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Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs: Reading overcome Fulham to reach Wembley

16 May 2017

Reading became the first team to book their place in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final, defeating Fulham 2-1 on aggregate.

After a tense 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage last Saturday, it was all to play for in the second leg, and it was the Royals who came out on top in another close affair.

Ali Al-Habsi starred for the hosts, pulling off several first-half saves, including a fine double stop to deny Tom Cairney and Sone Aluko.

Reading were threatening too, though, and it was they who took the lead early in the second half.

Tomas Kalas was adjudged to have handballed inside the box, and Yann Kermorgant made no mistake from 12 yards to give his side the lead.

Reading could have extended their advantage shortly after, but were wasteful in front of goal. They were effective at the other end, however, comfortably dealing with the Cottagers who pushed on for an equaliser.

A goal never arrived, and it will be Reading who face either Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town at Wembley, on Monday 29th May, for a place in the top flight.

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