Fulham 1-0 Cardiff City
Cardiff City’s hopes of Premier League survival are hanging by the thinnest of threads after Ryan Babel’s beautiful curling strike consigned them to defeat at already-relegated Fulham.
Chances were scarce in a disjointed first half which included a long delay as Fulham’s Denis Odoi was taken off on a stretcher after he was accidentally kicked in the head by his team-mate Maxime Le Marchand.
The entertainment improved after the break, with both sides playing with greater urgency and creating several chances to score before Ryan Babel struck with a brilliant first-time effort from 20 yards to break Cardiff hearts.
Neil Warnock’s side rallied with a flurry of late efforts on goal which prompted a string of fine saves from Fulham goalkeeper Diego Rico – but those exertions proved in vain.
Cardiff remain 18th in the Premier League table, three points behind Brighton – and with a goal difference 14 worse than the Seagulls – with only two games to play this season.
Therefore, the Bluebirds could effectively be relegated – barring a staggering sequence of results and swing in goal difference – if Brighton beat Newcastle in Saturday’s late kick-off.