United Kingdom– Wayne
Rooney celebrated his 500th appearance in English league football with a goal
before Aleksandar Mitrovic saw second-tier high-flyers Fulham to a 1-1 draw
away to Derby on Friday.
Former Manchester United star Rooney, the England national
side’s all-time leading goalscorer, struck from the penalty spot after Tim Ream
handled early in the second half at Pride Park when he cheekily chipped the
ball over Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak.
But Mitrovic, the Championship’s top scorer, volleyed in
Aboubakar Kamara’s cross for his 22nd goal of the season 17 minutes from time
to earn Fulham a draw and lift the London club within two points of
second-placed Leeds in the race for automatic promotion to the lucrative
Only the top two sides at the end of the regular season are
guaranteed a place in English football’s top flight, with the other promotion
place decided by a series of play-off matches involving the teams finishing in
third to sixth positions.