Fulham 1 - 3 Liverpool

Match info: Premier League at Craven Cottage

Date: 12/05/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Halsey Att: 25,640

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Dimitar Berbatov 33



Daniel Sturridge 36,62,85

FT (ht: 1-1)

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  • The referee blows his whistle for the final time this afternoon, and it's Liverpool who emerge victorious from this one as Daniel Sturridge proves the differnce on the day as his hat-trick leads the Reds to a 3-1 victory. The result means little in terms of the league standings, though, with Everton's win at West Ham leaving the Toffees five points clear of their Merseyside rivals with just one match remaining this season, meaning Liverpool are destined to finish below their neighbours for the second successive season. Fulham, meanwhile, could find themselves in a world of trouble heading into the last game of the campaign next weekend, depending what happens in Wigan's clash against Arsenal on Tuesday, with a win for the Latics set to leave them just two points behind the Cottagers. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!

  • Three minutes is the amount of time added on by the fourth official here at the end of a thoroughly entertaining match at Craven Cottage.

  • Final change of the game now, with Philippe Coutinho given a rest as he is replaced by Conor Coady.

  • That is a quite wonderful goal, and it's a hat-trick for Daniel Sturridge! Philippe Coutinho is the architect, playing a sumptuous lob with the outside of his boot to play the England international through on goal, and he just manages to get to the ball ahead of the on-rushing Mark Schwarzer before clipping a brilliant effort over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

  • GOAL! Fulham 1-3 Liverpool! Daniel Sturridge!

  • John Arne Riise's first touch of the ball is from a free-kick, which he absolutely hammers at goal, but Pepe Reina is well placed and gets down low to smother the danger.

  • Third and final change for Fulham now as Giorgos Karagounis makes way for former Liverpool full-back John Arne Riise, who receives a warm welcome from the travelling fans, who watched him play for seven years at Anfield before leaving in 2008.

  • Fulham are living on the edge now as Liverpool launch attack after attack, although Philippe Coutinho probably should have done better after breaking into the area from the wing, but he delays his cut-back and is eventually crowded out of possession.

  • Liverpool really should have wrapped this game up some time ago, and they twice come close to adding to their tally, but Sturridge's initial shot is well saved by Mark Schwarzer, while moments later Stewart Downing loses his marker in the area but eventually sees his square past deflected onto the post and out.

  • That would have been some introduction from Fabio Borini as he trots through on goal, cutting inside from out wide before unleashing a blistering drive, but he's desperately unlucky to see his shot cannon off the inside of the post and back out.

  • Philippe Coutinho hasn't been shy to shoot today, and he's at it again, letting fly from range, but his effort is deflected behind, while the corner is dealt with all too easily by the Fulham defence.

  • Another change for the visitors now, with Jonjo Shelvey making way for Fabio Borini.

  • So close to a leveller now as Damian Duff's delivery is met perfectly by Brede Hangeland, but his header fizzes just the wrong side of Pepe Reina's far-post.

  • Jordan Henderson commits footballing hara kiri and passes the ball straight to Dimitar Berbatov on the edge of the Liverpool area, but his attempted through-ball to Damian Duff is cleared behind for a corner.

  • Sebastian Coates gives away a needless free-kick some 35 yards out, although Fulham opt to instead play it short, and they're immediately closed down and the chance to get something into the area is wasted.

  • Great chance for Liverpool to make it 3-1 now as Jonjo Shelvey controls a deep delivery at the far-post, but he slips at the vital moment to allow the defence to get back and just get a block in on his shot from close range.

  • A change for Fulham now as Alex Kacaniklic, who has worked his socks off, is brought off for Mladen Petric.

  • Oh dear! That is very greedy of Daniel Sturridge. He's on his hat-trick as he breaks clean through into the area from out wide, and although he's got two team-mates completely unmarked waiting for a simple pass to the far-post he tries to go for it himself, but the angle is too tight and Mark Schwarzer makes a routine save.

  • So close to a hat-trick for Daniel Sturridge now as he breaks into area from the same angle in which he just scored, but this time Mark Schwarzer is able to get down to make a really good save and deny the Reds striker.

  • Salt, wounds. Liverpool break up the other end, with Philippe Coutinho's deflected shot falling perfectly for Daniel Sturridge, who takes a touch before opening his body and smartly rolling his shot into the bottom corner of the goal.


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