Chelsea can thank goalkeeper Petr Cech for an away point at Fulham, after the towering keeper saved a 93rd minute Clint Dempsey penalty to salvage a 0-0 draw for the defending Premiership champions. In a game that Chelsea dominated but lacked a killer instinct in the last third, Fulham will be kicking themselves as a golden chance to beat their London neighbours for only the second time in 29 attempts went begging with Cech’s heroics.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti controversially left Didier Drogba on the bench and instead opted to pair new signing Fernando Torres with Nicolas Anelka, a combination that promised much but failed to deliver. Chelsea had the bulk of the play and possession, but despite neat passing and interchanges, could not find the back of the Fulham net. The visitors main chances fell to £50 million man Torres, but the Spaniard wasted two golden opportunities to give his new team the lead, and probably three points.
Fulham’s Andy Johnson looked lively and was The Cottagers main threat, however Clint Dempsey did not capitalise on a great opportunity to give the home side a smash and grab victory with his extra time penalty miss. It was Chelsea debutant David Luiz who conceded the penalty; however fouling Dempsey in extra time was the only blemish on an assured and impressive performance by the new Chelsea defender. Dempsey hit the resulting spot kick straight at Cech, and missed the rebound in spectacular fashion, denying Fulham three points.

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