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last updated Wednesday 04th February 2015, 6:35 PM
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Fulham (1) 1-3 (0) Sunderland


A terrible mistake by Marcus Bettinelli gave Sunderland just the lift they needed to edge an absorbing Cup tie.

The Fulham keeper has enjoyed an excellent season, but he won't want to be reminded of the goal he conceded exactly on the hour as his side led by a first-half Hugo Rodallega goal.

A half-hit shot spooned in the air for what looked like a regulation Bettinelli catch over his head. Instead, he fumbled it, and watched agonisingly as it dropped a yard over the line. Practically everyone in white ran back to offer a consoling pat on the back.

After that, the Premier League turned the screw much as they did in the first half, and the result looked inevitable.

Early on, Jordi Gomez had a drive palmed down by Bettinelli, who then breathed a sigh of relief when Steven Fletcher had the ball in the net only to get his effort ruled out for offside.

Fletcher then brought a brilliant low stop from Bettinelli as the keeper flung himself left, but the keeper wasn't done there. Four Sunderland corners in a row kept him busy as the Premier League side asked all the questions.

And then like rabbits out of a hat, Fulham scored.

Something of a pea-roller of a corner from Ross McCormack found its way through a throng of players. The ball was smacked against the bar, and Rodallega thumped it high again - this time into the net.

Patrick Van Aanholt had a decent chance early doors of the second half, but only succeeded in side-footing wide from the left of the box when hitting the target was easier.

And then calamity for one of Fulham's heroes this season as Bettinelli conceded and pulled his keeper's jersey over his head to hide his woe.

However, there was nothing he could do about the Sunderland second.

Ricardo Alvarez jinked his way into the box on the right, darted to his left and let fly a hammer blow that flew past Bettinelli's right on the angle.

Referee Paul Tierney won no friends in west London when he allowed a push in the face of Seko Fofana by Emanuele Giaccherini to warrant only a yellow card for both players.

The official then awarded a dubious penalty in the last minute that Jordi Gomez put away with aplomb, and in truth the 17 shots Sunderland fired on target left Bettinelli still one of the better players on the night























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