Thursday 30 July 2020, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Kebano 9'
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
2
Nelson 8'; Tomlin 47'

9' Goal

Neeskens Kebano

50' Yellow Card

Bobby De Cordova-Reid Card was given for a foul

59' Yellow Card

Marek Rodák Card shown to player for time wasting

69' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for a foul

90'+4 Yellow Card

Josh Onomah Card shown to player for time wasting

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Neeskens Kebano

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Anthony Knockaert

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Maxime Le Marchand
Off:Joe Bryan

8' Goal

Curtis Nelson

47' Goal

Lee Tomlin

35' Yellow Card

Sean Morrison

45'+3 Yellow Card

Leandro Bacuna Card was given for a foul

52' Yellow Card

Will Vaulks Card was given for a foul

61' Yellow Card

Joe Ralls Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
Off:David Junior Hoilett

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lee Tomlin
Off:Marlon Pack

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Robert Glatzel
Off:Danny Ward

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum Paterson
Off:Josh Murphy

84' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Gavin Whyte
Off:Lee Tomlin

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Fulham are on their way to Wembley for the Championship Play-Off Final 2020.

Fulham are on their way to Wembley for the Championship Play-Off Final 2020.

Another goal from Neeskens Kebano carried the Whites to their second successive Play-Off final in the last two Championship seasons.

Goals early in each half for Cardiff were enough to ensure a nervy contest at Craven Cottage, but ultimately the two-goal advantage from the first-leg couldn’t be overturned by the visitors.

Scott Parker’s starting line-up was unchanged from the first leg with Aleksandar Mitrović only being able to watch on from the stands. One swap was seen on the bench as Ivan Cavaleiro came back into the fold.

It took less than two minutes for the first shot of the game, and it was a Fulham one. Man-of-the-match from the first leg, Josh Onomah, powerfully carried his team upfield with a surging run before laying it off to Anthony Knockaert who cut inside from the right to fire off what turned out to be a tame effort

A major weapon in the Cardiff armory is set pieces, and after seven minutes it was that weapon that gave them the lead. From a corner Curtis Nelson rose highest to power a bullet header past Marek Rodák.

It is often said that you are most vulnerable straight after you’ve scored, and the saying was proven true here as Fulham regained their two-goal cushion after just 24 seconds. Pretty much straight from the kick-off, Bobby De Cordova-Reid stormed up the field using Knockaert’s run as a distraction, before whipping a ball low across the face of goal. Who else was there but Kebano for a tap in, making it five goals in four games for the winger.

From a Harrison Reed corner on 26 minutes the ball fell nicely Tom Cairney, who attempted an audacious volley from 25-yards. The shot was blocked but Onomah was quick to the seconds, firing off an instinctive effort that was blocked again and scrambled away.

On the half-hour mark, a sly slot through from Knockaert almost gave De Cordova-Reid a free shot on goal, if not for a smart sliding tackle from Sean Morrison to overt the danger

Fulham had their tails up now as they tried to put the Semi-Final to bed. Cairney weaved in and out of the Bluebirds men before teeing off Knockaert who decided to pop one from the edge of the box, requiring an agile Alex Smithies in the Cardiff goal to parry to his right.

In the final seconds of the half Fulham almost got that much-craved three-goal advantage. A quirky free-kick routine allowed Cyrus Christie to shoot from distance. The shot had venom causing Smithies to parry, only as far as the onrushing Knockaert who saw his rebound skim over the crossbar courtesy of a last-ditch Cardiff leg.

Aboubakar Kamara replaced goal-scorer Kebano at the break at what looked like a fitness-conserving change.

Just like in the first half Cardiff came out of the blocks strong, and less than two minutes after the restart went in front on the night again. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s header was brilliantly saved from Rodák, but fellow half-time substitute Lee Tomlin was there to sweep home the rebound.

Tomlin and Mendez-Laing again caused trouble moments later, combining to give Josh Murphy a glaring chance. He probably had more time than he realised, snatching at the cross with a header rather than bringing the ball down, and it was easy pickings for Rodák.

After Cairney was hacked down following a memorising run, Fulham had a free kick centrally on the edge of the box. The captain stepped up to take, but was unfortunate to slip at the vital second as he coiled up the left foot.

In the 67th minute Kamara did his trademark bullish run from the left. He was too much for Leandro Bacuna as he easily got inside and struck powerfully towards the bottom left, but was denied by Smithies.

