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Welcome to SportMail's live coverage of Burton Albion v Cardiff City on the opening day of the 2017/18 Championship season at the Pirelli Stadium.

Can the Brewers follow up Tuesday night's 2-1 pre-season win over former Premier League champions Leicester City with another impressive win against a Neil Warnock side Nigel Clough has tipped for promotion?

Albion will be hoping for an opening-day victory after last season's thrilling 4-3 loss to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

Today, the talking stops and all the hard work Clough and his staff have been busy with on the training ground over the summer is finally going to be put into practice.

Matty Lund takes on Leicester City's Ben Chilwell

It's time, Brewers, and you can follow every kick of every game LIVE on SportMail - get in touch with us @BurtonAlbionBM, @JoshuaMurrayBM and @RichardCusackBM.

That's all from us here at the Pirelli Stadium

We’ve brought you live coverage of Burton Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City courtesy of Kenneth Zohore’s 87th-minute winner.

Stay tuned for more reaction on SportMail over the weekend - with Lucas Akins’ take on today’s loss still to come.

The manager's view

If any side was going to win that game in the second half, it looked to be Cardiff City - and they got their rewards in the dying minutes.

But Nigel Clough knows it might have been very different if Albion’s first-half quality had told.

Here’s what the Brewers’ boss made of his side’s first outing of 2017/18...

Nigel Clough and Neil Warnock share a few words
Nigel Clough and Neil Warnock share a few words (Image: Richard Burley/Epic Action Imagery)
Celebrations after Kenneth Zohore's late goal against Burton Albion wins it for Cardiff City
Celebrations after Kenneth Zohore's late goal against Burton Albion wins it for Cardiff City (Image: Richard Burley/Epic Action Imagery)

PICTURE: The celebrations will be long into the night for Cardiff fans after Kenneth Zohore wins it at the death

Celebrations after Kenneth Zohore's late goal against Burton Albion wins it for Cardiff City
Celebrations after Kenneth Zohore's late goal against Burton Albion wins it for Cardiff City (Image: Richard Burley/Epic Action Imagery)

Neil Warnock reckons the Brewers aren't the dead certs for relegation everyone thinks they are

I know anything’s possible in this league - anybody can beat anybody - and I tell you now, teams won’t fancy coming here in a million years.

More Akins reaction

It’s very disappointing and we’ve got a disappointed changing room in their obviously.

Lucas Akins' verdict on today's result

Losing at the end is obviously very disappointing, we started off really well.

More Nigel Clough reaction to today's 1-0 loss to Cardiff City

It’s taken a brilliant finish to beat us in the end

Nigel Clough's reaction to today's result

We’ve got bags of effort, bags of endeavor and honesty as always, but sometimes you need that little bit of quality that wins you the game.

Bristol City and Sheffield United winners today

Here's how all the action unfolded

Read Joshua Murray’s verdict on the events at the Pirelli Stadium - where a late Kenneth Zohore goal downed Burton Albion on the opening day of the 2017/18 season.

Lucas Akins didn't see much of the ball - was that part of the reason the Brewers lost today?

Despite the late goal, it doesn't seem to be affecting Albion fans

Full-time! Brewers 0-1 Cardiff

A sucker punch is the only way to describe that.

A late Kenneth Zohore goal proved to be the difference between the two sides in the end after 87 minutes of football.

Ultimately, the Brewers didn’t do enough in the final third, and gave a man with 12 goals to his name last term a chance to punish them.

Full match reaction still to come, including the verdict on an opening-day defeat for the Brewers.

90: Murphy gives away a free-kick in the corner

Not ideal for the Brewers.

90: Five minutes of added time

Still some time left for the Brewers.

90: Sucker punch for Albion

And now Cardiff are playing for time down in the corner.

89: Joe Sbarra coming on for Burton

John Moushino makes way

87: He's been threatening all afternoon

And Albion’s defence fell asleep at the last minute...

87: GOAL

Kenneth Zohore lashes one into the bottom left-hand corner past Bywater from the edge of the box.

Murphy should have put a foot in there.

85: Buxton blocks a Ward effort

Cardiff looking dangerous every time they come forward now.

84: Nice little spell in the Cardiff half for the Brewers

They could have had a foul there, too.

82: Mendez-Laing takes it on himself

When he really should have crossed it back. Great work by the two substitutes Damour and Mendez-Laing to create that opening.

PICTURE: The returning Jake Buxton has been in the thick of it today

Jake Buxton in action for Burton Albion
Jake Buxton in action for Burton Albion (Image: Richard Burley/Epic Action Imagery)

80: Cardiff sub

Summer signing Danny Ward is replacing Hoillett.

Switch around

78: Mousinho gets taken on by Hoillett

And then McFadzean piles into him - with half-hearted appeals for a penalty coming from the Cardiff fans.

77: Brewers sub

Luke Varney is to replace Lloyd Dyer.

77: Akpan tries a shot and it breaks to Lund

Whose effort is deflected wide...

75: Loic Damou's cross is gathered by Bywater

Warnock seemed to stop in anticipation of offside and was bundled over by Damour - but nothing given by referee Eltringham.

74: Burton win a free-kick

But it sails straight through the box and out for a goal-kick.