Fulham back up to second after beating Sunderland

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Fulham 2 Sunderland 1

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s winner fired Fulham back above Cardiff and into the automatic promotion places.

The on-loan Newcastle striker, who looked offside, sealed a comeback victory with a header that lifted the Whites back into second place by two points.

Cardiff have two games left and play Hull on Saturday – and relegated Sunderland looked to be doing them a favour when they took a surprise early lead through youngster Joel Asoro.

But Lucas Piazon equalised from close range on the stroke of half-time and Fulham, who have one game remaining, had multiple chances to score in a dominant second-half display.

They were slow from the outset and the lively Asoro threatened on 12 minutes with a shot deflected just wide.

Ashley Fletcher also fired a volley that missed the target before Asoro exquisitely turned his marker and finished low past Marcus Bettinelli into the far corner.

Fulham lost on-loan Southampton left-back Matt Targett to injury six minutes before half-time but substitute Aboubakar Kamara did well in the build-up to their first goal, sliding in Ryan Fredericks for the cut-back to Piazon.

Mitrovic drew an excellent save from Jason Steele just after the break, while Tom Cairney and Kevin McDonald also flashed shots over the bar before the Serbian headed home what could be a crucial goal in the Whites’ pursuit of promotion.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett (Kamara 39), McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Sessegnon, Piazon (Fonte 74), Mitrovic.
Subs not used: Button, Christie, Kalas, Norwood, De La Torre.