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90' + 4'
F. Campbell
Goal
90'
F. Campbell
Y. Bolasie
90'
D. Rakels
J. Obita
89'
M. Jedinak
Yellow Card
86'
Y. Cabaye
Penalty Goal
79'
B. Sako
J. Ledley
75'
D. Williams
O. Norwood
68'
J. Cooper
Yellow Card
62'
Y. Bolasie
Yellow Card
60'
M. Vydra
S. Cox
58'
C. Gunter
Yellow Card
58'
W. Zaha
Yellow Card
30'
M. Hector
Yellow Card
3
1
2
3

Stats

Possession
% %
3
7
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 9
Total Passes 324 324

Commentary

Crystal Palace will now look forward to Monday's FA Cup semi-final draw with much anticipation while Reading will now need to concentrate on seeing the season out with a flourish. That's all we've got time for this evening. Thanks very much for joining us and hopefully we'll see you again soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 
It was a valiant effort from Reading but they could not create enough chances to seriously threaten Crystal Palace. Ali Al Habsi made a number of excellent saves to keep the visitors at bay. Had Vydra been fully fit it could have been a different story. Ola John and Hal Robson-Kanu were a threat at times but just didn't see enough of the ball to get at their respective full backs. 
The Eagles may not have won in the Premier League since Christmas but they are going to Wembley! Whoever they face in the semi-final they will fancy their chances in a one off game. Ultimately they deserved to progress after having the better of the chances and generally controlling the game. Can they carry over this momentum back into their league and turn their season around? Only time will tell but this result should give them enormous confidence. 
90' + 5' Full time here at the Madejski Stadium. Reading 0-2 Crystal Palace. 
F. Campbell
Goal
Crystal Palace
90' + 4' Palace do make it 0-2! Zaha dances into the box and lays it off to Adebayor who beautifully picks out Fraizer Campbell who sees his initial shot touched onto the post by Al Habsi before crashing the rebound into the net. Game, set and match. 
90' + 2' Reading certainly haven't given up the ghost but despite putting in some good crosses they haven't been able to fashion a real chance to equalise and it looks more likely that Palace will add to their lead.
F. Campbell
Y. Bolasie
Crystal Palace
90' Fraizer Campbell comes on for what remains of this encounter with Bolasie being withdrawn. 
D. Rakels
J. Obita
Reading
90' Last throw of the dice for Reading with Obita  coming off and Deniss Rakels being introduced.
M. Jedinak
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
89' Jedinak fouls Danny Williams when he didn't really need to. The Reading substitute made a good run but the Crystal Palace skipper gives away a free-kick that could be dangerous. 
87' OFF THE BAR! Bolasie cuts inside from the left wing onto his right foot and sees his shot smack against the woodwork. The Eagles have their tails up now and are looking to make the game safe. 
Y. Cabaye
Penalty Goal
Crystal Palace
86' Cabaye scores! But only, only just! He strikes the ball straight down the middle and Al Habsi gets a good hand on it but can't keep it out. Heartbreak for him and Reading but jubilation in the Palace away end. 
85' Young Jake Cooper shows his inexperience by tugging at Bolasie needlessly in the penalty area to give away a spot-kick and pick up his second yellow card. 
85' Adebayor now tangles with Robson-Kanu and gets a free-kick for Palace. 
83' Zaha is upended by Obita but this time Sako takes over set piece duties. The former Wolves man lashes the ball goalwards but Quinn does well to block it. 
81' OVER! Souare does well on the overlap and picks out Bolasie on the top of the box but the Palace man is rather leaning back when he strikes it and the ball goes sailing over the crossbar. 
B. Sako
J. Ledley
Crystal Palace
79' Joe Ledley, who hasn't had the best time in front of goal tonight comes off  with Bakary Sako taking his place. Pardew wants to get this done at the first attempt. 
76' CHANCE! Ola John finds himself unmarked at the back post but can only direct his header straight at Hennessey. The Reading winger really has to score there. It is hard to see the home team having a better opportunity this evening. 
D. Williams
O. Norwood
Reading
75' Oliver Norwood  is the second man to be substituted by Reading manager Brian McDermott and is replaced by USA international Daniel Williams.
74' The game is starting to get stretched now as both sides look to avoid a replay. It is opening up and making for a much more exciting encounter. 
72' Vydra has made a real difference since coming on for Reading, he has been bright, lively and shown a good touch. He tees up teammate Ola John who tries to bend one into the top corner from range but it is comfortably wide in the end. 
70' SAVE! Al Habsi once again denies the Eagles again this time parrying away Cabaye's free-kick.
J. Cooper
Yellow Card
Reading
68' Jake Cooper is undone by the pace the quick feet of Zaha and wrecklessly dives into a tackle on the edge of the area. 
