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It's official: Arsenal to face Reading in FA Cup semifinal

The return tie at Reading went entirely the Royals' way, but we'd like to thank the Bantams for beating Chelsea 4-2 at the Bridge.

Guaranteed: A trip to Wembley will get you at least one shirtless pitch invader.
Guaranteed: A trip to Wembley will get you at least one shirtless pitch invader.
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In today's FA Cup Sixth Round replay, to make up for the earlier 0-0 draw between Reading and Bradford, it was all Reading as Hal Robson-Kanu put in the first of two early goals, just over five minutes into the match, to help the Royals coast to a 3-0 win. Teammate Garath McCleary joined Robson-Kanu on the scoresheet just over three minutes after the initial goal, and Jamie Mackie added a 68th minute goal to pad Reading's lead.

Any hopes Bradford might have had for a comeback had already dwindled before Mackie's goal, however -- in the 62nd minute, Bradford midfielder Filipe Morais karate-kicked Reading's Nathaniel Chalobah in the chest, earning a straight red card for his efforts. Reading was dominant throughout, leading the possession battle 54%-46%, and outshooting Bradford 12-3.

Reading is perhaps best-known in Arsenal annals for the epic yet ridiculous Capital One Cup match in October 2012 -- Arsenal went down 4-0 in the 37th minute, clawed back to 4-4 at regulation with a last-gasp Theo Walcott goal, and then scored two goals in the last sliver of extra time to bring Arsenal from the brink of a penalty shootout to a "comfortable" 7-5 win.

This year, Reading is firmly mid-table in the Championship League, mired in 17th place (out of 24), but safely ahead of the first drop zone spot ... currently occupied by 2012-13 FA Cup winners Wigan.

Arsenal will play Reading on April 18 or 19 at Wembley Stadium.