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Monday 22 May 2017

Reading one game away from Premier

Reading 1 Fulham 0 (Reading win 2-1 on agg)

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant

Yann Kermorgant is one step closer to ending his career in the Premier League after firing Reading into the Championship play-off final.

The 35-year-old striker, who plans to retire at the end of next season, scored the goal which secured a 1-0 semi-final second-leg win over Fulham at a packed Madejski Stadium.

Kermorgant's nerveless penalty, at the start of the second half, means the Royals will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield at Wembley on May 29 for a place in the top flight.

There was little to separate these two sides in the first leg, which finished 1-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, and ultimately it took a mistake to settle the tie.

Fulham defender Tomas Kalas was the fall guy as he stuck out an arm to control the ball, allowing Kermorgant to drill home from the spot, crashing home his 19th goal of the season underneath the diving Marcus Bettinelli.

Reading were clinging on for the final 20 minutes, with Ali Al Habsi pulling off a stunning save to tip Kevin McDonald's shot over the crossbar.

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