The Bluebirds welcome the Cottagers to Cardiff City Stadium for a huge encounter in the Championship play-off semi-final
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After what has been a truly astonishing campaign of twists and turns, Cardiff City have just three more games to secure a place in the Premier League.
The Bluebirds tonight host Fulham in the Championship play-off semi-final first leg.
Cardiff City v Fulham live
The Bluebirds secured their spot in the play-offs with a cool 3-0 win over Hull City on the final night of the regular season, while Scott Parker’s side missed out on the chance to be promoted automatically with a draw against Wigan Athletic.
Neil Harris believes his side have the momentum going into tonight’s tie, while Parker thinks his side are the ones in the ascendancy.
We will have all the build-up, team news and live match action for you.
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Kick-off at 7.45pm.
GOAL! Cardiff City 0-1 Fulham (Onomah 49)20:53
HALF-TIME! Cardiff City 0-0 Fulham20:33
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Knockaert shoots from range but it’s deflected into Alex Smithies’ hands.
Cardiff just trying to consolidate a little here but Fulham have visibly grown in confidence and are now enjoying the lion’s share of possession.
GOAL! Cardiff City 0-1 Fulham (Onomah 49)
Onomah puts Fulham in front.
That is pretty woeful defending from Cardiff. Onomah picks it up with his back to goal, turns Pack, dances inside Nelson and then cuts it into the bottom corner.
Knockaert nicks it past Bennett, who drags back his opponent and is pinged for a foul, which needed to be made to stop the Fulham attack down the right wing.
Hoilett does well to get his team out of trouble. Glatzel nips inside in his own half and Hector hauls him down, Cardiff free-kick.
HALF-TIME! Cardiff City 0-0 Fulham
And that’s the end of the half.
Chance! Hoilett is dispossessed and Fulham break quickly.
Cairney is found in the middle of the park, 25 yards out, and tries to bend one in, but it flicks the post and is just wide!
Agonising for Fulham.
Knockaert’s free-kick is 20 yards too far. Goal kick.
Three minutes added on.
Hoilett hacks down Christie on the right-hand side and goes in the book. Dangerous free-kick for Fulham, here.
Tomlin dinks a ball through to Glatzel, who shrugs off Ream to control well, but it’s deemed a foul.
Kebano lifts another ball to the back post, but this time it does find Onomah, who smashes it on the half volley on the angle.
Smithies comes out and makes himself big to deny him. Brilliant save from Smithies.
Fulham break away with Onomah, who releases Kebano on the left. His cross is too long though and City carry the ball clear.
Joe Bryan thumps one from 25 yards, but Morrison stands firm and blocks it.
Glatzel is found with a stunning reverse pass from Marlon Pack.
He cuts inside and fires from 20 yards out, but miscues and Rodak collects easily.
Glatzel is deemed to have fouled Harrison Reed in the middle of the pitch. Fulham free-kick.
Fulham just look to take the sting out of this, passing it along their back line, no real danger to City at the minute.
Drinks break – all square, still. Cardiff will be the happier of the two, it must be said.
Bacuna’s throw-in is cleared from danger.
Tomlin goes down after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Hector.
SAVE! Lovely work from Cardiff again!
Lee Tomlin dinks in a terrific ball to Hoilett, who controls and lays off Glatzel, who swings a left foot from 12 yards out – but it’s straight at Rodak!
CLOSE! Bacuna strikes from just outside the box and Rodak’s save parries the ball into the centre of the box. Glatzel and the Fulham defenders battle for it, just three yards out, but Hector clears off the line!
A training-ground move from Fulham sees Decordova-Reid turn it to Joe Bryan outside the box, but his shot from range is blocked.
A cross is whipped in from the Fulham right and Bacuna can only hammer it over the bar for a corner to the visitors.
Glatzel looks to break, but is hauled down by Michael Hector. Looks to be a stonewall free-kick but the referee waves it away.
Cairney is found down the Fulham left, but Morrison cuts out his ball which attempted to release Kebano.
Bryan takes the throw-in and Reed is let back on to the pitch.
Positive this, from City. Really sustained attack from the off.
Harrison Reed is down for Fulham and the game stops, it comes after he challenged Mendez-Laing.
Smithies tries to find Bacuna on the right but Bryan heads clear, throw-in to the Bluebirds on halfway.