66' SHOT! Reading have a rare chance to attack in this second half and Vydra is released by a raking cross field pass. The Royals striker then finds Quinn who tests Hennessey with a low shot but is comfortable for the visiting goalkeeper.
64' Crystal Palace break again with Zaha and Bolasie combining. The latter cutting the ball back towards the penalty spot, where an onrushing Adebayor looks to bury it into the top corner but his shot is deflected over. Pressure beginning to build from the Premier League outfit. 
Y. Bolasie
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
62' Bolasie is the latest player to be cautioned and he is really unlucky with that call. The winger put in a sliding tackle but seemed to win the ball. 
62' Yet again Hennessey comes from a long ball or a cross and is less than convincing. This time the referee gives the decision in his favour and Palace can start again, generous in the extreme. What has Julian Speroni got to do to get a game?
M. Vydra
S. Cox
Reading
60' Simon Cox's race is run this evening and is replaced by the leading goalscorer in the FA Cup, Matěj Vydra. It was a pretty thankless task for Cox, who stuck to his task manfully. 
C. Gunter
Yellow Card
Reading
58' Gunter is booked for his part in a needless fracas. The Reading right back is now playing a dangerous game against the Palace livewire.
W. Zaha
Yellow Card
Crystal Palace
58' Zaha is booked for his reaction to be being provoked by Gunter.
56' Zaha and Gunter get involved in some handbags, all a bit of a storm in a tea cup there. Gunter appears to clip the Palace winger and he reacts badly to it. 
54' The visitors have another set piece that Cabaye will deliver. The former Newcastle man's cross is superb and Jedinak is unfortunate to see his header clawed away by Al Habsi, brilliant reactions from goalkeeper. 
52' Palace force successive corners that Cabaye puts into good areas but not for the first time this evening Cooper and McShane are able to head clear. 
50' Dann has a couple of nervy moments but manages to get away with both. Firstly, he sells Jedinak short with a poor pass and then he wins a free-kick after being nudged by Cox but the referee rules in his favour much to the displeasure of Reading players and fans alike. 
48' Palace are awarded a free-kick that is definitely within Cabaye's range but this time he elects to cross it. Dann flicks the ball on but Al Habsi is able to claim the loose ball after McShane allows the ball to bounce through to him. 
46' Palace get us going again and will attack the end where their travelling supporters are housed tonight. 
In truth it has been the prettiest game of football thus far and you could probably blame the playing surface in part for that. Both teams will need to show more bravery and composure on the ball to open up their opponents in the second period. 
Reading will feel that they have shown in the opening fourty-five to believe that they still can cause an upset this evening. Wayne Hennessey has looked pretty uncertain in the Palace goal, so McDermott will want his players to test him at every opportunity. You would expect Matej Vydra to be introduced at some stage as Simon Cox has looked pretty isolated upfront for the Royals. 
Alan Pardew will probably be a bit frustrated that his side have taken one or two of the chances they have been able to fashion in the first half. However, you would imagine if the pattern of the game continues and Reading tire that they will have enough firepower to see them through. There are plenty of attacking options on the Palace bench with Mutch, Gayle, Campbell and Puncheon waiting in the wings. 
45' + 1' And that's half-time here at the Madejski. Reading 0-0 Crystal Palace. 
44' SAVE! Bolasie puts Obita on his backside before stinging the palms of Al Habsi, the rebound then falls kindly for Joe Ledley but with the goal at his mercy he skies the ball over from six yards with his unfavoured right foot. 
43' WIDE! Cabaye almost scores a lovely goal on the half volley after playing a one-two with himself. It was great improvisation from the French international playmaker. 
42' CHANCE! Almost an absolute howler from Hennessey who drops Robson-Kanu's looping cross at the feet of Ola John who smacks the ball into the side netting with Stephen Quinn well placed. Massive let off for the Eagles there. 
40' As half-time approaches you suspect that Brian McDermott will be the happier of the two managers at present. Palace have looked the more threatening but the Royals have defended pretty well so far. 
38' Better from Reading as Gunter puts the ball into the box and finds Ola John at the far post. The man on loan from Benfica gets a shot away but it is deflected behind by Ward. 
36' SHOT! Stephen Quinn, who has a decent left foot on him, makes a bit of space himself but screws his shot well wide in the end. Not his best effort.
34' CHANCE! Clearest opportunity of the contest so far by a mile. Adebayor gets free down the inside left channel and looks to bend the ball into the far corner with his right foot but McShane does well to put the ex-Spurs striker under pressure and his shot is straight at Al Habsi. 
32' Palace commit numbers forward with Joel Ward joining in from right back but the moves breaks down and it allows Reading the chance to counter. Simon Cox does well on the right-hand side and moves the ball inside to Norwood but his attempted pass to John is too heavy and the ball goes out of play. 
