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League Cup Exit: Reading 5 Arsenal 7

30 October 2012
By Hob Nob Anyone?

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. There was only 20 minutes on the clock. An impressive lead felt insane on 37 minutes when Noel Hunt's goal clocked up 4-0.

Obviously Reading's complete domination of the fixture couldn't last and the signs were there when Walcott pulled one back before the break. Arsenal pulled it back to 4-2 before two late goals - one after injury time at the end of the game should have come to an end to make it 4-4 and force extra time.

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 it was Arsenal who looked to have won the game in the first half of extra time, making it 4-5. However, 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 pushing forward in the last moments of the game and Federici off the line Arsenal sealed it with a seventh.

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