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Leicester   0 - 1   Cardiff

Leicester City 0 - 1 Cardiff City

Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City

By Peter Shuttleworth
BBC Sport at the Walkers Stadium

Peter Whittingham's stunning free-kick handed Cardiff City the edge over Leicester City in their Championship play-off semi-final first leg.

The Championship's top scorer struck his 24th goal of the season 15 minutes from time curling left-footed from 25 yards in off Chris Weale's near post.

Michael Chopra had earlier hit a post for Cardiff while Leicester's Matt Fryatt squandered a late chance.

The Foxes also had three penalty shouts denied by referee Alan Wiley.

Fryatt's missed opportunity was one of a host of chances for the rampant hosts in a frantic final 10 minutes as Leicester had two of those penalty appeals rejected and keeper David Marshall made two top-class saves.

Substitute Fryatt sprinted through one-on-one as he threatened to capitalise on a tangle between Darcy Blake and Kevin McNaughton but Marshall remained on his feet and beat out the Foxes top scorer's shot.

Cardiff's goal led a charmed life late on as Leicester's pressure intensified as Paul Gallagher curled a right-foot shot wide of Marshall's far post before the same man had a shot blocked in time added on.

Scottish international Marshall had to be at his best again with virtually the last kick of the game as he somehow clawed Alex Bruce's close-range bullet header from Gallagher's in-swinging left-wing corner.

While Marshall was Cardiff's unsung hero at one end, Whittingham stole the show at the other as the Bluebirds winger fired in a goal-of-the-season contender when it really mattered.

Leicester's Jay Spearing and Cardiff's Stephen McPhail battle for possession
Leicester's Jay Spearing and Cardiff's Stephen McPhail battle for possession

Whittingham's desire has often been criticised in previous seasons but his eye for a goal - and timing - cannot be questioned as his beautiful left-foot strike has fired Cardiff to the brink of their first Championship play-off final.

A Wembley showpiece with either Blackpool or Nottingham Forest on 22 May and a shot at money-spinning promotion to the Premier League - potentially banking a £90m jackpot for the debt-ridden Welsh club - is now more than just a dream.

Games of such importance and high stakes are usually fraught, tense chess matches but this was an end-to-end cracker and a superb advert for English football's second-tier.

The excellent Jay Bothroyd had the first-chance as the Cardiff striker held off and turned Bruce before firing narrowly wide of Chris Weale's left-hand post from 25 yards.

But Leicester, roared on by a capacity 29,165 crowd, began to assert authority as Cardiff conceded a string of corners and needless free-kicks in dangerous positions.

And it was only a lack of Leicester accuracy that saved the Bluebirds' blushes - most notably Jack Hobbs' misguided header away from goal after another tantalising inswinging Martyn Waghorn corner.

But the visitors, who boast the Championship's best away record outside of the top-two, always looked an attacking threat and targetman Bothroyd was, as ever, their attacking fulcrum.

And the former Arsenal trainee set-up strike partner Chopra after skipping past three defenders but Chopra, on the right-hand-side of the box, dragged his shot just wide of Leicester's far post.

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And Chopra went even closer towards the conclusion of an end-to-end first-half as the former England under-21 international made a late surge into the box to flick Chris Burke's teasing, low right-wing cross on to keeper Weale's left-hand-post.

Richie Wellens fired just wide for Leicester as the hosts regained a little of their lost momentum just after the break but boss Nigel Pearson was left raging after his side were denied a host of spot-kicks.

Wellens' deep right-wing cross was handled by Cardiff full-back McNaughton, who also bundled over striker Waghorn, but referee Wiley turned down the double protest.

The Staffordshire official then waved away Leicester shouts when Stephen McPhail seemed to handle in the area late on and in the dying minutes when Gallagher's cross was blocked by a combination of captain Mark Hudson's leg and arm.

But Whittingham's beauty won the battle of the Championship's form teams although the promotion battle will only be concluded on Cardiff's home turf on Wednesday.

The Bluebirds, though, will feel a tiny step closer to maybe ending their 48-year absence from the top-flight after just their second win at Leicester in 31 years.

And while Whittingham was quiet for most of the game, he spoke up when it mattered most for Cardiff and the strike was fitting for arguably the club's most important in their 111-year history.

