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Kermorgant fires Reading into play-off final

2017-05-17 10:07
Jaap Stam (Getty Images)

London - Veteran French striker Yann Kermorgant's penalty gave Reading a 1-0 victory over Fulham on Tuesday that sent Jaap Stam's side into the Championship play-off final.

With the score locked at 1-1 from the first leg, Kermorgant, 35, settled matters with a nerveless 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 May 29.

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 precious little to separate Reading and Fulham over the 180 minutes of their tie and ultimately it took a penalty to divide them.

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 when an attempted Panenka backfired.

But on this occasion he made no mistake, slamming the ball to Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli's right to leave former Manchester United defender Stam's side one win from the big time.

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