30 Jul Fulham vs. Cardiff Metropolis – Football Match Report – July 30, 2020
Fulham superior to subsequent week’s Championship playoff last regardless of a 2-1 house loss to Cardiff Metropolis on Thursday after edging previous their opponents 3-2 on combination.
They are going to face native rivals Brentford, who beat Swansea Metropolis by the identical combination rating after Wednesday’s 3-1 victory, in an all south-west London last at Wembley subsequent week (stream stay on Football4cast+ within the U.S.)
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In a livid begin, Cardiff, who had misplaced the primary leg 2-0, surprised the hosts after eight minutes with centre-back Curtis Nelson’s header.
However Fulham struck again 24 seconds after the restart, snatching an equaliser by way of Neeskens Kebano to revive their two-goal benefit within the tie.
After conceding possession to Fulham for the remainder of the primary half, substitute Lee Tomlin put Cardiff again in entrance two minutes after the restart to arrange a tense second half.
Cardiff keeper Alex Smithies stored his team within the sport on a number of events with a string of very good saves, together with tipping a Aboubakar Kamara shot onto the submit within the 68th minute.
However regardless of late Cardiff stress for a purpose that may have despatched the sport into further time, Fulham hung on to earn the possibility to return to the Premier League after one season within the second tier.
“It wasn’t fairly in any respect. It was the worst begin you possibly can consider,” Fulham captain Tom Cairney advised Sky. “These 2-Zero leads are a bit bizarre in your head. It feels comfy however shouldn’t be on the identical time.
“We let ourselves down by not enjoying our regular sport, and we invited stress. However within the second half we dug in deep we bought over the road.”
Fulham, who had completed one place above Cardiff within the last Championship desk, final gained a Championship playoff last two years in the past, beating Aston Villa 1-Zero at Wembley to earn promotion.
Brentford need to earn a spot within the high division for the primary time in 73 years as they put together to maneuver to their new Brentford Neighborhood Stadium house for the 2020-21 marketing campaign.