Match ends, Brentford 3, Fulham 0.
Brentford’s Said Benrahma scored twice on his first start of the season as the Championship side beat Premier League Fulham to seal a first Carabao Cup quarter-final appearance.
Marcus Forss’ emphatic finish – his third goal in as many games – gave the Bees a half-time lead.
Benrahma capitalised on poor Fulham marking to double the advantage.
The Algeria forward then curled a delightful third into the corner from the edge of the box to seal victory.
Victory sees Brentford exact revenge on Fulham for August’s Championship play-off final defeat after extra time at an empty Wembley Stadium.
In an even first half, Fulham’s French midfielder Neeskens Kebano struck the post with a trademark curling free-kick, but Jean Michael Seri conceded possession in midfield to allow Saman Ghoddos to set up Forss.
Brentford keeper David Raya – almost punished by Anthony Knockaert for a poor goal-kick earlier in the game – protected the hosts’ slender lead with an excellent one-handed save from Kebano’s looping shot early in the second period.
And Benrahma, reintroduced after being linked with a move away from the club throughout the summer window, punished some slack Fulham defending from a free-kick to strike at the back post, before adding a superb third for the hosts from the edge of the box.
It was a deserved victory for the Bees, who have now knocked out three Premier League sides, having already overcome Southampton and West Brom.
Fulham’s woeful start continues
Only Michael Hector survived from the Fulham side beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday.
That result made it three successive opening Premier League defeats for promoted Fulham, with 10 goals conceded.
Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan apologised to fans via Twitter for the performance in Monday’s defeat, following which manager Scott Parker said the club “need to work out if we want to compete in this league or just be a passenger”.
Former Everton winger Ademola Lookman arrived on loan from RB Leipzig on Wednesday and improved the visitors’ attacking threat significantly.
However, Fulham’s immediate concerns remain at the back – as demonstrated by Benrahma’s free shot at goal for his side’s second – as Monday’s deadline day looms.
Benrahma may yet be on the move before the transfer window shuts amid reported Premier League interest, with an extended domestic-only window allowing Premier League clubs to trade with their English Football League counterparts until 17:00 BST on 16 October.
Fulham’s focus now returns to the Premier League as they go in search of a first win of the season against Wolves on Sunday (14:00 BST), while Brentford return to Championship action against Preston at the same time.
Thomas Frank’s side will learn their quarter-final opponents later when the draw follows the conclusion of Thursday’s Carabao Cup action.
- 24Fosu-HenryBooked at 47mins
- 29Bech Sørensen
- 14DasilvaSubstituted forNørgaardat 69′minutes
- 20GhoddosSubstituted forCanósat 68′minutes
- 10BenrahmaSubstituted forStevensat 79′minutes
- 34AinaSubstituted forOdoiat 69′minutes
- 20Le Marchand
- 8JohansenBooked at 49mins
- 11KnockaertSubstituted forMitrovicat 69′minutes
- 25OnomahSubstituted forLookmanat 45′minutes
- 47KamaraBooked at 12mins
Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Fulham 0.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ethan Pinnock.
Attempt missed. Antonee Robinson (Fulham) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dominic Thompson.
Attempt saved. Sergi Canós (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathias Jensen.
Offside, Fulham. Denis Odoi tries a through ball, but Aboubakar Kamara is caught offside.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Mads Bech Sørensen.
Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).
Foul by Antonee Robinson (Fulham).
Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.
Foul by Jean Michael Seri (Fulham).
Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.
Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Dominic Thompson (Brentford).