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Derby County 1-1 Fulham: Alexander Mitrovic cancels Wayne Rooney’s panenka penalty

Derby County 1-1 Fulham: Alexander Mitrovic cancels Wayne Rooney’s panenka penalty as former English captain marks 500th English league match with astonishing goal

  • Wayne Rooney put Derby ahead with a brutal damned penalty at 55 minutes
  • Shortly thereafter, Fulham equalized with the excellent finish from Alexander Mitrovic
  • Marek Rodak made a brilliant late rescue when Fulham kept grabbing a point

Wayne Rooney marked his 500th league match with a spectacular “Panenka” penalty that helped deny Fulham a victory that would have brought them to the same level with Leeds.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header after 71 minutes canceled Rooney’s brutal chip from the spot early in the second half, but this was Fulham’s third game in a row without a win. Like so many clubs that chase a place in the Premier League, they falter slightly just when the finish line comes into view.

Derby made the better chances in the first half and might have disappeared if Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak had not played, who made important saves from Matt Clarke and Tom Lawrence.

Thanks to the excellent finish from Alexander Mitrovic, Fulham got a point in a 1-1 draw with Derby County

Thanks to the excellent finish from Alexander Mitrovic, Fulham got a point in a 1-1 draw with Derby County

Wayne Rooney's beautifully placed panenka penalty had put Derby ahead 55 minutes into the match

Wayne Rooney's beautifully placed panenka penalty had put Derby ahead 55 minutes into the match

Wayne Rooney’s beautifully placed panenka penalty had put Derby ahead 55 minutes into the match

Rooney's goal came the night he made his 500th English league match

Rooney's goal came the night he made his 500th English league match

Rooney’s goal came the night he made his 500th English league match

Match facts and player ratings

Derby County (4-2-3-1): Hammer, Wisdom, Davies, Clarke, Forsyth, Shinnie, Bird, Knight (Jozefzoon 78, Rooney, Lawrence, Waghorn (Marriott 78)

Subs: Rose, Bogle, Lowe, Sibley, Martin

Fulham (4-3-3): Rodak, Bryan, Ream, Hector, Odoi, Cairney, Arter (McDonald 81), Johansen (Kamara 65), Reid, Knockaert (Cavaleiro 66), Mitrovic

Subs: Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Christie, Kebano,

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Rooney operated close to center defender Martyn Waghorn and made his header contribution 10 minutes after the break, when Tim Ream played in the penalty area. Rooney – whose competition debut for Everton was almost 18 years ago – took a few steps towards the ball and played a perfect bunker shot that fooled Rodak.

But Derby couldn’t keep their lead. Curtis Davies reacted slowly to replace Aboubakar Kamara from the right and Mitrovic – the top scorer of the championship – took advantage of volley in his 22nd goal of the campaign.

With a possible deduction of EFL points above them for violating spending rules – Derby disputes the charge – Phillip Cocu needs as many points as possible while their fate is uncertain.

Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak kept Derby at bay in the first half with some nice saves

Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak kept Derby at bay in the first half with some nice saves

Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak kept Derby at bay in the first half with some nice saves

Rooney scored from the spot after Martyn Waghorn's point was stopped in the penalty area by Tim Ream

Rooney scored from the spot after Martyn Waghorn's point was stopped in the penalty area by Tim Ream

Rooney scored from the spot after Martyn Waghorn’s point was stopped in the penalty area by Tim Ream

Mitrovic leveled when he brilliantly fired Aboubakar Kamara's cross in 71 minutes

Mitrovic leveled when he brilliantly fired Aboubakar Kamara's cross in 71 minutes

Mitrovic leveled when he brilliantly fired Aboubakar Kamara’s cross in 71 minutes

They might have been in the lead after 23 minutes as Clarke collected Rooney’s free kick and produced a corner shot that was saved brilliantly by Rodak, who was just as well off Lawrence’s low ride 13 minutes later.

The game started after the break and Rooney put Derby ahead after Ragh’s hand to burst into the box was stopped by Ream. Shortly thereafter, Fulham boss Scott Parker made a double substitution and one of the substitutes, Ivan Cavaleiro, saw his shot in the path be deflected by another sub, Kamara, who then crossed to Mitrovic to level.

Cavaleiro looked much livelier than Anthony Knockaert, the man he replaced, and he shot a shot a little farther than 20 meters when Fulham shifted up a gear. On the other hand, Rooney’s volley was deflected a short distance by Michael Hector, and Rodak stopped again to deny Max Bird.

Rodak rescued his team moments later when he removed Craig Forsyth’s goal-oriented effort and Kevin McDonald did brilliantly to block Bird’s succession.

Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak made a wonderful late rescue to ensure that Fulham persisted

Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak made a wonderful late rescue to ensure that Fulham persisted

Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak made a wonderful late rescue to ensure that Fulham persisted

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