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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 24,097) 30th January 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Halsey

Reading Reading vs Chelsea Chelsea

Reading 2

A Le Fondre (87, 90+5)


Chelsea 2

J Mata (45+1)
F Lampard (66)

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  1. That's it from me. I need to crack on with the match report, ratings and post-match quotes.

  2. Stunning result. Chelsea were leading 2-0 with only four minutes of regular time remaining, but two goals in the closing stages have secured the unlikeliest of draws. Full time, it's Reading 2 Chelsea 2. A draw out of nothing for the Royals.

  3. The full-time whistle goes and Reading have come from 2-0 down to stun Chelsea and secure a remarkable 2-2 draw.

  4. 90+4

    Azpilicueta is now booked for diving.

  5. 90+4

    From the free-kick Reading launched the ball in the penalty area. Kebe flicks on the ball. Akpan nods on the ball for Le Fondre, who guides the ball home. Stunning stuff.

  6. 90+4

    GOAL! Reading are level! Le Fondre has scored!

  7. 90+3

    Reading finishing with a flourish, but Turnbull comes out and collects the ball. He's in no rush to re-start the game either.

  8. 90+2

    Change for Chelsea. Ba comes on. He replaces Torres.

  9. 90+1

    Super save from Federici to deny Ramires from distance. Could be more goals in this one.

  10. 90

    Five minutes of injury time are due to be played. Demba Ba looks like he is going to come on.

  11. 87

    Neat through-ball from sub Akpan and he finds who else by Le Fondre, who tucks home a left-footed finish. Can Reading perform another late miracle?

  12. 87

    GOAL! Reading have scored through Le Fondre.

  13. 86

    Chance. Benayoun finds Oscar, but his first-time effort is blocked by Federici, who came out of his goal quickly to snuff out the danger.

  14. 85

    Le Fondre curls an effort over. Reading coming back into this a little. They need a goal soon.

  15. 84

    Chelsea have Terry on the bench should Cahill be unable to continue.

  16. 82

    Cahill got a whack to the face there. Looks like he headed the back of McCleary's head.

  17. 78

    12 minutes to go and Reading have just had their first attempt at goal. Le Fondre headed an effort well wide. Disappointing night from the Royals so far.

  18. Just to clarify Le Fondre came on after Lampard scored. He replaced McAnuff.

  19. 76

    Change for Chelsea as well. My man of the match Mata has departed. Benayoun is on.

  20. 76

    Third and final change for Reading. Karacan has gone off and he's replaced by Akpan, who was signed from Crawley Town.

  21. 75

    It's all Chelsea. They could easily go and score four or five now in this one. Reading have not been in this one.

  22. 72

    Oscar picks out Torres, but the Spanish striker is offside. I didn't it was first time and didn't think it was on the replay. His shot hit Federici anyway.

  23. 70

    Lovely cross by Mata, however, there was no-one on hand to turn the ball home.

  24. 68

    Mata finds Lampard, but this time his effort from outside the penalty area rolls wide. Decent chance for a third.

  25. 68

    That prompts Chelsea's fans to chant 'going down'.

  26. 66

    Mata's corner is headed home at the near post by Lampard. Pogrebnyak was on the line trying to keep it out, but it was too well-placed into the top corner.

  27. 66

    GOAL! Lampard has scored Chelsea's second.

  28. 66

    Chance for a second. Lampard finds Oscar. He opts to try and find Torres, but this time Harte is on hand to clear the danger.

  29. 59

    Le Fondre is readying to come on for the home time. The super sub.

  30. 58

    Not a lot happening at the moment. Reading are trying to assert themselves, but with little result.

  31. 56

    First change of the evening and it's come from Reading. McCleary has replaced Guthrie.

  32. 55

    That should have been a second for Chelsea. Lampard's floated ball picks out Oscar. He had time and space, but went for the first-time volley and fires his effort wide. Torres was wanting the ball in the middle.

  33. 53

    Guthrie's left-wing cross is easily held by Turnbull.

  34. 52

    Bit selfish there from Bertrand. He opted against picking out team-mate Azpilicueta. His shot was then blocked.

  35. 50

    Lampard's free-kick can only find the wall. Bit disappointing really. You expected him to at least test Federici.

  36. 49

    Pearce brings down Torres. Free-kick for Chelsea in a dangerous-looking position from outside the penalty area.

  37. 46

    Reading get the second half underway!

  38. No changes for either side during the break. Reading will re-start in possession.

  39. So Chelsea lead at the break courtesy of Mata's strike. What do Blues fans think of their display so far? What do Reading fans think of their lack of anything up front. Send in your answers to

  40. The half-time whistle goes. Mata's goal on the stroke of half-time has given the visitors. That's been the only shot on target in the game.

