FA Cup 3rd Round replay.
Half-time: Liverpool 1 Reading 0
Liverpool edged ahead in first-half injury time after surviving more than one scare at their own end of the pitch.
Steven Gerrard deserves credit for the goal but he’ll only be credited with an assist. He’d just taken the second of two corners in short succession. After some quick passing he was in the box and trying to play a ball across the face of goal to a teammate, but Reading’s Ingimarsson got in the way and deflected the ball into his own net.
Gerrard wasn’t looking for Torres with his cross because the Liverpool striker had gone off half-an-hour into the match with an injury. Liverpool fans will be hopeful his withdrawal was a precautionary measure rather than the start of another spell on the sidelines. Pepe Reina sat this match out having suffered a slight knock beforehand.
Reading looked dangerous on the break and Liverpool found themselves under pressure on a number of occasions after their own attacks had broken down. One of those occasions saw Simon Church burst onto the wing, get past Daniel Agger and send a dangerous ball into the Liverpool area. Jamie Carragher didn’t seem to sense the danger and let the ball go – letting it go straight to Grzegorz Rasiak standing right behind him in the six-yard box. Luckily for Carragher his opponent missed what was a golden opportunity to cause an upset for the Reds.
Argentinian Maxi Rodriguez was paraded before the match, having signed for the Reds today on a three-and-a-half year deal.
Liverpool: 1 Cavalieri, 27 Degen, 23 Carragher, 5 Agger, 22 Insua, 21 Lucas, 4 Aquilani, 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 15 Benayoun, 9 Torres (Ngog 29)
Subs: 42 Gulacsi, 12 Aurelio, 37 Skrtel, 26 Spearing, 19 Babel, 24 Ngog, 47 Pacheco
Goals: Ingimarsson (og) 45+1
Reading: 1 Federici, 5 Mills, 16 Ingimarsson, 24 Bertrand, 4 Cisse, 6 Gunnarsson, 11 McAnuff, 20 Karacan, 25 Sigurdsson, 18 Church, 23 Rasiak
Subs: 21 Hamer, 26 Pearce, 7 Tabb, 8 Matejovsky, 14 Kebe, 34 Howard, 9 Long
Booked: Karacan, Mills
Referee: Phil Dowd