Fulham 0-3 Chelsea: Live Score, Highlights and Recap
Premier League: Fulham 0-3 Chelsea
17 April 2013
Craven Cottage, London
Referee: Mike Dean
30' David Luiz; 43' Terry; 71' Terry
Fulham XI: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Ruiz, Karagounis, Enoh, Emanuelson; Petrov, Berbatov
Chelsea XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Terry, Bertrand; Ramires, Lampard; Moses, Mata, Hazard; Torres
John Terry scored twice and David Luiz opened the scoring with a belter as Chelsea dispatched neighbours Fulham with ease at Craven Cottage.
After a mostly quiet start to the night from both sides David Luiz accepted Eden Hazard’s short pass, took a few steps goalward and then unleashed a screamer from all of 35 yards that swung to the outside and found top corner of the net beyond a helpless Mark Schwarzer.
Terry doubled the lead with two minutes to play in the first half when he ran between Sascha Riether and Philippe Senderos and headed an insurance marker past the Australian goalkeeper, and Senderos exhibited poor marking on Terry’s second goal in the 71st minute when the Chelsea captain completed a corner-kick that Fernando Torres had deflected into the goalmouth.
From there the match was over as a contest, and with the three points Chelsea moved into third spot ahead of Arsenal while Fulham remained in 10th position.
In case you haven't seen it, here is David Luiz' thunderbolt that opened the scoring in the 30th minute.
FULL TIME: Fulham 0-3 Chelsea
Into the final minute of stoppage time. David Luiz gets my Man of the Match nod. Not only did he score that cracker of a goal on the half-hour, but he kept things tidy in front of Petr Cech as well.
92' Fulham with some half-hearted attacking play, but the ball ends up ping-ponging around the Chelsea box and Cech comes out and slices it away.
There will be four additional minutes, which is absurd. Fulham quit on this match long ago. It may be "textbook" to add all that time on, but it's completely unnecessary in practicality.
I'm disappointed with Fulham, to be honest. Chelsea played three days ago, but perhaps getting to the 40-point plateau caused the Cottagers to take their foot off the gas.
89' It's petering out, really. Chelsea finished the job long ago, and looking back on the match I can only think of one difficult save Petr Cech had to make.
Ian Wright on his tips for the top four: Chelsea and Arsenal, because that's who I want. Nice.— Michael Cummings (@MikeCummings37) April 17, 2013
Personally think Spurs will pip Arsenal to fourth.
84' Crowd has gone quiet at Craven Cottage, with the exception of the visiting Chelsea supporters. Their side are enjoying a comfortable end to the game.
82' Fulham substitution: Frei replaces Petric, who didn't exactly have a memorable night.
80' Chelsea substitution: Demba Ba comes on for Juan Mata.
Full time at Upton Park, where West Ham and Manchester United have played to a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile, Manchester City have beaten Wigan 1-0 at Eastlands. And so United's lead shrinks a further two points.
77' Chelsea in cruise control now. It's been far too easy for them tonight. While Fulham have had a decent share of the ball it hasn't come in meaningful areas. They've been harmless in the attacking third.
76' Fulham substitution: Frimpong replaces Karagounis.
75' Chelsea substitution: Mikel comes on for Ramires.
Senderos' marking has been atrocious. Left Terry wide open for both of the Chelsea captain's goals.
Fernando Torres met the Chelsea corner initially, but John Terry made sure it was going into the net. He's on a hat-trick now, and Chelsea are cruising to the three points.
71' GOAL CHELSEA!!! Terry with his second of the evening.
My goodness. On replay it looks as though Senderos' initial header from the Karagounis corner was goal-bound until Petric deflected it over the bar from an offside position.
70' Karagounis runs to take the corner and gestures for the Hammersmith End to make some noise. Then Petric runs into an offside position and makes a horrendous miss. Bit of a let-off for Chelsea.
69' Chelsea substitution: Oscar replaces Hazard, who was very average tonight.
68' Enoh with a tremendous challenge on Mata to dispossess the Spaniard.
67' Fulham substitution: Rodallega replaces Riise.
62' Petric, who has had a decent share of the ball this period, took a shot from just outside the post that sailed well wide. Fulham need him to hit the target when he's in the clear like that.
Update: Robin van Persie has equalized for Manchester United at West Ham.
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