  41. 45

    Torres with a lovely through-ball for Mata who finishes with a first-time left-footed shot past Federici.

  42. 45

    GOAL! Mata has put Chelsea ahead.

  43. 45

    One minute of stoppage time is due to be played.

  44. 42

    Cole has time and space for a shot outside the penalty area, but once again Federici remains untested.

  45. 40

    Oscar is nearly through. The ball falls for Torres, but he can only muster a woeful effort. Surely Ba will be introduced in the second half if this stays goalless for much longer.

  46. 39

    Free-kick for Reading gives a bit of respite for the home team. In fact it's a booking for Ramires, who led with the elbow on Pogrebnyak.

  47. Good evening James and just a quick reply to those moaning about the Torres selection: I don't think RB gets a choice in this one, RA wants him to play and it's his club after all. I think it is that simple. regards, Jamie B

  48. 36

    Bertrand's shot is well off target. The poor effort draws whistles from the home support. Turnbull has had nothing to do in the visitors' goal.

  49. 35

    Chelsea have never lost a Premier League game to Reading. Six meetings between the teams.

  50. 32

    That should have been a corner to Reading, but the officials did not see it. The home fans are far from happy.

  51. It's early days yet, but I'm thinking 'Blues held by Royals' as a possible headline.

  52. 28

    Wow! Free header for Cahill from Lampard's free-kick, but he is unable to hit the target. A real chance and the only one of the game so far. Could easily have been 1-0 to Chelsea, but it remains goalless.

  53. 27

    McAnuff is first in the referee's notebook for catching Oscar with a late challenge.

  54. 26

    Chelsea still on top, but yet to test Federici.

  55. 22

    Lampard's first-time shot is blocked. Chlsea have the upper hand right now.

  56. 20

    Once again Chelsea are ineffective from a corner with Reading clearing easily.

  57. 20

    Reading scamble it behind for a corner. Chelsea broke after Ramires pinched the ball from Leigertwood.

  58. 18

    Not a lot to report here so far. No clear-cut chances.

  59. 17

    Federici comes, jumps and collects the ball in the air with Torres challenging from a long Chelsea punt up the field.

  60. 13

    Ashley Cole's shot is well over the bar. Nice build-up play by the visitors. Mata's square ball picked out Cole, but he was unable to test Federici.

  61. 10

    Reading are now starting to come into the game. The Royals are pressing the Blues and cutting down their time in possession.

  62. 8

    All Chelsea so far, but Federici has had little to do in the home goal.

  63. 5

    Ivanovic gets his head on the ball this time, however, it bounces harmlessly wide.

  64. 5

    Another corner for Chelsea. Reading have dealt with the set-pieces so far.

  65. 4

    However, the pressure remains on Reading as Chelsea have another corner.

  66. 3

    Mata's delivery is well cleared. Danger over.

  67. 3

    Chelsea do have a corner though as Karacan puts Torres' cross behind.

  68. 3

    No early chances for either side.

  69. 2

    Chelsea happy playing the ball around at the back.

  70. 1

    Turnbull allows a free-kick to bounce harmlessly wide of his far post.

  71. 1

    Chelsea get the contest underway!

  72. Chelsea will kick off the match.

  73. The teams are in the tunnel! It's Reading v Chelsea in Premier League action.

  74. Reading have new striker Nick Blackman watching on from the stands.

  75. Here are the teams!

  76. Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Karacan, Leigertwood, Guthrie, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stuart Taylor, Shorey, Le Fondre, McCleary, Morrison, Robson-Kanu, Akpan.

  77. Chelsea: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Mata, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Bertrand, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Marin, Terry, Ba, Benayoun, Ake.

  78. Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

  79. I'm James Pearson and I'll be talking you through tonight's match from Reading. If you have any pre-match predictions or thoughts on the line-ups, feel free to e-mail me at

  80. It looks like both teams are going for 4-2-3-1 formations. Can the Royals keep up their impressive form or will the Blues claim all three points away from home?

  81. Fernando Torres lines up ahead of Demba Ba in attack as Chelsea look to bounce back from their FA Cup draw at Brentford with victory at Reading.

  82. Ross Turnbull retains his place in goal after Petr Cech failed to recover from a calf injury, but John Terry drops to the bench, with Branislav Ivanovic partnering Gary Cahill at centre-back.

  83. Reading make one change from the side that beat Newcastle, with Jem Karacan starting in place of ex-Nottingham Forest man Garath McCleary.



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