Reading FC Match Report: 2012/2013 Season - League Cup
READING 5 ARSENAL 7
Reading: J Roberts (12 mins), L Koscielny (og 18 mins), M Leigertwood (20 mins), N Hunt (37 mins), P Pogrebnyak (116 mins).
Arsenal: Walcott (45 mins, 90+6 mins, 120 mins), Giroud (64 mins), L Koscielny (89 mins), M Chamakh (103 mins, 120 mins).
After Extra Time
Full Time: 4-4
In a truly unbelievable night of football at the Madejski Stadium, Reading were dumped out of the League Cup after coming off the worst in a stunning twelve goal game. Against all the odds Reading were an incredible 4 goals up against Arsenal with just 37 minutes on the clock. A superb Reading move, and a perfect cross from the left saw the excellent Jason Roberts get Reading on their way to a dramatic early lead. An own goal was followed by Leigertwood making it 3-0 as the pressure on the keeper showed no let up. There was only 20 minutes on the clock. An impressive lead felt insane on 37 minutes when Noel Hunt's goal - another great Reading move headed home after a cross from the right - clocked up 4-0. Reading were playing excellent football and not only creating chance after chance but were actually converting them as well.
The 4-0 lead was a shock, but what followed was a bigger shock as Reading crumbled despite such a huge lead. Obviously Reading's complete domination of the fixture couldn't last and the signs were there when Walcott pulled one back before the break, breaking clear of the Reading defence through the middle to take on Federici. That goal was enough to turn the game around and set-up Arsenal's second half come back. Arsenal pulled it back to 4-2 but every fans sensed disaster as Reading attempted to cling on to the lead. It was 4-3 in the last minute of normal time. Reading took it into the far corners to try and waste some time. Church came off the bench to distrupt the game deep in injury time and it become even more desperate. The equaliser - which eventually came in the sixth minute of stoppage time after the fourth official had indicated four - seemed inevitable.
Despite Arsenal turning the game around and taking full control of the fixture, it was Reading that were the first side to threaten in extra time when McAnuff steamed through. However, the momentum stayed with Arsenal, and they looked to have won the game in the first half of extra time, making it 4-5. Reading, once again, failed to give up and Pogrebnyak made it five all with four minutes of extra time left to play. Reading pushed forward looking for the winner, to avoid penalties, only to see Arsenal make it 5-6 as the game continued end to end. With Reading throwing everything forward in the last moments of the game, and Federici off the line, Arsenal sealed it with a seventh.
This League Cup game took place 2063 days ago in the 2012/2013 season.