Fulham 4-0 Crusaders (agg 7-1)

Fulham 4 - 0 Crusaders (agg 7 - 1)

Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson
Zamora and Johnson celebrate the latter's opener

Strikers Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora were both on target for Fulham as the Cottagers completed an emphatic Europa League victory over Crusaders.

Johnson opened the scoring with a neat finish to a sweeping team move as the hosts dominated the first half.

Damien Duff fired home a second before Zamora converted Johnson's cross with a first-time shot to stretch the lead.

Steve Sidwell completed the scoring ahead of a third-round qualifying tie against either Domzale or RNK Split.

Fulham will take play away in either Slovenia or Croatia on 28 July before returning to Craven Cottage on 4 August.

After the contest Cottagers boss Martin Jol expressed his high hopes for the partnership of Johnson and Zamora.

"Even if you have got a tough defence you know you can score goals," said Jol.

"Last year Bobby was of course injured and Andy was the same, he only had 16 starts. I feel there is a lot more goals in Andy Johnson. Every game when I see him he is quick and he can score goals.

"I think he has scored three goals already and that is what you want, not the two goals last year. If you saw Bobby in the first half, if he is in the flow he is a very good target."

Matthew Briggs who had scored Fulham's first against the Belfast side in the first leg, was shunted from left-back to right-back to make way for debutant John Arne Riise.

But the 20-year-old looked just at home on then opposite flank and created Fulham's first chance for Johnson, who forced a save out of Sean O'Neill.

Johnson was not be denied for long however, and fired in after Zamora's dummy.

A pass from centre-back Philippe Senderos sent Duff clear early in the second half and the Republic of Ireland winger slipped his shot just inside the far post to double the lead on the night.

Fulham's superior fitness levels told in the last quarter of the match as Zamora took advantage of some tiring legs in the Crues' ranks before Sidwell headed home.

Should Fulham emerge victorious from the third round, a play-off would be the final obstacle between them and the group stages of the competition.

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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Europa Lge qualifying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 4-0 Crusaders FT
(HT 1-0)(agg 7-1)
  • Johnson 19
  • Duff 56
  • Zamora 66
  • Sidwell 70

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Crusaders

    • 01 O'Neill
    • 02 McKeown
    • 03 McBride
    • 04 Leeman
    • 05 Magowan
    • 07 McCann (Faulkner 85)
    • 11 Gargan
    • 14 Dallas
    • 16 Watson
    • 09 Adamson (Halliday 84)
    • 18 Owens (Rainey 67)

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murphy,
    • 20 Gibson,
    • 22 Roy,
    • 21 Faulkner,
    • 10 Rainey,
    • 15 McMaster,
    • 17 Halliday
    Ref: StamatisAtt: 15,676
    FULHAM
    CRUSADERS

    Possession

    • Fulham 50%
    • Crusaders 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 8
    • Crusaders 2

