• Date: Sat 03 April 2010
  • Venue: Ninian Park
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 25,130
Cardiff City

Cardiff City

Chopra (42)

2 - 1
Swansea City

Swansea City

Orlandi (28)

Cardiff City vs Swansea City

Team Lineups

Cardiff City

David Marshall
Anthony Gerrard
Gavin Rae (Joe Ledley, 63)
Peter Whittingham
Stephen McPhail (Aaron Wildig, 90)
Tony Capaldi
Darcy Blake
Adam Matthews
Michael Chopra
Jay Bothroyd
Ross McCormack (Kelvin Etuhu, 70)

Swansea City

Dorus de Vries
Ashley Williams
Alan Tate
Angel Rangel
David Edgar
Leon Britton
Darren Pratley
Andrea Orlandi
Cedric van der Gun (Mark Gower, 84)
Nathan Dyer (David Cotterill, 69)
Gorka Pintado (Shefki Kuqi, 76)

Match Report
A double by Michael Chopra gave Cardiff a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought south Wales derby against Swansea City on Saturday evening. Chopra struck in the 42nd and 90th minutes after Andrea Orlandi had opened the scoring for the Swans in the 28th minute. Anthony Gerrard and Darcy Blake passed late fitness tests to take their places at the centre of the Bluebirds defence while Joe Ledley was a shock inclusion on the subs bench. The Swans had Gorka Pintado up front for Shefki Kuqi while Cardiff-born David Cotterill was on the bench. In a pulsating opening ten minutes, Ross McCormack fired wide with Swans keeper Dorus de Vries out of position while at the other end, Darren Pratley ran at the Cardiff defence before Stephen McPhail managed to get a blocking tackle in on the midfielder. The Swans took the lead in the 28th minute from their second corner taken by Orlandi. Ashley Williams went up with Marshall and the keeper got a slight touch before the ball landed in the back of the net. Four minutes before the break, Cedric van der Gun found himself free in front of goal but fired straight at Marshall. A minute later, Cardiff equalised when Jay Bothroyd managed to get his head to a deep cross from Adam Matthews and Chopra nipped in to beat three Swansea defenders before clipping the ball into the roof of the net. The Swans forced two quick corners at the start of the second half and David Edgar went close with a snap-shot that had Marshall scrambling to his left. Ledley replaced Gavin Rae in the 63rd minute for his first appearance since operations on both hips earlier in the year. Kuqi made an instant impact when he came on for Pintado by rolling the ball across the danger area but no Swan was on hand to take advantage. Marshall made a brilliant stop with his legs from a close-range Kuqi shot in the final minute but the Bluebirds went up the other end and from Matthews' long throw, Chopra raced in to shoot into the corner of the net for the winner in time added on.
Live Text Commentary
90
Goal
 

Goal!! Michael Chopra scores for Cardiff.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Michael Chopra.

90
Substitution
 

Cardiff are replacing Stephen McPhail with Aaron Wildig.

84
Substitution
 

Cedric van der Gun is replaced by Mark Gower.

82
Yellow Card
 

Andrea Orlandi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

76
Substitution
 

Swansea are replacing Gorka Pintado with Shefki Kuqi.

73
Yellow Card
 

Darren Pratley goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

71
Substitution
 

Ross McCormack is replaced by Kelvin Etuhu.

69
Substitution
 

Swansea are replacing Nathan Dyer with David Cotterill.

64
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Angel Zaragoza Rangel.

63
Substitution
 

Gavin Rae is replaced by Joe Ledley.

57
Yellow Card
 

Tony Capaldi goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by P Dowd

45
Yellow Card
 

Anthony Gerrard goes into the referee's book for leaving field without consent.

43
Goal
 

Goal!! Michael Chopra scores for Cardiff.

35
Yellow Card
 

Jay Bothroyd goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

31
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Ashley Williams.

28
Goal
 

Goal!! Swansea have scored with Andrea Orlandi putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

It's 5:20pm on Saturday, April 3rd, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Cardiff face Swansea at 5:20pm on Saturday, April 3rd.

Kickoff
 

It's 5:20pm on Saturday, April 3rd, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Cardiff face Swansea at 5:20pm on Saturday, April 3rd.