As it happened: Fulham 1-2 Cardiff in EFL Championship play-offs
Fulham lead 2-0 after the first leg

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21:495 days ago

Goodbye!

That’s all from us here at VAVEL. I have been Lewis Browning, and I thank you for following along today.

Keep an eye on vavel.com for the report of the game, and be sure to join us next Tuesday for coverage of Brentford vs Fulham in the EFL Championship play-off final.

Peace out.

21:465 days ago

So Fulham have the chance to bounce back from relegation last season at the first attempt on Tuesday. It’ll be a West London derby, and what a game it promises to be.

21:455 days ago

Full time: Fulham 1-2 Cardiff (3-2 AGGREGATE)

90 +6': That’s it! The full time whistle goes and it’s Fulham who will face Brentford in Tuesday’s play-off final for a place in the Premier League.

Cardiff opened the scoring early through Curtis Nelson but it took just 24 seconds for Fulham to level things up on the night thanks to Neeskens Kebano. The Bluebirds then came flying out the traps in the second half and took the lead once again through substitute Lee Tomlin, but, try as they did, they couldn’t find an equaliser.

Fulham go through. Jubilation for them – heartbreak for Cardiff.

21:435 days ago

90 +5': Josh Onomah is booked for holding onto the ball for a very long time. I doubt he'll care.

Just seconds remain.

Oh my! Glatzel volleys but it's over. That may be it.

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90 +4': Sean Morrison is up front for Cardiff now. 

Fulham are literally moments away. Cardiff need a piece of magic from somewhere.

21:395 days ago

Fulham substitution!

90 +1': Maxime Le MArchand is on for Joe Bryan and he comes with a note for Tom Cairney.

We are into five minutes of stoppage time.

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89': Cardiff are throwing everything at this, but Fulham are holding on.

Just minutes remain.

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86': Paterson and Hector go head-to-head and the former wins a free kick in a good position.

Rodak, though, punches Ralls' free kick away

They need something quickly here, Cardiff.

21:325 days ago

Cardiff substitution!

84': Ah, no. Tomlin is down holding his hamstring and his night is over.

You have to feel for the guy. He's had so many injury problems of late and here's another.

Gavin Whyte takes Tomlin's place.

21:295 days ago

Cardiff substitution!

81': Again, the corner is cleared - this time by Glatzel.

Reed wins Fulham a free kick as Callum Paterson replaces Josh Murphy.

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80': Bennett's run proivides Mendez-Laing with some space but the substitute fires wide.

Christie earns his side a corner.

21:255 days ago

Fulham substitution!

77': Denis Odoi is on for Knockaert - that tells you all you need to know about how Scott Parker views the last 15-or-so minutes of this game.

The corner is headed over.

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76': Christie's cross is blocked before he hits a tame effort that Smithies saves easily.

The hosts then earn a corner with Nelson heading Kamara's cross wide just ahead of Reid.

A bit of a breather for Fulham.

21:225 days ago

Cardiff substitution!

74': Bluebirds top scorer Robert Glatzel is on up top in place of Danny Ward.

Oh my. How have Cardiff not scored?! Glatzel is involved straight away and Rodak then has to deny Mendez-Laing and Vaulks. I think there was another block in there too.

Absolute pinball. It's all Cardiff.

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Booking! Drinks break!

70': Christie goes into the book after a late challenge on Murphy.

Cardiff have a free kick in a good position, but we'll have a drinks break before it's taken.

21:175 days ago

Post!

69': Oh my. Kamara lets fly again but Smithies pulls off an incredible save to turn the ball onto the post.

Another Fulham goal would kill this off - but Cardiff still trail by just one.

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68': Another long throw from Vaulks is cleared.

Kamara gets into the game for the first time and shoots from distance after cutting in from the right. Smithies though, once again, is equal to the effort.

The corner is then cleared.

21:115 days ago

Booking!

63': Ralls now goes into the book as he hauls Cairney down with the Scot charging down on goal.

Fulham have a free kick in a great position. 

It's Kebano territory, but the specialist isn't on the pitch. 

