Aug 5, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Craven Cottage
Real Betis
Sidwell (13')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Igiebor (54')

Result: Fulham draw with Real Betis

Fulham and Real Betis play out a 1-1 draw in a pre-season encounter at Craven Cottage.

Fulham have recorded a 1-1 draw with Real Betis in an entertaining pre-season friendly at Craven Cottage.

Fulham's Steve Sidwell celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Real Betis during a friendly match on August 5, 2013© Getty Images

The hosts took the lead after just 13 minutes when Bryan Ruiz's corner was glanced home by the head of Steve Sidwell.

Betis began to pile the pressure on Fulham towards the end of the first half, but the Cottagers held out until the break.

The visitors were level less than 10 minutes after the restart, however, as their pressure finally told when Nosa Igiebor coolly slotted the ball home from close range.

The Spanish side almost completed the turnaround shortly afterwards when Joan Verdu forced a good stop from Maarten Stekelenburg.

Fulham thought that they had regained their lead soon after when Hugo Rodallega rolled the ball into the net, only for play to be called back for offside.

Damien Duff almost secured a win for the hosts late on when he latched onto Dimitar Berbatov's cross, but Stephan Andersen pulled off a fine stop to deny the winger.

Stekelenburg was forced into another good save with just two minutes left, before Giorgios Karagounis went up the other end and drew a fine low stop from Andersen as the match ended in a draw.

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