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Kermorgant penalty sees Reading prevail to Championship play-off final

Reading will play either Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town at Wembley later in the month.

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YANN KERMORGANT’S PENALTY gave Reading a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Tuesday to send Jaap Stam’s side into the Championship play-off final.

With the score locked at 1-1 from the first leg, Kermorgant settled matters with a second-half penalty to delight the fans at a packed Madejski Stadium.

Reading, who last played in the Premier League in 2012-13, will play either Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town in the play-off final at Wembley on 29 May.

The two Yorkshire clubs’ semi-final concludes at Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground on Wednesday, with the score 0-0 from the first leg.

There was little to separate Reading and Fulham over the 180 minutes of their tie, with the goal from the penalty proving to be the decisive score.

Defender Tomas Kalas was the guilty party for Fulham, with his handball enabling Kermorgant to score from the spot in the 49th minute, taking his tally for the campaign to 19 goals.

Reading had missed six penalties prior to Tuesday’s game and Kermorgant squandered a spot-kick for Leicester City in a play-off semi-final against Cardiff City in 2010.

But on this occasion he made no mistake, slamming the ball to Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli’s right to leave Stam’s side one win away from progressing to the top flight.

© – AFP 2017

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