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Palace beat Cardiff 1-0 in 1st leg

01-11-2012 15:27 BJT

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The last time Cardiff City won a league cup dates back to 1927, when the club beat Arsenal at the old Wembley Stadium. The second division side had a new chance for glory at London’s Selhurst Park, where they faced Crystal Palace in the leauge cup semi-final on Tuesday.

The first league Cup semi not to feature a top flight club in 12 years provided an exciting first leg matchup.

Cardiff created a few good first half chances midfielder Joe Ralls got the ball in the 11th minute. But the 18-year-old’s deflected shot was denied by Julian Speroini.

Crystal Palace saw a chance of its own, 15 minutes later. Precision passing led to Wilfried Zaha getting a look at a score. But Cardiff’s Thomas Heaton took a solid save, and the score was still 0-0.

Close to the interval, Crystal Palace threatening to break the deadlock again. A free kick finds its way to Anthony Gardner at the far post. Heaton couldn’t stop this one. Crystal Palace goes in front 1-0 at 43 minutes.

Second half, same score, and Palace turned to a counter-attacking style. Cardiff looked for an equaliser, but never got it. The match ended with a score 1-0, and the second leg will be staged in south Wales in two weeks.

 

Editor:Wang Xi |Source: CNTV.CN

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