played it square to Gera who emphatically placed the ball into the top corner.

It was a beautifully crafted goal and it put Fulham in the driving seat going into the second half.

The second half saw more inspired football form Hodgson’s men and Fulham were soon 3-1 ahead on the night.  Gera calmly slotted home after Brazil playmaker Diego handled in the box. Craven Cottage was going absolutely berserk with the chorus of “Roy Roy Roy!” echoing round the oldest stadium in the Premier League.

The game predictably lost momentum but before too long there came back Fulham with the much-missed Dempsey shimmying and then guiding an exquisite chip into the top corner from 20 yards.

It’s not often that Fulham can have one up on their rivals Chelsea but this week is perfect for bragging rights surely? After losing at the San Siro, Chelsea needed to score one goal to progress past Inter Milan. They couldn’t.

Fulham managed five goals when Chelsea could only manage one on aggregate.

It sure feels good for a change! Fulham were through and in absolute and unparalleled dreamland.

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  • Harry

    Good point about Fulham’s effort ,but don’t compare Juventus now and inter. The old lady is on a definite downfall

  • mickeymarbles

    A bit like my missus, not the sexy well endowed machine of yester-year (that year being 1966), I hope Mavis ain’t reading this.

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