Result: Sheffield United, Fulham finish level

Sheffield United and Fulham finish at 1-1 in this afternoon's FA Cup encounter at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United and Fulham have played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in this afternoon's FA Cup clash at Bramall Lane.

After four minutes, the home side had a chance when a cross fell to Chris Porter, but the forward couldn't control the ball, allowing John Arne Riise to clear to safety.

Fulham kept the ball well in the opening stages, but struggled to break down United's deep defensive line.

Jose Baxter had a chance from a free kick on 24 minutes after Porter was brought down on the edge of the area, but the striker couldn't find the target and hit the ball wide of the mark.

United took a surprise lead on 31 minutes after Porter latched onto a driven cross and poked the ball past the goalkeeper.

Sheffield United's English forward Chris Porter celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FA Cup fourth round football match between Sheffield United and Fulham at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, England, on January 26, 2014© Getty Images

Two minutes later, the Cottagers had a penalty appeal turned down after Hugo Rodallega went down under a challenge from George Long.

Fulham made a bright start to the second half and came close on 49 minutes through a long-range effort from Pajtim Kasami, which was saved well by Long.

The home side went down to 10 men on 52 minutes when the referee showed Michael Doyle a red card for an off-the-ball incident in which the midfielder kicked out at Chris David.

Despite the sending-off, United continued to hit Fulham on the counter-attack and almost grabbed a second through Baxter, but his 25-yard effort bounced just wide.

After 75 minutes, Fulham's pressure paid off and they equalised through Rodallega, who struck from the edge of the area.

Hugo Rodallega of Fulham celebrates with Giorgos Karagounis as he scores their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser fourth round match between Sheffield United and Fulham at Bramall Lane on January 26, 2014© Getty Images

The Cottagers applied some intense pressure in the final minutes of the game, but could not grab a late winner as the home side stood firm to earn a replay.

Hugo Rodallega of Fulham celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Fulham on October 29, 2013
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