Oh dear. Cairney slips and it's well, well... well... well wide.

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60': Tomlin gets the ball stuck under his feet in the box and Fulham clear, but Cardiff soon have thee ball back. Tomlin, though, is eventually pulled up for a hand ball.

The Bluebirds are well, well on top now.

21:075 days ago

Booking!

59': Bacuna plays Murphy is down the right and Byran sends the winger into the advertising boards. That's a foul.

Ralls' free kick is too long for Vaulks, but Fulham won't want to give too many more free kicks away.

Marek Rodak is booked for time wasting.

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57': Cardiff are inches away from being level!

Bacuna curls in a beauty of a ball and Ward, who has been pretty quiet tonight, gets in behind Ream. He so close to a tap in, but can't reach the ball.

21:025 days ago

54': Mendez-Laing and Tomlin link up again down the right and the former's cross is a good one. Christie slips at the wrong time, but Murphy's eventual free header is poor and into Rodak's arms.
21:015 days ago

Booking!

53': Neeskens Kebano has just walked up to the dugout with an ice pack on his left hamstring. Fulham fans will hope that's not too serious.

Will Vaulks is now booked for tripping Reed, before Knockaert fires wide from distance.

20:595 days ago

Booking!

51': Smithies gathers and Reid is booked for blocking the keeper's effort to release the ball.

I imagine those involved with Fulham are pretty nervous right now.

20:575 days ago

Goal! Fulham 1-2 Cardiff (Tomlin)

49': A masterclass from Neil Harris?!

Both substitutes are involved as Nathaniel Mendez Laing produces a fine save from Marek Rodak. The rebound falls kindly for Lee Tomlin, though, who volleys home.

Game back on!

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20:545 days ago

Substitutions!

47': Nathaniel Mandez-Laing and Lee Tomlin are on for Cardiff, replacing Marlon Pack and Junior Hoilett.

Fulham have also made a change – Neeskans Kebano, who we think picked up an injury of sorts, is swapped for Aboubakar Kamara.

20:535 days ago

Second half underway

45 +1': Cardiff get us back underway at Craven Cottage.

Fulham are 45 minutes away from Wembley.

20:495 days ago

Record-breakers required

As mentioned earlier, Cardiff will be the first ever team to overturn a two goal deficit from the first leg of a Championship play-off game to reach the final if they can get through here.

They have 45 minutes.

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Harris will be so frustrated with his team. An early goal was exactly what they needed to get back into this tie, but lazy defending straight after their goal put them back at square one.

The need to go again.

20:366 days ago

Half time: Fulham 1-1 Cardiff

45 +6': The whistle is blown for half time at Craven Cottage and Fulham will be comfortable with proceedings so far.

Cardiff took the lead early through Curtis Nelson’s header, but Fulham responded just 24 seconds after the restart through Neeskens Kebano, who netted his second goal of the tie.

Cardiff need two goals in the second half if they’re to get anything from this fixture. A big team talk from Neil Harris coming up.

20:356 days ago

Corner!

45 +5': Christie hits an absolute beauty from, what, 45 yards, and Smithies has to make the save.

Fulham's corner is then cleared.

20:356 days ago

Booking!

45 +4': Onomah almost reaches a deflected ball but Smithies comes out to sweep away ahead of the midfielder.

Kebano then wins a free kick, and Bacuna is booked.

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45 +1': There will be a minumum of five additional minutes played at the end of the first half.
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Scott Parker looks on as his team try to defend their two-goal cushion.

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20:296 days ago

44': Bacuna's cross is too deep for Morrison but Bennett keeps it in. Byran wins the ball back and Fulham break, but Cardiff get men back and slow things down.

Not long to go now until half time.

20:266 days ago

40': Vaulks fires another throw in but Fulham clear.

I've just seen his throw that earned Cardiff the corner that led to their goal earlier and it should've been another foul throw. His foot was over the line.

20:226 days ago

Booking!

36': Reid and Morris go head to head again and Morrison is booked after referee Paul Tierney adjudges him to have handled the ball deliberately.

