Fulham 2-2 Cardiff City

20 Aug

Ryan Sessegnon


Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon became the first player born in the year 2000 to score in the Championship.

Fulham secured a point against Cardiff City courtesy of Kevin McDonald’s 86th-minute equaliser.

Ryan Sessegnon put the hosts ahead when he latched on to Sone Aluko’s right-wing cross to fire home in the box.

Cardiff levelled with Joe Ralls’ long-range drive before Anthony Pilkington scored from 20 yards to put the visitors into the lead.

However, Fulham fought back and were rewarded late on when McDonald equalised with a long-range strike.

Sixteen-year-old defender Sessegnon made an instant impact just before the break, as he scored two minutes after coming on for Floyd Ayite, who was forced off through injury.

Just four days after his full senior debut in Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Leeds, Sessegnon became the first player born in 2000 to score in the Championship.

In an entertaining second half, Cardiff could have been out of sight after Pilkington’s fine effort as Peter Whittingham hit the woodwork from a free-kick.

But McDonald scored with his first goal for Fulham since his summer move from Wolves to rescue a point for the hosts.

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic: “Ryan can be good for us. He made a great impact for us.

“He is a real winner and he is just 16 years and three months. He is a real young player.

“I’m sure in the future he can be big part of my squad and help us. He can play in different positions.”

Cardiff manager Paul Trollope: “It was a topsy turvy game. We were disappointed with the first half.

“We were passive with and without the ball. We didn’t play to our capabilities but we turned it around. Credit must go to the players. They knew they were better than they had showed.

“I’m pleased with the two goals, they were fantastic strikes, but I was disappointed not to have taken the three points as we led going into the 86th minute.”

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Cardiff City 2.

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Cardiff City 2.

Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

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

Foul by Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City).

Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Peter Whittingham.

Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Madl.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

Goal! Fulham 2, Cardiff City 2. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Frederic Gounongbe replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a set piece situation.

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sone Aluko.

Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Scott Malone.

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 2. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Cauley Woodrow.

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