English FA Cup

March 13, 2011


Manchester City

1 - 0


English FA Cup

16:45 +00:00, March 13, 2011

City of Manchester Stadium, England

Referee: Lee Probert

  • 94'

    Join us for a live broadcast of ESPN Extra Time on ESPNsoccernet from 1900 GMT, as Ray Stubbs and analysts from the ESPN team bring us exclusive post-match analysis of Man City v Reading.

  • 94'

    Full time City book a clash with United at Wembley - the 159th derby. They just about deserved it, though they did look weary throughout. Reading just couldn't conjure anything in the final third and paid the price for not defending a corner properly.

  • 93'

    Tevez wins a free kick and Reading's cup journey is almost at an end.

  • 92'

    SWP comes off and Boyata comes on.

  • 91'

    Richards clatters into Robson-Kanu to win the header. Reading going Long now. To Long.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added....

  • 89'

    Tevez gets a standing ovation for tracking back and tackling Robson-Kanu.

  • 88'

    Balotelli scythes down Leigterwood.

  • 87'

    Kebe runs out of steam and Reading can't fashion anything tangible at the moment.

  • 86'

    A half chance as Gunnarsson wins the header but Church can't turn it home from close rnage.

  • 86'

    Tabb goes off and Brian Howard comes on.

  • 85'

    Long wins a corner as he tried to tuck the ball inside for Church, who was free in the area.

  • 84'

    Tevez catches Khizanishvili as the defender cleared before Toure thumped a shot right at McCarthy.

  • 83'

    Nigel De Jong trots off and Barry replaces him.

  • 82'

    Harte swings it in and Gunnarsson nods wide. A decent opening.

  • 81'

    Another free kick for Reading.

  • 80'

    Balotelli breaks from the corner and tries to switch play for Tevez but the ball runs out of play.

  • 79'

    A good cross from Tabb and Balotelli shanks a back post clearance behind for a corner.

  • 78'

    Kebe draws a foul from De Jong. A chance for Reading to load the box.

  • 77'

    Silva nearly lays on a goal for Tevez but Karacan cuts the pass out.

  • 76'

    Simon Church replaces Noel Hunt for Reading. They need to up their threat level.

  • 74'

    How simple. Richards climbs highest to meet Silva's corner and McCarthy can't keep it out. A bullet header.

  • 74'

    GOAL Micah Richards has done it!

  • 73'

    The crowd groan as SWP's lay off to Silva is picked up by Tabb.

  • 71'

    Kebe hands possession over by standing on the ball before Leigterwood fouls Kolarov.

  • 70'

    Balotelli is on for Vieira, who hobbles off.

  • 69'

    Now Long is booked for a lunge on Vieira.

  • 68'

    A good ball from Hunt to Long but though he has some space in the area he hits his shot into the ground and Hart saves comfortably.

  • 67'

    Now Tevez gets round the back but his cross is cut out at the near post by Khizanishvili.

  • 66'

    Richards meets the corner and nods the ball into the ground and McCarthy takes no chances by tipping it over the bar.

  • 65'

    Toure's direct running wins City another corner.

  • 63'

    The substitute's first involvement is to shank a cross out of play.

  • 62'

    Change for Reading, McAnuff departs and Hal Robson-Kanu.

  • 60'

    Toure gets to the blyine and when his cross is half cleared back to him he thumps a vicious left foot volley that McCarthy palms up in the air before Tabb clears.

  • 59'

    Changes are coming, Balotelli and Dzeko are readying themselves.

  • 58'

    Awful passing from CIty. Vieira, especially, looks out on his feet.

  • 57'

    Tevez wriggles free on the edge of the box and strikes but it is a yard wide of the post.

  • 55'

    SWP does well to tackle Harte and get clear, he squares for Tevez who misses his kick and Gunnarsson clears.

  • 54'

    City need some urgency from somewhere. Maybe from the bench.

  • 53'

    Richards goes through the back of McAnuff.

  • 51'

    Brilliant run from Silva, twisting and turning inside the box and finding a cross but Tevez's attempted back flick just stops the ball stone dead.

  • 51'

    Nice run from Kebe, who feeds Hunt inside the area, but he can't wrap his foot round the ball enough to trouble Hart.

  • 50'

    Kompany slices McAnuff's poor cross and City concede a needless corner.

  • 49'

    Actually, it was Long who got his head to it to flick it on. His team-mate Tabb got him out of jail.

  • 48'

    Off the line! Tabb on the back post nods clear after a flick on from Lescott at the near following a corner.

  • 46'

    We begin again...


    There's no way through for Carlos Tevez.

  • 45'

    Half time A poor half but City still had enough chances to score. Mancini will demand more during the interval, while Brian McDermott will simply ask for more of the same from his team.

