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    A single goal from Micah Richards gave Manchester City a 1-0 win over Reading and a ticket to the semifinals. Opponent who has been waiting for The Citizens is the brother of their derby, Manchester United.

    City had to fight hard before ensuring victory as host Reading in the FA Cup quarterfinals. Although appearing dominant and had plenty of chances, Roberto Mancini's squad at last only 1-0 up through goals Richards on 74 minutes.

    These results led the City to qualify for the semi-finals. Based on the results of the draw carried out several hours ago, The Citizens are condemned to face Manchester United. The Red Devils go into the semifinals after successfully frustrate Arsenal by 2-0.

    Other semi-final will bring together two dark horse teams, namely Bolton Wanderers face Stoke City. Bolton yesterday subvert Birmingham City and Stoke a few hours and then put down West Ham United.

    The game

    In the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday (3/13/2011) , the host undergoing a slow start. It exploited the visitors to spread threats earlier when Noel Hunt's header 16 minutes right there in front of goalkeeper is still hovering above the ruler.

    Three minutes later City had two chances in a row. Shaun Wright-Phillips shot from a narrow angle can still be blocked by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who failed to secure the ball perfectly and then struck by David Silva. But from close range sontekan Spanish footballer failed a goal because the ball hit the goalkeeper McCarthy who is still falling in depang net.

    McCarthy re-create rescue shining in minute 29. He succeeded to block the kick hard Yaya Toure who made it into the penalty box after getting feedback from Silva.

    A few minutes later Silva was also almost gave a goal for City fans. Deceive an opponent defender in the penalty box, kick former Valencia player was raw in the hands of McCarthy.

    At the beginning of the second round of direct City intense pressure to launch defense Reading. A rescue by Jay Tabb appropriate underlined City's goal of avoiding re-opening advantage.

    Tevez then had two chances to create goals. After efforts to deflect the ball with the heel of Silva bait failed, he too was unable to kick the ball perfectly crossed by Wright Phillips.

    On 74 minutes City finally ended definitively. From a free kick on the right side of defense Reading, Micah Richards won the high jump and winning air duel with powerful header which nest on the net. 1-0 The Citizens superior.

    A long distance kick Toure almost made City added advantage. But until the referee finally blew the long whistle sign complete game, the score 1-0 for the host advantage has not changed.

    Team Line-up:

    Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Kolarov, Lescott, Wright-Phillips (Boyata 90 +3), Silva, Vieira (Balotelli 70), De Jong (Barry 83), Y Toure, Tevez

    Reading: McCarthy, Khizanishvili, Harte, Karacan, Gunnarsson, Tabb (Howard 86), Leigertwood, McAnuff (Robson-Kanu 62), freedom, Long, Hunt (Church 76)


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