Tuesday May 17, 2011 Semifinal Finished Cardiff City Stadium

Cardiff City 0 - 3 Reading

  • Long 28’, 45’ (pen.)
  • McAnuff 84’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Cardiff City
    • Reading
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 3-0 win for Reading. A deserved victory on the night. They will face Swansea on May 30 at Wembley Stadium. Little more than they deserve.
    • 89' Jem Karacan departs for Jay Tabb for Reading. Three minutes to be added.
    • 88' A few flags coming on to the pitch from the home fans, who are obviously not happy with what they have witnessed this evening.
    • 87' A change for the visiting side as Simon Church arrives to replace Long, the man of the night for the visitors.
    • 86' The visiting fans in party mood. This is the way to finish a play-off semi-final. A 3-0 lead with only five minutes left. McAnuff goes for goal, but misses the attempted volley.
    • 85' Cardiff all over the place at the back as McAnuff escaped from the attentions of his trackers to send a shot spinning into the net from 12 yards. Reading well worth their three-goal lead.
    • 84' GOAL FOR READING! What a superb run and finish by McAnuff! Danced beyond McNaughton before thumping the ball beyond Bywater. 3-0 and it is good night Cardiff.
    • 83' Game going through the motions, but here comes McAnuff on the charge..
    • 82' Reading content to run down the clock in the home half. Cardiff desperately need a goal, and another one after that.
    • 81' A few of the home fans start to head for the exit doors. They have seen enough. Not looking too good for Cardiff now. Reading with plenty of bodies back.
    • 80' Final 10 minutes, but Reading on the attack. Super ball by Long, but Hunt misses the target. That should have been 3-0 and good night Cardiff. Will that make a difference? Probably not.
    • 79' Parkin nods wide. Meanwhile, Federici handled the ball outside of the box when he cleared from Bothroyd. Difficult for the referee to spot that one. Fortunate for the Reading keeper.
    • 78' Long booked for slotting his shot into the net after he had been ruled offside.
    • 77' Federici out to make the clearance from Bothroyd. Was well out of his goal, but unlike Bywater he makes the clearance.
    • 76' Cardiff playing in front of the visiting side. Bothroyd flicks it on, but that man Mills is there again to deal with the danger. He has been immense this evening.
    • 75' Reading fans singing about Wembley already. Still a bit of time left for Cardiff to rescue this one.
    • 74' There will surely be a few minutes added to this one as Griffin smacks the ball up the park. Reading don't need to take a chance.
    • 73' Burke with the delivery from the corner, but Blake nods over the bar. An air of resignation begins to infiltrate the ground.
    • 72' Cardiff need a goal soon. Difficult to see where it is going to come from. Matthews's attempted cross deflects off a black shirt and behind for a corner.
    • 71' Celtic manager Neil Lennon watching this tonight with Matthews signed on a pre-contract agreement. He must be impressed with the performance of Ireland forward Long this evening.
    • 70' Harte gets the header at goal from McAnuff's corner, but straight down the throat of Bywater. Decent chance for the visiting player.
    • 69' Celtic-bound Adam Matthews is wheeled on for Samuel. All or nothing now for Cardiff. Think Samuel was injured.
    • 68' Harte tries the chip rather than power and he lifts the shot harmlessly over the bar after Olofinjana commits the foul on Leigertwood.
    • 67' Reading have a free-kick here from distance. Ian Harte is lining this one up.
    • 66' Burke now on the ball for Cardiff, but his control lets him down as Cummings hammers the ball away. Reading back on the counter attack.
    • 65' Bothroyd so close to turning the ball in from close range, but Federici holds firm to make the block. Still 2-0 to the visiting side.
    • 64' Parkin has been brought on to replace Chopra. Cardiff looking for inspiration from somewhere or other.
    • 63' Burke on the ball out wide for the home team. Cardiff taking their time to build the move, but Burke has failed to pick out a killer pass. Another change coming for Cardiff.
    • 62' Probing run by Koumas before he squares to Burke. He supplies Olofinjana, but he ends up passing the ball to Federici. Poor finish.
    • 61' Cardiff pumping plenty of high balls into the heart of the Reading defence, but that is no a huge test for the visitors. Have to get some width.
    • 60' Jason Koumas is introduced for Thomas. Change had to be made. Not a huge surprise that Thomas is brought off.
    • 59' Think Cardiff are looking to make a change here. Would be no surprise here if Reading grab a third goal on the break.
