Monday 27 July 2020, 7:45pm at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Onomah 49'; Kebano 90'+1

45' Yellow Card

David Junior Hoilett Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Leandro Bacuna Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Vaulks
Off:David Junior Hoilett

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Murphy
Off:Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

71' Substitution

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

49' Goal

Josh Onomah

90'+1 Goal

Neeskens Kebano

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Anthony Knockaert

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Neeskens Kebano

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Fulham hold a 2-0 lead at the midway stage of the Play-Off Semi-Finals after a brilliant performance in Cardiff.

Fulham hold a 2-0 lead at the midway stage of the Play-Off Semi-Finals after a brilliant performance in Cardiff.

We had to grow into the game, but after the first drinks break it was pretty much all us, with the opener arriving in stunning style from Josh Onomah.

The midfielder embarked on a beautiful solo run before poking home, and then running to his boss Scott Parker to celebrate.

And it was the Whites who had the better chances thereafter, although we had to wait until the death for number two, when Neeskens Kebano curled home another wonderful free-kick.

Parker was able to recall Harrison Reed following the midfielder’s one-game ban, but there was a notable absentee in Aleksandar Mitrović who was not risked having picked up a knock.

Fulham had their first decent sniff of goal when a short corner routine was cleverly worked to Joe Bryan. He caught a first time shot firm and true, but a block on its way towards goal led to an offside decision.

Hearts were in mouths at the other end three minutes later, though. Marek Rodák could only parry Leandro Bacuna’s wicked strike from 20 yards, but with Robert Glatzel lurking on the rebound, Michael Hector made a fantastic block to prevent the Bluebirds striker from forcing it over the line.

Glatzel had another opening soon after, but this time Rodák was able to hold the shot, albeit at the second attempt.

The Whites asserted a greater degree of control after the first drinks break, with some slick moves ending with players getting in crossing positions. The first one to find its target came in the 38th minute when Kebano’s deep delivery picked out the crafty run from Onomah, but Alex Smithies made a brave stop to keep it out.

Our spell of pressure continued until the interval, with Tom Cairney going agonisingly close to the breakthrough in stoppage time. Setting himself outside of the box, he arced a trademark curler towards the corner which kissed the outside of the post on its way behind.

Fulham continued in the ascendency immediately after the restart and took a deserved lead through a quite brilliant Onomah goal. After being fed by Reed, a combination of body strength and nimble footwork saw Onomah jink through the entire Cardiff backline before slipping it in at the near post. World class would not be an exaggeration.

The goal rattled the hosts and we could have doubled our advantage on 56 minutes when Anthony Knockaert tried his luck from distance. It took a looping deflection that could have sent it anywhere, but fortunately for Smithies it dropped calmly into his reach.

The Bluebirds couldn’t live with Onomah, with his next impactful moment arriving on the hour mark when he chested down to Bobby De Cordova-Reid who hit a sweet rasping strike, but it sailed agonisingly over the bar.

Kebano fancied his chances of making it three free-kick goals in as many games midway through the second half, but this time his set-piece fell short of the near post.

Cairney’s influence in the match had grown throughout and he had a decent chance to notch in the 82nd minute. After winning a sliding tackle to gain possession high up the pitch, he found space in the box but took a touch after being found by Onomah, which gave the City defenders time to make the block.

Fulham did get the second goal our play merited in stoppage time as Kebano pearled home another stunning free-kick, this time into the postage stamp of the goal, to put his side into a very strong position ahead of Thursday’s Second Leg.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs

Date: Monday 27 July 2020
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Cardiff City

Line-up: Smithies; Leandro Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Pack, Ralls; Mendez-Laing (Murphy 70'), Tomlin, Hoilett (Vaulks 70'); Glatzel (Ward 71')

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

Manager: Neil Harris

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Reed, Cairney; Knockaert (Kamara 81'), Onomah, Kebano (Odoi 90'); De Cordova-Reid

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Mawson, Le Marchand, Steven Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Jasper

Manager: Scott Parker

Goals
0
2
Total Shots
6
13
Shots On Target
3
4
Passing Accuracy
75%
87%
Fouls
17
9
Corners
0
4
Offsides
4
4
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Cardiff City (4-2-3-1)
  • 12Alex Smithies
  • 7Leandro Bacuna
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 16Curtis Nelson
  • 3Joe Bennett
  • 15Marlon Pack
  • 8Joe Ralls
  • 19Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
  • 17Lee Tomlin
  • 33David Junior Hoilett
  • 9Robert Glatzel
Substitutes
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Dion Sanderson
  • 5Aden Flint
  • 22Sol Bamba
  • 24Brad Smith
  • 6Will Vaulks
  • 11Josh Murphy
  • 13Callum Paterson
  • 23Danny Ward
Manager
  • Neil Harris
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
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 58Sylvester Jasper
Manager
  • Scott Parker
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 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 90'+1' Goal! Cardiff City 0, Fulham 2. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
  • 90' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 87' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 87' Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 87' Offside, Fulham. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Josh Onomah is caught offside.
  • 85' Offside, Cardiff City. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.
  • 83' Offside, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara tries a through ball, but Bobby De Cordova-Reid is caught offside.
  • 83' Offside, Cardiff City. Danny Ward tries a through ball, but Joe Ralls is caught offside.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 77' Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 77' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 77' Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).
  • 75' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 75' Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).
  • 70' Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Robert Glatzel.
  • 70' Substitution, Cardiff City. Josh Murphy replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.
  • 70' Substitution, Cardiff City. Will Vaulks replaces David Junior Hoilett.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 67' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Morrison.
  • 64' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Morrison.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 58' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 58' Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).
  • 56' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 53' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 53' Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City).
  • 51' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 49' Goal! Cardiff City 0, Fulham 1. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harrison Reed.
  • 48' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 48' Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).
  • 47' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 47' Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Cardiff City 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' Hand ball by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 45'+2' Tom Cairney (Fulham) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Cyrus Christie following a fast break.
  • 45' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 44' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).
  • 43' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 43' Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 41' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 39' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 39' Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alex Smithies.
  • 38' Attempt saved. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross.
  • 34' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 34' Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 33' Offside, Fulham. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 31' Attempt saved. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marlon Pack.
  • 30' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).
  • 28' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 28' Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Offside, Cardiff City. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • 22' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).
  • 20' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 20' Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.
  • 10' Offside, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano tries a through ball, but Michael Hector is caught offside.
  • 10' Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan following a corner.
  • 10' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid following a corner.
  • 9' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.
  • 9' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 9' Foul by Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City).
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 7' Offside, Cardiff City. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • 3' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 2' Attempt blocked. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Glatzel.
  • 1' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 1' Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 1' Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.
  • 1' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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