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Fulham 1-3 Chelsea Prem 28 1314 Daily Star

last updated Sunday 02nd March 2014, 2:41 PM
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Fulham (0) 1 Chelsea (0) 3

A German ruled at Craven Cottage - but unfortunately for Fulham it was not new boss Felix Magath.

His fellow-countryman Andre Schurrle scored a stunning hat-trick in 17 second-half minutes for league-leaders Chelsea to wreck Magath's first home match in charge.

Schurrle's first strike arrived in the 52nd minute after he had bee sent clear by Eden Hazard.

That comfortable finish was soon followed by another easy conversion in the 65th minute, from the former Bayer Leverkusen hitman, this time from close range with an inspired Hazard again providing the assist.

And four minutes later, Schurrle rifled home right-footed after Fernando Torres had first won the ball in the air before supplying the pass to his rampant team-mate.

Those goals gave Chelsea their 100th London derby victory since the introduction of the Premier League.

But for bottom-of-the-table Fulham, it is now eight league games without a win.

Yet Fulham were actually close to giving Magath a flying start to his managerial life at the Cottage.

After just three minutes Pajtim Kasami crossed from the left after a strong run but Clint Dempsey couldn't control his header.

The American's effort flew across the face of the goal and wide to Chelsea's relief.

Fulham could then have fallen behind in the West London derby in the 14th minute, when Dutch keeper Maarten Stekelenburg - for the second time in the opening stages - made a hash of an attempted clearance.

Torres charged down the ball, only to shoot across the goal.

Fulham were immediately forced into an early change when a groggy Brede Hangeland left the field to be replaced by Dan Burn. The Fulham skipper had earlier been hurt in a nasty clash of heads with team-mate Kieran Richardson.

And it was Burn who had Fulham's next chance but he failed to connect properly with a free-kick delivered from the left by Ashkan Dejagah.

Despite powerful performances from Blues centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill, Chelsea still managed to look uncertain at the back at times.

Petr Cech had to save smartly from a Kasami drive, after a well-worked free-kick.

Then Steve Sidwell shot high and wide when the hosts carved out another opportunity.

But Spaniard Torres almost put his team ahead in first-half added time but his well-hit effort was turned over by Stekelenburg.

And the £50million striker should really have increased Chelsea's lead seven minutes after Schurrle's first goal.

Hazard produced an outrageous reverse cross from the left but Torres failed to hit the target with his downward header as Burn intervened.

Chelsea, though, took a proper grip on proceedings before Johnny Heitinga forced home a corner in the 74th minute for Fulham's consolation goal.

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