Fulham and Aston Villa fought for a place in the Premier League on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London and the riches that came with it. In the end, Fulham won with a 1-0 victory thanks to Tom Cairney's first-half goal.
The first few minutes began as expected when Aston Villa set up his strong defensive unit against the creative Fulham breaking through the wings. A few early fouls from Steve Bruce showed what it would look like in the villa.
The physicality continued when James Chester abused Aleksandar Mitrovic in front of the box, making the first booking of the day.
Fulham controlled much of the ball's possession, as expected, but found little room to create meaningful chances while Villa missed the ball too much and looked for his only striker. There was a dangerous moment in the 1
There was a Conor Hourihane penalty in the 19th minute, but it was too soft to be called.
Tom Cairney snatched a great ball from Ryan Sessegnon on 20 minutes to make it 1-0 for Fulham.
Jack Grealish, who was repeatedly fouled in the first half, won a free kick for his team in a dangerous zone in the 29th minute, but Fulham cleared things easily. Thanks to a cross from the right in the 31st minute Ryan Sessegnon scored a try, but Sam Johnstone came in front.
Villa was looking for equalizer, but Fulham remained firm in the break. Grealis was sent off again in the 37th minute and Denis Odoi received a yellow card for the offensive midfielder. In the free kick Robert Snodgrass gave the ball to Grealish, who could only put him over the crossbar.
Fulham attacked the right hand thanks to Ryan Fredericks & # 39; Tempo, but Villa continued to hold the 1-0 lead.
The second half started brightly as Fulham counterattacked after a failed Grealish run while Mitrovic scored a ball in the six-yard space, but Villa cleared away. Better from Villa, however, when Adomah crossed a good ball from the left, but to no avail. Another big cross from Adomah found Grealish, but the young talent could only lead it through the bar.
Villa again threatened with another cross from the left, this time Hourihane was looking for Grabban, but again it was off. One thing was for sure, Steve Bruce's team had been much better since the first half. In the 59th minute, Jack Grealish had a moment of magic as he rattled past three defenders to storm the penalty area.
A penalty was blocked in the 61st minute, as Villa kept pushing. Grealish got a yellow card in the 62nd minute after a dreadful challenge to Cairney. He was lucky to stay in the square.
By the 65th, 20 fouls had been committed, 10 for each crew.
A big opportunity for Fulham came in the 67th minute when Johansen picked up Ryan Sessegnon's ball but he could not connect properly. Shortly before the 1970s, Odoi Grealish again flopped and finished second, meaning that Fulham was forced to switch 10 men.
Things began to heat up when Jedinak Mitrovic in the 75th Villa in Jonathan founded Kodjia and Josh Onomah on the field, pushing for a goal as Hourihane came in for a shot, but a big block denied the goal Midfielder and injured him. Alan Hutton came off the bench in the 86th minute, earning Mitrovic seven yellow cards
Snodgrass tried for a free-kick from a good penalty, but the shot went just wide as Fulham moved closer to the Premier League. The late moments game gave Fulham a chance to waste time and that made the Londoners back in the Premier League thanks to a strong, solid performance.
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Wolverhampton and Cardiff City will also join the Premier League next season and hope for the same fate as the previous promoters. Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Newcastle all stayed on and are convinced of another season in the top flight.