Fulham banish penalty demons as they hold on for a win against below-par Leicester

Wesley Fofana will be ruing his opportunity to have opened the scoring for Leicester which would have eventually proven to be the goal that would have allowed them to share the spoils with Fulham.

11
Fulham played entertaining football in the first half and even broke their penalty curse

Their penalty curse was finally broken as Ivan Cavaleiro stepped up and scored from the penalty spot. Leicester missed some glorious chances and had to frustratingly claw at a resolute Fulham defense in the second half. Fulham finally pulled themselves out of the relegation spots after West Bromwich Albion had taken a temporary lead.

Entertaining first half of attacking football

Leicester had the opportunity to take a first half lead within 20 minutes as a James Maddison free-kick was deflected off. Youri Tielemans struck the ball on a volley and it ricocheted off the post. Wesley Fofana reacted first and aimed the ball towards the net, only for him to hit the crossbar when right near the goal post. Fulham capitalized on the miss and struck 10 minutes later when Zambo Anguissa put in a pass for Ademola Lookman. The latter was through on goal via a throughball and put the ball into the bottom right corner.

Four minutes later Bobby Decordava-Reid was fouled by Christian Fuchs in the Leicester penalty box. A lengthy VAR check was done after the referee had asked the teams to play on. He checked the pitchside monitor and awarded a penalty two minutes later. Five penalties had been missed by Fulham prior to this and it was Ivan Cavaleiro who finally broke the curse. He hit the ball to the top right corner and Kasper Schmeichel was never going to save it.

Leicester huffed and puffed throughout the first half and into the second half. Fulham sat back and absorbed all the attacks of Leicester in the second half. They almost got a third goal when Ademola Lookman was through on goal in a one-on-one with Schmeichel. He however hit the ball straight at him and squandered the opportunity. In the 86th minute Jamie Vardy headed the ball to Harvey Barnes, who scored from there. Fulham endured a nervy few minutes as they looked to hold on for a win.

They won the match fortunately and now are out of the relegation spots. They next play Manchester City while Leicester play Sheffield United.

Also read: Liverpool v Ajax: Preview and Predictions

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here