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Summary

  1. Championship play-off semi-final second leg
  2. Kermorgant penalty sends Royals to Wembley
  3. Reading will face H'field or Sheff Wed in final
  4. First leg finished 1-1 at Craven Cottage
  5. Final at Wembley on Monday, 29 May
  6. Get involved via #bbcefl

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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Over Yann Out

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That's all we've got time for, on the night Reading beat Fulham thanks to Yann Kermorgant's second-half penalty, to reach the Championship play-off final.

The Royals are one step closer to ending their four-year stay in the Championship.

Do be sure to join us again tomorrow as Sheffield Wednesday host Huddersfield in the second leg of their semi-final, which is finely poised at 0-0.

Thanks for your company tonight. Reading fans - congratulations. Fulham - commiserations.

We'll see you tomorrow. Good night!

Royals go marching on

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Reading's win tonight maintains their unbeaten home run, which began in January.

Their groundsman will be glad they don't have any more games at the Madejski this season, though, as the pitch has been rather trampled on, so to speak... It's been some party in Berkshire.

Jokanovic on the summer ahead

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic adds:

"After a few days I expect I will be happy with our progress.

"If we want to be promoted next season we have to be better. We have to be candidates to be closer next season.

"We showed more ambition and we must be clever [this summer] to be ready next season."

Reading reach play-off final

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A tense night of football drama in its purist Championship form has been served up tonight.

There's unbridled joy for Reading as they move to within one win of a Premier League return, while for Fulham there is plenty of heartache.

You can read my colleague Adam Williams' report from the Madejski Stadium by clicking on the link.

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Yann Kermorgant's second-half penalty gives Reading victory over Fulham to book a spot in the Championship play-off final.

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Jokanovic's view on the penalty

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On the decision to give Reading a penalty, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic adds:

"If he [the referee] must give it in this situation, he must do it in the opposite box when they push Lucas Piazon.

"In general, I think Mr Atkinson is best to referee in England. He knows better. I cannot complain."

Jokanovic's pride in defeat

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic tells Sky Sports:

"I'm disappointed. I'm proud with our product and that we tried. We had many chances.

"We were not clinical. We are not happy. We cannot be satisfied but we made many, many important steps [this season]. We will try next year."

Tough summer ahead for Fulham?

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Steve Brown

Former Charlton Athletic defender on BBC Radio London

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Fulham fans unfortunately might have to face the reality tomorrow that players will move on.

They recruited very well last summer, they're going to have to in my opinion do the same again this summer, and they're going to lose two or three of their better players.

If we're brutally honest about football, as a Championship club you're a stepping stone, you're a selling club.

If you provide anything that's good enough across a Championship season, that player gets plucked out if you're not promoted and taken to a Premier League club. That's life now.

'Only Kermorgant scored pens in training'

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On Man of the Match, keeper Ali Al Habsi, Reading boss Jaap Stam adds to Sky Sports:

"Today he (Ali Al Habsi) had a terrific game again. But we knew what we needed to do in the two games and we worked very hard."

And on why Yann Kermorgant took the penalty, Stam adds:

"We trained on penalties yesterday and Yann [Kermorgant] was the only one who scored. So he took it."

Was anything going to beat Al Habsi?

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Siobhan Chamberlain
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England Women's goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is a little heartbroken... But can't help but give Reading keeper Ali Al Habsi a tip of the cap.

Richard Osman
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No celebrity collection of tweets relating to a Fulham game is complete without including Richard Osman.

Reading dug in - Stam

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Reading boss Jaap Stam tells Sky Sports:

"It's great to work with a club that's got a lot of potential and with players willing to work really hard to get somewhere.

"To get this result today - against a very good team by the way - I'm very happy with that.

"Fulham have got a lot of threats. In the first half, we did quite well. In the second half, we started well.

"Then they're controlling the game and we needed to defend. We needed to dig in."

Joy and despair via #bbcefl

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Julian Human: There's no way the Reading team of recent years could have done this. We've grown. Well done Urrzzz

Robert Green: Relegated to another season of Championship football by a particularly controversial penalty and 'interesting' refereeing decisions  

The highs and lows of the EFL play-offs summed up in the space of two tweets...

Fulham start again on zero in 17-18

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Spare a thought for Fulham. They were so close, but yet so far.

They were the joint-top scorers in the Championship this season with 85 goals. They lost just five times in the league since November.

They've entertained everyone since Christmas with some terrific football, but tonight they just couldn't beat Ali Al Habsi.

'It's a dream come true'

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Reading keeper Ali Al Habsi tells Sky Sports:

"It's a dream come true. We've been fantastic all season.

"In the first leg, we knew the most important thing was to get the draw because, at home, we know we can do it.

"The fans have been waiting for this moment."

Stam a 'miracle worker'

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Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

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Jaap Stam, the miracle worker, has turned Reading from also-rans to play-off finalists!

