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Fulham draw at Cardiff - Match Report Cham MD06

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Match Report

Cardiff City (1) 1-1 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 06 1920 at Cardiff City Stadium

Friday, 30th August 2019    KO: 19:45

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham midfielder Harry Arter was sent off on his Cardiff return as 10-man Fulham held on for a draw in the Welsh capital.

The game exploded into life with two goals in three minutes just before half-time, the Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic’s close-range effort cancelling out a Josh Murphy strike.

The temperature soared midway through the second half when Arter, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff, picked up two yellow cards in as many minutes.

The midfielder scythed down Joe Ralls and was then sent off after 68 minutes when the referee, Tim Robinson, was unimpressed by his theatrical fall as Sean Morrison challenged him for the ball.

Fulham probed in the early stages with Tom Cairney picking out Joe Bryan with a delicious pass and the left-back forcing a save from Alex Smithies at his near post.

Anthony Knockaert also fired wide but Fulham were almost the masters of their own downfall when Alfie Mawson hesitated in possession, although the centre-back atoned by getting back into position to block.

Match Stats Cardiff Fulham
Goals (1) 1 1 (1)
Scorers Murphy 42 Mitrovic 42
Goal attempts 9 11
On target 2 4
Shooting Accuracy 22% 36%
Possession 31% 69%
Passes 260 605
Passes Success 57% 81%
Crosses 15 6
Crosses Success 13% 17%
Corners 4 3
Tackles 16 13
Tackles Success 62% 38%
Saves 3 1
Fouls 16 8
Offsides 4 1
Yellows 1 3
Reds 0 1
source: SkySports
Fulham fell behind when Aden Flint dispossessed Ivan Cavaleiro on the halfway line and freed Murphy, who advanced to beat Bettinelli with a firm left-foot finish.

Bettinelli denied Robert Glatzel his first Cardiff goal moments late with a superb one-handed save and the importance of that stop was underlined instantly.

Cairney cut the ball back to Cavaleiro and his cross went unchecked to the far post where Cardiff were dozing.

Mitrovic had the simplest task to score for the fifth successive game and join Swansea’s Borja Baston at the top of the Championship scoring charts with five goals.

Arter drove wide before enraging home supporters with the two moments of indiscipline that turned the tide in Cardiff’s favour.

Glatzel and Morrison both headed wide in the closing stages but Cardiff could not find the winner to save their 100% home league record.

Cardiff City: Smithies, Peltier, Morrison, Flint, Bennett, Bacuna, Ralls, Whyte (Hoilett 64), Tomlin (Paterson 64), Murphy (Mendez-Laing 81), Glatzel

Unused substitutes: Day, Nelson, Vaulks, Bogle

Murphy 42 (left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aden Flint following a fast break.)

Booked: Bacuna (80,f),

Fulham: Bettinelli, S Sessegnon, Mawson, Ream, Bryan, Reed, Arter, Knockaert (Johansen 71), Cairney (Le Marchand 89), Cavaleiro (Kamara 81), Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Christie, McDonald, Onomah

Mitrovic 45 (right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.)

Booked: Arter (66,f), Bettinelli (72,d), Mawson (85,d), Cairney (89,tw)

Sent Off: Arter (68,2ndY)

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance: 22,631

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