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Summary

  1. First Championship play-off semi-final of 2016-17
  2. Obita strikes Reading opener
  3. Cairney heads home Fulham equaliser
  4. Reading defender Paul McShane shown straight red
  5. Reading finished third, Fulham sixth
  6. Winner of two-legged semi-final will face Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield

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By Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow...

Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12:00 BST)

Fulham 1-1 Reading
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An interesting fight in the first of the Championship play-off semi-finals, but no knockout blows landed.

We'll be back tomorrow with coverage from the other semi-final, as Huddersfield play host to Sheffield Wednesday in a Yorkshire derby.

You can catch up with anything you may have missed from today's game by clicking here to read Adam Williams' match report from Craven Cottage.

Thanks for joining me today - until tomorrow, goodbye.

FT: Fulham 1-1 Reading

It's a short turnaround for the two teams, with the second leg at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday at 19:45.

Reading will be without captain Paul McShane following his sending off for an awful challenge on Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald, but the Royals looked solid when Tiago Ilori came into defence as his replacement.

Fulham will simply hope to repeat their performance from today, as they looked much the stronger of the sides for most of the 90 minutes.

Monumental second leg awaits

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Bradley Allen

Ex-QPR striker for BBC Radio London

On balance of play I think Reading for their spirit and resolve this season perhaps deserve to take the contest into the second leg. Fulham showed their quality in glimpses, but only at times. 

The second leg now promises to be a monumental match. 

Ali Al-Habsi
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FULL-TIME: Fulham 1-1 Reading

Paul McShane sent off for Reading
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Reading will be the happier of the two sides as the full-time whistle blows, as they will host Fulham in the second leg with the scores tied at 1-1.

Jordan Obita put the Royals ahead against the run of play, before Tom Cairney headed the Cottagers deservedly level.

Paul McShane's sending off gave Fulham hope of stealing a late winner, but they could not find a way past a resilient Reading defence.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Ryan Fredericks beats Jordan Obita down the right-hand side and fizzes a cross over the six-yard box, but he can't find a team mate.

Not too far away.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Into the final minute, will we see a late twist?

Fulham 1-1 Reading

An opening for Fulham full-back Scott Malone, but Liam Moore gets out to make a brave block.

Malone is almost in again as he challenges for a cross at the back post, but it's headed behind by Reading defender Chris Gunter.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Aluko
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There will be five added minutes at the end of the second half.

Neither team has looked like scoring a second goal, but there's still enough time for that to change.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Reading win a corner - a chance to grab a late winner against the odds?

No such luck as Fulham clear their lines, but the hosts can't launch a counter attack.

They're into the final minute of regular time at Craven Cottage.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

An attacking change for Fulham.

Striker Cyriac is on for Sone Aluko, who missed a big chance for the Cottagers in the first half.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Can Fulham get a late winner against 10-man Reading now?

The visitors are sitting back very deep, and the hosts look unable to unpick the lock at the moment.

There's less than five minutes left of the 90.

'There can't be any complaints'

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Bradley Allen

Ex-QPR striker for BBC Radio London

McShane
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It is a poor challenge. He's at full stretch with the right foot. There can't be any complaints from McShane. 

I was going to give him the benefit of the doubt. But having seen the replay the referee has got no choice but to show him the red card. 

RED CARD (McShane)

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McShane red
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It's a really poor challenge, and Reading's Paul McShane is shown the red card.

Referee Stuart Attwell is left with no choice, with McShane lunging into a high, reckless tackle on Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald.

Royals boss Japp Stam responds to McShane's dismissal by taking off forward Joseph Mendes - on as a substitute less than 10 minutes earlier - and bringing on Tiago Ilori in defence.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Tom Cairney
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It must be said Tom Cairney got an impressive amount of air on his celebration after his equaliser.

I wonder if he ever considered a career as a basketball player?

'Contrast in styles couldn't be greater'

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Nick Godwin

BBC Radio London sport reporter

The contrasts of styles could not be greater. Fulham have already taken off their only physical player in the form of Chris Martin, while Reading have plenty of players over six foot on the pitch. 

The difference in game-plans couldn't be clearer cut. 

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Aluko
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The pace has slowed a little, with Reading seemingly happy to allow Fulham to keep hold of the ball inside their own half. 

The Cottagers will be desperate for a goal to give them a lead heading into the second leg, as their opponents have a very impressive home record.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

And now another change for Reading, with John Swift - booked for time wasting in the first half - taken off.

Joey Van den Berg comes on for the final 15 minutes plus whatever time is added on at the end of the half.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Tom Cairney goes down under a challenge from Danny Williams in the Reading box, but the only penalty appeals come from Fulham's fans.

The hosts are firmly on top of the game now.

Reading have brought Joseph Mendes on for Lewis Grabban.

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Jokanovic
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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic looked a frustrated figure before Tom Cairney's equaliser, but now his side are pushing for a winner.

You'd have to think Reading would be very happy to take a draw from here.

'Malone deserves credit'

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Bradley Allen

Ex-QPR striker for BBC Radio London

Scott Malone deserves an enormous amount of credit. He could have gone back to the goalkeeper, but instead he went forward and put a dangerous cross into the six-yard box. 

Tom Cairney has been quiet all afternoon but he was in the right place at the right time to head in. 

Adrenaline is coursing through the veins of the Fulham players. What an atmosphere we have now!

GOAL - Fulham 1-1 Reading

Tom Cairney

Cairney
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The breakthrough at last for Fulham!

Scott Malone is played in behind the reading defence and whips a stinging low cross into the box.

