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Fulham 2-1 Sunderland

Aleksandar Mitrovic
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his 12th goal in his past 13 games for Fulham

Fulham moved back into the automatic promotion places but had to come from behind to beat relegated Sunderland.

The Black Cats, who are now sure to finish bottom, took a surprise lead through Joel Asoro's fine low strike.

The hosts were well short of their best but levelled on the stroke of half-time when Lucas Piazon slotted in.

Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home at the far post to put Fulham two points above Cardiff and send the Championship promotion race into the final weekend.

The battle to finish second behind champions Wolves is still in the Bluebirds' hands, with Neil Warnock's side able to climb back above the Cottagers if they beat Hull City on Saturday.

Regardless of the result at the KCOM Stadium, both teams are guaranteed to be in with a shot at securing promotion to the Premier League on the final day of the season - with Fulham visiting Birmingham and Cardiff hosting Reading on Sunday, 6 May.

Aston Villa can also mathematically still catch Fulham, but they are now six points behind with just two games remaining.

Fulham survive a Sunderland scare

If the Whites had lost to Sunderland on Friday then Cardiff could have sealed promotion with victory against Hull - and a shock result at Craven Cottage looked a genuine possibility when Asoro marked his 19th birthday by opening the scoring.

The Black Cats were more than competitive in the contest and were unlucky to find themselves level towards the end of the half, with Piazon's equaliser coming 60 seconds after Ovie Ejaria appeared to be tripped in the Fulham box.

Slavisa Jokanovic's team, now 23 games unbeaten, were brilliant in dismantling Millwall in the second period last Friday, but clear chances were hard to come by despite dominating possession against Sunderland.

The pressure eventually told, however, when Newcastle loanee Mitrovic continued his fine form by scoring his 12th Fulham goal to secure victory for the hosts.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Radio 5 live:

"You can see how complicated this competition is. We wanted to control the situation but didn't attack enough and take risks.

"In the second half we started to move the ball better and there was a big difference with our passing.

"We can talk about our character and our confidence.

"I am not going to watch the Cardiff game. I have different plans."

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman:

"Slav has done a big job so it was always going to be tough. I thought tonight our performance deserved something, we didn't deserve nothing.

"Their second goal was a yard offside and it's not even a hard call for the linesman to call that and we should have had a penalty in the first half.

"We need those big calls and simple calls because, when they go against you, everyone starts thinking 'Oh Sunderland always get bad calls' and we start feeling sorry for ourselves."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1BettinelliBooked at 90mins
  • 2Fredericks
  • 4Odoi
  • 13Ream
  • 21TargettSubstituted forKamaraat 40'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10CairneySubstituted forKalasat 90'minutes
  • 6McDonald
  • 8Johansen
  • 20PiazonSubstituted forFonteat 74'minutes
  • 32Mitrovic
  • 3R Sessegnon

Substitutes

  • 9Fonte
  • 16Norwood
  • 22Christie
  • 26Kalas
  • 27Button
  • 36De La Torre
  • 47Kamara

Sunderland

  • 1SteeleBooked at 62mins
  • 2JonesSubstituted forMatthewsat 45'minutes
  • 23Koné
  • 16O'SheaBooked at 45mins
  • 36Wilson
  • 4McNair
  • 28RobsonSubstituted forMajaat 85'minutes
  • 29Asoro
  • 53EjariaSubstituted forMcManamanat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 26Honeyman
  • 9FletcherBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 11Lua Lua
  • 12Camp
  • 13McManaman
  • 20Maja
  • 21Matthews
  • 35Clarke-Salter
  • 37Mumba
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
21,849

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.

Booking

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Callum McManaman (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Callum McManaman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) because of an injury.

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

Marc Wilson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Callum McManaman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tomas Kalas replaces Tom Cairney.

Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces Ethan Robson.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Callum McManaman replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Sunderland 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a set piece situation.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marc Wilson (Sunderland).

Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Marc Wilson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Rui Fonte replaces Lucas Piazon.

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Paddy McNair (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lucas Piazon.

Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Ovie Ejaria is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).

George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ethan Robson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 27th April 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves44308682364698
2Fulham452513778433588
3Cardiff442681067392886
4Aston Villa4424101071403182
5Middlesbrough442191463432072
6Derby4419141165461971
7Millwall4418151155431269
8Brentford4418141261491268
9Preston441716115445967
10Bristol City4417151265551066
11Sheff Utd44199165952766
12Leeds44169195662-657
13Norwich441415154654-857
14Ipswich44168205158-756
15Sheff Wed441314175459-553
16QPR441411195567-1253
17Nottm Forest44157224962-1352
18Hull441115186967248
19Reading441013214866-1843
20Birmingham44127253464-3043
21Bolton44913223670-3440
22Barnsley44814224568-2338
23Burton44911243579-4438
24Sunderland45616234980-3134
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