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  • Date: Sat 06 March 2010
  • Venue: Fratton Park
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 20,456
Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Piquionne (67)

Piquionne (70)

2 - 0

Portsmouth vs Birmingham City

Team Lineups

Portsmouth

David James
Hermann Hreidarsson
Steve Finnan
Tal Ben Haim
Nadir Belhadj
Jamie O'Hara
Michael Brown
John Utaka
Marc Wilson
Frederic Piquionne
Danny Webber (Papa Bouba Diop, 85)

Birmingham City

Joe Hart
Stephen Carr
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Lee Bowyer
Sebastian Larsson (Craig Gardner, 84)
Barry Ferguson
Keith Fahey (Kevin Phillips, 72)
Cameron Jerome
James McFadden (Christian Benitez, 75)

Match Report
French striker Frederic Piquionne scored both goals to take Premier League bottom club Portsmouth into the FA Cup semi-finals following a 2-0 success over Birmingham City. Portsmouth, cup winners in 2008, will return to Wembley for the semi-final and the cash windfall will come as a huge bonus for a club who face extinction with debts of £76million. Birmingham matched Portsmouth until Piquionne's first goal in the 67th minute. However, they had cause to complain when Liam Ridgewell had a goal wrongly disallowed with 10 minutes remaining. A dull first half was enlivened only by a sharp save by David James in the 16th minute after getting down to his right to hold Cameron Jerome's low shot. But once Portsmouth had gone ahead, Birmingham's challenge faded and beleaguered Pompey held on for a semi-final which could be worth more than £500,000 to them. The opening goal was a messy one with Birmingham goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Scott Dann failing to clear Piquionne's first shot and paying the penalty when he stabbed in from a yard out. Birmingham were still reeling when Jamie O'Hara, who is on loan from Tottenham, threaded through a pass for Piquionne to twist away from Roger Johnson's challenge to score from 10 yards. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish sent on veteran Kevin Phillips in a bid to boost his failing attack and the move should have paid off with a goal. With Birmingham committed to attack, Ridgewell's close-range header was clawed back from the line in the opinion of referee Steve Bennett and his assistant. However, video replays clearly showed Ridgewell's header had crossed the line and the goal should have stood. Piquionne might have got a third in stoppage time but was denied a hat-trick by a desperate defensive tackle by Johnson. At the final whistle, Portsmouth manager Avram Grant raised his arms in triumph and the team received a standing ovation that lasted several minutes.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

85
Substitution
 

Danny Webber is being taken off, Papa Bouba Diop has come on in his place.

84
Substitution
 

Birmingham are replacing Sebastian Larsson with Craig Gardner.

75
Substitution
 

James McFadden is replaced by Christian Benitez.

72
Substitution
 

Birmingham are replacing Keith Fahey with Kevin Phillips.

70
Goal
 

Goal!! Frederic Piquionne scores for Portsmouth.

67
Goal
 

Goal!! Portsmouth have scored with Frederic Piquionne putting it in the back of the net.

63
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Barry Ferguson.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by S Bennett

18
Yellow Card
 

Michael Brown goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Kickoff
 

It's 12:30am on Saturday, March 6th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Portsmouth face Birmingham at 12:30am on Saturday, March 6th.