Thursday, March 18, 2010
A Clint Dempsey wonder goal sealed a spot in the Europa League quarterfinals for Fulham who completed a miraculous comeback over Italian giants Juventus on Thursday night at Craven Cottage.

Dempsey came on as a second half substitute in the 72nd minute in place of Irish defender Stephen Kelly before deftly chipping in the deciding goal ten minutes later.

The match started out in favor of the Italians who already carried a 3-1 lead into the contest. Frenchman David Trezeguet found the back of the net just two minutes in when Hasan Salihamidzic sent in a cross for Diego who then failed to get a shot off paving the way for Trezeguet's bullet.

Facing a three goal disadvantage on the aggregate and an early away goal already conceded, the Cottagers managed to quickly regroup courtesy of Bobby Zamora in the ninth minute.

Zamora chested in Paul Konchesky lobbed cross from the left side while fending off former FIFA World Player of the Year Fabio Cannavro and slammed home the equalizer to kickstart the comeback.

Cannavaro would end up altering the balance of the match dramatically when he was given his walking papers in the 26th minute for a harsh tackle on Zoltan Gera.

The man advantage clearly worked to the favor of Roy Hodgson's club and thirteen minutes later in the 39th the hosts scored their second goal when Gera poked in Simon Davies' cross.

Fulham could smell blood at the start of the second half and it would only take three minutes to level the aggregate at 4-4.

Diego was found guilty of a handball in the penalty area and Gera scored his second of the match when he calmly converted the penalty kick as Juventus goalkeeper Antonio Chimenti was caught leaning the wrong way.

Hodgson saw his squad continue to push for the deciding strike which finally arrived via the right foot of the native Texan,

Dempsey was able to find some space just outside the right side of the penalty area and sent an arcing chip towards the far post.

The US international caught Chimenti playing too close to the near post and all the Italian netminder could do was helplessly watch as the ball floated into the top left corner of the goal sending the Fulham faithful into pandemonium.

A late red card for Jonathan Zebina effectively ended any hopes of a Juventus counterstrike as Dempsey and Fulham will now await Friday's draw to find out who will be their quarterfinal opponent.
Wednesday March 24, 2010 6:54 am
If you look at Clint's play this year, it definitely was not a misplaced cross.
He's been taking his game to the next level. The last two goals has punished the goalkeeper for coming off the line and cheating too much to the near post. Combine that with some of the ridiculous shots that barely missed and one can see that he is laying the groundwork for getting in the keeper's head which will lead to even more goals for Fulham.
Saturday March 20, 2010 6:01 pm
Sweet goal! Let's hope Deuce will now go on to re-gain his starting spot...
Saturday March 20, 2010 5:43 am
Does anyone else think it might have been a luck misplacement of a cross to the far post ?

Just wondering...
Saturday March 20, 2010 12:50 am
to all the Dempsey haters. that goal against Juve? SICK. Just goes to show you don't need to be in a top 4 team to be world class.

No american has EVER had that kind of vision on such a regular basis. wish there was a way to utilize that vision more fully on the MNT side.

Please GOD let Davies get healthy so we can unveil this lineup in SA;

Spector DeMerit Onyewu Bocanegra
Beasley Edu Donovan Dempsey
Davies Jozy

Sub Bradley for Davies, shift Dempsey up and Donovan over.

Provided Bradley was willing to play a true DM role, this lineup could do some serious Giant-Killer damage.
Friday March 19, 2010 6:55 pm
Saw the game late last night on GOL TV...amazing shot by Dempsey! I think I woke up my neighbors from yelling after the goal!
Friday March 19, 2010 10:39 am
Find the video of the Clint's goal....beautiful I tell you. He might need to be the 'other forward' with Altidore...he's too good when he's near the goal!!!
Friday March 19, 2010 10:19 am
the best part is that it was right in Zebina's mug. and we got to hear Hudson go all crazy-like about Hodgson's little Yankee boy.
John St. John
Friday March 19, 2010 9:31 am
I didn't think it could be done, but Deuce has topped his goal against Stoke City.

Sublime; world class; goal of a lifetime; beautifly crafted chip; audacious; astonishing; wonder goal; "what might become the most famous goal in Fulham's history;" stunner... that's how English media is referring to his goal.

It's nice to see a Yank getting some love on a big stage.
Friday March 19, 2010 9:10 am
Absolutely sick goal! Let's hope now Davies can get back and Gooch gets some time with AC Milan now that Nesta is injured.
Thursday March 18, 2010 6:19 pm
Didn't see game yet but when I saw the picture at the top of the page, i knew Dempsey had netted.

Guess it's safe to say, "he's bacaaack".
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