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Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line, save made by Steve Simonsen.
Corner taken by Chris Burke from the right by-line, clearance made by Johnny Ertl.
The ball is sent over by Kevin McNaughton, clearance made by Chris Morgan.
Jamie Ward goes off and Mark Yeates comes on.
Effort on goal by Peter Whittingham from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Peter Whittingham.
Shot by Chris Burke. Rob Kozluk gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Chris Burke, Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Jamie Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Darcy Blake. Direct free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Caution for Jamie Ward.
Michael Chopra decides to take the corner short.
Chris Burke has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Effort on goal by Darcy Blake from 20 yards. Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
Gabor Gyepes challenges Daniel Bogdanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
Michael Chopra produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Brilliant save by Steve Simonsen.
Ross McCormack produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Ross McCormack decides to take the corner short.
Drilled right-footed shot by Ross McCormack. Save by Steve Simonsen.
Kevin McNaughton sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Morgan.
Centre by Chris Burke, Chris Morgan makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Peter Whittingham, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.
Centre by Chris Burke, clearance by Johnny Ertl.
Daniel Bogdanovic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. David Marshall takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery by Peter Whittingham results in a free kick. Jamie Ward takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Darcy Blake, save made by Steve Simonsen.
Rob Kozluk on for Leon Britton. Ched Evans goes off and Daniel Bogdanovic comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Bothroyd on Richard Cresswell. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke, comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.
Jay Bothroyd scores a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 1-1 Sheff Utd.Assist on the goal came from Michael Chopra.
A cross is delivered by Chris Burke, save by Steve Simonsen.
The ball is sent over by Nick Montgomery.
Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Simonsen. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
Ross McCormack comes on in place of Gavin Rae.
Peter Whittingham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ward. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham, Headed effort from inside the area by Mark Hudson misses to the right of the target.
Leon Britton fouled by Kevin McNaughton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stephen Quinn, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.
Foul by Andy Taylor on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Peter Whittingham from right wing, Steve Simonsen makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Nick Montgomery. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Chris Burke. Steve Simonsen takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Burke from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Kevin McNaughton. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Jay Bothroyd is ruled offside. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
Jay Bothroyd goes into the book. The referee books Ched Evans for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
Kevin McNaughton fouled by Matthew Lowton, the ref awards a free kick. Red card for Matthew Lowton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Chris Morgan. Peter Whittingham has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Jamie Ward, Richard Cresswell produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Shot from 20 yards by Jamie Ward. David Marshall makes a brilliant save.
A cross is delivered by Jay Bothroyd, comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham, Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance.
Darcy Blake delivers the ball, clearance made by Johnny Ertl.
Foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Nick Montgomery, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Johnny Ertl.
The ball is sent over by Darcy Blake, Nick Montgomery manages to make a clearance.
A goal is scored by Ched Evans from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Cardiff 0-1 Sheff Utd.Assist by Leon Britton.
Darcy Blake sends in a cross, save by Steve Simonsen.
Jay Bothroyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Ertl. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.
Andy Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke. Direct free kick taken by Mark Hudson.
Chris Burke crosses the ball, comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.
Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Ertl. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
Foul by Ched Evans on Kevin McNaughton, free kick awarded. Peter Whittingham takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Quinn.
Corner taken by Jamie Ward, David Marshall makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward played to the near post, clearance made by Jay Bothroyd.
Stephen Quinn fouled by Daniel Drinkwater, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jamie Ward, Darcy Blake makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Morgan by Jay Bothroyd. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Boost for Bluebirds
Cardiff received a huge boost on the eve of their season opener at home to Sheffield United on Sunday with the news their transfer embargo has been lifted by the Football League.
Summer signings Tom Heaton, Daniel Drinkwater and Jason Koumas have now been registered and are eligible to feature against the Blades in what is the Bluebirds' first competitive encounter since their play-off final defeat to Blackpool.
Goalkeeper Heaton competes with David Marshall for the number one jersey while Drinkwater will battle for a starting berth in midfield, but Koumas is not 100% match ready and is likely to find himself being introduced from the bench.
Manager Dave Jones will be without key midfielders Joe Ledley following his summer switch to Celtic and Stephen McPhail who is recovering from a knee operation.
However Jones is hopeful of having striker Jay Bothroyd available after a slight hamstring problem.
Richard Cresswell will battle it out with new signing Daniel Bogdanovic to spearhead Sheffield United's attack.
Ched Evans is also in contention to lead the forward line after an operation on a torn hamstring ruled out Darius Henderson for six months.
Boss Kevin Blackwell is expected to employ Nick Montgomery and Johannes Ertl as a holding midfield pair with summer signing Leon Britton pushing on from the middle of the park behind a central striker.
Nyron Nosworthy has returned to Bramall Lane from Sunderland on a season-long loan but is not expected to be partnered by Laszlo Bodnar at the heart of the defence.
Talks with trialist Bodnar are ongoing but any deal for the Hungary international is unlikely to be completed before the clash in the Welsh capital.
The Blades will be hoping for an upturn in their fortunes away from home on the opening day having not won on the road in the season curtain-raiser since a 3-0 success over West Brom at The Hawthorns in 1989.
Blades cling on for point
Jay Bothroyd salvaged a point for Cardiff in their npower Championship opener against Sheffield United as the sides drew 1-1.
The Blades were leading through Ched Evans' early strike but were reduced to 10 men after just half an hour when youngster Matthew Lowton was shown a straight red card.
And Cardiff, last season's beaten play-off finalists, dragged themselves level when Michael Chopra rounded United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and teed up Bothroyd for the equaliser.
The hosts were simply glad to get back to playing football after a turbulent summer off the pitch - they were hit with a transfer embargo which was only lifted on Friday.
They made the better start and had the ball in the net after 13 minutes when Chopra burst through, but the striker was penalised for a foul on Johnny Ertl.
And 10 minutes later, against the run of play, United took the lead.
Evans could have been awarded a penalty when he was hauled down by Gabor Gypes, but the Wales international quickly got back to his feet when the ball broke to Leon Britton.
The summer signing from Swansea pinged the ball back across goal and Evans was on hand to turn it past Cardiff keeper David Marshall.
However, United were dealt a blow when Lowton, making only his third league appearance, was sent off by referee Peter Walton for a reckless high challenge on Kevin McNaughton.
The visitors made it to half-time without too much drama, and were relieved to see Mark Hudson's header from Peter Whittingham's corner fly wide after the break.
But City finally prised open the Blades rearguard on the hour mark when Simonsen came charging out of his goal to meet Chopra on the right of the penalty area.
Chopra's superb control of the high ball allowed him to jink around the diving keeper and feed Bothroyd, who was able to slot the ball into the net despite two defenders standing on the goal-line.
Simonsen made a better fist of saving at the feet of substitute Ross McCormack five minutes later after he was put through by Chopra.
The keeper also held on to a dangerous cross-shot from Darcy Blake, tipped another McCormack effort around the post and blocked Chris Burke's drive as Cardiff pressed.
He pulled off an even better save to deny Chopra from the edge of the area, diving at full length to palm away the striker's fierce shot, as the tiring 10 men held out for a point.
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