Cardiff 0-2 Fulham: Cottagers take Championship play-off advantage with precious win
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Cardiff 0-2 Fulham: Cottagers take Championship play-off advantage with precious win

Fulham took a huge step in the right direction in their quest to reach the Championship Play-offs final with a comfortable 2-0 away to Cardiff City on Monday night.

Joshua Onomah's beautiful solo-goal gave the visitors the lead early in the second half, before Neeskens Kebano wrapped up the win deep in added time.

The match generally lacked spark in the opening half, with a couple of chances falling to both sides.

First, on the 13th minute, Leandro Bacuna nicely beat his marker and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot from the edge of the box, but Marek Rodak in goal was equal to the task as he made a perfect stop.

Robert-Nesta Glatzel then reacted fast to the rebounding ball inside the penalty area and let fly a quick low strike towards the middle of the goal that beat the keeper, only for one of the defenders to make a superb goal-line clearance.

The two sides then slowed the tempo of the match, with the next clear chance falling to Onomah on the 38th minute as he latched on to a cross inside the box and aimed a shot towards the right side of the goal, but Alex Smithies reacted superbly to deny him. 

Cardiff could however not keep the midfielder out four minutes into the second half as he burst into the box after a great solo run and got one-on-one with the keeper, who he neatly side-stepped and rolled the ball into an empty net for the lead. 

Just like the first period, the second half was a quiet affair. After the goal, the next chance fell to the visitors on the hour-mark with Bobby Reid hitting a screaming first-time shot from the edge of the box following a clearance, but it flew just over the bar. 

With the match seemingly ending 1-0 in favor of the visitors, Neeskens Kebano stepped up to strike a wonderful freekick on the 91st minute from the edge of the box, easily beating the keeper. 

The Cottagers will now take the lead back to Craven Cottage ahead of the second-leg set for Thursday night. 

The final will be played on August 4 with the winner getting promoted to the Premier League

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