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Fulham 4-0 Millwall: On-loan Ivan Cavaleiro scores twice as Cottagers thrash Lions

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Ivan Cavaleiro has scored three goals in four games for Fulham since his loan move from Wolves

Ivan Cavaleiro scored twice and Aleksandar Mitrovic netted his third goal in as many games as free-flowing Fulham demolished Millwall to register a third successive Championship victory.

Cavaleiro lashed a fine opener into the top corner for Fulham – who enjoyed a remarkable 84.5% possession – and later latched on to Tom Cairney’s pass to round Bartosz Bialkowski for their fourth goal.

In between, the Wolves winger crossed for fellow loanee Anthony Knockaert, on loan from Brighton, to open his Fulham account with a stooping header.

Mitrovic scored Fulham’s third from the penalty spot after being brought down by Bialkowski as the Cottagers brought Millwall’s unbeaten start to the season to a resounding halt.

The scoreline did not flatter Scott Parker’s side, who outmatched Millwall in every department and produced a real statement performance as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League.

Before Cavaleiro opened the scoring, Mitrovic saw a header well saved by Bialkowski but after that Fulham were truly clinical with their finishing.

The Portugal winger, who scored Fulham’s winner at Huddersfield on Friday, cut inside and past two men to fire home a brilliant opening goal and then set up the hosts’ second on a plate for Knockaert.

Millwall, who had won two and drawn one of their opening three games, had their best spell early in the second half but former Fulham striker Matt Smith poked a weak effort straight at Marcus Bettinelli.

From there, Steven Sessegnon saw a cross deflected on to the bar before Mitrovic’s spot-kick, won by his alertness in the box, and Cavaleiro rounded off the rout.

Fulham had lost their past 10 London league derbies – all in the top-flight last season – but put that miserable run to an end against the Lions who were the last side they beat in a capital clash in April 2018.

The Cottagers confirmed after the game that Portuguese striker Rui Fonte, who has scored just three goals in 29 appearances since joining Fulham in 2017, has rejoined former club Braga on a permanent transfer.