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CSKA succumb to tenacious Fulham

Published: Thursday 3 December 2009, 22.50CET
Fulham FC 1-0 PFC CSKA Sofia
Zoltán Gera's goal maintained Fulham's hopes of reaching the round of 32 but ended the visitors' aspirations.
by Tom Kell
from Craven Cottage
CSKA succumb to tenacious Fulham
Zoltán Gera wheels away after scoring his winning goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FulhamCSKA Sofia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target12
 
12
Attempts off target1
 
0
Corners7
 
7
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
15
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 December 2009, 22.50CET

CSKA succumb to tenacious Fulham

Fulham FC 1-0 PFC CSKA Sofia
Zoltán Gera's goal maintained Fulham's hopes of reaching the round of 32 but ended the visitors' aspirations.

Fulham FC maintained their hopes of reaching the UEFA Europa League round of 32 with a 1-0 win against PFC CSKA Sofia, whose chances of progression are now over.

Unbeaten record
Roy Hodgson's side remain third in Group E but will head into their Matchday 6 meeting with FC Basel 1893 in the knowledge that victory will ensure their place in the next stage. Zoltán Gera's 15th-minute header proved sufficient to set up a tantalising conclusion to the section. CSKA had shown little in an opening period in which Danny Murphy missed a penalty to suggest they could inflict a first European home defeat on Fulham in 12 encounters, but offered enough after the break to leave the home side grateful for all three points.

Zamora chance
Anomalous to the rest of the half, it was CSKA who were first to bare their teeth, Todor Timonov's long-range shot dipping over the otherwise under-employed Mark Schwarzer and against the Australian's crossbar. It was, however, a first half wholly dominated by the hosts. Murphy side-footed over from the spot on nine minutes after Ivan Ivanov had felled Gera, but had to wait only until the quarter-hour mark for redemption, Bjørn Helge Riise crossing from the right for Gera to head in from close range. The goal visibly buoyed the menacing Fulham triumvirate of Gera, Bobby Zamora and Simon Davies, the latter two of whom both spurned presentable opportunities to add to the scoreline before half-time.

Duff clearance
Such profligacy twice nearly proved costly in the 15 minutes after the break, captain Todor Yanchev and Spas Delev both lacking the precision required to convert a newfound thrust from the visitors into an equaliser. The Bulgarian outfit continued to grow into themselves as the half progressed, leaving Fulham thankful for Damien Duff's late clearance off the line to keep their European campaign alive and kicking.

Last updated: 04/12/09 0.27CET

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Lineups

fulham

Fulham

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
ChavdarovZdravko Chavdarov (GK)
2
KellyStephen Kelly
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
4
PantsilJohn Pantsil
Yellow Card81
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
Yellow Card89
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
Substitution46
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
6
BairdChris Baird
Yellow Card41
8
TimonovTodor Timonov
Substitution54
11
GeraZoltán Gera
Goal15
15
IvanovIvan Ivanov
Substitution64
13
MurphyDanny Murphy (C)
Penalty9
Substitution79
19
PopovApostol Popov
17
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Substitution72
25
ZamoraBobby Zamora
32
MorozsViktors Morozs
Yellow Card36
26
SmallingChris Smalling
52
MinevYordan Minev
Yellow Card62
29
DaviesSimon Davies
Substitution70
77
DelevSpas Delev

Substitutes

12
StockdaleDavid Stockdale (GK)
27
I. PetrovIvailo Petrov (GK)
16
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution79
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution72
18
HughesAaron Hughes
Substitution46
13
BranekovAleksandar Branekov
23
DempseyClint Dempsey
Substitution70
20
ManchevNikolay Manchev
31
SaundersMatthew Saunders
21
Yanev Kosta Yanev
Substitution64
37
BriggsMatthew Briggs
22
MichelMichel
Substitution54
40
UwezuMichael Uwezu
24
BáezHugo Báez

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), George Adrian Vidan (ROU)

Fourth official

Mugurel Draganescu (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Augustus Constantin (ROU), István Kovács (ROU)

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