With 10 men, Fulham saves the tie against Arsenal: 2-2 halftime

With 10 men, Fulham saves the tie against Arsenal: 2-2 halftime

In a game of somersaults, Arsenal and Fulham drew 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium, in a duel that matched the third day of the Premier League, in which Mexican Raúl Jiménez started and played the 90 minutes.

Arsenal arrived undefeated and perfect and it looked like they could keep up but Fulham had a good draw with 10 leaving the Gunners with 7 points.

The Cottagers bounced back from a weak second half to take their fourth point of the season but went ahead and failed to hold on to their early lead.

The clock had not yet reached the minute and Andreas Pereira was already 1-0 up for Fulham, who capitalized on a mistake early on by Arsenal that saw Bukayo Saka lose the ball, marking the departure of Aaron Ramsdale.

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Gradually, Arsenal tried to equalize and the first goal came in the 11th minute. When Gabriel Martinelli headed the ball, it was up to Bukayo Saka, who also failed, and they let her go; Six minutes later, the Brazilian received a shot from Leandro Trossard and was saved by Bernd Leno.

In the 18th minute, Martinelli finished in the penalty area and Raúl deflected the ball to prevent a goal.

Almost scored a goal

Jiménez sent a warning in the 22nd minute, saving a ball remaining in the box that went wide near the Ramsdale goal, and in the 23rd minute the Mexican was met by Bobby Decordova-Reid, hitting him and deflected .

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Saka approached the penalty area in the 30th minute and finished awkwardly, causing the ball to go over the ceiling after a dribble.

Martinelli didn’t stop trying and in the 32nd minute Trossard left him, hitting him again and Leno appeared to save Fulham.

Already in the second half, Ødegaard tried in the 59th minute with an unsuccessful shot and in the 60th minute he scored again without scoring.

Arsenal improved and in the 66th minute Fabio Vieira entered the Fulham box on the left and was innocently fouled by Kenny Tete; A penalty was taken, which Saka converted to make it 1-1 in the 69th minute.

The goal brought Arsenal to life, who made it 2-1 in the 72nd minute when Vieira met from Saka and put the cross in where Eddie Nketiah appeared, arriving on time and giving the locals the advantage.

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Already lagging behind on the scoreboard, Fulham were down to 10 men due to the exclusion of Calvin Bassey, who predicted the visitor’s defeat.

The surprise came in the 87th minute when João Palhinha made it 2-2, completing a corner kick from the penalty area and equalizing.

Even as an equaliser, Saka finished off the Chilean, they saved him and he was out of place; Leno became a hero by clearing two more goals for which they shared the points at Emirates Stadium.


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