• Date: Wed 12 May 2010
  • Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 26,033
Cardiff City

Cardiff City

Chopra (21)

Whittingham (69) P

2 - 3
Leicester City

Leicester City

Fryatt (25)

King (49)

Cardiff City vs Leicester City

Team Lineups

Cardiff City

David Marshall
Kevin McNaughton (Paul Quinn, 97)
Mark Hudson
Mark Kennedy
Peter Whittingham (Ross McCormack, 91)
Stephen McPhail
Chris Burke (Kelvin Etuhu, 60)
Joe Ledley
Darcy Blake
Michael Chopra
Jay Bothroyd

Leicester City

Chris Weale
Bruno Berner
Jack Hobbs
Alex Bruce
Nolberto Solano
Andy King
Lloyd Dyer (Martyn Waghorn, 72)
Richie Wellens
Steven Howard
Matt Fryatt (Yann Kermorgant, 97)
Paul Gallagher (Jay Spearing, 72)

Match Report
Cardiff City will play Blackpool in the Championship play-off final at Wembley after securing a dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Blackpool. After winning the first leg at the Walkers Stadium 1-0, the Bluebirds appeared to be set for a straightforward route when they took the lead at Cardiff City Stadium. But the visitors hit back to lead 3-2 on aggregate and it needed a Peter Whittingham penalty to take the tie to a shoot-out which Cardiff eventually won. Cardiff's early dominance was rewarded when Jay Bothroyd flicked the ball on to Michael Chopra who fired his shot past Chris Weale in the 21st minute. But Leicester refused to be beaten and Matty Fryatt latched on to Steve Howard's header to drive a powerful effort past David Marshall that ended up in the net despite being parried by the keeper. The outstanding Howard then flicked the ball on for Mark Hudson to loop the ball into his own net to level the aggregate scores and the Foxes appeared to be heading to Wembley when Andy King made it 3-1 on the night in the 49th minute. But Whittingham, scorer of the only goal in the first leg, smashed home a penalty after Alex Bruce had brought down Chopra. No further goals were scored in extra-time and everyone had scored in the shoot-out until substitute Yann Kermorgant tried an audacious chip that was saved by Marshall. When Marshall also saved from Martyn Waghorn the Sunderland loanee sank to his knees as Cardiff prevailed 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Live Text Commentary
120

With the scores still level, we are going to penalties.

120
Yellow Card
 

Paul Quinn goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

110
Yellow Card
 

Richie Wellens goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

104
Yellow Card
 

Stephen McPhail goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

97
Substitution
 

Kevin McNaughton is replaced by Paul Quinn.

97
Substitution
 

Leicester are replacing Matt Fryatt with Yann Kermorgant.

91
Substitution
 

Peter Whittingham is being taken off, Ross McCormack has come on in his place.

90

With the scores level on aggregate we are entering extra time.

84
Yellow Card
 

Alex Bruce goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

83
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Nolberto Solano.

78
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Andy King.

77
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Steven Howard.

72
Substitution
 

Lloyd Dyer is replaced by Martyn Waghorn.

72
Substitution
 

Paul Gallagher is replaced by Jay Spearing.

69
Goal
 

Peter Whittingham takes a penalty for Cardiff and scores!.

60
Substitution
 

Chris Burke is replaced by Kelvin Etuhu.

55
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Mark Hudson.

49
Goal
 

Goal!! Leicester have scored with Andy King putting it in the back of the net.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 2.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by H Webb

36
Own Goal
 

Own goal, Mark Hudson has put it in his own net.

31
Yellow Card
 

Lloyd Dyer goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

25
Goal
 

Goal!! Matt Fryatt scores for Leicester.

21
Goal
 

Goal!! Cardiff have scored with Michael Chopra putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Cardiff face Leicester at 7:45pm on Wednesday, May 12th.