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13/05/17
Craven Cottage
Championship • Semifinal
  • 2nd Half
  • Fulham
  • Reading
  • AlukoCyriac
    87'
  • MendesIlori
    82'
  • McShane
    80'
  • Swiftvan den Berg
    74'
  • GrabbanMendes
    68'
  • Cairney
    65'
  • MartinKebano
    61'
  • McDonald
    56'
  • Malone
    54'
  • Obita
    53'
  • 1st Half
  • Fulham
  • Reading
  • Kermorgant
    42'
  • Swift
    40'
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Fulham - Reading
Championship - 13 May 2017

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  • End of 2nd Half
90+5' 

Ryan Fredericks skips past Obita, and he fizzes a cross into the box, but it flies wide of the post and out for a goal kick. That's the last meaningful bit of action, as the referee blows for full time. Jaap Stam will be glad of the point, and Fulham will be frustrated they couldn't make it count.

90+3' 

Fulham are camped inside Reading's half, and Reading are sitting back. The ball comes to Malone inside the box, but his shot is blocked.

90+1' 

There will be five minutes of added time.

90' 

Ayite crosses from the right, but only wins a throw-in when it's deflected. Cairney tries to dribble into the box, and it comes back to Ayite when Cairney is tackled. He shoots well over.

89' 

Reading are trying to hang on, now.

89' 

A rare stat, for you.

  • Gohi Bi Cyriac
    OffSone AlukoFulhamCyriac on for Aluko.
  • Gohi Bi Cyriac
    OnGohi Bi CyriacFulham
86' 

Cyriac on for Aluko.

85' 

Johansen turns the ball into the box for Cairney to chase, but it isn't accurate enough and the danger passes.

  • Tiago Ilori
    OffJoseph MendesReadingIlori on for Mendes, who is himself a sub.
  • Tiago Ilori
    OnTiago IloriReading
82' 

Ilori on for Mendes, who is himself a sub.

  • Paul McShane
    Red cardPaul McShaneReadingRED CARD! Paul McShane is sent off. McShane lunges for the ball, studs up, into McDonald's shin, and gets his marching order.
80' 

RED CARD! Paul McShane is sent off. McShane lunges for the ball, studs up, into McDonald's shin, and gets his marching order.

79' 

There's a stramash!

78' 

Fredericks is brought to ground as Obita tumbles onto him. It seems a pretty obvious, if unfortunate, penalty, but the ref gives nothing.

77' 

Aluko goes down under a heavy challenge. The ref tells the advancing Williams to GET TAE, and the game gets back going again.

  • Joey van den Berg
    OffJohn SwiftReadingVan den Berg on for Swift.
  • Joey van den Berg
    OnJoey van den BergReading
74' 

Van den Berg on for Swift.

73' 

Obita drives in a cross for Mendes, but Kalas is on hand to stick out a leg and intercept the cross.

72' 

Cairney jogs into the box and is crowded out. Reading hack it away.

68' 

Mendes on for Grabban.

  • Tom Cairney
    GoalTom CairneyFulhamEvans finally takes control of the situation after two crosses from the left by McDonald. Fulham win it back, spread play to the left for Malone, and his cross is spilled by Al-Habsi, allowing Cairney to thunder in from cose range.
65' 

Evans finally takes control of the situation after two crosses from the left by McDonald. Fulham win it back, spread play to the left for Malone, and his cross is spilled by Al-Habsi, allowing Cairney to thunder in from cose range.

64' 

Kebano crosses from the left, and Swift heads behind to concede a corner on the right wing.

62' 

Kermogant tries an ambitious lob over the 'keeper, volleying from outside the box and over the goal.

  • Kevin McDonald
    Yellow cardKevin McDonaldFulhamKebano is on for Martin.
59' 

Kebano is on for Martin.

57'

Malone closes down a clearance and it runs to Johansen, to his right. He blasts a shot at goal from the edge of the box, and it's straight at Al-Habsi.

55' 

Malone was booked for dissent.

  • Jordan Obita
    GoalJordan ObitaReadingGOAL! Fulham 0-1 Reading. Obita scores - Williams falls to the ground and tries to grab the ball. It's not clear if he handles it, but the ball runs to McShane, who advances down the left, fouls, and the ball is played to Obita. He looks up, and smashes a fierce drive past Bettinelli.
54' 

GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Reading. Obita scores - Williams falls to the ground and tries to grab the ball. It's not clear if he handles it, but the ball runs to McShane, who advances down the left, fouls, and the ball is played to Obita. He looks up, and smashes a fierce drive past Bettinelli.

51' 

The crowd have quietened down given Reading's commitment to absolutely Mourinhoing this.

49' 

Kalas rolls the ball back to the 'keeper who blasts it straight out of play.

47' 

Some relentless incompetence from both sides ends when Evans concedes a foul.

  • 2nd Half
46' 

We go again.

  • End of 1st Half
45+3' 

That's half time. See you in 15 minutes.