    • 58' Reading really dangerous now on the break. McAnuff showing bags of skill before he rushes his shot and hammers it wide. Another cross into the box was the order of the day there.
    • 57' Leigertwood breaks up the park. Not sure what he was trying to do there. Goes for goal, but he lifts the ball straight at Bywater.
    • 56' Glorious chance for Thomas at the other end, but he smacks a shot into the ground and over from Bothroyd's cross. Can't keep spurning those chances.
    • 55' So close to a third goal for Reading! Lovely little ball by Long into the path of Hunt, who hits the post with his chest. So close. Couldn't really control the finish.
    • 54' Burke on the ball here for Cardiff. Decent cross, but the move breaks down again as Thomas surrenders pressure on the edge of the visiting box.
    • 53' Blake throws over a fine cross, but Olofinjana can only head straight at Federici. Looking for one of those to go to the keeper's left or right.
    • 52' Just to confirm that Keinan was booked for his part in the penalty incident. Cardiff back on the ball here around the halfway line.
    • 51' For all their pressure, Cardiff have not really had any clear-cut chances. They have worked hard without ever looking likely to breach this visiting defence.
    • 50' Thomas knocks the ball across goal from Bothroyd's cross. So close, but not close enough. Bellamy looks on in disbelief.
    • 49' Mills is on hand to smack the ball out from Bothroyd's header on. Blake then guility of fouling Leigertwood. Reading with the freee-kick from deep in their own half.
    • 48' Wind and rain, but this is all about the game rather than the conditions. Cardiff only have themselves to blame for trailing as Bywater smacks a long ball down the middle.
    • 47' Mills makes a fine tackle to prod the ball out from Mills before Blakes pings a shot wide. Good start by the home team.
    • 46' Former Cork City striker Long enjoying his night. We get going again. Reading 45 minutes away from Wembley.
    • 45+2' There goes the half-time whistle! A 2-0 lead for the visiting side. Two goals from Shane Long, and Cardiff are in a serious spot of bother now. Long way back for Cardiff..no pun intended...
    • 44' Two minutes to be added to this first period.
    • 43' Thomas smashes a shot at the target from 25 yards. Not a bad dig, but an easy take for Federici in the visiting goal.
    • 42' GOAL FOR READING! Long slips the ball to the left of Bywater as the keeper threw himself to the right. A quite superb penalty and Reading lead 2-0.
    • 41' PENALTY TO READING! Keinan pulls Mills back from Harte's corner. Certain penalty and what a chance here for the visiting side to go two goals clear.
    • 40' Good defending by Keinan to make the interception from Hunt's cross. Reading win a corner seconds later after Cummings gives Samuel the slip.
    • 39' Cardiff with eight shots at the target compared to two from Reading, but the visiting side have made one of their two count. Reading taking their time here.
    • 38' Great goalkeeping by Federici as he whacks the ball away. Leigertwood was short with the back pass and a let-off for the visiting side there.
    • 37' Samuel on the ball before he flicks the pass to Whittingam. Thomas on the charge, but poor first touch as the ball runs through to Federici.
    • 36' Leigertwood challenged Olofinjana at the back post, but would have been a harsh one to give. Cardiff appealing for penalties at every opportunity.
    • 35' Mills rises to head out a high ball by Burke. That one caused a fair bit of consternation in the box, but solid defending by the visiting captain.
    • 34' Hunt late on Olofinjana before he takes a tumble under pressure in the box from Burke's cross. Appeals for a penalty, but nothing doing.
    • 33' Federici out to the edge of his box to claim the ball with Chopra lurking. Reading are going to be tough to break down here.
    • 32' Long goes for an overhead kick from McAnuff's delivery, but fails to make contact with the ball. Reading playing with purpose and poise at the moment.
    • 31' The visiting fans in full voice suddenly. They can sense good times ahead. About 2,000 fans travelled to Cardiff for this one.
    • 30' A shot by Chopra from distance. Hits Khizanishvili in the arm and hand. Was certainly no penalty. The ball just flew off him.
    • 29' Cardiff trying to steady themselves after that hammer blow. They knock the ball around at the back before Whittingham feeds Samuel out wide.
    • 28' Cardiff stunned. No doubt about that. Bothroyd goes on a run. Fires a shot at goal, but straight at Federici from distance.
    • 27' GOAL FOR READING! Mistake by Bywater. Horrific mistake by the keeper as he tried to clear the ball. It broke to Long who produced a superb finish from 25 yards to lob the ball into the net.
    • 26' Chopra and Griffin tangle, but the referee doesn't want to know about it. Tough tackling.
