Fulham 1-2 Chelsea: Kepa Arrizabalaga recalled as Sarri's men win derby

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Gonzalo Higuain has scored three goals in five Premier League starts since joining Chelsea in JanuaryFulham slipped closer to relegation as Scott Parker's first game as caretaker manager ended in defeat by west London neighbours Chelsea at Craven Cottage.Gonzalo Higuain set Chelsea on their way to a first Premier League away win of 2019 with a high-quality finish from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.Fulham, who sacked Claudio Ranieri on Thursday, produced a spirited display and equalised through Calum Chambers from a corner, awarded after recalled Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's exceptional save had kept out Aleksandar Mitrovic's volley.
They were level for only four minutes, Jorginho's well placed finish from 20 yards leaving Chelsea only two points adrift of fourth spot.Ryan Sessegnon thought he had equalised in the closing moments but the 18-year-old's effort was ruled out for offside.
Reaction from Craven Cottage and the rest of Sunday's Premier League games
Better from Fulham but relegation looms
Despite a 20th league defeat of the season, Fulham fans applauded the home side off the pitch at the end after a much improved performance.Parker demanded a response in his first game and he got one, but time is running out for a team who have looked out of their depth most of the season and have now lost eight of their past nine league games.Relegation is looming for Fulham, who are 10 points from safety with nine games remaining, including home matches with Liverpool and Manchester City.It might have been a different story but for Arrizabalaga.The Chelsea keeper was kept busy with saves from Tom Cairney and Joe Bryan, but his acrobatic first-half stop to deny Mitrovic, with the score 1-0 to Chelsea, was outstanding.It resulted in a corner from which Chambers, who was left totally unmarked, equalised. But Chelsea were soon level again.In a frantic ending, Serbia forward Mitrovic could have equalised but headed straight at Arrizabalaga before Sessegnon put the ball in the back of the net only for a tight offside call to go against him.Parker has described his new role as an "audition" and he certainly got a reaction from his players. Now he has to find a way of turning decent performances into points.

Scott Parker played for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham and Fulham in a 20-year playing career
Kepa back with a bang
Seven days ago Chelsea were portrayed as a club in meltdown after goalkeeper Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted during the Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City.The Spanish keeper was dropped for the midweek win against Tottenham but was back in the team at Fulham as Chelsea made it back-to-back wins in the league.With the game goalless, Arrizabalaga was lucky to escape after dropping the ball at the feet of Ryan Babel on the edge of the six-yard area. But he made up for his mistake with a wonderful save to deny Mitrovic and was badly let down by his defenders for Chambers' goal.Chelsea were far from their fluent best and they wasted chances to put the game out of sight before Fulham's late rally.Towards the end of the first half, Higuain, who now has three goals in five league games for the club, missed a great opportunity to make it 3-1, before Fulham keeper Sergio Rico produced a sublime one-handed save to keep out the Argentine.With Chelsea having a game in hand over the teams above them, the race to finish in a Champions League spot could yet go to the final weekend of the season.
Man of the match - Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

Kepa Arrizabalaga marked his return to Chelsea's side with some fine saves and his acrobatic stop to keep out Aleksandar Mitrovic was one of the highlights of the game
Why Fulham don't like derbies - the stats
Fulham have become the first side to lose 10 London derbies in the top flight in a single season.
Chelsea are unbeaten in 18 Premier League games against Fulham.
Eden Hazard became the third Chelsea player to both score and assist 50 Premier League goals (81 goals, 50 assists) after Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald has been on the winning side in just three of his 38 Premier League games (7.9%); among players to have played as many as 38 Premier League matches, only Rudy Gestede (3.9%, two wins in 51) has a lower win percentage.
Fulham have lost more matches than any other side in the top five European leagues in all competitions during 2019 (9).
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5ChambersBooked at 22mins[/i]
6McDonaldBooked at 51mins[/i]Substituted forZambo Anguissaat 62'minutes
12BabelSubstituted forAyiteat 71'minutes
10CairneySubstituted forViettoat 80'minutes
3R Sessegnon
20Le Marchand
29Zambo Anguissa
5JorginhoBooked at 61mins[/i]Substituted forKovacicat 68'minutes
8BarkleySubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 78'minutes
10E HazardSubstituted forPedroat 74'minutes
30David Luiz
Referee:Graham ScottAttendance:24,900
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Home TeamFulhamAway TeamChelseaPossessionHome36%Away64%ShotsHome12Away20Shots on TargetHome5Away7CornersHome5Away4FoulsHome11Away10
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Match ends, Fulham 1, Chelsea 2.
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Posted at 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Chelsea 2.Posted at 90'+6' Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90'+6' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).Posted at 90'+5' Foul by Emerson (Chelsea).Posted at 90'+5' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+4' Offside, Fulham. Luciano Vietto tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.Posted at 90'+2' Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).Posted at 90'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 90' Delay in match Joe Bryan (Fulham) because of an injury.Posted at 89' Attempt blocked. N'Golo Kante (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Higuain.Posted at 88' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Floyd Ayite.Posted at 87' Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 87' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).Posted at 86' Offside, Fulham. Havard Nordtveit tries a through ball, but Aleksandar Mitrovic is caught offside.Posted at 83' Hand ball by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).
Posted at 80' Substitution, Fulham. Luciano Vietto replaces Tom Cairney.
Posted at 78' Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Ross Barkley.Posted at 76' Foul by Andreas Christensen (Chelsea).Posted at 76' Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Denis Odoi.Posted at 75' Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Barkley.
Posted at 74' Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Eden Hazard.Posted at 73' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 73' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Antonio Rudiger.Posted at 72' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.Posted at 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Posted at 71' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayite replaces Ryan Babel because of an injury.Posted at 71' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 70' Delay in match Ryan Babel (Fulham) because of an injury.Posted at 69' Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 69' Foul by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).
Posted at 68' Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces Jorginho.Posted at 68' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.Posted at 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Willian.Posted at 66' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Havard Nordtveit.Posted at 63' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Posted at 62' Substitution, Fulham. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa replaces Kevin McDonald.
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