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Bobby Decordova-Reid has scored plenty of goals in his career, but few will have meant as much as Saturday’s opener against Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium.

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Coming in the first match since Bluebirds record signing Emiliano Sala was presumed lost at sea after his plane disappeared en route to Wales, Decordova-Reid showed a shirt with the image of Sala to the Cardiff faithful.

The penalty came after an obvious handball in the Bournemouth box, and a win would be immense for Cardiff’s hopes of staving off relegation. The Bluebirds entered the day five points back of 17th place Burnley.

Cardiff City thrashes sorry Fulham to move out of drop zone

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  • Cardiff out of the drop zone
  • Paterson nabs winner
  • Fulham slide into 18th

Four different players scored as Cardiff City finally collected a win, moving out of the drop zone at the expense of woeful Fulham after a 4-2 win at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Bobby Reid, Josh Murphy, Callum Paterson, and Kadeem Harris scored for the Bluebirds, who move 17th with five points.

Ryan Sessegnon and Andre Schurrle scored for Fulham, who dip into the drop zone on five points and an almost absurd 25 goals allowed through nine matches.

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If you had this one as the “four goals in about 20 minutes” match of the 10 a.m. ET kickoffs, well you’ve got a sick imagination (even with Fulham’s propensity for allowing goals).

But that’s how it went down in Wales, with Andre Schurrle’s remarkable 30 yards laser opening the scoring in the 11th minute.

Cardiff claimed the leader with goals in the 15th and 20th minutes. Josh Murphy equalized with a fine solo goal, and American defender Tim Ream‘s poor touch for Fulham then allowed Bobby Reid in on goal for 2-1.

Sessegnon then became the first player born in the 2000s to score a Premier League goal when he took a flick from Aleksandar Mitrovic and beat Neil Etheridge. 2-2.

But wait: Fulham had more poor defending on offer. A Bruno Ecuele Manga missed every clearing attempt in the fray, and Paterson made it 3-2 with 25 minutes to play.

Etheridge made a strong stop on Alfie Mawson in the 84th minute. And Real Betis loanee Victor Camarasa spotted Harris at the back post for 4-2 with minutes to play.

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League Cup, leg 1: Man City come back to lead Bristol City

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Manchester City’s pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple was threatened on Tuesday, but ultimately Pep Guardiola‘s side secured a 2-1 home victory over Championship side Bristol City in the first leg of the League Cup semifinals.

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There remains, of course, another 90 minutes for Bristol to complete the Manchester sweep in the second leg in two weeks’ time, on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Still, to see the runaway Premier League leaders not only fall behind, but to also be marginally outplayed for sizable portions of the first half, was certainly unexpected.

All of the Robins’ hard work was rewarded just before halftime, when John Stones went straight through Bobby Reid as the Bristol forward surged into the penalty area and appeared to be in on goal. Reid stepped up to the spot and beat Claudio Bravo, who played the role of penalty-shootout hero for City in each of the last two rounds. The scoreline, 1-0 at halftime, wouldn’t last long.

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Bristol’s lead was so nearly erased just a minute later, as Raheem Sterling got in behind and chipped the on-rushing goalkeeper with deft precision, only to be denied by Aden Flint’s dramatically desperate, leaping header just inches over the crossbar.

Regardless, the advantage was negated 10 minutes into the second half, when Kevin De Bruyne smashed home after pulling off a quick one-two with Sterling. The two sides looked destined to finish the first leg level at 1-1, but City’s purveyor of late, winning goals lived up to his legend once more.

Sergio Aguero got his head on the end of Bernardo Silva‘s cross into the box, just as goalkeeper Frank Fielding lunged forward with an outstretched fist, but the Argentine was first to the spot and headed home to snatch victory from the jaws of a stalemate.