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March 13, 2011
• Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 41150
M. Richards 74'
Shots on Target
90' + 4'
FULL TIME - MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 READING. Manchester City have booked their place in the semi-finals with this victory over Reading. The performance may not have been the best but City won't care. Brian McDermott's Royal's put up a good fight but they never really had the quality to unlock City's side and Micah Richard's header midway through the second half is enough to put Roberto Mancini's men into the last four.
90' + 3'
Micah Richard's is doing his level best to run down the seconds as he stays down for a long time after an aerial challenge with a Reading player.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Reading are pressing City and playing the ball around inside City's half but still can't find an opening. It looks like it's going to be an all Manchester semi-final at Wembley!
Four minutes added on here at Eastlands.
Big waste from Kebe after lazy play from Gareth Barry. Barry fails to clear the ball and Kebe steals it off him and makes his way into the penalty area, only to overrun the ball and waste another opportunity. City look very shaky and instead of trying to get a second seem content to hold on for the win.
Shane Long wins a corner for Reading and the Royals throw everybody forward into the box. The cross is good and causes trouble inside the area but Hart eventually gets two fists to the ball and punches it clear.
Great effort from Yaya Toure who once again brings a save out of McCarthy who has done superbly to keep the score at just 1-0 today. City may not be at their best but McCarthy has had his fair share of saves to make and can come away from this game with his head held high.
Nigel De Jong
Nervous times for City fans as Harte launches another set-piece into the penalty box which finds the head of Gunnarsson, but the defenders glancing header drifts wide and another minute ticks by.
Set-piece expert Ian Harte curls in a fabulous delivery towards the nearpost that is flicked on by a team-mate only for City to clear the second ball away. Reading are throwing bodies forward but aren't creating any clear chances. Eight minutes to go!
Reading look visibly deflated and understandably so after defending so well for the majority of this match. They have ten minutes to salvage something from this game and take the tie to a replay at The Madjeski Stadium.
The City fans who were almost disinterested in this game five minutes ago are on their feet singing 'Blue Moon' at the top of their voices. They finally have something to cheer about and their side is less than 15 minutes away from a semi-final encounter with local rivals Manchester United at Wembley.
GOAL!! MANCHESTER CITY!! RICHARDS!! MANCHESTER CITY 1-0 READING!! Finally City have the goal their pressure deserves. Silva curls in a fantastic delivery which is met by Richards who heads past McCarthy, who has no chance due to the sheer power of the header. Great goal from Richards who runs off to embrace manager Roberto Mancini. Relief around Eastlands.
Goal Micah Richards
Wright-Phillips isn't having one of his best games to say the least. The ball is played to the former Chelsea midfielder and he fails to get the ball under control to the disgust and dismay of his manager on the touchline.
Manchester City now have Balotelli, Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Yaya Toure and David Silva in attack as they try to somehow break down this stubborn Reading rearguard.
Mario Balotelli is getting his final instructions from Roberto Mancini and Brian Kidd as the Italian manager tries to freshen up a lacklustre City side.
Yellow Card Shane Long
Reading break away through Kebe who plays the ball to Long. Long manages to find himself some space and get a shot away, but it takes a slight deflection which takes all the sting out of the shot and Hart comfortably saves.
Kolarov swings in another delivery which is met by Micah Richards who heads the ball down and it bounces up forcing McCarthy to tip the ball behind for another corner. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
Brian Mcdermott's men are trying everything to stop City from getting into their own rhythm by breaking up the play when they can and keeping possession at the back. The Royals aren't offering much as an attacking side, but I'm sure they will be happy with a 0-0 draw when the final whistle goes.
Rather strange change from Reading who bring off their best player today in Jobi McAnuff, for Hal Robson-Kanu. McAnuff doesn't look happy, and you can't really blame him either.
The pressure is building on Reading. Yaya Toure tries an audacious shot from a seemingly impossible angle that McCarthy manages to save before his defenders clear the ball away.
City go close to finally making a breakthrough in this match, as Tevez unleashes a rasping effort from the edge of the penalty, but the Argentine's shot drifts just wide.
Reading still look like they can get a goal of their own and look very dangerous on the counter attack through Long, Hunt, Kebe and especially McAnuff.
Yellow Card Micah Richards
Unbelievable run from Silva. By far the best player on the pitch weaves in and out before side-footing the ball across goal for Tevez who tries a fancy flick past McCarthy, but fails to get a decent connection on the effort and McCarthy comfortably claims. The game is beginning to get stretched as both sides recognise that this game is there for the taking.
Jimmy Kebe glides through the Manchester City midfield and plays in Noel Hunt. Hunt can't quite wrap his foot around the ball though and smashes his effort well wide of Joe Hart's nearpost.
McAnuff cuts in from the left and curls in a poor cross. Kompany looks like he's going to comfortably clear, but he slices the ball horribly and concedes a corner. Lively start to the second period here at Eastlands!
Off the line! Manchester City come within inches of taking the lead. Kolarov whips in a corner from the right-hand side and Kompany tries to flick the ball goalwards, but the ball slices off the head of Shane Long. Fortunately for him the ball is headed off the line and he gets away with it.
The second half is underway. Manchester City get us going again attacking from right to left.
