Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored two goals against Reading, as the Londoners booked their place in the FA Cup final at Wembley, with Royals goalkeeper Adam Federici having made a costly second-half error that saw the Championship outfit go behind in extra time, reports BBC Sport.
Arsenal took the lead in the first-half through Sanchez. The Chilean international was full of running all game, and rounded off a good move from the Gunners to put them ahead. In-form playmaker Mesut Ozil curled a beautiful pass beyond the Reading defence, and Sanchez brought the ball down in the area, side-stepped one challenge, before coolly slotting home minutes before the half-time break.
Reading, who made a good account of themselves in the first-half, came out of the blocks in the second 45 minutes of normal time, and did find a deserved equaliser. Arsenal were lacklustre for most of the evening, and the Royals made them pay, with Gareth McCleary sliding a cross home from close range.
The game went to extra time, but it was Arsenal who came away the victors, after a Sanchez shot somehow went through the legs of the Reading goalkeeper, who was inconsolable at the final whistle. Arsenal have reached the FA Cup final against Aston Villa/Liverpool, while Reading’s focus returns on domestic form.
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