Two goals from Brazil striker Rodrigo Muniz saw Fulham beat Bournemouth 3-1 in the battle of two midtable sides at Craven Cottage.
Fulham made a dream start when Bobby Decordova-Reid took advantage of a slip in the box from Lewis Cook to fire his side ahead after just five minutes, before Muniz got in on the action.
The forward’s first goal was an opportunistic effort, stealing in ahead of a dawdling Neto to double the hosts’ lead nine minutes before half-time.
Despite Bournemouth defender Marcos Senesi cutting that advantage in half with a neatly taken strike five minutes into the second period, it was that man Muniz who restored the Cottagers’ two-goal cushion just minutes later as he put away Willian’s inviting cross to the far post.
As a result, Marco Silva’s team moved above their opponents into 12th in the Premier League standings after two recent draws, while the Cherries slip to 13th as their win-less top-flight run continues.
More to follow…
Both Fulham and Bournemouth are back in Premier League action next Saturday with both matches kicking off at 3pm.
Fulham host Aston Villa on February 17, while Bournemouth will travel to Newcastle and face former Cherries manager Eddie Howe.
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