Giorgos Karagounis earned an FA Cup third-round replay for Fulham against Championship side Blackpool with a stunning 25-yard half-volley.

The Greek midfielder lashed in after Blackpool could only clear a Bryan Ruiz corner to the edge of their own box.

Ludovic Sylvestre had put Blackpool in front, drilling in a low 18-yard shot after Nathan Delfouneso cut in from the left and teed up the midfielder.

Ruiz came closest to winning the tie but his header hit the crossbar.

There was also time for second-half substitute Hugo Rodallega to miss as the Cottagers failed to see off their lower-ranked opposition.

The Matthews Final

This season marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most celebrated FA Cup finals of all time.

Stan Mortensen scored a hat-trick as Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3 at Wembley in 1953 but the final is best remembered for Matthews inspiring his side to win from 3-1 down with 22 minutes remaining.

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks was in fine form, tipping a 20-yard Ruiz free-kick around the post, although he could only watch as Ashkan Dejagah diverted Alexander Kacaniklic's drilled cross the wrong side of the post.

The visitors carved out chances of their own with Liverpool target Thomas Ince testing David Stockdale from close range before firing in a low drive that the home keeper was also equal to.

Fulham upped their tempo after the break but it was Blackpool who took the lead.

Delfouneso, who had just had a penalty appeal turned down, cut in to the left edge of the box before picking out Sylvestre who rifled a low shot into the bottom corner.

Fulham boss Martin Jol sent on Kieran Richardson and Kerim Frei but it was a moment of class from Karagounis that saved his side.

The Greek controlled Blackpool's clearance from a corner before smashing a dipping half-volley in off the underside of the crossbar - his first goal for Fulham - to set up a replay at Bloomfield Road.

Fulham manager Martin Jol:

"[Karagounis] has been in the team over the last three games and I told him he could play 60 minutes today because he played the other games.

"I had to leave him on and I think he's not only a legend in his country, but he's a warrior for us.

"If you've seen him on You Tube, he probably did it [scored goals like today's during his career at Inter Milan, Benfica and Panathinaikos] eight or nine times before, and he's capable of doing that."

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton:

"It was their strongest side, so I am pleased to come away and still be in the hat and have the chance to bring them down to the Bloomfield Road cabbage patch.

"It is as bad a surface I have ever seen in the league. I don't think Fulham will be comfortable or enjoy playing there."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 17 Briggs Booked (Frei - 72' )
  • 18 Hughes
  • 27 Riether
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 31 Kacaniklic (Richardson - 70' )
  • 09 Berbatov
  • 11 Ruiz
  • 24 Dejagah (Rodallega - 54' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Somogyi
  • 04 Senderos
  • 06 Baird
  • 15 Richardson
  • 08 Kasami
  • 21 Frei
  • 20 Rodallega

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 05 Eardley
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 17 Basham Booked
  • 33 Harris (Crainey - 82' )
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 09 K Phillips (Eccleston - 90' )
  • 11 Ince
  • 40 Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 03 Crainey
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 08 Gomes
  • 31 Angel
  • 23 Bruna
  • 41 Eccleston
Ref: Mason
Att: 14,473

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

8 6

Corners

9 4

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:44 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Eccleston.

90:00 +1:06

Corner taken by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Hugo Rodallega misses to the right of the target.

87:47

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.

87:01

Giorgos Karagounis decides to take a short corner.

86:46

Bryan Ruiz takes a shot.

85:31

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

84:03

Kieran Richardson has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

82:55

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

81:38

Thomas Ince is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

81:05 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Crainey comes on in place of Robert Harris.

79:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Giorgos Karagounis - Fulham 1 - 1 Blackpool Giorgos Karagounis fires in a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Blackpool.

79:15

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line, Robert Harris manages to make a clearance.

77:17

Ludovic Sylvestre takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

76:30

Chris Basham fouled by Kerim Frei, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Baptiste takes the direct free kick.

75:11

The referee blows for offside. Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

74:13

Robert Harris produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

72:13

Kerim Frei takes a shot. Matt Gilks makes a save.

71:11 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Briggs goes off and Kerim Frei comes on.

70:59

Shot by Thomas Ince from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Richardson on for Alex Kacaniklic.

69:05

Chris Basham challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.

68:47

Effort from outside the penalty box by Thomas Ince goes wide right of the target.

67:39

Kevin Phillips is caught offside. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

66:57

Steve Sidwell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

60:54

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from the right by-line, Robert Harris manages to make a clearance.

59:10

The assist for the goal came from Nathan Delfouneso.

59:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Ludovic Sylvestre - Fulham 0 - 1 Blackpool A goal is scored by Ludovic Sylvestre from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Blackpool.

57:14

Giorgos Karagounis takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Harris.

54:51

Bryan Ruiz is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

53:23 Substitution

Substitution Ashkan Dejagah goes off and Hugo Rodallega comes on.

52:22

Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.

52:22 Booking

Booking Matthew Briggs is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

52:15

Thomas Ince fouled by Matthew Briggs, the ref awards a free kick.

51:29

Robert Harris concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashkan Dejagah. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

49:06

Matthew Briggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Phillips. Chris Basham takes the direct free kick.

48:20

Bryan Ruiz takes a short corner.

45:27

Foul by Robert Harris on Giorgos Karagounis, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by David Stockdale.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:03

Kevin Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

44:00

Bryan Ruiz is caught offside. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

43:33

Giorgos Karagounis takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.

41:30

Shot from long distance by Bryan Ruiz goes wide of the left-hand post.

40:18

Effort from the edge of the box by Matthew Briggs goes wide of the left-hand post.

37:26

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

36:11

Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Ince, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

35:33

Matthew Briggs challenges Alex Baptiste unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.

34:32

Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Giorgos Karagounis. Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

33:38

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

32:22

Ashkan Dejagah concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Delfouneso. Free kick taken by Robert Harris.

29:57

Neal Eardley takes a shot.

29:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Thomas Ince, clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.

29:12

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

27:57

Shot by Alex Kacaniklic from just outside the area goes over the net.

25:41

Thomas Ince takes the inswinging corner, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.

24:56

Foul by Brede Hangeland on Kevin Phillips, free kick awarded. Neal Eardley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.

24:24

Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

22:40

Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Chris Basham results in a free kick. Bryan Ruiz delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Matt Gilks.

21:46

Corner taken right-footed by Giorgos Karagounis to the near post, clearance by Robert Harris.

20:23

Ludovic Sylvestre challenges Bryan Ruiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

19:19

Effort on goal by Giorgos Karagounis from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

17:37

Giorgos Karagounis takes the inswinging corner, Matt Gilks makes a save.

16:40

Strike comes in from Bryan Ruiz from the free kick, save by Matt Gilks.

16:40 Booking

Booking The referee shows Chris Basham a yellow card.

16:16

Unfair challenge on Bryan Ruiz by Chris Basham results in a free kick.

15:33

Matthew Briggs takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste.

15:19

Ashkan Dejagah takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.

14:27

Giorgos Karagounis takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ludovic Sylvestre.

13:10

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

12:05

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Ince, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

11:47

Thomas Ince takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.

8:28

Chris Basham concedes a free kick for a foul on Giorgos Karagounis. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

7:09

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Giorgos Karagounis.

5:39

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips. Direct free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

3:33

The official flags Ashkan Dejagah offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

1:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Neal Eardley. Giorgos Karagounis takes the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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