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Cardiff City 2-2 Fulham

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City's Junior Hoilett is tackled by Kevin McDonald
Fulham had won at Cardiff City Stadium in the FA Cup third round in January

Fulham edged nearer to the Championship play-off places with a thrilling draw at Cardiff City.

Stefan Johansen struck on the break to put the visitors ahead, before Kenneth Zohore equalised in a breathless first half.

Zohore's powerful half-volley put Cardiff in front, but Neeskens Kebano levelled with a deflected effort.

Fulham stay seventh in the table, now five points adrift of the top six, Cardiff remain 12th.

A share of the points was fitting for two sides whose attacking endeavour made for a compelling spectacle, on the day Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock signed a new contract.

The end-to-end entertainment was in striking contrast to January's sparsely-attended FA Cup tie between the same teams, in which Fulham outclassed a much-changed Cardiff side.

On this occasion, they encountered more resistance from the Bluebirds' first string, who peppered the visiting goal in a high-octane start to the game.

Despite initially not enjoying as much possession as they did last month, Fulham's pace made them a threat on the counter-attack - as they proved for the opening goal.

Stefan Johansen celebrates after scoring for Fulham
Stefan Johansen scored his ninth goal of the season for Fulham

After a Cardiff free-kick was cleared, Tom Cairney fed Johansen, who sprinted clear and finished neatly inside the hosts' penalty area.

Warnock's side were not behind for long, with Zohore seizing on hesitant defending to stride forward and stroke the ball beyond David Button into the bottom corner.

Chances came at both ends at breakneck speed, and Cardiff maintained that intensity at the beginning of the second half.

Wingers Kadeem Harris and Junior Hoilett were a menace to the Fulham defence with their direct, quick running - but it was the impressive Zohore who made the most telling contributions.

His emphatic left-footed volley - his fourth goal in two games - looked like it would set the Bluebirds on their way to a fourth straight win.

But Slavisa Jokanovic's men salvaged a point as substitute Kebano's deflected shot dribbled apologetically into the net.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said: "Very good for the neutral. We had an opportunity to win the game - if we'd have been four up at half-time I don't think anyone could have complained.

"But they're a good side, we knew they'd have opportunities. To score from our corner is like Sunday League, so to do it twice in a season is more than enough.

"It was a kick in the teeth but we came back strongly again. We didn't sulk and got the equaliser and, once we went in front, I thought we'd score more.

"But give them credit. They came back and they're a good side. Both teams could feel disappointed they didn't win it."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said: "I believe the result is fair. We tried to use our weapons, Cardiff used a different style and created many chances.

"Cardiff are the best team in the Championship in 2017 so we didn't expect it to be easy.

"We created enough chances but we were not clinical. I'm disappointed but I have to accept the result as a fair result."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1McGregor
  • 16Connolly
  • 4Morrison
  • 14Bamba
  • 6Richards
  • 11NooneSubstituted forJohnat 86'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonBooked at 41mins
  • 8Ralls
  • 24K Harris
  • 33Hoilett
  • 26ZohoreBooked at 57mins


  • 3Bennett
  • 7Whittingham
  • 12John
  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Halford
  • 28Murphy
  • 31M Harris


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 6McDonald
  • 14Johansen
  • 24Aluko
  • 10Cairney
  • 20PiazonBooked at 21minsSubstituted forKebanoat 25'minutes
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forCyriacat 65'minutes


  • 1Bettinelli
  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 9Cyriac
  • 15Madl
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 35Adeniran
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Fulham 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Fulham 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

  4. Post update

    Declan John (Cardiff City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).

  7. Post update

    Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Declan John replaces Craig Noone.

  9. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyriac.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.

  14. Post update

    Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Cardiff City 2, Fulham 2. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

As It Stood

6Sheff Wed34177104233958
17Aston Villa33912123138-739
18Nottm Forest34107174658-1237
21Bristol City3396184450-633
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