• Date: Wed 13 January 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 31,063

Liverpool vs Reading

Team Lineups


Diego Cavalieri
Daniel Agger
Emiliano Insua
Jamie Carragher
Philipp Degen (Martin Skrtel, 90)
Alberto Aquilani
Steven Gerrard (Ryan Babel, 46)
Yossi Benayoun
Leiva Lucas
Fernando Torres (David N'Gog, 30)
Dirk Kuyt


Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ivar Ingimarsson
Ryan Bertrand
Kalifa Cisse (Brian Howard, 59)
Brynjar Gunnarsson
Jem Karacan (Shane Long, 81)
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Jobi McAnuff
Simon Church
Grzegorz Rasiak (Jimmy Kebe, 65)

Match Report
Substitute Shane Long scored his first goal of the season as Reading secured a famous FA Cup replay victory against Premier League Liverpool. Long nodded home Brynjar Gunnarsson's cross in the first period of extra time to secure the Royals' progression through to the fourth round. Liverpool - held 1-1 in the original tie 11 days ago - looked to have booked their ticket to the next round as they lead 1-0 with seconds to go in the tie courtesy of Ryan Bertrand's first-half own goal. But Gylfi Sigurdsson took the tie to extra-time from the penalty spot in injury time before Long's heroics in the 100th minute won it for Reading. The visitors started well with Gunnarsson stinging the palms of stand-in keeper Diego Cavalieri and Simon Church also going close. Grzegorz Rasiak missed a sitter from close range on 22 minutes, before Jobi McAnuff's deep cross almost found the head of Church. But the Premier League side lead at half-time when Steven Gerrard's cross was turned into his own net by full-back Bertrand. It was Gerrard's last involvement in the match as he was replaced at half-time complaining of a hamstring strain and joined Fernando Torres - a first-half departure with a knee injury - in the Liverpool treatment room. The Reds dominated play after the break but gave Reading hope by missing a host of chances. Substitute Brian Howard kept things interesting for the Royals, teasing in a deep cross which Ivar Ingimarsson should have got on the end of. Jobi McAnuff should have levelled on 80 minutes when his stunning run put him through on goal - but his effort rolled agonisingly wide of the upright. But there was another twist in the tale as Yossi Benayoun brought down Long in the third minute of stoppage time and Sigurdsson stroked home the penalty to take the tie to extra time. Liverpool had a golden chance to take the match to a penalty shoot-out after Long's header but keeper Adam Federici kept out Benayoun.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

Yellow Card

Brynjar Gunnarsson goes into the referee's book for timewasting.

Yellow Card

Ivar Ingimarsson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Reading have scored with Shane Long putting it in the back of the net.


Liverpool are replacing Philipp Degen with Martin Skrtel.


With the scores level we are going to extra time.


Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a penalty for Reading and scores!.


Gylfi Sigurdsson is replaced by Shane Long.


Grzegorz Rasiak is replaced by Jimmy Kebe.


Reading are replacing Kalifa Cisse with Brian Howard.

Yellow Card

Philipp Degen is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.


Steven Gerrard is being taken off, Ryan Babel has come on in his place.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Own Goal

Own goal, Ryan Bertrand has put it in his own net.

Yellow Card

Matt Mills is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Fernando Torres is being taken off, David N'Gog has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Jem Karacan.


It's 7:45pm on Wednesday, January 13th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Liverpool face Reading at 7:45pm on Wednesday, January 13th.