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Fulham Deals Blow to Tottenham’s Top-Four Hopes with Dominant 3-0 Victory

Fulham's Dominant Display Leaves Tottenham's Champions League Hopes Hanging by a Thread

Fulham’s Dominant Display Leaves Tottenham’s Champions League Hopes Hanging by a Thread

Fulham delivered a significant setback to Tottenham Hotspur’s aspirations for a top-four finish in the Premier League as Rodrigo Muniz’s brace guided them to an impressive 3-0 triumph at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Tottenham, eyeing a move above Aston Villa into fourth place with a victory, found themselves outplayed for much of the encounter, barring a brief spell before halftime, and could offer little complaint about the outcome.

Fulham’s Rodrigo Muniz celebrates after scoring his second goal against Tottenham, sealing a remarkable 3-0 victory for his side at Craven Cottage. (Reuters)

Muniz opened the scoring in the 42nd minute and added another just past the hour mark to seal Tottenham’s fate, with Sasa Lukic extending Fulham’s lead shortly after the break. The defeat marked a notable home double for Fulham over Tottenham, having previously eliminated them from the League Cup, and marked their first league win against the North London club in their last ten meetings.

The loss leaves Tottenham in fifth place with 53 points from 28 games, while Fulham occupies the 12th spot with 38 points from 29 games.

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Tottenham had come into the match buoyed by a resounding 4-0 victory over Villa the previous week, but they were brought back down to earth with a performance reminiscent of past struggles under manager Ange Postecoglou.

“In the second half, we didn’t get to grips with the game. The intensity dropped,” Postecoglou remarked. “Our final third play wasn’t great. But it’s more the overall play that was disappointing. There are things we’ve done all year we’ve prided ourselves on, our intensity and tempo, but that wasn’t there in the second half. We couldn’t get any control or traction in the game.”

Fulham exhibited more urgency from the outset, with Andreas Pereira leading the charge. Despite several chances for both sides in the first half, the breakthrough came just before halftime when Muniz capitalized on Antonee Robinson’s excellent delivery to put Fulham ahead.

The home side wasted no time in extending their lead after the break, with Lukic finding the net four minutes into the second half following a well-worked move involving Alex Iwobi and Timothy Castagne.

Tottenham’s hopes were dealt a final blow in the 62nd minute as Muniz secured his second goal of the game, effectively sealing Fulham’s victory. Although Tottenham had a late effort ruled out for offside, substitutes Richarlison and Timo Werner were unable to make a difference, and Tottenham’s streak of scoring in 38 successive league games came to an end.

For Fulham manager Marco Silva, it was a satisfying day at Craven Cottage. “A great win for us,” Silva commented. “We were the best team on the pitch and deserved the three points against a really good side.”

The defeat leaves Tottenham facing an uphill battle in their quest for Champions League qualification, while Fulham can take pride in another memorable victory on home soil.

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