Fulham 2-2 Man City
Manchester City blew a 2-0 lead as a battling Fulham fought back to rescue a point with a fine second-half showing.
Sergio Aguero scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season, first tucking in David Silva's pass before firing in just after the break.
City were dominant in the first period but Bobby Zamora shot into the top corner from Clint Dempsey's lay-off to awaken Craven Cottage on 55 minutes.
Danny Murphy equalised when his shot took a deflection off Vincent Kompany.
Roberto Mancini's side will rue a host of missed chances in the first half, not least when Mark Schwarzer saved from both Gael Clichy and Edin Dzeko.
Credit, however, must go to Fulham, who somehow shrugged off their lethargy to secure their third point of the season and double their league goals tally.
The game was a lesson for City who, following their midweek Champions League exertions, looked unable to muster the necessary energy to press for the winner after Murphy's 76th minute equaliser.
Martin Jol's side had even less time to prepare for the game, though, following their Europa League game on Thursday. And in becoming the first Premier League side to deny City maximum points this term, Fulham will be confident the draw can kick-start their season.
Before Fulham's second-half resurgence, the game was played at a leisurely pace, but once City got a grip on possession early on they began to cut Fulham apart.
There were few chances before Aguero gave City the lead on 18 minutes, but once the 23-year-old pounced, the visitors could have trebled the margin.
The goal itself was a relatively simple affair as Gareth Barry passed to Silva on the edge of the box, and when the Spaniard fed the diminutive Argentine, he made no mistake.
While there was a suggestion of offside about the goal, Fulham had no time to dwell on it. Schwarzer tipped Clichy's shot round the post soon afterwards and then made an even better stop to deny Dzeko's shot from Silva's cutback.
Mancini had warned his team about their profligacy against Wigan last weekend, where they had a string of chances but similarly were only a goal up in the first half.
But he must have thought he could relax just 12 seconds after the re-start when Aguero pounced once again.
Clichy's long diagonal pass was nodded down by Dzeko and Aguero took one touch before firing across Schwarzer into the bottom corner.
Then, seemingly from out of nothing, Fulham burst into life.
Zamora was given too much room as he was found by Dempsey on the edge of the box, and the England striker struck the ball cleanly as it sailed into the top corner.
All of a sudden, Fulham awoke from their slumber and Hart was twice called into action as the hosts searched for an equaliser.
First, he was at full stretch to tip Moussa Dembele's shot round the post and then he stopped Dempsey's header from a corner.
But Fulham looked a completely different side and Hart could do little about the equaliser when it came 15 minutes from the end.
Zamora laid the ball off to Murphy and his shot was deflected in-off Kompany.
Although Mancini claimed afterwards that Dzeko had been fouled in the build-up, few home fans would have been bothered as they cheered an amazing recovery.
Fulham boss Martin Jol: "We came back from the death. We had no chance in the first half but we kept believing and although the second goal was a blow, we showed a lot of character to come back and exploit our chances better than we did in the last few matches."
- 01 Schwarzer
- 02 Kelly
- 03 JA Riise
- 05 Hangeland
- 06 Baird
- 04 Sidwell Booked
- 13 Murphy
- 16 Duff (Kasami - 61' )
- 23 Dempsey
- 25 Zamora
- 30 Dembele (Ruiz - 88' )
- 38 Etheridge
- 14 Senderos
- 26 Grygera
- 10 Kasami
- 15 Gecov
- 09 Sa
- 11 Ruiz
- 25 Hart
- 02 Richards
- 04 Kompany
- 06 Lescott
- 22 Clichy
- 18 Barry Booked
- 19 Nasri (Johnson - 81' )
- 21 Silva (Zabaleta - 69' )
- 42 Y Toure
- 10 Dzeko
- 16 Aguero (Tevez - 82' )
- 30 Pantilimon
- 05 Zabaleta
- 13 Kolarov
- 28 K Toure
- 11 Johnson
- 32 Tevez
- 45 Balotelli
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +2:17
Free kick awarded for a foul by Micah Richards on Bryan Ruiz. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.90:00 +1:46
Long range effort by Gnegneri Toure Yaya goes wide right of the target.90:00 +0:36
A cross is delivered by Gael Clichy.89:34
The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, clearance by Brede Hangeland.87:54
Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.87:06 Substitution
Substitution Bryan Ruiz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Moussa Dembele.86:44
Shot by Carlos Tevez from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.86:10
Pablo Zabaleta sends in a cross, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.85:18 Booking
Booking Steve Sidwell is shown a yellow card.84:53
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.83:25
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in.81:58 Substitution
Substitution Carlos Tevez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sergio Aguero.80:30 Substitution
Substitution Adam Johnson comes on in place of Samir Nasri.80:13
Effort from outside the penalty area by Pablo Zabaleta goes wide left of the goal.79:06
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Steve Sidwell. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.78:22
A cross is delivered by Steve Sidwell, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.76:50
Foul by Clint Dempsey on Gareth Barry, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gareth Barry from right channel, save by Mark Schwarzer.74:10
The assist for the goal came from Bobby Zamora.74:10 Goal scored
Goal! - Danny Murphy - Fulham 2 - 2 Man City Danny Murphy grabs a goal from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-2 Man City.
