EFL Cup
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EFL Cup: Cardiff City 2-1 Portsmouth (AET)

Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff City and Portsmouth's Jack Whatmough compete
Cardiff City had to come from behind to beat Portsmouth

Greg Halford's venomous extra-time strike against battling Portsmouth sent Cardiff City into the EFL Cup second-round draw.

The visitors from League One led after home captain Sean Morrison directed Kal Naismith's cross into his own net.

After coming on at the start of the second half, winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing levelled with his first touch.

Mendez-Laing came close to winning the tie for City in normal time before Halford finally sent them through.

The visitors, under new ownership in former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, were hopeful of a fairytale outcome after taking the lead.

The League One side's confidence grew as the opening period wore on.

But Bluebirds' summer signing Mendez-Laing's equaliser shifted the momentum back to the hosts.

The first half of extra-time was also scoreless and the game seemed to be heading for penalties until Halford scored in the 113th minute against his former club.

It was Halford's first goal since the opening round of the same competition in 2016 as he made the most of Junior Hoilett's build-up.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 28MurphyBooked at 45mins
  • 6Richards
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 15Halford
  • 23KennedySubstituted forHoilettat 87'minutes
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 20DamourSubstituted forRallsat 102'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 45'minutes
  • 7TomlinSubstituted forMeiteat 97'minutes
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 8Ralls
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 25Etheridge
  • 27Meite
  • 33Hoilett
  • 34Coxe

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 25Talbot
  • 16Whatmough
  • 6Burgess
  • 38HaunstrupSubstituted forCloseat 105'minutes
  • 26Evans
  • 30May
  • 4Rose
  • 23BennettSubstituted forBakerat 98'minutes
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forKabambaat 65'minutes
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forChaplinat 114'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 7Baker
  • 14Main
  • 15Kabamba
  • 19Chaplin
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
6,592

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home13
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Portsmouth 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Cardiff City 2, Portsmouth 1.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

Danny Rose (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Brett Pitman.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 2, Portsmouth 1. Greg Halford (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ben Close.

Attempt missed. Ibrahim Meite (Cardiff City) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam May (Portsmouth).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Second Half Extra Time begins Cardiff City 1, Portsmouth 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Close replaces Brandon Haunstrup.

First Half Extra Time ends, Cardiff City 1, Portsmouth 1.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Nicke Kabamba.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam May (Portsmouth).

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces Loïc Damour.

Attempt saved. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Carl Baker replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Ibrahim Meite replaces Lee Tomlin.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City).

Brandon Haunstrup (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

First Half Extra Time begins Cardiff City 1, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Portsmouth 1.

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