The cross has too much heat on it fro Ali Al-Habsi, who can only parry the ball up for Tom Cairney to head in the leveler for the hosts.

Fulham 0-1 Reading

Fulham make their first change of the game, bringing Neeskens Kebano on for the ineffective Chris Martin.

Reading's Yann Kermorgant spots Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli off his line and attempts an ambitious lob from all of 40 yards out.

He wasn't too far away you know.

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Fulham 0-1 Reading

Michael Kemp: Reading don't have defensive qualities as 64 conceded. They are well drilled when they want to be like now. Superb so far. 

Robert Green: Uh oh, Fulham have been wonderful scoring goals all season but we're also the masters of conceding daft goals. 

Fulham 0-1 Reading

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Craven Cottage

Fulham v Reading
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If there was an air of feeling frantic at 0-0 among the home fans, it's just been ratcheted up to a new high after that Jordan Obita goal for Reading.

It looked harsh on Fulham as they arguably should've had a free-kick as Paul McShane tangled with Stefan Johansen, but a few players stood and waited for Stuart Attwell's whistle that never blew.

Great finish by Obita though for his second goal in as many games.

'Game is opening up'

Fulham 0-1 Reading

Bradley Allen

Ex-QPR striker for BBC Radio London

This game is opening up now with passages of counter-attacking football coming from both sides. 

Fulham need to be careful they don't over-commit and concede again. 

Fulham 0-1 Reading

I'm not sure too many people would have predicted that goal, but what a hit from Jordan Obita.

Fulham look to respond, but Stefan Johansen's shot is straight at Ali Al-Habsi.

GOAL - Fulham 0-1 Reading

Jordan Obita

Reading
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From out of nowhere, Reading lead.

Fulham think they should have been awarded a free-kick in the build-up, but Reading take hold of the ball, with Paul McShane picking out Jordan Obita on the left.

Full-back Ryan Fredericks doesn't close the Royals man down quickly enough, and Obita finishes brilliantly off the inside of the post from a difficult angle.

Fulham 0-0 Reading

Reading are being careful with how many bodies they commit forward when they get hold of the ball.

Yann Kermorgant hangs a cross up for Lewis Grabban, but keeper Marcus Bettinelli claims it with ease.

The visitors' tactics have been very effective so far, though it's fair to say they haven't exactly made for a thrilling game.

Reading stopping Fulham's midfield

Bradley Allen

Ex-QPR striker for BBC Radio London

I think that's something Reading have worked on: getting bodies around Fulham's midfield three of McDonald, Johansen and Cairney to stop them dictating play. 

It's certainly working so far. 

Fulham 0-0 Reading

Chris Martin
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Chris Martin has scored 13 goals for Fulham this season, but he's not had a sniff of goal so far.

No chances for either side so far in the early stages of the second half.

Fulham 0-0 Reading

And now the second half is under way.

No changes have been made by either side.

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Who will win the Championship play-offs?

Zach Kingsbury: Love to see Huddersfield do it. 

Robert Green: Fulham's rampant goalscoring this season will hopefully outweigh our (at times) rickety defence.  

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Who will win the Championship play-offs?

Now you've seen two of the four sides in action, who do you fancy to triumph at Wembley on 29 May?

Fulham, along with Norwich and champions Newcastle, scored the most goals in the regular season, but does Jaap Stam's defensive qualities make Reading more likely? Or maybe you prefer Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday, who play their first semi-final tomorrow at midday? 

Tweet using #bbcefl to share your thoughts. 

HT: Fulham 0-0 Reading

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Craven Cottage

Fulham fans
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Maybe not the most memorable of first halves in terms of chances or opportunities, but certainly up there in terms of energy and passion.

The home fans here are really getting behind Slavisa Jokanovic's men every time they pour forward.

Reading look robust enough at the back and also possess a threat on upfront, but can they hold out this Fulham tide of pace and energy after the break?

Still to come...

Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday (12:00 BST)

Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield
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Fulham and Reading will both have one eye on tomorrow's play-off semi-final first leg between Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday.

Carlos Carvalhal's Owls lost in last season's play-off final, so will be hoping to set themselves on their way to putting that defeat to bed against the Championship's surprise package.

You can follow every important moment from the 12:00 BST kick-off John Smith's Stadium with the BBC Sport website, like you can with every EFL play-off match this season.

HALF-TIME

HT: Fulham 0-0 Reading

Fulham v Reading
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It's still goalless as the half-time whistle is blown.

Fulham have gone closest to breaking the deadlock, with Tom Cairney curling a shot narrowly wide from 25 yards out, and Sone Aluko firing off target when unmarked inside the Reading box.

The visitors have looked well-organised, but they've not carved out any memorable chances of their own.

Fulham 0-0 Reading

There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the half.

Floyd Ayite has plenty of options to pick out inside the Reading box, but instead the Fulham tries an audacious shot with the outside of his right boot.

It's a wasteful effort from the winger.

Fulham 0-0 Reading

Jaap Stam
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Plenty for Reading manager Jaap Stam to think about as half-time approaches.

His side have rarely looked in danger of conceding, but they've seen less and less of the ball as time has gone on.

Kermorgant shown a yellow card

Fulham 0-0 Reading

Reading striker Yann Kermorgant had already committed a couple of fouls, and he's shown the second yellow card of the game for his third offence of the half.

Fulham are unable to turn the free-kick from close to the half-way line into a chance.

Fulham 0-0 Reading

Fulham v Reading
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Reading again cause problems with the long ball, and Ryan Fredericks is forced to concede a corner.

Incredibly, John Swift is booked before the corner is taken - for time wasting.

Seriously.