Pajtim Kasami delivers the ball, clearance by Vincent Kompany.73:42
Pajtim Kasami takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.72:20
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Micah Richards has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.72:01
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Murphy.71:49
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.70:44
John Arne Riise has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.69:36
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.68:38 Substitution
Substitution Pablo Zabaleta is brought on as a substitute for David Silva.68:12
Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.67:59
The ball is sent over by Bobby Zamora, clearance made by Micah Richards.67:21
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.66:51
Foul by Steve Sidwell on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.65:08
Clint Dempsey crosses the ball, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.64:50
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Pajtim Kasami from the left by-line.64:23
Inswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the right by-line, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.64:14
The ball is sent over by Pajtim Kasami, blocked by Gael Clichy.63:58
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.63:41
Samir Nasri produces a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.63:22
Samir Nasri takes a short corner.63:06
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.60:58
Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Corner taken short by Pajtim Kasami.60:41
Outswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami, Edin Dzeko makes a clearance.59:06
Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.59:06 Substitution
Substitution Pajtim Kasami joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.59:06 Booking
Booking Gareth Barry booked for unsporting behaviour.58:59
Gareth Barry challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick.56:39
Unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.54:58
Clint Dempsey provided the assist for the goal.54:58 Goal scored
Goal! - Bobby Zamora - Fulham 1 - 2 Man City Goal scored by Bobby Zamora from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Man City.50:37
Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.50:06
Micah Richards handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.49:00
Gareth Barry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Micah Richards.48:23
Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.48:05
Sergio Aguero is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.47:24
The referee blows for offside against Damien Duff. Joe Hart takes the free kick.46:57
Gnegneri Toure Yaya sends in a cross, clearance by Brede Hangeland.45:09
The assist for the goal came from Edin Dzeko.45:09 Goal scored
Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Fulham 0 - 2 Man City Sergio Aguero grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Man City.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +1:28 Half time
Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.40:31
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Micah Richards produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.40:07
A cross is delivered by Steve Sidwell, Joe Hart makes a save.39:41
Chris Baird takes a shot.38:48
Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.36:38
Sergio Aguero has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.34:58
The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.33:35
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.31:56
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff.30:07
Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.29:01
Inswinging corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by John Arne Riise.28:37
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Damien Duff gets a block in. Centre by Gael Clichy, clearance by Chris Baird.27:35
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.27:29
Sergio Aguero produces a cross, Chris Baird gets a block in.27:01
Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.26:46
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.24:35
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Chris Baird makes a clearance.24:20
Gael Clichy takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.24:01
Corner taken short by Samir Nasri.23:43
A cross is delivered by Sergio Aguero, clearance made by Damien Duff.23:07
Outswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.23:00
Edin Dzeko delivers the ball, blocked by John Arne Riise.20:24
Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.19:57
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Damien Duff, clearance made by Edin Dzeko.18:54
Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Danny Murphy sends in a cross, Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.17:34
David Silva provided the assist for the goal.17:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Sergio Aguero - Fulham 0 - 1 Man City Sergio Aguero scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Man City.14:38
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.14:09
Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Clichy. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.13:47
The ball is swung over by David Silva, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.12:58
Stephen Kelly challenges Gael Clichy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samir Nasri delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save made by Mark Schwarzer.12:23
Clint Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.10:43
The ball is sent over by Steve Sidwell.8:48
The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, Shot from close in by David Silva misses to the left of the target.7:52
Foul by Clint Dempsey on Micah Richards, free kick awarded. David Silva takes the direct free kick.7:26
Damien Duff delivers the ball, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.7:12
Foul by Gael Clichy on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Chris Baird takes the free kick.6:22
The official flags Edin Dzeko offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.3:53
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.1:47
David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.0:10
Steve Sidwell challenges Gareth Barry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gael Clichy.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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