Man alive. That was simply incredible . Fulham Football club are through to the quater-finals of the Europa League against all odds. 3-1 down after the away leg, many had written Fulham off from the very beginning. But Roy’s boys had other idea and produced the performance of the tournament to knockout the favourites, Juventus, in a 4-1 thriller at the Cottage.
The match started very badly for Fulham, but then again, when do we like to make it easy? I unfortunatly missed the first 10 minutes and was amazed to see the 1-1 scoreline on the screen. Trezeguet scored very early and I’m sure that had many people shaking their heads thinking, “Here we go again”.
But Fulham fought back very quickly and the man of the moment, Bobby Zamora had the home crowd singing when he hit the back of the net with a sweet half volley. We had 2 good penalty shouts in the first half and then Davies hit the corner of the crossbar with a shot/cross and Etutu hit the post with the resulting corner with a powering header. Then Cannavaro got himself sent off for pulling down Gera just infront of the box. In all fairness I thought that the decision was harsh but on the other hand we should have had a penalty earlier for Cannavaro pulling down Zamora so I felt that it was justified. The left foot of Zamora nearly put Fulham in front but for the hand of Juventus’ keeper. I thought that this was going to be the most annoying night at that until a delightful little ball by Bobby Zamora found Davies who crossed to Gera who could make no mistake from a few yards. The Cottage erupted and so did my living room!
However, I couldn’t get ahead of myself, there was a long way to go and Juventus still had the quality to find a goal out of nowhere. But when the half time whistle came, Filham were well worth their lead.
The second half started superbly for Fulham with Duff winning a penalty after Diego handled. Gera, a suprise choice, made no mistake from the spot and we were level. Fulham continued to press Juventus throughout the second half. They were solid at the back and creative in the midfield. Zoltan Gera came off to a standing avation and just right to as the Hungarian was excellent. But then a moment of brilliance from none other than Clint Dempsey, on for the decent Stephen Kelly. He got the ball on the edge of the box and didn’t even seem to look up before chipping the keeper beautifully.
The final whistle was all that was left but Juventus diagreed and decided to get another player sent off late on. When the final whistle did go eventually there was an amazing noise inside our little stadium on the Thames! What can I say, I suppose only the big team in West London is still in Europe. Drogba? who?