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Match Recap: Fulham 2-0 Leeds United

The Whites are knocked out of the FA Cup...

Fulham v Leeds United: Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
An encouraging but frustrating night for Georginio Rutter
Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Leeds United’s long (by recent standards) run in the FA Cup has been put to an end after a frustrating night at Craven Cottage.

The Whites were the more dangerous of the two sides in the first half and were disappointed to have the opening goal disallowed. McKennie’s header from a corner was parried straight into the path of Rutter who thought he’d tapped home his first Leeds goal, only to be chalked off for a soft push from McKennie on Wilson.

At the other end, it took only one poor pass to give Fulham the lead, as Palhinha nipped in front of Marc Roca to take up possession 25 yards from goal. He looked up and spotted Meslier off his line, and whipped the ball into the top right corner.

Rutter might’ve had Leeds level going into the break when he somehow managed to recover his run to meet Gnonto’s cross which was a little behind him, guiding the ball onto the far post.

Javi Gracia’s side came out with some fire in the second half too, and perhaps Gnonto should’ve scored himself when Rutter sent him through on goal, but his left-footed strike across goal wasn’t able to beat Rodak.

Fulham punished them once again as Solomon curled the ball into the top right corner soon after.

In the end, it was a disappointing night for the visitors, who will now be focusing all attention on the huge task of Premier League survival.