But experienced Bluebirds boss Jones will be wary of the wounded Foxes as Nigel Pearson's side had won their previous five.


Foxes still in running - Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"I'm disappointed to lose the game because I thought it was a good tie, certainly.

"To lose it with a set play was disappointing but we played well and on another day it could have been different.

"But it's half-time, 90 minutes to go, lots of football to be played but we'll go into the next game as underdogs."

Cardiff must finish job - Jones

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones:

"It's the first part, there's still a long, long way to go.

"If you go and sit in the dressing room now there's a lull, there's no hoo-ha, no back-slapping.

"The players realise what we've done is basically we've opened the door and we're having a peak... but the hard part is still to come."

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 0-1 Cardiff FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Whittingham 78

    Leicester

    • 01 Weale
    • 15 Berner
    • 25 Hobbs yellow card
    • 33 Bruce
    • 07 Solano
    • 10 King
    • 11 Dyer (Fryatt 62)
    • 19 Wellens yellow card (N'Guessan 85)
    • 34 Spearing
    • 18 Waghorn (Kermorgant 76)
    • 24 Gallagher

    Substitutes

    • 13 Logan,
    • 04 Morrison,
    • 08 Oakley,
    • 16 Adams,
    • 12 Fryatt,
    • 17 N'Guessan,
    • 22 Kermorgant

    Cardiff

    • 01 Marshall yellow card
    • 02 McNaughton
    • 05 Hudson
    • 23 Blake
    • 03 Kennedy yellow card
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 10 McPhail
    • 11 Burke (Etuhu 75)
    • 16 Ledley
    • 08 Chopra (McCormack 90)
    • 09 Bothroyd yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 20 Enckelman,
    • 06 Gyepes,
    • 14 Quinn,
    • 12 Capaldi,
    • 28 Wildig,
    • 17 Etuhu,
    • 44 McCormack
    Ref: WileyAtt: 29,165
    LEICESTER
    CARDIFF

    Possession

    • Leicester 52%
    • Cardiff 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Leicester 9
    • Cardiff 8

