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Premier League - Sunday 03rd March 2019, 2:05 PM
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Chelsea
 
Attendance: 24900
 
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)
 

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20
Goal
Higuaín
Chambers (f)
22
Yellow
 
Chambers
28
Goal
 
 
30
Goal
Jorginho
McDonald (f)
51
Yellow
 
 
61
Yellow
Jorginhom (f)
Anguissa
62
Sub On
 
McDonald
62
Sub Off
 
 
68
Sub On
Kovacic
 
68
Sub Off
Jorginho
Ayite
71
Sub On
 
Babel
71
Sub Off
 
 
74
Sub On
Pedro
 
74
Sub Off
Hazard
 
78
Sub On
Loftus-Cheek
 
78
Sub Off
Barkley
Vietto
80
Sub On
 
Cairney
80
Sub Off
 
 
Match review



Match Report

Fulham (1) 1-2 (2) Chelsea

Premier League Match Day 29 at Craven Cottage

Sunday 3rd March 2019      KO: 14:05

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)








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Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho earned Chelsea a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the West London derby and ensured there would be no fairytale start for Cottagers caretaker boss Scott Parker.

Parker was taking his first match in charge after replacing Claudio Ranieri as Fulham manager on Thursday.

Meanwhile Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri opted to restore Kepa Arrizabalaga in goal, having dropped the Spain international for the win over Tottenham following his refusal to be substituted during the Carabao Cup final.

But Kepa almost proved the decision to be a mistake when he failed to deal with a routine cross on 18 minutes and, had Fulham forward Ryan Babel been more alert, the Netherlands international would surely have put his side 1-0 ahead.

And Fulham were made to pay just three minutes later as Higuain, who had missed two earlier chances, finished off after some neat interplay between Willian and Cesar Azpilicueta on the right flank.

Match Stats Fulham Chelsea
Goals (1) 1 2 (2)
Scorers Chambers 28 Higuain 20
Jorginho 31
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Goal attempts 12 20
On target 5 7
Shooting Accuracy 42% 35%
Possession 36% 64%
Passes 385 695
Passes Success 81% 91%
Crosses 16 10
Crosses Success 25% 20%
Corners 5 4
Tackles 15 16
Tackles Success 60% 69%
Saves 5 4
Fouls 11 10
Offsides 2 0
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
The goal did not deflate the hosts, however, and only a good save by Kepa prevented Aleksandar Mitrovic from pulling them level, before Calum Chambers did equalise on 28 minutes -- thanks in large part to some shoddy Chelsea defending.

Babel's corner evaded everyone and Chambers, left in acres of space at the back post, rifled the ball into the back of the net before the players ran to celebrate with their new boss.

However, they were level for just three minutes as the much-maligned Jorginho curled in a beautiful effort from just outside the box for his first Chelsea goal since the opening day of the season, having been set up by Eden Hazard.

Mitrovic almost equalised for Fulham in the 88th-minute but forced Kepa into a decent save before Ryan Sessegnon thought he had snatched a point in added time, only to see his effort ruled out for a marginal offside.

Victory brings Chelsea to within two points of fourth-place Manchester United with a game in hand, while Fulham's survival hopes look slimmer and slimmer as they stay 10 points from safety with nine games remaining.

Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, McDonald (Anguissa 62), Babel (Ayite 71), Cairney (Vietto 80), R Sessegnon, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Le Marchand, Christie, Seri

Goals:
Chambers 27 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Babel with a cross following a corner.)

Booked: Chambers (22,f), McDonald (51,f)

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson, Kante, Jorginho (Kovacic 68), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 78), Willian, Higuaín, Hazard (Pedro 74)

Unused substitutes: Caballero, Luiz, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi

Goals:
Higuaín 20 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.)
Jorginho 31 (right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.)

Booked: Jorginho (61,f),

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Attendance: 24,900






























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