Crystal Palace stormed into the semifinal of the FA Cup after late goals secured a 2-0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Friday night.
- Palace march into cup semifinal
- Palace grab two late goals in the last seven minutes
- Cooper concedes penalty and receives a red card after second yellow
- Cabaye converts penalty
- Campbell scores from the bench as sub
- An enthralling finish after a quiet 80 minutes
After a quiet first-half, the cup tie came to life late in the second after a thrilling finish which started when Palace were awarded a penalty which was converted by Yohan Cabaye in the 86th minute.
The exciting end to the match was completed when Palace sealed the victory with a goal from Frazier Campbell inside injury time. Palace became the first to book their place in the last four of the cup competition with the nail-biting finish.
After the opening exchanges in the opening quarter it was clear that goals would prove hard to come by in the first-half at least if not in the entire encounter. But that would all change late in the game when it appeared to be headed for a stalemate.
Poor passing, slow ball movement and lack of penetration in either half characterized the disappointing first-half.
Palace midfielder Wilfried Zaha looked to be the first to test the opposition goalkeeper, but his attempt was blocked by defender Jake Cooper in the 26th minute.
Moments before the end of the half the deadlock was nearly broken when Yannick Bolasie blasted the ball over the post from close range.
The second half had a lively start with both coming out of the dressing room with more vigour and intent. Palace midfielder Cabaye combined with teammate Joe Ledley to take a shot that forced goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi into a save in the 56th minute.
In the 67th minute Mile Jedinak had his volley bounce off an opponent and cleared out of danger in the Reading penalty box.
Reading attacker Ola John dribbled past the opposition defenders and made space for a shot that curled wide of the target.
In the late flurry, Cooper conceded the penalty and was given his marching orders by referee Mike Dean for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute for a foul on Bolasie.
Cabaye made no mistake from the penalty spot while substitute Campbell ensured the win with an injury time goal.