Saturday 25 February 2017, 3:00pm at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
2
Zohore 24', 56'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Johansen 17'; Kebano 68'

24' Goal

Kenneth Zohore

56' Goal

Kenneth Zohore

41' Yellow Card

Aron Gunnarsson Card was given for a foul

57' Yellow Card

Kenneth Zohore Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Declan John
Off:Craig Noone

17' Goal

Stefan Johansen
Assist by Tom Cairney

68' Goal

Neeskens Kebano
Assist by Tom Cairney

21' Yellow Card

Lucas Piazon Card was given for a foul

25' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Lucas Piazon

65' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Cyriac
Off:Floyd Ayité

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Fulham and Cardiff City shared the spoils in a high-octane fixture in the Welsh capital on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham and Cardiff City shared the spoils in a high-octane fixture in the Welsh capital on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts started the quicker of the two sides but fell behind to a classic counter attack when Stefan Johansen ran half the length of the pitch before finishing clinically.

Kenneth Zohore restored parity not long after when he capitalised on a rare Johansen slip and finished beyond David Button, and he made it 2-1 in the early stages of the second half with a thumping effort.

But the Whites claimed a point through substitute Neeskens Kebano when he was able to poke home after being played in by Tom Cairney, who had also assisted our opener.

Three changes were made to the team that beat Bristol City a mere 40 miles down the road earlier in the week. Ryan Fredericks and Scott Malone replaced Denis Odoi and Ryan Sessegnon in the full-back positions, while Sone Aluko took the place of Kebano.

There was a scare with three minutes played when Junior Hoilett, who seemed to be well offside, broke through on goal before blazing over under pressure from Kevin McDonald.

Another heavy spell of pressure followed when Kadeem Harris fizzed a dangerous ball across the face of goal that needed booting behind by Malone. The subsequent corner was nodded on by Sean Morrison to his central defensive partner Sol Bamba, but his shot was kept out by Button.

In the ninth minute Zohore showed great strength to hold off Tim Ream before finding Craig Noone on the edge of the box, with his well struck shot smartly saved by Button at full stretch.

Shortly after, Fulham were indebted to Button once more. Zohore again caused problems, this time getting in down the left and squaring to Hoilett whose point-blank strike was brilliantly kept out by the reactions of the Whites goalkeeper.

The visitors did then threaten for the first time immediately after when Aluko smashed a cross to the far post which Johansen met with a neat half volley that required a fine reflex stop from Allan McGregor.

And in the 17th minute the Norwegian gave his side the lead, albeit against the run of play. When the Whites cleared a Cardiff free-kick, Cairney was able to release Johansen on the halfway line and he bore down on goal at pace before opening his body up and coolly finishing beyond McGregor.

A few minutes later Lucas Piazon took one for the team when he was shown the game’s first yellow card for tactically bringing down Harris in a wide position. Unfortunately the attacker hurt himself in the process and had to be replaced by Kebano, with it later confirmed that he had broken his jaw.

The equaliser for the Bluebirds came out of nothing 24 minutes in when Johansen’s miscontrol allowed Zohore to burst clean through, and he was just about able to squeeze his shot under Button.

The big striker threatened again shortly after when he connected firmly with a cross from the left, only to miss the target with his header.

Fulham went agonisingly close to restoring their lead on the half hour mark when McDonald’s header from a Johansen free-kick was cleared off the line by Jazz Richards, before McGregor beat away Floyd Ayité’s follow-up.

The game had really opened up now and two minutes later Zohore’s cute pass presented Hoilett with a shooting opportunity, but the angle was against him and Button was able to turn it behind. Morrison’s header was then comfortable for Button from the corner.

Another lack of an offside flag meant Zohore had a chance momentarily only to place his shot too close to Button, before Harris sent a low strike marginally wide as City kept the pressure on.

Some confusion in the Cardiff area saw the ball fall to Aluko five minutes before the break. He dropped a shoulder to take three defenders out of the game, but lost his footing as he went to connect and it fell tamely to McGregor.

Aron Gunnarsson then had his name taken for trying to rip the shirt off Aluko’s back 25 yards from goal. Johansen sent his free-kick into the wall, before lashing the rebound over.

Neat interplay between Johansen and Malone ended with the left-back bursting beyond a challenge and into the box, but he slammed his effort just wide of the far post.

Fulham were finishing the half on top and Ayité’s flick from a Malone cross gave Johansen a half chance 20 yards out, but couldn’t control his first time shot and sent it over.

Stoppage time saw another chance come our way when Cairney held the ball up before slipping in Fredericks, but his cross-shot evaded everyone and went out for a goal kick, before Cairney himself sent a bending shot over the bar.

Fulham fashioned the first opening of the second half six minutes after the restart when Kebano got beyond Bamba and fed Ayité, but the Togo international leant back and skied his snap-shot.

The hosts squandered a glorious chance in the 55th minute, with Zohore again at the heart of things. He broke into the area before beating Tomas Kalas and squaring a pass to Noone who smashed his strike a yard over.

Zohore did put the Bluebirds in front a minute later, though, easily shrugging off his marker before thundering a venomous shot beyond Button who was had no chance. He was then booked for taking his shirt off in celebration.