Joe Bryan's free kick is headed away by Nelson.

20:206 days ago

Save!

34': Cairney passes short to Knockaert about 20 yards out and the wide man shoots. He tries to bend it into the far corner, but Smithies gets down well to palm it away.

Cardiff, after two corners, then clear.

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32': Knockaert plays a beauty of a pass through looking for Reid. The former Cardiff man looks to be in, but Morris puts a great tackle in to knock the ball away from his former teammate at the last minute.
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30': Cardiff earn another free kick. This time it's an in-swinger, but Morrison's header is tame and Rodak catches easily.

Christie has a shot up the other end but that's too weak and blocked easily.

A bit more power, lads.

20:136 days ago

Corner!

27': Fulham's turn for a set piece as Knockaert's cross-shot is blocked.

The players are crowding the goalkeeper and Pack heads away. Onomah then shoots, but the ball rebounds off Kebano for a goal kick.

20:116 days ago

Drinks break!

25': We go into the first drinks break of the game and the players will need it - it's very hot in West London.

The game hasn't been a classic so far. We had a frantic couple of minutes which saw goals from both teams, but that's pretty much all there is to report so far.

20:096 days ago

Save!

23': Morrison is fine, he's back on.

Hoilett is fouled again by Bryan and Cardiff earn another free kick in a good area. Ralls' cross is headed towards goal, but it's tame and Rodak gathers.

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22': Morrison is up which is good, but it looks like he has a nasty neck injury.

The Cardiff skipper has an ice pack on his neck. He got a bit of a clattering during that set piece - we'll see if he's OK to carry on soon.

20:056 days ago

19': Hoilett wins a free kick on the right after he beats Bryan and the full back pulls him down.

Cardiff have scored the most goals from set pieces this season - Rodak punches this one, though, and Morrison is down with a head injury.

20:046 days ago

18': Tom Cairney gets a talking to for what I think was a bit of time wasting.

The game is slow right now. That suits Fulham.

20:006 days ago

15': After a mental couple of minutes or so, we're back where we started the game.

It's Fulham on the ball, but Cardiff clear an attack after neat play down the left.

19:566 days ago

Goal! Fulham 1-1 Cardiff (Kebano)

11': Ah, never mind.

Bobby Reid picks up the ball in midfield and has all the time in the world to take it forward.

He plays in Kebano, who scored in the first leg, and the winger gets in front of Bacuna to poke it past Smithies.

24 second between the restart and the equaliser.

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19:556 days ago

Goal! Fulham 0-1 Cardiff (Nelson)

9': Well, would you know it? We have a game on.

Ralls whips in the corner and Nelson gets up to head home.

Game. On.

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8': Will Vaulks fires in long throw but the linesman has deemed it illegal.

He gets another go. This time it's legal, and Rodak tips it over the bar after the bounce. I don't think anyone touched it, but better to be safe than sorry.

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6': Rodak tries to play out from the back but Hector, for some reason, hammers a long ball out of play. 

It's very sunny at Craven Cottage. Lots of hands blocking the sun about.

19:486 days ago

Save!

3': No team has ever overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg of a Championship play-off game to reach the final. Cardiff need to change that tonight if they want to be walking out at Wembley next Tuesday.

It's Fulham with the first shot at goal, as Knockaert fires straight down Smithies' throat.

19:466 days ago

Kick-off!

1': After the players take the knee, Fulham get us underway at Craven Cottage.
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The players are on their ways out onto the pitch, greeted by silence.

We're almost ready to get underway. It should be a good one.

19:256 days ago

20 minutes until kick-off

20 minutes to go until we get the ball rolling at Craven Cottage.

For more insight ahead of tonight's game, check out Luke Flanagan's preview here.

19:076 days ago

A job for the Bluebirds

So Cardiff have it all to do here tonight.

The Bluebirds trail 2-0 from the first leg, so need to score at least twice if they are to give themselves a chance of making the play-off final on Tuesday.

Fulham are heavy favourites, but, if Cardiff score first, who knows?

