Goals and Highlights: Fulham 0-1 West Ham, 2019 Friendly Game
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FULL-TIME: Fulham FC 0-1 West Ham United
FULL-TIME: Very good game from both sides with West Ham looking very much more dominant than how they played last week in China.

A good run for the new signings of both sides as Ivan Cavaleiro, Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals and Anthony Knockaert all very much impressed.

Only one goal separated the sides - a beautifully taken effort by Manuel Lanzini that curled over Marcus Bettinelli in the 18th minute of the first half.
88' Fulham FC substitution
After Rice's challenge, Stefan Johansen looked in a lot of discomfort and he's been replaced by Luca de la Torre.
85' Bettinelli is having a great game today.

Another fantastic save from the Englishman to deny the Hammers. Diangana's did very well on the wing and put the ball into Antonio whose low shot was smartly saved.
83' Substitutions
Josh Cullen replaces Issa Diop for the Hammers with Carlos Sanchez moving down to centre-back.

Neeskens Kebano is on for Kevin McDonald for Fulham.
81' Good spell from Fulham.

Odoi put a shot straight into Fabiański's gloves following a good play between Johansson and Cavaleiro before Mitrovic got a header cleared by Zabaleta.
78' Another West Ham corner.

Denis Odoi turned Yarmolenko's cross away but Robert Snodgrass delivery wasn't good enough and Fulham were able to clear.
69' Aboubakar Kamara tried recreating Lanzini's goal from the first half but the popular AK47 fired his shot high and wide.

Next time he should fix his sight first, and then aim for the goal.
66' What a chance from West Ham!

A great counter-attack from the Hammers following Fulham's wasted free-kick was nearly converted after Yarmolenko's pass found Antonio but his shot was blocked by Le Marchand.
65' West Ham United substitutions
Sebastien Haller, Manuel Lanzini, Ben Johnson and Jack Wilshere are off with Javier Hernandez, Grady Diangana, Pablo Zabaleta and Robert Snodgrass replacing them.
60' Very good chance from Cavaleiro after Rice switched off leaving Mitrovic open and through on goal but Johnson's last-ditch lunge manage to put the Portuguese winger off.

His shot went far and over... the stadium.
54' CHANCE!

Haller has been denied by Bettinelly from close range after Masuaku's dangerous cross was turned away for a corner.

Hammers have really stepped their game up after coming back from China, and it doesn't look like they're stopping anytime soon.
Second half underway
46' Fulham get the second half underway.
Fulham FC substitutions
Only one substitution from Fulham, but unfortunately an enforced one.

Alfie Mawson has been forced off due to injury, and he's been replaced by Cyrus Christie.
West Ham United substitutions
Arthur Masuaku, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio and Carlos Sanchez on - Pablo Fornals, Felipe Anderson, Aaron Cresswell and Fabian Balbuena off.

Declan Rice has been moved to centre half.
HALF-TIME: West Ham heavily dominating struggling Fulham
One goal currently separates the two sides as the Hammers are very much on top in this one.

Haller, Fornals, Lanzini, Wilshere and Anderson all very much impressing at the moment, but it looks like we won't see most of them in the second half as Pellegrini is readying a few substitutions.

Fulham has been very quiet so far.
41' First Mitrovic's shot of the half, and it was straight at Fabiański.

The Serbian managed to get away from Balbuena but the ball got under his feet and he only managed to get it on target.
38' A great ball from Anderson to Cresswell but the captain's cross was just cut away and turned away for a corner, which Fulham were able to clear.
33' Good and intricate play from Haller, Fornals, Anderson and Wilshere was cut by Mawson.

The Englishman took some time to get up, but he's limping and holding his ankle while doing so.

Hopefully, he'll be ok.
31' Deep cross for Haller was just too high as Fulham's defence were able to deal with it and turn it behind for a corner.

Wilshere was fouled just on the outside of the box but nothing threating came after.
27' A very good tackle from Cresswell on Knockaert released Anderson but his cross was cleared away for a throw-in.
25' Another great play from West Ham.

Pure dominance from the Hammers as they're trying to break Fulham down through the wings with Declan Rice orchestrating the play.
18' Fulham FC 0-1 West Ham United
GOAL!

And there we go! Great start from West Ham finally paid off with Manuel Lanizni putting his side ahead with a fantastic curling shot from the edge of the area.
16' CHANCE!

