Joao Felix sent off on debut as Chelsea lose at Fulham

    Joao Felix (left) became the 22nd player to be sent off on their Premier League debut

    Joao Felix was sent off on his Chelsea debut as his new side lost a west London derby at Fulham to increase the pressure on Blues boss Graham Potter.

    Joao Felix, who only joined Chelsea on Wednesday in a £9.7m loan deal until the end of the season from Atletico Madrid, was shown a straight red card for a horrible lunge on defender Kenny Tete after 58 minutes.

    It was 1-1 at the time, with Willian putting the hosts ahead against his former side in the first half, before Kalidou Koulibaly equalised early in the second.

    But the 10 men of Chelsea could not hang on to a point as Carlos Vinicius headed in a 72nd-minute winner.

    Felix impresses before his red card changes the match

    Potter’s Blues side started brightly, but the hosts nearly took the lead when Chelsea lost possession and Carlos Vinicius played a pass through to Bobby de Cordova-Reid, who fired against the crossbar with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten.

    But Chelsea fell behind two minutes later in the 25th minute.

    It was poor defending from the visitors as teenage left-back Lewis Hall failed to clear, before Trevoh Chalobah should have done better with his clearance.

    The ball fell to Willian and the Brazil midfielder, a two-time Premier League winner during a seven-year spell at Chelsea, saw his strike take a big deflection off Chalobah to give Arrizabalaga no chance. Willian did not celebrate against his former team.

    But Chelsea equalised within two minutes of the second half as Koulibaly reacted quickest to force the ball over the line from close range after Mason Mount’s free-kick had bounced off the left-hand post.

    Joao Felix had been the visitors’ best player before his dismissal left his side on the back foot, with Vinicius scoring the winner.

    Chelsea have now only won twice in 10 matches in all competitions with Joao Felix set to be suspended for three games.

    Fulham’s excellent season continues

    There was a party atmosphere among the home fans at Craven Cottage at the final whistle.

    This was only Fulham’s fourth win in 53 top-flight matches against Chelsea, and ended a run of 20 Premier League games without a win against the Blues since a 1-0 victory in March 2006.

    Fulham now move up to sixth in the Premier League, although they have played two more games than Liverpool, the side they have moved above.

    Nevertheless, this result still continues an incredible season for Marco Silva’s Fulham, who won promotion from the Championship earlier this season.

    In the build-up to this match, club captain Tom Cairney said the players were not “thinking at all” about the possibility of qualifying for Europe next season, but the Fulham fans will be starting to dream of what could happen in the rest of the campaign.

    What made this result even more special for Silva was the fact he was without 11-goal top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, but Vinicius proved to be an able deputy and his goal sent the Fulham fans home happy.

    For Chelsea, European football is already looking a long way off. They have just 25 points from their opening 18 Premier League games this season, their fewest at this stage since 2015-16, the only season since 1996-97 when they have failed to qualify for Europe.

    Player of the match

    Andreas PereiraAndreas Pereira


    1. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

    2. Squad number20Player nameWillian

    3. Squad number30Player nameCarlos Vinícius

    4. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

    5. Squad number8Player nameWilson

    6. Squad number17Player nameLeno

    7. Squad number13Player nameReam

    8. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

    9. Squad number6Player nameReed

    10. Squad number10Player nameCairney

    11. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

    12. Squad number2Player nameTete

    13. Squad number4Player nameTosin

    14. Squad number21Player nameJames

    15. Squad number11Player nameSolomon

    16. Squad number12Player nameChalobah


    1. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

    2. Squad number11Player nameJoão Félix

    3. Squad number20Player nameZakaria

    4. Squad number67Player nameHall

    5. Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

    6. Squad number19Player nameMount

    7. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

    8. Squad number30Player nameChukwuemeka

    9. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

    10. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

    11. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

    12. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

    13. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

    14. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

    15. Squad number32Player nameCucurella

    16. Squad number14Player nameChalobah



    Formation 4-2-3-1

    • 17LenoBooked at 90mins
    • 2Tete
    • 4TosinBooked at 84mins
    • 13Ream
    • 33RobinsonBooked at 9mins
    • 26João Palhinha
    • 6ReedSubstituted forCairneyat 68′minutes
    • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forWilsonat 68′minutes
    • 18PereiraBooked at 14minsSubstituted forJamesat 90+3′minutes
    • 20WillianSubstituted forSolomonat 83′minutes
    • 30Alves MoraisSubstituted forChalobahat 90+4′minutes


    • 1Rodák
    • 3Kurzawa
    • 8Wilson
    • 10Cairney
    • 11Solomon
    • 12Chalobah
    • 21James
    • 31Diop
    • 38Harris


    Formation 3-5-2

    • 1Arrizabalaga
    • 14ChalobahBooked at 36minsSubstituted forCucurellaat 79′minutes
    • 6Thiago Silva
    • 26Koulibaly
    • 28Azpilicueta
    • 19MountBooked at 76minsSubstituted forZiyechat 80′minutes
    • 20ZakariaSubstituted forJorginhoat 56′minutes
    • 8KovacicSubstituted forGallagherat 79′minutes
    • 67HallBooked at 62minsSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 79′minutes
    • 11João FélixBooked at 58mins
    • 29Havertz


    • 4Badiashile
    • 5Jorginho
    • 9Aubameyang
    • 13Bettinelli
    • 22Ziyech
    • 23Gallagher
    • 27Fofana
    • 30Chukwuemeka
    • 32Cucurella

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