Seconds later Kamara had deja-vu, shooting from an almost identical position. This one was even closer though, cannoning back off the post as Smithies got the slightest of fingertips to it.

In a frantic few moments another Cardiff set-piece caused issues. Rodák made a brilliant double save as players in blue rushed in like bullets, with a staggering goal-line clearance from a Fulham defender aiding his keeper in amongst the chaos.

The tension could’ve been cut with a knife in the final moments as Fulham tried to ease out the game in a professional battle with the Welsh side.

Robert Glatzel’s volley was the final lifeline for Cardiff in one of the final kicks of the tie, but in the end Fulham did enough to secure at place at the home of football on Tuesday.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs

Date: Thursday 30 July 2020
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Referee: Paul Tierney

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Hector, Ream, Bryan (Le Marchand 90'); Reed, Cairney; Knockaert (Odoi 76'), Onomah, Kebano (Kamara 45'); De Cordova-Reid

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Mawson, Steven Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Cavaleiro

Manager: Scott Parker

Cardiff City

Line-up: Smithies; Leandro Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Vaulks, Pack (Tomlin 45' (Whyte 84')); Hoilett (Mendez-Laing 45'), Ralls, Murphy (Paterson 81'); Ward (Glatzel 71')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Sanderson, Sol Bamba, Brad Smith

Manager: Neil Harris

Goals
1
2
Total Shots
21
13
Shots On Target
9
7
Passing Accuracy
74%
60%
Fouls
13
13
Corners
7
2
Offsides
0
2
Bookings
4
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Cardiff City (4-2-3-1)
  • 12Alex Smithies
  • 7Leandro Bacuna
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 16Curtis Nelson
  • 3Joe Bennett
  • 6Will Vaulks
  • 15Marlon Pack
  • 33David Junior Hoilett
  • 8Joe Ralls
  • 11Josh Murphy
  • 23Danny Ward
Substitutes
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Dion Sanderson
  • 22Sol Bamba
  • 24Brad Smith
  • 19Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
  • 9Robert Glatzel
  • 13Callum Paterson
  • 17Lee Tomlin
  • 20Gavin Whyte
Manager
  • Neil Harris
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, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 2.
  • 90'+5' Attempt missed. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Callum Paterson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
  • 90'+4' Josh Onomah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Maxime Le Marchand replaces Joe Bryan.
  • 88' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).
  • 88' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 88' Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 85' Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 84' Substitution, Cardiff City. Gavin Whyte replaces Lee Tomlin because of an injury.
  • 81' Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Josh Murphy.
  • 80' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 80' Foul by Josh Murphy (Cardiff City).
  • 80' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross following a corner.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.
  • 72' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Glatzel.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.
  • 71' Substitution, Cardiff City. Robert Glatzel replaces Danny Ward.
  • 69' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 69' Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.
  • 67' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Smithies.
  • 67' Attempt saved. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 64' Offside, Cardiff City. Danny Ward tries a through ball, but Lee Tomlin is caught offside.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 61' Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 61' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 60' Hand ball by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).
  • 59' Marek Rodák (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 57' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 57' Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
  • 54' Foul by Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 54' Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing with a cross.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Harrison Reed following a set piece situation.
  • 52' Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).
  • 51' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 50' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 50' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham).
  • 50' Alex Smithies (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Attempt saved. Harrison Reed (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 47' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 2. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.
  • 47' Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Neeskens Kebano because of an injury.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Cardiff City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces David Junior Hoilett.
  • 45' Substitution, Cardiff City. Lee Tomlin replaces Marlon Pack.
  • 45'+6' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.
  • 45'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.
  • 45'+4' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 45'+4' Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harrison Reed.
  • 45'+3' Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45'+3' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45'+3' Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).
  • 45'+1' Offside, Cardiff City. Curtis Nelson tries a through ball, but Josh Murphy is caught offside.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Harrison Reed (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 39' Foul by Neeskens Kebano (Fulham).
  • 39' Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marlon Pack.
  • 37' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 37' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
  • 35' Hand ball by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Smithies.
  • 33' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Smithies.
  • 33' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 31' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 31' Foul by Will Vaulks (Cardiff City).
  • 31' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 31' Josh Murphy (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 27' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 27' Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Attempt blocked. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.
  • 26' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 23' Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.
  • 22' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 22' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 18' Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
  • 18' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Foul by Josh Murphy (Cardiff City).
  • 10' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City).
  • 9' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid with a cross.
  • 8' Goal! Fulham 0, Cardiff City 1. Curtis Nelson (Cardiff City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.
  • 8' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 3' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 2' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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