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  • Piquionne (67), Piquionne (70)
  • Date:2010-03-06
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Fratton Park
  • Attendance:20456
  • Referee:Bennett, S

Live Commentary

90mins

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

85mins

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

84mins

Birmingham are replacing Sebastian Larsson with Craig Gardner.

75mins

James McFadden is replaced by Christian Benitez.

72mins

Birmingham are replacing Keith Fahey with Kevin Phillips.

70mins

Goal!! Frederic Piquionne scores for Portsmouth.

67mins

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

63mins

The referee has booked Barry Ferguson.

46mins

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

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by S Bennett

18mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

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


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.

Portsmouth

Birmingham City

Corners

98

Fouls

1211

Goal attempts

Shots off target

65

Offsides

24

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