In the 64th minute Ayité had to be replaced by Cyriac after a nasty foul by Joe Ralls, for which the Cardiff man was fortunate to escape a yellow card.

Moments later Fulham found their equaliser when Kebano latched onto an exquisite Cairney pass before giving McGregor the eyes and poking the ball inside the post.

That understandably gave the lads a boost and Cyriac then showed Bamba a clean set of heels to create space for a shot which Malone wasn’t quite able to bundle in.

The home side were not without their threat, though, and Morrison should have done better when he glanced a free header from a corner wide.

As we entered the last 10 minutes Aluko thought he should have won a penalty when he was felled by Richards in the box, before Bamba made a crucial sliding tackle at the last moment to rob Johansen of the ball after he’d rolled his way into a dangerous position.

Aluko went desperately close to a stunning goal in the 83rd minute when he wrapped his left foot around the ball from 20 yards, but McGregor was able to tip it over.

It was all Fulham and so Cardiff tried to shore things up by replacing winger Noone with defender Declan John. The left-back almost had a telling impact in the final minute of normal time when he was picked out in the area, but thankfully he prodded his shot against the base of the post and behind.

In the fourth minute of time added on a dazzling Aluko run saw him skip beyond two blue shirts and switch the play to Johansen who drilled a powerful effort wide of the near post in what proved to be the final chance of an eventful afternoon.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 15,656

Referee: Scott Duncan

Cardiff City

Line-up: McGregor; Connolly, Morrison, Sol Bamba, Jazz Richards; Noone (John 86'), Gunnarsson, Ralls, Harris; Hoilett, Zohore

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Joe Bennett, Halford, Whittingham, Pilkington, Harris

Manager: Neil Warnock

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone; McDonald, Johansen; Sone Aluko, Cairney, Lucas Piazon (Kebano 25'); Floyd Ayité (Cyriac 65')

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Madl, Ryan Sessegnon, Adeniran

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 33 70
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 32 68
3 Huddersfield Town 33 65
4 Leeds United 34 61
5 Reading 33 60
6 Sheffield Wednesday 34 58
7 Fulham 33 53
8 Preston North End 34 52
9 Norwich City 33 51
10 Barnsley 34 50
11 Derby County 33 48
12 Cardiff City 34 46
13 Brentford 33 43
14 Birmingham City 34 43
15 Ipswich Town 33 41
16 Queens Park Rangers 34 40
17 Aston Villa 33 39
18 Nottingham Forest 34 37
19 Burton Albion 34 36
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 35
21 Bristol City 33 33
22 Wigan Athletic 34 31
23 Blackburn Rovers 32 30
24 Rotherham United 34 17
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
18
16
Shots On Target
8
6
Passing Accuracy
55%
87%
Fouls
11
5
Corners
3
4
Offsides
3
0
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Cardiff City (4-4-2)
  • 1Allan McGregor
  • 16Matthew Connolly
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 14Sol Bamba
  • 6Jazz Richards
  • 11Craig Noone
  • 17Aron Gunnarsson
  • 8Joe Ralls
  • 24Kadeem Harris
  • 33Junior Hoilett
  • 26Kenneth Zohore
Substitutes
  • 28Brian Murphy
  • 3Joe Bennett
  • 12Declan John
  • 15Greg Halford
  • 7Peter Whittingham
  • 13Anthony Pilkington
  • 31Mark Harris
Manager
  • Neil Warnock
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 35Dennis Adeniran
  • 9Cyriac
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 90' Declan John (Cardiff City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 88' Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).
  • 88' Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 86' Substitution, Cardiff City. Declan John replaces Craig Noone.
  • 84' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 84' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 83' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Allan McGregor.
  • 83' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyriac.
  • 78' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.
  • 76' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 74' Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a corner.
  • 74' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 68' Goal! Cardiff City 2, Fulham 2. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 68' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 67' Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 65' Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Floyd Ayité because of an injury.
  • 65' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 63' Delay in match Floyd Ayité (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 62' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 61' Offside, Cardiff City. Junior Hoilett tries a through ball, but Kadeem Harris is caught offside.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 59' Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 58' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Morrison.
  • 57' Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
  • 56' Goal! Cardiff City 2, Fulham 1. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.
  • 52' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 52' Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 51' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 49' Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Noone tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Cardiff City 1, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+2' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).
  • 45'+2' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 42' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Foul by Jazz Richards (Cardiff City).
  • 42' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 41' Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 40' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 40' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 39' Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jazz Richards.
  • 34' Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Noone.
  • 33' Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.
  • 32' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Button.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore with a through ball.
  • 31' Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 31' Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).
  • 30' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 30' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 30' Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).
  • 26' Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.
  • 25' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Lucas Piazon because of an injury.
  • 24' Goal! Cardiff City 1, Fulham 1. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
  • 22' Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • 21' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 21' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 21' Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 17' Goal! Cardiff City 0, Fulham 1. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a fast break.
  • 16' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 16' Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 14' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 13' Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 13' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Allan McGregor.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.
  • 12' Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 11' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 9' Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.
  • 4' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 4' Attempt saved. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean Morrison.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a corner.
  • 4' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
  • 3' Foul by Lucas Piazon (Fulham).
  • 3' Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.