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 7
    • Crusaders 4

    Corners

    • Fulham 5
    • Crusaders 1

    Fouls

    • Fulham 14
    • Crusaders 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:12 The match has reached full-time.
    • 89:08 Aaron Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Dallas. Paul Leeman takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:43 Bjorn Helge Riise has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 84:52 Bjorn Helge Riise restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:52 Substitution William Faulkner is brought on as a substitute for Ryan McCann.
    • 84:52 Unfair challenge on Kerim Frei by Aiden Watson results in a free kick.
    • 83:25 Substitution Timmy Adamson leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Halliday.
    • 83:02 Kerim Frei takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Aiden Watson gets a block in.
    • 78:51 Unfair challenge on Ciaran Gargan by Philippe Senderos results in a free kick. Gareth McKeown has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 77:41 David Rainey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:28 Substitution Bjorn Helge Riise replaces John Arne Riise.
    • 74:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Timmy Adamson. Free kick taken by Aiden Watson.
    • Correction - 73:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Timmy Adamson. Direct free kick taken by Aiden Watson.
    • 73:33 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Timmy Adamson. David Magowan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:04 Bobby Zamora takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 72:05 Shot by David Rainey. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 70:55 Substitution Andrew Johnson goes off and Kerim Frei comes on.
    • 70:28 Substitution Dickson Etuhu comes on in place of Steve Sidwell.
    • 69:17 Damien Duff provided the assist for the goal.
    • 69:17 GOAL - Steve SidwellFulham 4 - 0 Crusaders Steve Sidwell gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 4 (7)-(1) 0 Crusaders.
    • 68:50 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line,
    • 67:38 David Rainey fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan McCann.
    • 66:45 Substitution Jordan Owens leaves the field to be replaced by David Rainey.
    • 65:49 Andrew Johnson provided the assist for the goal.
    • 65:49 GOAL - Bobby ZamoraFulham 3 - 0 Crusaders Bobby Zamora scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 3 (6)-(1) 0 Crusaders.
    • 63:51 Philippe Senderos fouled by Timmy Adamson, the ref awards a free kick. Philippe Senderos restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:04 Stephen McBride gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy.
    • 60:38 Steve Sidwell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
    • 59:45 Steve Sidwell challenges Aiden Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan McCann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 58:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Briggs on Gareth McKeown. Gareth McKeown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:39 The assist for the goal came from Philippe Senderos.
    • 55:39 GOAL - Damien DuffFulham 2 - 0 Crusaders Damien Duff scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2 (5)-(1) 0 Crusaders.
    • 55:12 Bobby Zamora fouled by Paul Leeman, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
    • 54:02 Timmy Adamson fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan McCann.
    • 51:32 Steve Sidwell takes a shot.
    • 50:07 Unfair challenge on Aiden Watson by Matthew Briggs results in a free kick. David Magowan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:37 Shot by Aiden Watson went wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 49:04 Corner taken left-footed by Ciaran Gargan from the left by-line to the near post, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 48:11 Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Gareth McKeown takes the free kick.
    • 46:23 Damien Duff fouled by Aiden Watson, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Save made by Sean O'Neill.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:18 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 44:25 The referee blows for offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 42:39 Philippe Senderos fouled by Timmy Adamson, the ref awards a free kick. Philippe Senderos takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:08 The referee blows for offside against Andrew Johnson. Sean O'Neill takes the free kick.
    • 40:35 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Bobby Zamora goes wide right of the target.
    • 40:07 Foul by Ryan McCann on Steve Sidwell, free kick awarded. Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
    • 37:47 Unfair challenge on Timmy Adamson by Philippe Senderos results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ciaran Gargan from the free kick, blocked by Aaron Hughes.
    • 37:07 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Stuart Dallas. Free kick taken by Stephen McBride.
    • 34:52 Shot from inside the area by Timmy Adamson clears the bar.
    • 27:40 Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Comfortable save by Sean O'Neill.
    • 23:20 Steve Sidwell has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.
    • 22:37 Effort from outside the penalty box by John Arne Riise goes wide right of the target.
    • 20:49 Unfair challenge on John Arne Riise by Ryan McCann results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, free kick awarded for a foul by Philippe Senderos on David Magowan. Sean O'Neill takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:59 Corner taken by Damien Duff played to the near post, Ryan McCann manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:25 Assist by John Arne Riise.
    • 18:25 GOAL - Andrew JohnsonFulham 1 - 0 Crusaders A goal is scored by Andrew Johnson from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1 (4)-(1) 0 Crusaders.
    • 17:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Timmy Adamson. Timmy Adamson takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:23 Corner taken by Damien Duff.
    • 13:25 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, save by Sean O'Neill.
    • 11:13 Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Gareth McKeown.
    • 8:13 Damien Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McBride. Stephen McBride takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:22 Andrew Johnson takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Sean O'Neill.
    • 6:48 Stephen McBride challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 3:49 Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Sean O'Neill takes the free kick.
    • 2:56 Stuart Dallas takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
    • 0:48 The referee blows for offside. Sean O'Neill takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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