M. Hector
Yellow Card
Reading
30' Hector becomes the first player to be cautioned this evening and it is a case of persistant fouling rather than anything else. The youngster needs to calm down a little bit. 
30' SHOT! Bolasie hits the side netting after Dann's nod down. It all came about from another dangerous Cabaye corner. 
28' SAVE! Cabaye tests the reflexes of Al Habsi from all of twenty-five yards with a curling free-kick. It wasn't quite in the top corner but still needed saving, easily the best attempt of the game so far. 
26' SAVE! Robson-Kanu forces a corner for the home side which is taken well by Norwood who picks out Michael Hector and his downward header is saved at the second attempt by Hennessey. 
24' Once again Bolasie is the catalyst for Palace to shift through the gears and motor towards the Reading goal. The Congolese winger slips the ball out wide to Zaha who gets a shot away but it is well blocked by Obita. 
22' Reading are missing out midfield reasonably often but is difficult for Simon Cox to impose himself on the likes of Dann and Delaney. 
20' The Premier League are just beginning to show their class and composure and get on top of Reading. The home side could do with getting their flying wingers Robson-Kanu and John involved in proceedings more. 
18' Norwood gives the ball away carelessly in the centre of the park and it allows Zaha to take on Obita. The Palace winger whips in a decent looking cross but it is a bit overhit and Reading can breathe again. 
16' This time it is Zaha's turn to get down to the byline and deliver but on this occasion Bolasie can't latch onto Adebayor's header down. Cabaye's subsequent corner is headed away by Cooper. Palace look a threat aerially and on the counter attack. 
14' Ola John shows fantastic pace and skill to beat Joel Ward all ends up not once but twice but then undoes his own good work by overelaborating and his cross is easily cut out. That was a real waste for Reading. 
12' Cabaye's deep corner isn't a bad one but Al Habsi is able to punch it clear. The ball drops Jedinak who nods it back into the mixer and Adebayor then helps it on but Obita is able to hack it out of harms way. 
11' Referee Mike Dean plays a good advantage after Zaha is fouled in midfield but the ball breaks towards Adebayor who wastes no time in spreading it wide to Bolasie but the Palace winger has no-one to hit in the penalty area and his cross is cleared by Chris Gunter for the first corner of the game.
9' As you might expect the visitors are looking to get the ball into Adebayor at the earliest possible opportunity but the ex-Togo international is being very well marshalled by Paul McShane so far. 
7' Hal Robson-Kanu works half a yard on the right-wing and whips in a dangerous looking cross that Dann does well to clear. The Crystal Palace centre-back may feel that his goalkeeper should have come to claim that. 
6' It must be said that Palace are pressing Reading well from back to front and giving them no time to settle. The home side have attempted a couple of long balls towards Simon Cox but the passes haven't been accurate enough as of yet. 
4' Both teams just struggling to maintain possession and as a result it is all a bit scrappy with a few niggly fouls being given away in midfield. 
2' Bolasie shows an early burst of pace as he looks to get in behind the Reading defence but he slightly overruns the ball and it gives Cooper the chance to clear the ball. 
1' And we're underway! Reading get the game started. 
It's a full house inside the Madejski Stadium tonight with both sets of fans in good voice as the players emerge from the tunnel. Kick off is just a couple of minutes away now...
Who says teams play weakened sides in the FA Cup? Reading make seven changes from the side that lost to Huddersfield on Tuesday night. Brian McDermott is clearly focussed on this competition. Whereas the Eagles make just the one alteration to the team that were narrowly defeated by Liverpool last time out, with McCarthy being replaced by Hennessey in the Palace goal.  
CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: McCarthy, Campbell, Gayle, Mutch, Sako, Kelly and Puncheon. 
READING SUBS: Bond, Vydra, Rakels, McCleary, Ferdinand, Piazon and Williams. 
CRYSTAL PALACE XI (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; Jedinak (c), Ledley; Zaha, Cabaye, Bolasie; Adebayor.
READING XI (4-1-4-1): Al Habsi; Gunter, McShane (c), Cooper, Obita; Hector; Robson-Kanu, Norwood, Quinn, John; Cox. 
The team news is in and we'll start with our hosts Reading, who have reached the quarter-finals in four of the last seven seasons. 
The prize at stake tonight is of course a place in a Wembley semi-final, both teams are struggling in their respective divisions but the FA Cup has provided some welcome relief in recent weeks. Reading overcame West Bromwich Albion in the last round while Palace dispensed with high-flying Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. It is of course a return to familiar surroundings for Alan Pardew who was in charge of the Royals for four years, where he started his managerial career. 
Good evening and welcome along to this FA Cup clash between Reading and Crystal Palace here at the Madejski Stadium.
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