Match Info – Brentford vs Fulham Highlights
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Ivan Toney once again proved his penalty-taking prowess, converting his tenth consecutive Premier League penalty for Brentford in their thrilling 3-2 victory over local rivals Fulham at the Gtech Community Stadium. The match was a heated affair, with both sides showcasing their skill and determination to claim victory in the battle of West London’s top two teams. However, Toney’s expert finishing from the spot ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in securing Brentford’s hard-fought win. It’s clear that Toney’s talent and accuracy have cemented him as a key player for Brentford, and one to watch in the Premier League.
This all-capital duel became combative from there, and with clear open-play chances scarce, two free-kicks would prove to be key moments in what remained of the first half. An ever-dangerous Mbeumo firstly shaved the right-hand post of Leno’s goal with his effort, before Fulham forged a route back into the game late on in the first period. From a central position, Andreas Pereira would also strike the woodwork, but the in-form Manor Solomon pounced upon a fortuitous rebound to head in his fifth goal in as many appearances and equalise.
With European qualification still on the line for both sides, the Israeli’s goal set the scene for a tense second half, especially in light of referee Anthony Taylor’s decision not to punish Fulham midfielder Saša Lukić’s cynical foul just before HT with a second yellow card. However, the referee would crucially rule in Brentford’s favour five minutes after the restart, when Issa Diop caught Christian Norgaard in the box. Ivan Toney dispatched the resulting penalty with aplomb underneath Leno’s full-stretch dive to preserve Brentford’s perfect PL penalty record.
As both teams fought for crucial European qualification, it was clear that every moment in the second half would be crucial. Manor Solomon’s goal had set the stage for a nail-biting finish, particularly given referee Anthony Taylor’s controversial decision not to book Fulham midfielder Saša Lukić for a cynical foul just before halftime. The tension was palpable as the teams took to the pitch for the second half, but it was Brentford who would ultimately benefit from the referee’s call. Just five minutes into the half, Issa Diop’s challenge on Christian Norgaard was deemed a penalty by the referee. Ivan Toney stepped up to take the penalty with confidence, sending the ball past Bernd Leno’s outstretched arms to keep Brentford’s perfect Premier League penalty record intact. It was a crucial moment in the match, and a testament to Brentford’s resolve and determination to secure European qualification.