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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
Dedryk Boyata on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Ian Harte produces a cross, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Brynjar Gunnarsson.
Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line, clearance by Gareth Barry.
Brian Howard is brought on as a substitute for Jay Tabb.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Jimmy Kebe. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
David Silva crosses the ball, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.
Gareth Barry on for Nigel De Jong.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Ian Harte sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Brynjar Gunnarsson misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
A cross is delivered by Jay Tabb, clearance by Mario Balotelli.
Centre by Jem Karacan, Joleon Lescott manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe, blocked by David Silva.
Nigel De Jong challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
David Silva delivers the ball, clearance by Brynjar Gunnarsson.
Noel Hunt goes off and Simon Church comes on. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli by Jem Karacan. Carlos Tevez takes the direct free kick.
Micah Richards finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Man City 1-0 Reading.David Silva takes the outswinging corner, assist on the goal came from David Silva.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Mikele Leigertwood. Mario Balotelli restarts play with the free kick.
Shane Long receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mario Balotelli joins the action as a substitute, replacing Patrick Vieira. Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Patrick Vieira. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Shane Long takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Centre by Carlos Tevez, clearance made by Brynjar Gunnarsson.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, save by Alex McCarthy.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes the outswinging corner, Micah Richards takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
Foul by Patrick Vieira on Jay Tabb, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Hal Robson-Kanu comes on in place of Jobi McAnuff.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya crosses the ball, save by Alex McCarthy.
Carlos Tevez produces a cross.
Carlos Tevez has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
The ball is crossed by Shaun Wright-Phillips, Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Brynjar Gunnarsson. Aleksandar Kolarov has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Joleon Lescott by Shane Long results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Noel Hunt sends in a cross.
The referee cautions Micah Richards for unsporting behaviour. Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.
Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, blocked by Nigel De Jong.
Noel Hunt has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Patrick Vieira makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Patrick Vieira on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
David Silva sends in a cross, save by Alex McCarthy.
The ball is swung over by Aleksandar Kolarov, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, Jay Tabb manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Shaun Wright-Phillips, blocked by Ian Harte.
Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, Joe Hart makes a save.
Noel Hunt challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Silva.
David Silva has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Zurab Khizanishvili gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from long distance goes over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Patrick Vieira. Carlos Tevez takes the direct free kick.
Shane Long is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
The ball is crossed by David Silva.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Shane Long.
Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.
Jimmy Kebe challenges Shaun Wright-Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Tevez delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Brynjar Gunnarsson.
Handball decision goes against Noel Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Brynjar Gunnarsson by Patrick Vieira results in a free kick. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by David Silva, save made by Alex McCarthy.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Jimmy Kebe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Shaun Wright-Phillips challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.
David Silva challenges Brynjar Gunnarsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
Handball by Aleksandar Kolarov. Mikele Leigertwood takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Shane Long, save by Joe Hart.
Zurab Khizanishvili challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe.
Shot by Shaun Wright-Phillips from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe, save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken by David Silva from the right by-line, save by Alex McCarthy.
Booking for Vincent Kompany.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save. David Silva takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.
Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross, Noel Hunt has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe.
The offside flag is raised against Shaun Wright-Phillips. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Patrick Vieira, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joleon Lescott.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line.
Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Aleksandar Kolarov. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Aleksandar Kolarov manages to make a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, clearance by Joleon Lescott.
Noel Hunt fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte crosses the ball in from the free kick, Nigel De Jong makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jem Karacan, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Shaun Wright-Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
Wembley lure motivates City
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the prospect of playing at Wembley at least once this season will drive his team on at Eastlands.
Reading of the npower Championship are the visitors in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the underdogs.
Not that City have much to shout about though in cup competitions.
They have not reached the last four of England's most celebrated domestic tournament for 30 years and not lifted a major trophy in 35 years.
Mancini's side have a chance of ending that barren run on two fronts although they have a two-goal deficit against Dynamo Kiev to overturn in the Europa League next week after losing in Ukraine on Thursday.
Mancini said: "It won't be hard to pick them up because the FA Cup is really important to us. It's a really big chance for us to get to Wembley.
"When you lose a game, you want to play the day after. This won't affect us. The FA Cup is totally different.
"We know how long it's been since the last semi-final so this would be good for us, good for the club and the fans.
"It's a really difficult tie for us because Reading have shown what they are capable of by beating Everton. We know from this season's FA Cup that every tie can be hard.
"The Europa League is going to be hard for us, but we still have a chance. In football, you never know. It should be different in Manchester. The next few days will be important."