    Attempts off target

    • Leicester 6
    • Cardiff 5

    Corners

    • Leicester 10
    • Cardiff 6

    Fouls

    • Leicester 12
    • Cardiff 12
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+6:12 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:48 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) to near post, clearance by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 90:00+5:06 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) to near post, header by Bruno Berner (Leicester) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 90:00+5:06 Booking David Marshall (Cardiff) booked for time wasting.
    • 90:00+4:38 Cross by Dany N'Guessan (Leicester), resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+4:23 Attacking throw-in by Yann Kermorgant (Leicester).
    • 90:00+4:02 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 90:00+3:33 Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Leicester) on Joe Ledley (Cardiff). Free kick taken left-footed by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+3:11 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) to centre, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+2:53 Shot by Matt Fryatt (Leicester) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 90:00+2:26 Shot by Yann Kermorgant (Leicester) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 90:00+1:45 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 90:00+0:35 Shot by Ross McCormack (Cardiff) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (fumbled) by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 89:33 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 89:33 Substitution Cardiff substitution: Michael Chopra replaced by Ross McCormack (tactical).
    • 89:09 Cross by Dany N'Guessan (Leicester), resulting in open play.
    • Correction - 87:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yann Kermorgant by Jay Bothroyd. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Gallagher, clearance made by Joe Ledley.
    • 87:38 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Yann Kermorgant (Leicester). Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) from left wing, clearance by Joe Ledley (Cardiff).
    • 87:05 Defending throw-in by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 85:57 Shot by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) curled right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed right.
    • 85:54 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • Correction - 84:53 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Paul Gallagher, Alex Bruce produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • Correction - 84:53 Substitution Dany N'Guessan replaces Richie Wellens.
    • 84:53 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) to centre, header by Alex Bruce (Leicester) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 84:53 Substitution Leicester substitution: Richie Wellens replaced by Dany N'Guessan (tactical).
    • 83:10 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 83:04 Cross by Matt Fryatt (Leicester), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 82:33 Shot by Matt Fryatt (Leicester) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 82:01 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) to centre, save (punched) by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • Correction - 81:44 Jay Bothroyd produces a cross, Alex Bruce makes a clearance.
    • 81:44 Cross by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff), clearance by Alex Bruce (Leicester).
    • 80:58 Foul by Alex Bruce (Leicester) on Michael Chopra (Cardiff). Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 80:01 Booking Richie Wellens (Leicester) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 79:29 Richie Wellens concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Chopra. Shot comes in from Peter Whittingham from the free kick, Richie Wellens gets a block in.
    • 79:29 Foul by Richie Wellens (Leicester) on Michael Chopra (Cardiff). Free kick taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Richie Wellens (Leicester).
    • 79:10 Booking Mark Kennedy (Cardiff) booked for time wasting.
    • 79:01 Attacking throw-in by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 78:42 Attacking throw-in by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 77:04 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamLeicester 0 - 1 Cardiff Free kick scored by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) left-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (25 yards).Leicester 0-1 Cardiff.
    • 76:41 Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Leicester) on Michael Chopra (Cardiff).
    • 76:36 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 76:03 Shot by Michael Chopra (Cardiff) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 75:38 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) to far post, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 75:22 Substitution Leicester substitution: Martyn Waghorn replaced by Yann Kermorgant (tactical).
    • 75:08 Cross by Joe Ledley (Cardiff), clearance by Alex Bruce (Leicester).
    • 74:03 Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) from left wing, clearance by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 74:03 Substitution Cardiff substitution: Chris Burke replaced by Kelvin Etuhu (tactical).
    • 73:45 Foul by Richie Wellens (Leicester) on Joe Ledley (Cardiff).
    • 72:41 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 72:08 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) to centre, clearance by Mark Hudson (Cardiff).
    • 71:52 Cross by Bruno Berner (Leicester), blocked by Mark Hudson (Cardiff).
    • 70:21 Defending throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 67:45 Cross by Richie Wellens (Leicester), save (punched) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 66:57 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 66:48 Cross by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 64:54 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Bruno Berner (Leicester). Free kick taken left-footed by Chris Weale (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 63:44 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 63:20 Cross by Richie Wellens (Leicester), clearance by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 62:50 Defending throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 62:17 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 61:57 Attacking throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 61:24 Substitution Leicester substitution: Lloyd Dyer replaced by Matt Fryatt (tactical).
    • 61:04 Handball by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by Jay Spearing (Leicester) from left channel, passed.
    • 59:53 Defending throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 59:34 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 59:05 Shot by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
    • 58:37 Shot by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 58:32 Defending throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 58:25 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 57:28 Foul by Darcy Blake (Cardiff) on Martyn Waghorn (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Richie Wellens (Leicester) from right channel (35+ yards), over the bar.
    • 56:50 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 56:03 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) to near post, clearance by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff).
    • 55:14 Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Weale (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 55:14 Booking Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:48 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 53:20 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 52:58 Shot by Richie Wellens (Leicester) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
    • 52:15 Attacking throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 52:08 Cross by Bruno Berner (Leicester), blocked by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 51:13 Foul by Mark Hudson (Cardiff) on Martyn Waghorn (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Richie Wellens (Leicester) from right channel, passed.
    • 50:59 Attacking throw-in by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 50:15 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 49:24 Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 49:15 Attacking throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 49:11 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 48:28 Cross by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff), header by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • Correction - 47:36 Shot on goal by Stephen McPhail from just inside the area goes over the target.