18:546 days ago

Cardiff swap three

Neil Harris makes three changes to his Cardiff team from the first leg. Josh Murphy, Danny Ward and Will Vaulks all go into the XI, with Robert Glatzel, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Lee Tomlin dropping to the bench.
18:536 days ago

Fulham unchanged

Fulham boss Scott Parker has named an unchanged side from the XI that saw off Cardiff in the first leg.

Top scorer Aleksander Mitrovicis missing from the 20 with injury.

18:536 days ago

Cardiff: team news

Starting XI: Smithies, Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett, Pack, Vaulks, Ralls, Murphy, Hoilett, Ward.

Subs: Etheridge, Sanderson, Bamba, Smith, Tomlin, Whyte, Nml, Paterson, Glatzel.

18:476 days ago

Fulham: team news

Starting XI: Rodak, Hector, Kebano, Cairney, Ream, Cordova-Reid, Reed, Christie, Bryan, Knockaert, Onomah.

Subs: Bettinelli, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand, Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Cavaleiro, Kamara,

14:067 days ago

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14:057 days ago

Harris confident of comeback

Cardiff manager Neil Harris felt the tie was not over and the pressure was on Fulham, via the BBC, earlier this week.

"We have to dust ourselves down and go again on Thursday," he said.

"I said to the players that the play-off finals I've made, we've been losing and we're at half-time and we're losing the game.

"Fulham are celebrating like they've won the tie. We have to go to Craven Cottage and we have to be positive and that first goal is going to be key in that game."

"Fulham are now huge favourites, but they have everything to lose and we have everything to gain.

"There was a 2-0 deficit in the League Two play-offs. That does not mean it will happen for us, but ultimately we need to be positive."

14:027 days ago

Parker confused with comments

Neil Harris had plenty to say about Fulham's celebration on Monday, and Fulham boss Scott Parker was confused why, via the BBC:

"Neil's obviously said a lot over the last week and few weeks," said Parker.

"I didn't see anything that was over the top. Certainly at the end of the game I just see a professional team that understood there's only half this tie done to be honest with you.

"Regarding the goals and the celebrations, yeah of course I see players who were pleased, and rightly so, to score two goals away from home.

"If Neil felt like that, I don't really know why."

13:597 days ago

Cardiff City: predicted lineup

Smithies, Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett, Ralls, Pack, Murphy, Tomlin, Hoilett, Glatel.
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Fulham: predicted lineup

Rodak, Christie, Ream, Hector, Bryan, Reed, Cairney, Knockaert, Onomah, Kebano, Mitrovic.
13:587 days ago

Cardiff City: Team news

Winger Josh Murphy could return to the starting XI, but the Cardiff will still be without the injured Isaac Vassell.

Long-term injury absentee Greg Cunningham has been back in full training, but this game may come too soon for a return to action.

13:567 days ago

Fulham: Team news

Ivan Cavaleiro is Fulham's only long-term injury absentee, so Scott Parker has almost a fully fit side to choose from.

The former midfielder will be reluctant to make changes following an impressive first leg, but, if Championship Golden Boot winner Aleksander Mitrovic is deemed fit enough to play after missing the first leg, Bobby Reid will more than likely drop to the bench.

13:537 days ago

All to do for Cardiff

Neil Harris' side finished a respectable fifth in the Championship table, but will be disappointed with their performance in the first leg on Monday.

An early goal here could change things, but the Bluebirds have it all to do. A play-off final spot is at stake.

13:517 days ago

Hosts strong favourites

Fulham ended the normal Championship season in good form and almost snuck into the automatic promotion places on the final day of the season.

They had to settle for the play-offs, though. They are, however, well placed in this tie.

13:497 days ago

A play-off final at Wembley is at steak here, and Cardiff have it all to do after Fuham won the first leg 2-0 thanks to goals from Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano.

Scott Paker's side have one foot on that Wembley turf.

13:487 days ago

Kick-off time

Fulham vs Cardiff City will be played at Craven Cottage, in London, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 19:45 BST.
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