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Man United beats Reading to reach FA Cup quarters

February 18, 2013

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United reached the FA Cup quarterfinals Monday after Nani and Javier Hernandez scored in a three-minute span in the second half to break down Reading’s stubborn defense and secure a 2-1 victory.

United had dominated much of the game at Old Trafford but lacked sharp finishing until Nani broke the deadlock with a clinical finish in the 69th minute. Hernandez headed in the second from Nani’s cross three minutes later to seemingly make the game safe, but Jobi McAnuff got one back for Reading in the 82nd.

“We really should have punished them better,” United manager Alex Ferguson said. “I think when you analyze it we played some great football. We should have scored a lot of goals today. ... But I’m really satisfied with the quality of the game.”

United will face either Chelsea or Middlesbrough in the quarterfinals.

United striker Wayne Rooney missed the game with an illness, while leading scorer Robin van Persie came on as a substitute in the second half.


SIENA, Italy (AP) — Switzerland forward Innocent Emeghara extended his impressive start in Serie A by scoring twice Monday as Siena moved out of last place with a 3-0 win over Lazio.

The loss left Lazio tied with AC Milan in third place, 11 points behind Italian league leader Juventus.

Emeghara put Siena ahead six minutes in with a header, Alessandro Rosina doubled the lead in the 23rd and Emeghara scored again in the 61st after accelerating past defender Giuseppe Biava.

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