What a goal that would've been from Ivan Cavaleiro!

The Portuguese managed to slip in between three West Ham defenders but Łukasz Fabiański was there and managed to just get a hand to the shot.
14' Finally some threat from the Cottagers.

Cross from the right side was too deep for Mitrovic and got safely turned away by Ben Johnson.
10' Corner for West Ham after another very good play from Fornals and Anderson.

Meanwhile, the Hammers' fans are taking the piss chanting "is this a library", obviously aimed at the hosts.
5' Beautiful flowing football from Manuel Pellegrini's men is currently tearing the hosts apart.

Haller won a free-kick close to Fulham's penalty area as he got hacked down by Alfie Mawson after a beautiful turn.
1' Fulham FC 0-0 West Ham United
Good start from the Hammers. Decent linkup play between Haller and Fornals but Felipe Anderson couldn't get on the end of a through-ball.

 
Kick-off
And we're underway!

The Hammers kicked the game off in their home kit. Fulham are playing in an anniversary black/white shirt.
Closing in on kick-off
Just over five minutes left until kick-off with both teams getting ready to appear out of the tunnel.
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Team selections - the breakdown
West Ham's heavily attacking lineup suggests an offensive 4-2-3-1 set-up. Declan Rice and Jack Wilshere holding the midfield line in a pivot, Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson on the wings with Pablo Fornals in between and Sebastien Haller leading the line.

As mentioned earlier, Haller and Fornals both new signings will have a chance to shine in their unofficial debuts today.

Fulham have put on their strongest line-up with newly acquired Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro leading the line. Apart from that, it's their standard 4-3-3 set-up we know from the previous Premier League season.
Starting XI: West Ham United
Fabiański, Johnson, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell (C), Rice, Wilshere, Anderson, Fornals, Lanzini, Haller.

Subs: Roberto, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Masuaku, Diangana, Snodgrass, Cullen, Yarmolenko, Antonio, Chicharito.
Starting XI: Fulham FC
Bettinelli, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Bryan, McDonald, Cairney, Johansen, Knockaert, Mitrovic, Cavaleiro.

Subs: Rodak, Christie, O’Riley, Francois, de la Torre, Kebano, Ayite, Fonte, Kamara.
Closing on kick-off
We're only ten minutes away from the official line-up release, and all West Ham fans should apparently start being excited.
Previous meetings
The two teams played each other twice during the 2018/19 season, both times in the Premier League.

And both times West Ham came out on the top, comfortably winning 2-0 at today's ground - Craven Cottage and 3-1 at the London Stadium.
Issa Diop's thoughts on Haller
“Sebastien is a very good player, he is very strong and he has very good technique and I hope he is going to score a lot of goals for us!" said the young defender.


“I played alongside him for France U21s and we had a few games together and also many training sessions, so I know how difficult he is to challenge because he is very tall and very powerful. He uses his body very well to make things tough for the defenders, so I hope he can do that for us.”

Team News
West Ham have their full squad available including Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals who are set to appear for the Hammers for the first time since signing from Eintracht Frankfurt and Villareal CF respectively.


Fulham, on the other hand, will be without Frank-Zambo Anguissa who left today for Villareal to fill the gap in midfield left by Fornals.

 
Fulham's pre-season fixtures and plans
Out of five games played, the Cottagers managed to win only one of them - against Brighton and Hove Albion, having previously lost to Cambridge United, Burnley and FC Porto and drawing to Oxford United week later.

Today's game will line the end of Fulham's preseason as they face Barnsley in the Championship on 3 August.
West Ham United's pre-season plans
After the end of West Ham's pre-season tour to China West Ham have travelled back to London to match against Fulham FC.

Next week the Hammers are going back to Austria to play against Hertha BSC before coming back to London to face their final pre-season opponent, Athletic Bilbao, in the annual Betway Cup.
West Ham United's previous pre-season fixtures
Despite winning their first pre-season game against SCR Aaltach the Hammers haven't managed to show their quality in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

They lost both their games in China - 4-1 to Manchester City and 1-0 to Newcastle United.
Welcome
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live stream score commentary of Fulham FC vs West Ham United in a pre-season friendly played at the Craven Cottage. I'm Alan Rzepa and I'll be taking you through the entire action.
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