    • 25' Bothroyd rises to head out the corner from Harte. Cardiff survive that attack as Bywater picks it up moments later.
    • 24' McAnuff whips over a cross. Comes off a blue shirt and the visitors have a corner. Chance here.
    • 23' Decent corner from Whittingham is met by Keinan at the back post. Powers a header at goal, but straight into the hands of Federici. So close to the opener.
    • 22' Bothroyd sees a shot spin wide from the edge of the box. Deflected wide off Khizanishvili. Good effort. They have a corner.
    • 21' Cummings winning that throw, but the home side are soon back in possession. Reading living off scraps at the moment. Cardiff try to break.
    • 20' No goals yet, but plenty of energy. Surely this one can't continue at such a pace. Both teams really giving their all. Samuel and Bywater a bit hesitant there before Samuel eventually whacks the ball away.
    • 19' Super defending by Mills. Chopra pulled the trigger 12 yards out, but the Reading skipper read the danger as he raced across to make the tackle. Vital tackle.
    • 18' Harte across to knock the ball away from Burke. Cardiff certainly enjoying the better of it at the moment.
    • 17' Reading chairman John Madejski looking a bit pensive up in the stand. Burke on the charge before Chopra thumps a shot wide of goal. Decent effort.
    • 16' Burke goes on a long and purposeful run down a flank, but he has overun the ball as it races harmlessly out of play. Reading have the ball.
    • 15' Looked like Griffin was holding Chopra in the box. The referee failed to spot that one there. Fortunate for Reading that he didn't spot it.
    • 14' Mills in the thick of the action to block the shot by Olofinjana. All a bit frantic, but Reading survive that bout of pressure.
    • 13' Thomas with a fine cross to the back post for Bothroyd. He heads back across goal. No takers, but Burke earns a corner seconds later.
    • 12' Long caught offside as Reading try to get back up the park. Cardiff back in possession.
    • 11' Four defeats for Cardiff in 23 home games in the league. They are obviously good at home and they are on the attack here as Griffin hoists Whittingham's ball up in the air. Reading deal with it.
    • 10' Cummings sends a high ball up the park, but that pass is met by the head of Keinean. Cummings with another cross, but headed out by Blake. Good defending.
    • 9' The pitch is immaculate, but wet. Mistakes can be made on this type of surface. Burke tries to make a dash away out wide, but the ball runs out of play. Some pace already out there.
    • 8' Certainly a bright start to this evening. The home fans in full voice as they seek that showdown with Swansea. Ball back with Bywater as he launches it down the pitch.
    • 7' Fine strike by Whittingham from distance. Keeps that shot low and it sped off the surface from 25 yards out, but Federici does well to hold the ball.
    • 6' Big call there as Chopra goes to ground in the visiting box! Under pressure from Mills, but would have been a soft one to give. No real contact.
    • 5' Samuel tries to pick out Olofinjana, but too much pace on the cross. Cardiff trying to piece together some pressure.
    • 4' 10 win from 16 games plus eight straight wins for Reading to reach this destination. Griffin clatters Thomas, but no foul to Cardiff. The home side on the attack.
    • 3' Super little run by Long as he goes beyond Samuel, but he can only hammer the shot in to the side of the net. Reading starting well.
    • 2' A full house of 24,000 in for this one. Long almost in for the opener there for the visitors, but he is watched by McNaughton. Cardiff clear. An energetic start.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one. Cardiff get us under way.
    • 19.42 Brian McDermott can't wait to experience the atmosphere at Cardiff. "There is a great atmosphere at Cardiff, they love their team, love their players and it's a crowd that get behind their team like we do. But I don't regard it as hostility. It will be a great atmosphere. When I was a player there we were playing in front of five or six thousand, but times have changed and it is one of the best grounds in the division now. But we have won at Anfield as a group so we have no fear."
    • 19.40 Cardiff boss Dave Jones is relishing this match. "Both sides wanted to go into the second game either winning or on even terms and that's how it worked out. It's half-time and you have to have a shout of doing something in the second leg."
    • 19.35 Jlloyd Samuel is in for Paul Quinn for Cardiff. Bellamy is replaced by Michael Chopra. Reading bring in Shaun Cummings for the injured Hal Robson-Kanu.
    • 19.30 The referee this evening is Howard Webb of Yorkshire.
