Hangeland nets extra-time Fulham winner

Blackpool 1 Fulham 2 (After extra time)

Skipper Brede Hangeland rescued Fulham’s FA Cup campaign with a winner late in extra-time after a rollercoaster of a replay at Bloomfield Road.

With penalties looming, Damien Duff’s corner took a crucial touch off Hangeland and looped into the back of the net to set up a fourth-round tie with either Manchester United or West Ham.

Fulham had been seconds from crashing out in normal time but substitute Kieran Richardson’s shot from distance flew past keeper Matt Gilkes.

Blackpool thought they had won it when Nathan Delfouneso pounced on Mark Schwarzer’s miscued punch in the 82nd minute – only for Richardson to break the Seasiders’ hearts.

Fulham – without the rested Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz – had enjoyed the better chances of a match which only exploded into life late on.

In the first half, Hugo Rodallega was denied from close range by Gilkes while Chris Baird’s header from a Giorgos Karagounis corner shaved the post.

Blackpool, with the pace of Liverpool target Tom Ince to the fore, were always a threat on the break, and the England Under-21 international forced a brilliant second-half save from Schwarzer.

The Fulham keeper further frustrated Ince twice more in extra time, and Seasiders’ centre-back Kirk Broadfoot spurned a golden chance to put his side in front when he blazed over the bar.

But Fulham had the final word to ensure an all-Premier League tie at either Upton Park on Old Trafford.

Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos (Hughes 71), Hangeland, Briggs; Dejagah, Karagounis, Baird, Kacaniklic (Richardson 84), Petric (Duff 79), Rodallega. Subs not used: Stockdale, Riise, Grimmer, Kasami.



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