Neither Fulham nor Reading were able to strike an early advantage in the race for promotion to the Premier League as they drew 1-1 in the first leg of their Championship playoff semifinal on Saturday.

Against the run of play, Jordan Obita fired Reading ahead from a difficult angle in the 53rd minute but Fulham's Tom Cairney deservedly headed the hosts level 12 minutes later.

Reading's Paul McShane was shown a straight red card for a wild challenge in the 80th minute but Fulham could not make use of their numerical advantage in the closing stages.

Sheffield Wednesday travel to Huddersfield Town for the second semifinal on Sunday ahead of the second legs in midweek.