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The hosts finished eight points better off than their opponents at the end of the regular season and held a 2-0 lead from Monday’s first leg in south Wales.

No team has overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit in the play-offs but Cardiff gave themselves real hope inside eight minutes at Craven Cottage through Curtis Nelson’s close-range header.

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Fulham () is an area of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in southwest London, England, 3.7 miles (6.0 km) southwest of Charing Cross. It lies on the north bank of the River Thames, between Hammersmith and Kensington and Chelsea, facing Wandsworth, Putney and Barn Elms, with the London Wetland Centre in Barnes.Fulham has a history of industry and enterprise dating back to the 15th century, with pottery, tapestry-weaving, paper-making and brewing in the 17th and 18th centuries in present-day Fulham High Street, and later involvement in the automotive industry, early aviation, food production, and laundries. In the 19th-century there was glass-blowing and this resurged in the 21st-century with the Aronson-Noon studio and Zest gallery in Rickett Street that fell victim to the so-called ‘Earl’s Court Regeneration’ scheme in 2012.
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Fulham required 54 seconds to restore their two-goal aggregate advantage, however, with Neeskens Kebano – on target late in the first leg – sweeping a low shot past Alex Smithies.

The tie took another twist 82 seconds into the second half when Lee Tomlin, introduced at half-time, volleyed in after Nathan Mendez-Laing’s header was parried by Marek Rodak.

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Aboubakar Kamara had a long-ranger tipped on to the post by Alex Smithies before Cardiff asked the questions late on, though Fulham withstood the pressure and will face neighbours Brentford – 3-2 aggregate winners over Swansea City on Wednesday – at Wembley in five days.

 

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