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Michael Brown produces a curled right-footed shot from 18 yards. Save by Adam Federici.
The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe.
Brian Howard takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Matt Ritchie. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Howard, clearance by Richard Hughes.
Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Jimmy Kebe finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 Reading.
Short corner worked by Matt Ritchie.
Nadir Ciftci fouled by Brian Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Ritchie takes the free kick.
Grzegorz Rasiak comes on in place of Andy Griffin.
Effort on goal by Michail Antonio from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard.
Matt Ritchie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Howard, clearance by Ibrahima Sonko.
Effort from the edge of the area by Nadir Ciftci goes wide of the right-hand post.
Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, Michail Antonio has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Michail Antonio delivers the ball, save by Jamie Ashdown.
David Nugent concedes a free kick for a foul on Brynjar Gunnarsson. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Foul by Matt Ritchie on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Noel Hunt is brought on as a substitute for Simon Church.
Close range effort by Simon Church goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Jem Karacan goes off and Michail Antonio comes on.
Unfair challenge on Carl Dickinson by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
David Nugent produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Jobi McAnuff fouled by Michael Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Unfair challenge on Nadir Ciftci by Brian Howard results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Ritchie.
A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, Ibrahima Sonko manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie, Ibrahima Sonko takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Hughes on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Shot comes in from Gylfi Sigurdsson from the free kick.
Foul by David Nugent on Andy Griffin, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line to the near post, Nadir Ciftci makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Jem Karacan from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie from the right by-line, clearance made by Brynjar Gunnarsson. Matt Ritchie has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by David Nugent.
Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line, Hayden Mullins manages to make a clearance.
David Nugent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brynjar Gunnarsson. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.
Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Hayden Mullins results in a free kick. Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Brian Howard takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
David Nugent produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Jimmy Kebe produces a cross.
Joel Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brynjar Gunnarsson. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, save by Jamie Ashdown.
The ball is swung over by David Nugent, clearance made by Brynjar Gunnarsson.
Handball decision goes against Jimmy Kebe. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
Shot on goal by Jobi McAnuff from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Nugent on Andy Griffin. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.
Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, clearance by Carl Dickinson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Kebe on Carl Dickinson. Direct free kick taken by Matt Ritchie.
(Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Joel Ward coming on for John Utaka.
Outswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie from the left by-line, Brynjar Gunnarsson makes a clearance.
Richard Hughes fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Matt Ritchie goes wide right of the goal.
Brian Howard fouled by Nadir Ciftci, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Nadir Ciftci fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Reading.Matt Ritchie provided the assist for the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Nadir Ciftci.
Andy Griffin crosses the ball, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Pompey down to bare bones
Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill will once again choose from a threadbare squad for the visit of Reading.
Cotterill has named just four substitutes in Pompey's first two games and is still without Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles), Danny Webber, Tom Kilbey (both knee) and Billy Goddard (shin).
Veteran Nigerian striker Kanu is still unavailable as he has yet to agree a new contract while Kevin-Prince Boateng, John Utaka and Tommy Smith are being linked with moves away from the club.
But skipper Marc Wilson will play after Cotterill rejected a bid from West Brom and defender Aaron Mokoena returns from international duty with South Africa.
On-loan Stoke midfielder Ibrahima Sonko will make his home debut against his former club.
Reading boss Brian McDermott is facing a lengthy injury list.
Preparations for the trip were already hampered after an epic 350-mile round trip to Torquay on Wednesday night went to extra time and McDermott now has several injuries to worry about.
Matt Mills and Jobi McAnuff were rested for the cup trip but are struggling for fitness while midfielder Jay Tabb has complained of an ankle injury.
Strikers Simon Church (groin) and Shane Long (hip) are struggling so Grzegorz Rasiak may continue after scoring a 120th-minute winner at Torquay.
Captain Ivar Ingimarsson is close to a return from a hamstring injury but is not ready yet while long-term absentees Julian Kelly (groin) and Chris Armstrong (knee) remain out.
Noel Hunt (ankle) is close to a comeback while McDermott can welcome back Adam Federici, Alex McCarthy, Mikkel Andersen, Jake Taylor, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Hal Robson-Kanu from international duty.
Kebe the saviour as Royals rally
Jimmy Kebe struck four minutes from time as Reading denied Portsmouth their first win of the season with a 1-1 draw in the npower Championship.
Teenage forward Nadir Ciftci looked to have given Pompey all three points at Fratton Park in his first league start for the club after scoring on his full debut in the Carling Cup at Stevenage last Monday.
But the Royals were not to be denied and Mali winger Kebe got on the end of a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross to spoil the party for cash-strapped Pompey.
Sigurdsson struck the post in the second half as the visitors rallied after going behind to Ciftci's early strike.
Pompey started brightly and were rewarded with a goal just seven minutes in.
Ciftci took a short corner from the right to Matt Ritchie, who returned the ball to the Dutchman and his right-foot strike appeared to take a deflection before beating Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici.
Ritchie tried his luck from 25 yards out five minutes later but the winger failed to test Federici.
But Pompey boss Steve Cotterill was dealt a blow after 17 minutes when John Utaka's participation finished prematurely due to injury and Joel Ward came on to replace him.
The Royals had their first goalscoring opportunity after 21 minutes when Jobi McAnuff found space but flashed a right-foot drive over the crossbar.
David Nugent had a chance to double Pompey's lead but the former Preston striker fluffed his volley from 12 yards out.
Highly-rated midfielder Sigurdsson tried his luck with a volley from just outside the Portsmouth area but the ball sailed over the bar.
Ritchie could have given the home side a two-goal lead at the break but his left-foot effort was off target.
Iceland midfielder Sigurdsson was unfortunate eight minutes into the second half when his free-kick from 30 yards out came back off the post with Jamie Ashdown beaten.
On-loan defender Ibrahima Sonko could have opened his account for Pompey against his former club but headed straight at Federici.
McAnuff was presented with an opportunity on the hour mark but the former Watford man failed to hit the target from close range.
Simon Church should have done better 20 minutes from time when he volleyed wide from six yards out and Royals boss Brian McDermott reacted by bringing the Welsh striker off, with long-term injury victim Noel Hunt coming on to make his first appearance since last October.
It looked as though Reading would be consigned to a second defeat in as many Championship games but with four minutes left Sigurdsson swung in a corner from the left and Kebe stabbed home from six yards out to silence the Fratton Park faithful.
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