28 Jul Cardiff Metropolis vs. Fulham – Football Match Report – July 27, 2020
Splendidly taken objectives from Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano gave Fulham a 2-Zero win at Cardiff Metropolis within the first leg of their Premier League promotion playoff semifinal on Monday.
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The London facet, relegated from the Premier League final season, will look to finish the job within the return leg at Craven Cottage on Thursday to earn a spot within the closing at Wembley.
Onomah collected the ball on the sting of the field along with his again to aim and sharply turned earlier than jinking previous two Cardiff defenders and calmly slotting dwelling on the close to submit within the 49th minute.
Fulham grabbed agency management of the tie in stoppage time when Kebano fantastically curled a free kick from the sting of the field into the highest nook.
The Cottagers, who completed fourth within the Championship desk, have been with out their Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, the division’s prime scorer with 26 objectives who was dominated out with harm.
However they’re now sturdy favourites to make it to Wembley on Aug four for what’s often-called probably the most profitable recreation in football.
“I am happy with the consequence [but] we have to keep degree and there’s nonetheless numerous football to be performed,” mentioned Fulham supervisor Scott Parker.
“General we have been excellent, after a quick begin the place we have been just a little lucky we fastened issues just a little bit. We had actual management about us, prompted them numerous issues and Onomah’s ability has come by way of.”
Cardiff supervisor Neil Harris mentioned his team can nonetheless flip the tie round.
“I advised the gamers I’ve been in playoff finals the place I’ve been behind, the primary aim at Craven Cottage will likely be key,” he mentioned.
Within the different semifinal, Swansea Metropolis will defend a 1-Zero lead at Brentford heading into their second leg on Wednesday.