    • 47:36 Shot by Stephen McPhail (Cardiff) left-footed from left channel (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 46:59 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Chris Burke (Cardiff) to centre, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 46:12 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 45:46 Shot by Jay Spearing (Leicester) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), over the bar.
    • 45:28 Attacking throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 45:11 Attacking throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • 45:00+1:20 The referee blows for half time.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:46 Cross by Nolberto Solano (Leicester), foul by Andy King (Leicester) on Mark Hudson (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 44:58 Shot by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Darcy Blake (Cardiff).
    • 44:43 Cross by Paul Gallagher (Leicester), clearance by Mark Hudson (Cardiff).
    • 42:07 Free kick crossed left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 42:07 Booking Jack Hobbs (Leicester) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 42:00 Foul by Jack Hobbs (Leicester) on Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff).
    • 41:19 Attacking throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 40:40 Cross by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff), clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 40:11 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 39:15 Shot by Michael Chopra (Cardiff) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards),
    • 38:27 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Richie Wellens (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Bruno Berner (Leicester) from own half, passed.
    • 37:38 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 37:26 Cross by Nolberto Solano (Leicester), blocked by Joe Ledley (Cardiff).
    • 36:47 Defending throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 36:20 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 36:05 Cross by Chris Burke (Cardiff), clearance by Alex Bruce (Leicester).
    • 35:52 Cross by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff), fantastic save (punched) by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 35:22 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) to centre, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 35:12 Cross by Michael Chopra (Cardiff), blocked by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 34:38 Defending throw-in by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 34:20 Shot by Michael Chopra (Cardiff) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 34:02 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 33:28 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Alex Bruce (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Bruce (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 32:40 Shot by Darcy Blake (Cardiff) overhead kick right-footed from left channel (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 31:54 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) to near post, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 31:44 Cross by Michael Chopra (Cardiff), clearance by Alex Bruce (Leicester).
    • 31:20 Handball by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 30:42 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 29:30 Michael Chopra (Cardiff) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Chris Weale (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 28:48 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 28:14 Defending throw-in by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 27:10 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 26:46 Foul by Richie Wellens (Leicester) on Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Burke (Cardiff) from right channel, resulting in open play.
    • Correction - 25:39 Martyn Waghorn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McPhail. David Marshall takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:39 Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) on Stephen McPhail (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 25:02 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Richie Wellens (Leicester). Free kick taken left-footed by Chris Weale (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 24:35 Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) on Darcy Blake (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 23:23 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 21:44 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 21:04 Shot by Michael Chopra (Cardiff) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 20:37 Handball by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by Jack Hobbs (Leicester) from own half, passed.
    • 19:37 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) to far post, save (caught) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 19:26 Cross by Lloyd Dyer (Leicester), clearance by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 19:13 Cross by Bruno Berner (Leicester), clearance by Mark Hudson (Cardiff).
    • 18:07 Defending throw-in by Mark Kennedy (Cardiff).
    • 17:13 Cross by Stephen McPhail (Cardiff), foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Alex Bruce (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Weale (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 16:59 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 16:41 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 16:02 Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) on Stephen McPhail (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 15:41 Defending throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • Correction - 14:07 Martyn Waghorn fouled by Darcy Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Nolberto Solano from the free kick, David Marshall makes a comfortable save.
    • 14:07 Foul by Darcy Blake (Cardiff) on Martyn Waghorn (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Nolberto Solano (Leicester) from left channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 12:52 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 11:59 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) to far post, clearance by Joe Ledley (Cardiff).
    • 10:53 Attacking throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 10:42 Attacking throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 10:07 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 9:44 Shot by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.
    • 8:59 Cross by Chris Burke (Cardiff), save (caught) by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 8:31 Foul by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) on David Marshall (Cardiff). Free kick taken right-footed by David Marshall (Cardiff) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • Correction - 7:56 Corner taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line, David Marshall makes a save.
    • 7:56 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) to centre, save (punched) by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 7:18 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn (Leicester) to centre, clearance by Mark Hudson (Cardiff).
    • 6:31 Foul by Stephen McPhail (Cardiff) on Richie Wellens (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher (Leicester) from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff).
    • 6:05 Shot by Richie Wellens (Leicester) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Mark Hudson (Cardiff).
    • 5:37 Attacking throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 4:51 Defending throw-in by Bruno Berner (Leicester).
    • 4:41 Cross by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff), clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 4:24 Cross by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 4:00 Defending throw-in by Nolberto Solano (Leicester).
    • 3:42 Goal kick taken long by Chris Weale (Leicester).
    • 3:36 Cross by Chris Burke (Cardiff), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 3:24 Attacking throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 2:55 Shot by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff) volleyed left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Paul Gallagher (Leicester).
    • 2:19 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Chris Burke (Cardiff) to near post, clearance by Jack Hobbs (Leicester).
    • 1:59 Shot by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Alex Bruce (Leicester).
    • 1:36 Goal kick taken long by David Marshall (Cardiff).
    • 0:36 Defending throw-in by Kevin McNaughton (Cardiff).
    • 0:13 Foul by Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff) on Jack Hobbs (Leicester). Free kick taken right-footed by Jack Hobbs (Leicester) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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