Mancini had a taste of Wembley as a player but one he does not want to repeat.
"I've only played there once," said the Italian boss.
"That was in the European Cup Final in 1992 for Sampdoria against Barcelona.
"It was not a good experience. I would really like something more memorable at Wembley."
Reading manager Brian McDermott insists his side have "no fear" as they come head to head with
Mancini's team of multi-million pound signings.
The Royals' starting XI at Eastlands will cost less than one Carlos Tevez or Yaya Toure, but the club are unbeaten in seven games and possess a belief they can cause another upset.
McDermott led his side to the last eight last year, where they fell to Aston Villa, and he wants to go a step further this time.
He said: "You look at the players that City have got, the amount of money they have spent and the manager they have got and it's a real privilege to go to Eastlands and play against them.
"But we have no fear.
"We are not fazed by the occasion and we are looking forward to it. We want to go there and get a result because that's how you enjoy games.
"I've not enjoyed a defeat yet in my career so we need to go and perform at our best.
"We want to do right by our fans and put on a performance for them. We are followed in large numbers, they left Ipswich happy in midweek and they were certainly happy with coming away from Everton with a win.
"We'll be loud at Eastlands. I know we will be backed and our fans will make themselves heard."
Richards seals United Cup date
Manchester City will face Manchester United in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next month after Micah Richards' header secured a 1-0 win against Reading in a last-eight tie at Eastlands.
Richards settled a nervy confrontation against their npower Championship opponents when he rose to power David Silva's 73rd-minute corner past Alex McCarthy to send his side into a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
City have met United in the last four once before, when the Blues came out on top 3-0 at Bramall Lane in 1926 before losing to Bolton in the final, which could in fact repeat itself.
This is a different era though. The hype will be massive as Roberto Mancini's men embark on their first semi-final since 1981 knowing victory over the club who have lorded it over them for so long will leave them one step away from the end of that 35-year trophy drought.
Having once again abandoned the traditional Monday draw to suit their television paymasters, the Football Association arranged for England coach Fabio Capello to pluck out the ball that confirmed who the winner of the late kick-off would face in the semi-finals.
For City, who have for so long watched their neighbours lift silverware whilst their cupboard remained bare, losing in the last minute in last season's Carling Cup semi-final the latest heartbreak, the pairing was something to relish and fear at the same time.
Reading began with confidence befitting a side boasting a seven-game unbeaten run, including a victory at Everton in the previous round.
Skipper Jobi McAnuff sparkled around the Blues box and Noel Hunt was not far off with an early header. City quickly started to dominate though, even if their attacks centred around the twinkle-toes of Silva.
If anything, the Spain star has started to eclipse Carlos Tevez as the Blues' most dangerous player. The pair combined to set up the returning Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose shot brought the first in a series of excellent saves from McCarthy. Silva pounced on the rebound but also failed to beat McCarthy, who denied the former Valencia man with his legs.
It was also Silva who set Yaya Toure free with a perfectly-timed pass.
The angle was slightly against the Ivorian, which probably explained his hesitancy and why he too failed to beat McCarthy.
Wright-Phillips thrashed a shot into the side-netting and Silva lashed one wide before half-time but the lethargy in City's play, so apparent in Kiev during the week, was in evidence again, despite the huge prize on offer.
After all that industry prior to the interval, Reading almost committed suicide immediately after it when Shane Long strained to reach an Aleksandar Kolarov corner and succeeded only in turning it towards his own goal. Even McCarthy was stranded as it flashed past him, so how relieved must Long have been to see Jay Tabb head it off the line from his far post station.
Funnily enough, it was a better effort than City could muster themselves.
Tevez twice fluffed his lines in excellent positions, first when Silva had rolled a low cross into the six-yard box, the second time when Wright-Phillips had been the provider.
There was an element of frustration about Toure's decision to belt a volley goalwards from an impossibly tight angle, although it startled McCarthy who could only push it away.
The young goalkeeper was required again to tip Richards' downward header over the bar.
Even before Thursday's grass allergy scare in Kiev, City fans had learned to expect the unexpected from Mario Balotelli, who was given 20 minutes to try and avoid a replay.
It was the Italian's unselfish running that earned the hosts the corner that brought their goal.
Five years ago, Richards scored a very similar last-minute equaliser in a fifth-round tie at Aston Villa. Richards was a teenager then but judging by the way he rose to meet Silva's curling effort, he has not lost any of his spring, nor his power as it flashed past McCarthy.
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