    • 19.25 Swansea won a thrilling match last night when they defeated Nottingham Forest 3-1. Cardiff will be looking for a similar outcome at home. Read about it here.. Swansea reach play-off final
    • 19.20 CARDIFF TEAM NEWS: Craig Bellamy is out of the clash in Wales. Bluebirds star Bellamy was forced off after just 17 minutes of Friday's goalless first leg nursing a hamstring strain.
    • 19.15 Cardiff side: Bywater, Blake, Samuel, McNaughton, Keinan, Burke, Whittingham, Olofinjana, Emmanuel-Thomas, Bothroyd, Chopra. Subs: Heaton, Naylor, Rae, Hudson, Parkin, Koumas, Matthews.
    • 19.10 Teams: Reading: Federici, Griffin, Karacan, Mills, Leigertwood, Long, Hunt, McAnuff, Khizanishvili, Harte, Cummings. Subs: McCarthy, Gunnarsson, Tabb, Church, Howard, Pearce, Manset.
    • 19.05 READING NEWS: Reading have added Jimmy Kebe to the squad for the crunch play-off second leg at Cardiff. The Malian winger has missed the last five games with a thigh strain, but has a chance of featuring and will travel as the Royals look to book a place at Wembley. The sides fought out a tense 0-0 draw in Friday night's first leg and manager Brian McDermott - who played for Cardiff - will also hand a late fitness test to Hal Robson-Kanu.
    • 19.00 Good evening and welcome to the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final between Cardiff and Reading in Wales. The first leg of this tie finished 0-0. Cardiff looking to make home advantage count as they try to set up a final with Swansea at Wembley on May 30.
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL FOR READING! What a superb run and finish by McAnuff! Danced beyond McNaughton before thumping the ball beyond Bywater. 3-0 and it is good night Cardiff.
    • 80' Final 10 minutes, but Reading on the attack. Super ball by Long, but Hunt misses the target. That should have been 3-0 and good night Cardiff. Will that make a difference? Probably not.
    • 70' Harte gets the header at goal from McAnuff's corner, but straight down the throat of Bywater. Decent chance for the visiting player.
    • 65' Bothroyd so close to turning the ball in from close range, but Federici holds firm to make the block. Still 2-0 to the visiting side.
    • 58' Reading really dangerous now on the break. McAnuff showing bags of skill before he rushes his shot and hammers it wide. Another cross into the box was the order of the day there.
    • 56' Glorious chance for Thomas at the other end, but he smacks a shot into the ground and over from Bothroyd's cross. Can't keep spurning those chances.
    • 55' So close to a third goal for Reading! Lovely little ball by Long into the path of Hunt, who hits the post with his chest. So close. Couldn't really control the finish.
    • 53' Blake throws over a fine cross, but Olofinjana can only head straight at Federici. Looking for one of those to go to the keeper's left or right.
    • 50' Thomas knocks the ball across goal from Bothroyd's cross. So close, but not close enough. Bellamy looks on in disbelief.
    • 42' GOAL FOR READING! Long slips the ball to the left of Bywater as the keeper threw himself to the right. A quite superb penalty and Reading lead 2-0.
    • 41' PENALTY TO READING! Keinan pulls Mills back from Harte's corner. Certain penalty and what a chance here for the visiting side to go two goals clear.
    • 27' GOAL FOR READING! Mistake by Bywater. Horrific mistake by the keeper as he tried to clear the ball. It broke to Long who produced a superb finish from 25 yards to lob the ball into the net.
    • 23' Decent corner from Whittingham is met by Keinan at the back post. Powers a header at goal, but straight into the hands of Federici. So close to the opener.
    • 22' Bothroyd sees a shot spin wide from the edge of the box. Deflected wide off Khizanishvili. Good effort. They have a corner.
    • 19' Super defending by Mills. Chopra pulled the trigger 12 yards out, but the Reading skipper read the danger as he raced across to make the tackle. Vital tackle.
    • 17' Reading chairman John Madejski looking a bit pensive up in the stand. Burke on the charge before Chopra thumps a shot wide of goal. Decent effort.
    • 19.15 Cardiff side: Bywater, Blake, Samuel, McNaughton, Keinan, Burke, Whittingham, Olofinjana, Emmanuel-Thomas, Bothroyd, Chopra. Subs: Heaton, Naylor, Rae, Hudson, Parkin, Koumas, Matthews.
    • 19.10 Teams: Reading: Federici, Griffin, Karacan, Mills, Leigertwood, Long, Hunt, McAnuff, Khizanishvili, Harte, Cummings. Subs: McCarthy, Gunnarsson, Tabb, Church, Howard, Pearce, Manset.

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