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Willian’s Late Penalty Seals Fulham’s Triumph Over Wolves

Wolves and Fulham Clash in a Premier League Spectacle Filled with Drama and VAR Intrigue

VAR Takes Centre Stage in a Thrilling Encounter

In a match that will long be remembered for its dramatic twists and turns, Fulham edged past Wolves with a 3-2 victory in a Premier League showdown marked by controversy and a last-gasp penalty. The spotlight was once again on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which played a pivotal role in the outcome of this closely-fought contest.

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Early Opener and a Duel of Penalties

The game kicked off with an early strike from Fulham’s Alex Iwobi, who found the net in the 7th minute. However, Wolves responded with vigour, as Matheus Cunha levelled the score with a header, bringing the game to a 1-1 stalemate. The turning point came just before the hour mark when Fulham was awarded a penalty, which Willian converted with aplomb, only for Wolves to strike back through a spot-kick of their own, netted by Hwang Hee-chan.

Late Drama Unfolds at Craven Cottage

In the dying moments of the game, the stage was set for high drama. A contentious penalty was awarded to Fulham after a VAR review, a decision that saw Willian step up once again to seal the win for the Cottagers. This late twist left Wolves feeling hard done by, especially given their previous encounters with VAR this season.

Wolves have found themselves on the wrong end of VAR decisions multiple times this season. Notable incidents include a denied late penalty against Manchester United and a crucial call in their encounter with Newcastle. These moments have added to the sense of injustice among the Wolves camp, with manager Gary O’Neil vocal in his criticism.

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Fulham’s Relief and Wolves’ Frustration

For Fulham, this victory ended a four-game winless streak in the Premier League, reviving their spirits. Wolves, on the other hand, left Craven Cottage with a sense of frustration, compounded by the knowledge that key players Lemina and Gomes would be missing their next game due to suspensions.

Standout Performances and Upcoming Challenges

Matheus Cunha’s performance stood out, even in defeat, showcasing his skill and determination. Both teams now look ahead to their next Premier League fixtures, with Fulham carrying momentum and Wolves eager to turn their fortunes around.

Match Statistics:

Statistic Fulham Wolves
Possession 60% 40%
Shots 12 10
Shots on Target 6 6
Corners 6 2
Fouls 13 13
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