Fulham 2-0 Leeds United: Joao Palhinha and Manor Solomon score spectacular goals – NewsEverything Football

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Fulham 2-0 Leeds United: Joao Palhinha and Manor Solomon score spectacular goals – NewsEverything Football
Fulham 2-0 Leeds United: Joao Palhinha and Manor Solomon score spectacular goals – NewsEverything Football

Fulham scored two spectacular goals to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2010 as Leeds slipped to a first defeat under new manager Javi Gracia.

Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha set the Cottagers on their way with an outstanding curling finish from about 30 yards which went in off the post.

Leeds responded by hitting the post through Georginio Rutter’s looping header, while they also had two goals – from Rutter and Wilfried Gnonto – ruled out.

Gnonto also forced a fine save from Marek Rodak before the visitors conceded a second, Manor Solomon scoring for the fourth successive game with a strike past Illan Meslier from the edge of the box after exchanging passes with Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Fulham thriving under Silva

Fulham are a team full of confidence under Marco Silva, who in the space of 20 months has taken the Cottagers from the Championship into the top six of the Premier League.

Not since 2011-12 under Roy Hodgson have they played in Europe but there is a feel-good factor around Craven Cottage after Fulham extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.

They are now just two wins from a first FA Cup final since 1975.

Silva made seven changes to his team but it still proved enough to see off their opponents in the all-Premier League tie.

Leeds, who were well backed in London by their travelling fans, responded well after falling behind to Palhinha’s special finish.

But their inability to find the net cost them as Fulham advanced by scoring from two of their three attempts on target. In contrast, Leeds had 16 attempts – six on target – without scoring.

Gracia is left to concentrate on keeping Leeds in the Premier League and he can reflect on some positives despite tasting defeat in his second game in charge.

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  1. Squad number1Player nameRodák

  2. Squad number12Player nameCédric Soares

  3. Squad number4Player nameTosin

  4. Squad number13Player nameReam

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number28Player nameLukic

  7. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

  8. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  9. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  10. Squad number11Player nameSolomon

  11. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

  1. Squad number2Player nameTete

  2. Squad number6Player nameReed

  3. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  4. Squad number20Player nameWillian

  5. Squad number30Player nameCarlos Vinícius

Leeds United

  1. Squad number1Player nameMeslier

  2. Squad number2Player nameAyling

  3. Squad number25Player nameKristensen

  4. Squad number5Player nameKoch

  5. Squad number3Player nameFirpo

  6. Squad number28Player nameMcKennie

  7. Squad number12Player nameAdams

  8. Squad number8Player nameRoca

  9. Squad number10Player nameSummerville

  10. Squad number24Player nameRutter

  11. Squad number29Player nameGnonto

  1. Squad number7Player nameAaronson

  2. Squad number9Player nameBamford

  3. Squad number11Player nameHarrison



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Rodák
  • 12Cédric SoaresSubstituted forTeteat 90′minutes
  • 4Tosin
  • 13Ream
  • 33Robinson
  • 28Lukic
  • 26João PalhinhaSubstituted forReedat 81′minutes
  • 8WilsonSubstituted forWillianat 82′minutes
  • 18Pereira
  • 11SolomonSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 81′minutes
  • 9MitrovicSubstituted forAlves Moraisat 69′minutes


  • 2Tete
  • 5Duffy
  • 6Reed
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 17Leno
  • 20Willian
  • 30Alves Morais
  • 31Diop
  • 38Harris


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Meslier
  • 2Ayling
  • 25Kristensen
  • 5Koch
  • 3Firpo
  • 28McKennie
  • 12Adams
  • 8RocaSubstituted forAaronsonat 74′minutes
  • 10Summerville
  • 24RutterSubstituted forBamfordat 63′minutes
  • 29GnontoSubstituted forHarrisonat 64′minutes


  • 7Aaronson
  • 9Bamford
  • 11Harrison
  • 16Perkins
  • 18Gyabi
  • 22Robles
  • 34Pinheiro Monteiro
  • 49Fernández
  • 63Gray

Chris Kavanagh


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