  • 44'

    Silva now tries an effort from outside the box but shanks it horribly. Reading's fans rejoice.

  • 43'

    Tevez greedily shoots when he SWP on the overlap. Wrong choice from the striker.

  • 42'

    Toure sums up City's half by shooting from 35 yards when he had two in support.

  • 41'

    Vieira is tripped as he sped forward. Well, ambled.

  • 39'

    Too intricate from City after Toure hurried Khizanishvili and won the ball. He finds Tevez who finds SWP but then Reading clear.

  • 38'

    Silva floats a ball into the box but Richards and Toure get in each other's way and Reading have a goal kick.

  • 37'

    Super looking ball from Kolarov and only a good sliding clearance from Khizanishvili prevents Tevez from a golden opportunity.

  • 36'

    Splendid football from Silva now that he gets the ball on his left, he flicks the ball over Harte and shoots but McCarthy stands firm to his shot.

  • 35'

    How one footed is Silva? Tevez's free kick is cleared and he tries to mee the bouncing ball with a right footed shot but misses the ball completely, and dribbles it out of play with his left.

  • 34'

    Another free kick for City, 35 yards out.

  • 33'

    Lee Probert is coming under fire from both sets of fans here. He's too quick with his whistle for my liking.

  • 31'

    Silva and Tevez play a one-two but Silva has to go wide and his cross is bundled over the line for a corner. Should have been a goal kick.

  • 30'

    Kebe tries to weave his way past Kolarov but fouls him in the process.

  • 29'

    Silva shouts some swear words in Spanish at Lee Probert after clipping Gunnarsson.

  • 28'

    Good save from McCarthy! Toure gets through one-on-one in the right channel but the keeper stands up well to save with his legs.

  • 27'

    Reading have done well getting good balls into the box, they just haven't had anyone on the end of them.

  • 26'

    Kolarov's effort flashes over the bar by a yard or so.

  • 25'

    Khizanishvili bumps into Tevez and concedes a free kick 30 yards out. Kolarov fancies it.

  • 24'

    Silva slides in Wright-Phillips now but his shot is poor and hits the side-netting.

  • 23'

    Vieira's radar is way off at the moment.

  • 22'

    Kebe finds Long in the area now and Kompany intervenes in the nick of time.

  • 21'

    Kebe's cross is collected by Harte after good work from McAnuff.

  • 20'

    Kompany is booked for that tackle on Hunt a moment ago. Late and a touch reckless.

  • 19'

    Then a great double save from McCarthy as he parries SWP's shot, then Silva's follow up from three yards.

  • 18'

    Tevez somehow manages to stay on his feet when he could have gone down under a challenge from Khizanishvilli.

  • 17'

    Kompany clatters Hunt but Long can't make anything of the loose ball as he files into the area.

  • 16'

    An opening for Reading as McAnuff dinks a ball to the back post and Hunt nods over the bar.

  • 15'

    Some quality from Silva as his pass picks out SWP but he was offside.

  • 14'

    The squad didn't get back from Ukraine until 5am on Friday morning after their Europe League tie.

  • 13'

    A sloppy pass from Vieira demonstrates City's approach so far. They look knackered already.

  • 12'

    Balotelli is playing with a beachball on the bench and looks surprisingly smiley for once.

  • 11'

    McAnuff looks pacy and is posing a problem for Richards.

  • 10'

    Toure hooks an aimless ball for Tevez but he wasn't on the same page.

  • 9'

    A little wobble at the back as Tevez chased a long ball. The keeper McCarthy hammers clear.

  • 8'

    A slow start from City.

  • 6'

    Now Kolarov gets a bang on the head as he cleared just before Shane Long bumped him.

  • 5'

    Ian Harte's free kick ios cleared then McAnuff gets to the byline and wins a corner.

  • 4'

    Decent start from Reading, who are enjoying most of the possession. Hunt wins a free kick off Kompany.

  • 3'

    Hunt goes off for more treatment on his fat lip as play continues.

  • 2'

    Noel Hunt is down after Kompany's elbow caught him during an aerial challenge.

  • 1'

    Kick off


    Here come the teams...


    Reading have beaten two Premier League opponents to get to this stage - West Brom and Everton - but surely this is their biggest test. City are showing signs of tiredness though, playing every three days for the past month or so.


    Reading are without Matt Mills, the star of their impressive win at Everton in the last round.


    Man City recall Carlos Tevez, Nigel de Jong and Shaun Wright-Phillips, who were all subs for Thursday's defeat to Dynamo Kiev.


    The draw has just been made and these two are battling for a place at Wembley to face Manchester United.


    Afternoon all, and welcome to the FA Cup quarter final clash between Manchester City and Reading.