45+2' 

There are three minutes, at least, of added time that have been indicated.

45+1' 

Martin sprints down the left wing and angels into the box. He looks up, and flicks a boot at the ball, and it flies over the near post, with his teammates frustrated.

45' 

Williams is tripped by Johansen in the centre circle. Reading take it short - it appears they are here for the draw.

 
Stefan Johansen of Fulham puts pressure on Daniel Williams of Reading
44' 

Malone turns the ball inside for Johansen, but while he slips the ball around McShane, he can't manage the same task.

  • Yann Kermorgant
    Yellow cardYann KermorgantReadingObita curls his in to the near post, and it's headed away. Fulham break, and Aluko is clipped by Kermogant, who is booked.
41' 

Obita curls his in to the near post, and it's headed away. Fulham break, and Aluko is clipped by Kermogant, who is booked.

40' 

Corner on the left for Reading, and Swift is booked for timewasting. His corner at the back post is headed behind by Malone.

39' 

McShane, under pressure, finds Al-Habsi who launches it down the pitch. A poor cross from Grabban goes nowhere, and the danger passes for now.

36' 

Ayite gets to the byline, but Williams does well to intercept. It comes back to Fredericks, though, and his cross towards Martin is claimed by Al-Habsi.

35' 

Martin finds Cairney, who finds Fredericks. He drives in a cross but Blackett puts a foot through it to clear.

33' 

Swift knocks a pass into the box, but Grabban gives away a foul as he tries to reach the ball.

29' 

Obita absolutely wallops a cross straight out of play on the other side. Onwards and upwards.

27' 

Obita goes flying into a challenge on the left wing, and is fortunate to win the ball. It could have jazzed up an ankle, had he properly connected.

26' 

Kermogant goes in with a late challenge from behind, and is on a final warning for a yellow.

24' 

Johansen and Malone swap passes as they trundle down the left. A shot opens up for Malone, and he swipes a shot well over the bar.

22' 

Willliams hoiks the ball out when under pressure by Fulham. Fulham look the likeliest to score at the moment, but football is capricious.

20'

Ayite plays a one-two, slipped to the touchline by Malone. He scuffs a pullback to Aluko, and he drags his shot just a foot wide of the post. The best chance of the half so far.

18' 

Al-Habsi has a little difficulty controlling and clearing the ball, but finds McShane... who has a little difficuty controlling and clearing the ball. Malone fouls McShane, and that gives him the chance to tumble and buy the foul.

16' 

Reading are playing the ball around the defence, and Evans chases a ball down the left before the linesman indicates it had gone out of play.

13' 

Grabban, and his beard from System of a Down, are offside, and he has a punt at goal when the whistle blows.

11'

Danny Williams is described as 'athletic'. I see. Anyway, he ran back to cover, as you would expect. Fulham keep the pressure on, the ball comes to Cairney, and his shot from distance whistles just over the bar.

9' 

Kalas and Ream collide to miss a high ball, and it runs to Grabban. He could be through on goal, but McDonald rushes back to cover and concede a corner. Kalas is receiving treatment after the collision.

7' 

Aluko wants a foul after Grabban pulls him down on the sidelines, but he gets the ball away, if not the foul.

6' 

...but there's nothing from the pullback into the box. Reading clear to concede a throw. Fulham have had most of the ball so far, as you may have anticipated.

5' 

Fulham break with Malone down the left...

3' 

Grabban sprints down the inside left, his pass inside is too short, and then Reading concede a foul on the edge of the box.

2' 

Jaap Stam glowers on the sideline, with his pointy Easter Island head. No chances for either side yet.

  • 1st Half
1' 

The match gets underway.

17:20 

You can, of course, tweet @Eurosport_UK with predictions and comments for the game at any time, and I'll use the best ones here.

17:15 

Reading's fans include... the people at the ground today, and others, but they are notably devoid of celebofans. This is of course neither a good nor bad thing, but feel free to tweet @Eurosport_UK with any famous Reading fans.

17:10 

Fulham's fans include Lily Allen and Hugh Grant, so if you weren't sure who you wanted to support, that should be two divisive enough characters to make your mind up one way or another.

17:05 

Reading have Jaap Stam as manager, and I wouldn't like to have to justify myself in front of him if I'd messed up.

17:00 

Both these sides have impressed in the season so far, but the play-offs are something different. You're tired from the grind of the season, but the pressure of a knockout tournament, and a final at Wembley, have to weigh down on players who have already - to some degree - not quite convinced in the regular season.

16:50 

TEAMS: Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone, Johansen, McDonald, Aluko, Cairney, Ayite, Martin. Subs: Button, Odoi Sessegnon, Parker, Piazon, Kebano, Cyriac. /// Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Moore, Blackett, Evans, Williams, Swift, Grabban, Kermorgant. Subs: Jaakola, Van den Berg, Beerens, Mendes, McCleary, Ilori, Popa.

16:45 

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