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HALF TIME. MANCHESTER CITY 0-0 READING. Both sides will be happy to hear the half-time whistle. Reading deserve a breather after coping extremely well with City's constant pressure. Mancini's men trudge off the pitch disappointed with their performance and rightfully so. They haven't got going and look very sluggish, a big team talk is needed from Mancini and co. to liven up his men to ensure they're booking a place in the semi-finals come the end of this game!
Two minutes added on at the end of what has been a poor half of FA Cup football at Eastlands.
Yaya Toure sums up the lack of a cutting edge in the City side today as he blazes a long range effort well over the crossbar. Moments later Silva fires another effort from outside the box that doesn't find the target. Reading will be more than happy for City to keep shooting from there!
Patrick Vieira rolls back the years as he rampages through the heart of Reading's midfield and earns his side a free-kick. Reading will welcome the half-time whistle as they can't get a foot on the ball at the moment.
Moments after Silva fluffs his lines when well placed inside the area, the star of the first half shows brilliant skill by flicking the ball over a Reading defender and getting a decent shot on target.
Matthew Monaghan is our man at Eastlands today, and he comments on City's sluggish start: "City, with the notable exception of David Silva, have been made to look ordinary by Reading's industry. Manager Roberto Mancini and Brian Kidd seem determined to kick-start their troops as the pair compare notes on the touchline."
If anyone didn't know that Silva was left-footed, they do now. The ball drops perfectly for Silva to strike on the half-volley with his right-foot, and completely mistimes his effort, the ball catching his left ankle and rolling behind for a Reading goal-kick.
The home fans are beginning to back their team after struggling to find insipiration from the lacklustre opening of the City players. Reading's rearguard is holding firm at the moment, but they're having to drop deeper and deeper to cope with City's constant pressure.
Great work from Tevez who feeds Silva down the right-hand side. The Spaniard gets to the bye-line and tries to return the ball to Tevez, but the cross is deflected behind for a corner kick. Silva takes the corner but referee Lee Probert spots a foul in the box and Reading can breathe a sigh of relief.
City are slowly starting to take control of this match. Yaya Toure gets in behind the Reading defence and drills a low shot straight at McCarthy, who saves well with his legs.
Kolarov, who has some left foot, shows how wild some of his shooting can be as he fires a free-kick miles over McCarthy's goal.
A side that is lacking any real quality today finally shows a moment of class. David Silva, who has been in fine form of late, plays an inch-perfect pass through to Shaun Wright-Phillips. The tricky winger gets a shot away, but it's from a tight angle and he can only find the side-netting. Better from City.
Kompany and Hunt's battle continues! Referee Lee Probert takes advantage of a break in play to show Kompany a deserved yellow card after the Beligan clattered into Hunt in a previous attack. A classic battle between a centre-back and a centre-forward!
Yellow Card Vincent Kompany
Worrying moment for Reading as Carlos Tevez ventures into the penalty box. The Argentinian had a chance to go down under pressure from Reading defender's but decided to stay on his feet. Unfortunately for Tevez he was unable to get a shot away and his honesty may have cost his side there.
Once again McAnuff is the danger man for the visitors. McAnuff whips in a vicious delivery which is met by Hunt, but the Irishman can only head the ball over the bar. Promising stuff from Brian McDermott's men.
After witnessing Stoke and West Ham's enthralling match earlier today, this game really isn't living up to the weekend's Cup ties. City haven't got out of first gear yet and Reading are more than holding their own against the millionaires from Manchester.
The home fans have decided to entertain themselves instead of relying on the players on the pitch, as they're jumping up and down doing the 'Poznan' the latest phenomenon to grip the City fans.
City finally venture into Reading's half and earn a corner of their own. However the quality of set-pieces thus far has been extremely poor, and Aleksandar Kolarov continues the trend by floating the ball over everybody in the middle and behind for a Reading goal-kick.
Roberto Mancini's men really haven't got going and it's Reading who are looking the most threatening of the two teams. Jobi McAnuff sprints clear down the left hand side before earning a corner off Joleon Lescott. The corner, like Harte's earlier set piece, doesn't come to anything as the referee spots an infringement in the box.
The battle between Hunt and Kompany shows no sign of calming down. After recieving treatment on his head injury, Hunt made his way back onto the pitch only to be fouled by Kompany. Ian Harte's resulting free-kick came to nothing and City easily cleared.
Hunt's injury has disrupted the start of this game. The Reading man has now left the field to recieve further treatment. Hopefully the game will get going now.
Early injury worry for Reading as Noel Hunt goes down under an aerial challenge from Vincent Kompany.
We are underway. Reading line-up in their change strip of black and red. City are wearing their traditional sky blue shirts.
The teams are out on the pitch and we are moments away from kick-off. The winner of this match will face Manchester United in the Semi-finals at Wembley, with Stoke facing Bolton in the other semi-final.
TODAYS TEAMS: Man City (4-2-3-1): Hart; Richards, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott; De Jong, Vieira; Wright-Phillips, Y Toure, Silva; Tevez Subs: Taylor, Boyata, Barry, Razak, Balotelli, Dzeko, Jo Reading (4-4-2): McCarthy; Karacan, Harte, Gunnarsson, Khizanishvili; Leigertwood, Tabb, Kebe, McAnuff; Hunt, Long Subs: Andersen, Griffin, Howard, Taylor, Antonio, Robson-Kanu, Church
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