Fulham crushes Spurs’ dreams of finishing in the top four thanks to a double from Muniz

Mar 18, 2024

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LONDON, England – The Cottagers executed a masterful show to hand Spurs their second-heaviest loss of the year. With a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage, Fulham shocked Tottenham Hotspur and maintained their chances of potentially qualifying for European football. Fulham’s comeback to winning ways was swift and spectacular.

Sasa Lukic’s goal was accompanied by goals from in-form scorer Rodrigo Muniz as they defeated their London rivals to win the league for the fourth time in six games.

Spurs lost the opportunity to get into the top four ahead of Aston Villa, who are set to play West Ham United, and it was also the first time they had failed to score in 39 league games.

Joao Palhinha and Willian took the places of Harry Wilson and Harrison Reed in Marco Silva’s two substitutions for Fulham. In Spurs’ lone substitution, Radu Dragusin made his debut by replacing the injured Micky van de Ven.

After just eleven minutes, Fulham nearly took the lead thanks to a brilliant save by Cristian Romero from Andreas Pereira’s drive, which came after Guglielmo Vicario parried Alex Iwobi’s cross.

In the 24th minute, Muniz had a fantastic opportunity to score but was unable to make touch with Antonee Robinson’s cross. Spurs launched a counterattack as a result, but Son Heung-min just missed the mark.

Spurs kept up their rapid assault, and after four minutes James Maddison set Brennan Johnson up for a shot, but the winger’s attempt went straight at Bernd Leno.

Maddison almost scored the first goal himself, hitting Leno’s right post with a shot from the outskirts of the area.

Just before halftime, Fulham broke the deadlock when Muniz scored his sixth goal of the year from Robinson’s whipped cross, displaying excellent control and poise. With a single touch, the Brazilian accepted the cross and sent the ball across Vicario.

With five goals and one assist in four straight Premier League home games, the prolific striker became the first Fulham player to accomplish that feat.

Four minutes into the second half, Lukic scored his first goal for the team in an unusual way, giving Fulham a two-goal lead. The Serbian midfielder’s thigh was the target of Timothy Castagne’s cross from the right, which soared past Vicario and into the far corner.

As the hosts kept up their strong play, Muniz added his second goal to make the score 3-0. After controlling a knockdown in a corner, Calvin Bassey turned and skillfully struck a close-range shot against a post. When the ball dropped in the six-yard box, Muniz entered it before Dragusin did and poked it home to become the youngest Fulham player to score two goals in a Premier League rivalry in London.

That was Muniz’s final move because he was injured while trying to score and Raul Jimenez took his place. Within minutes, Palhinha believed he had made it 4-0, but the goal was disallowed for offside after Jimenez, who was in an offside position, struck the ball.

Spurs might have scored a goal after Ange Postecoglou made three substitutions, but for two blatant errors. Substitute Timo Werner failed to divert Johson’s right-wing cross at the far post with the goal open a minute after Johnson had already missed a cross from Son in front of goal, but it was likely offside.

Richarlison, another Spurs replacement, missed an opportunity to provide a late consolation goal. Harry Wilson, a Fulham replacement, broke free at the opposite end and forced a nice save from Vicario.

Fulham defeated Spurs at home for the first time since 2009 by seeing the game through and maintaining their clean sheet, their second in as many home games. Their 38 points keep them in 12th place in the league.

After playing the same amount of games as Villa, Spurs are still in fifth place, two points behind them.

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