Incredible scenes, an amazing 90 minutes of drama and tension. What a night for Reading!

Reading reach the play-off final

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The Madejski pitch now is a sea of blue and white shirt, scarves, and flags. They're singing "we're going to Wemberlee".

Yann Kermorgant's penalty won the tie, but Ali Al Habsi's saves made the key difference. Fulham could most certainly have won tonight. It was a fantastic game.

Reading reach the play-off final

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Reading fans stream onto the pitch. Man of the Match Ali Habsi is delirious - he is dancing for joy.

Fulham look desolate. They sink to the floor. They gave it everything.

BreakingFULL-TIME

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Reading hold on! They go to Wembley!

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Fulham concede possession again for another Reading goal kick and that is surely that.

CLOSE!

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Chris Martin heads wide from a fine Stefan Johansen cross. Was that Fulham's last chance?

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And Reading's Garath McCleary heads it behind for another Fulham corner...

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The keeper Marcus Bettinelli is coming up...

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Everyone is in the Reading half now. Fulham win a corner...

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The home fans are making all the noise now, desperately urging their team to hold on.

They snatch the ball and Liam Kelly looks for a rare break, but Fulham stop him in his tracks.

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The fourth official has indicated five minutes of added time.

Fulham still have time! They need a goal to force extra-time.

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Flintworks: aargh! conflicted! Love @ReadingFC but hate the Premiership! Championship is by far the best of the English leagues. 

Julian Human: listening to @TimDellor working from my office in Manhattan. 1-0, 7 mins to go. why only 22k at the madstad though? urzzzz 

Robert Green:  With more possession and shots on Reading, I'm praying Fulham will pull a goal out of the proverbial hat

So many emotions... A quick look at the stats and Fulham have controlled 55% of possession, taken 14 corners, taken 17 shots, of which six have been on target. On effort and chances, they have done enough to win the game... But at 1-0 down.

SUBSTITUTION (Reading)

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Yann Kermorgant goes off, to a standing ovation. He waves his arms, whipping up the home crowd.

Has his penalty sent Reading to Wembley?

Joseph Mendes comes on.

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The visitors win another corner. This time it goes deep to the far past, but the bounce is awkward for Sone Aluko and he can't keep it in.

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Fulham's final ball is just letting them down a touch at the moment. The clock is running towards the 90...

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The Reading defence is being thoroughly tested here. They've got 10 men behind the ball.

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Ryan Sessegnon wins Fulham a corner down their left. It comes in dangerously but Reading head it away.

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Grant: These play-offs have been just awful for @FulhamFC. Denied Pens in both games and awful reffing in the first leg.

Fulham fans, do you have that aggrieved sort of feeling right now?

Whichever side of the fence you are on tonight, get in touch and share those emotions. Let it off your chest.

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Fulham are facing a fourth consecutive year in the Championship if they can't find a goal in the next nine minutes or in stoppage time.

What a tense finale to both these two sides' seasons.

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Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

Is there another moment in this game where either a clumsy mistake or a wonder effort makes the difference?

Fulham, for all their energy and will coming forward, just don't appear to be getting the bounce of the ball when it matters.

Reading look capable of springing a chance on the break as well, so when will Fulham go all out and abandon their shape at the back?

Some fingernails are definitely being bitten in the home seats. 

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Daniel 'Danzo' Kerry:  This is tough being a Reading fan watching the BBC live feed, whilst trying to 'work' in Canada  

My word. Being a fan of either one of these two sides tonight would be heart-pounding stuff.

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Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

It looked like it was 1-1 for all the world, but Al Habsi gets finger tips on it.

What a chance for Fulham, what a save by Ali Al Habsi.

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Chris Martin tries to poke home from close range but Reading keeper Ali Al Habsi is there again, this time to smother the ball at Martin's feet. A brave save.

GREAT SAVE!

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What a save! Ali Al Habsi keeps Reading ahead.

Sone Aluko's skill gets himself to the byline. He cuts it back for Kevin McDonald, who goes to place his shot into the roof of the net, but the keeper makes a superb stop.

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Joe Davey: Clear penalty? I suppose we're overlooking the fact Kermorgant punched the ball before Kalas handled?

Well, a look at the super slow motion replays and with a few screen grabs and you have a debate on your hands. 

What do we reckon then, penalty or no penalty? Let us know which side of the fence you're sitting via #bbcefl on Twitter.

I can probably guess how this fella would be using our trusty hashtag...

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SUBSTITUTION (Reading)

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Long-serving Reading man Liam Kelly comes on for John Swift.

Swift, remember, should have made it 2-0 earlier, but inexplicably missed from inside the six-yard box. He'll now be praying that miss doesn't prove costly for his side.

SUBSTITUTION (Fulham)

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Still trailing, Fulham make their third and final change. They're going for it!

Chris Martin is on, with Scott Malone going off.