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Summary

  1. MOTD live coverage on BBC One and online
  2. Arsenal edge through to final after extra time
  3. Keeper Federici fumbles Sanchez shot for winner
  4. McCleary leveller had sent match to extra time

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Goodnight

And that will be that for a day where Arsenal reached a 19th FA Cup final - an English record.

We have a number of follow-up pieces planned so stay tuned to the BBC Sport website, the

match report is here.

Match of the Day gets started at 22:30 BST. Go on, you know you want to...

An afternoon to remember or forget

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

What would this one say? Joy, ecstasy, pain, agony.

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What a game we were served. What a display by the underdog - a recurring pattern in the FA Cup this season. And what a moment of calamity to decide things.

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Former Reading striker

Jason Roberts tweets: Gutted for Adam Federici there is not a better man you would want fighting alongside you..I am proud to call him my friend...

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Who do Arsenal fans want to face in the FA Cup final on 30 May?

Sho: Villa. Cannot stand Liverpool fans. Besides, Villa could do with a cup final considering the season they have had.

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An aside from the Wembley result, one keen eyed viewer has spotted something uncanny.

Ben Brownleetweeted us on #bbcfacup saying: Great show and match GaryLineker but are you turning into Des Lynham!?

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Manager reaction

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Reading boss Steve Clarke: "It's not a case of being robbed, it's about getting what you deserve from the game. The effort and the tactical and technical discipline was there. You feel for Adam Federici, this is the life of a goalkeeper. The big mistake. If you lose, you want to lose to a moment of brilliance not a mistake. But I'm sure if you did a shortlist of top three players at Reading this season, he would be up there. I told him [after the game] to keep his head up. The mistakes will freshen his mind. We win as a team and lose a team."

'Matter of time before we win silverware'

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Former Reading chairman Sir John Madejski talking to the BBC: "I'm so proud of Reading and the fans must be delighted and now we have to concentrate on our league position. It's always a case of what might have been and to have lost that goal just before half time of extra time but it bodes well for the future of Reading football club and we live to fight another day.

"I think we played well above our level against an in form Arsenal. We'll be back and it's just a matter of time until we lift some silverware, we were always going to be underdogs and at the end of the day the best team won and the players and fans should be very proud."

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Manager reaction

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the performance of Alexis Sanchez: "He struggled to get into the game but has that stubborn resilience and individual potential."

I'd hate to see the damage he would cause if he did get into the game.

Proud of my players

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Reading manager Steve Clarke: "It was a really good performance, I feel for the players they gave everything, feel for the supporters they gave everything. It should have been a good afternoon for us but sometimes in football you do not get reward for such a good performance.

"The second-half we grew into the game and found belief and found a bit of quality to get back into the game. It is a good job there was goalline technology otherwise I am not sure they would have given us the goal.; We should have had a penalty in the 65th minute for a handball. You need these moments to go for us.

"Federici is upset, he had made a mistake in a key game but he is a strong personality and has been magnificent for the club all season. Without his saves we would be in even more trouble at the bottom of the Championship."

Federici in a lonely place

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Reading manager Steve Clarke tells BBC Radio 5 live goalkeeper that Adam Federici has been taken to doping control.

It's fair to say probably not what the stopper needed.

"He will be sat on his own without anyone around him," former Hull City midfielder Kevin Kilbane tells BBC radio 5 live's 606.

Ozil in the groove

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Mesut Ozil
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The two games in which Ozil has laid on two goals have both arrived since March.

The German international played 114 passes, that's more than any other player on the pitch. He completed 90.4% of them. A stellar display.

Manager reaction

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Reading were ready to "die" on the pitch, such was their effort for 120 minutes.

"It was a very difficult game against a well-organised, physical and resilient Reading team," he says. "They defended very well.

"After half-time we didn't have the same intensity in the first half. We started to suffer and paid for it.

"Reading were ready to die on the pitch to get to the final and we have to congratulate them on their effort today."

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Those campaigns came in 1998, 2003 and 2014.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, who is celebrating his 25th birthday today, said: "I am happy we are through but I thought Federici was terrific today. He had the game of his life and they only got to extra time because of him. He was the best player on the pitch. I really feel for him, I have been there, done that."

Szczesny's mistake allowed Birmingham's Obafemi Martins to score the winner in the 2011 League Cup final at Wembley.

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright

Match of the Day at Wembley

"I am pleased with the win but I am distraught for Adam Federici. I would rather win on penalties. It is something you don't get over. He has to close his legs and get his body behind the ball. It is harsh but that is it.

"What is more upsetting is when Arsenal are playing these teams they start so slowly. It is disappointing to see them play like that.

"Winning the FA Cup will be a fantastic way to end the season for Arsenal."

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The lines are open for 606 with Kelly Cates and Kevin Kilbane.

They want your reaction to Arsenal's extra-time victory over Reading at Wembley to reach the FA Cup final.

Leicester are of the off the bottom of the Premier League for the first time since November - can they pull off a great escape?

After Chelsea's win over Manchester United - is that the title completely over?

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James.Pheney: Lucky as per usual from Arsenal. Even Neuer made a mistake like Federici a few weeks ago. Come on Reading!!!!!!

Ben Chowns-Smith: Got to feel for Federici. It was a bad error but he's still human. Hard to see someone leave the field in tears.

Zahid: Michael Hector did us all proud! What a performance! The Fresh Prince of East Ham, this won't be the last we see of him!

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That last Alan Shearer entry sent a shiver through me. Imagine spending the rest of your life being reminded of your most embarrassing moment. Sport at its most brutal does not hurt you physically but will pollute your very being for eternity.

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Former England striker Alan Shearer

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"It's not nice to see when it comes down to one individual, Adam Federici will remember that for rest of his life and people will mention it to him for the rest of his life. He actually played very well but it's agony for him, the players and the fans. But one thing Steve Clarke would have said to his players is to give everything, not to leave anything on the pitch and they did that."

Man of the Match

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This is a picture of the man of the match.

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Alexis Sanchez picked up 70% of the vote.

Two goals, 75% of his passes completed and three chances created. He mucked in alright.

Manager reaction

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BBC Sport: "A tough game yes. They defended well and we didn't find our stride. They were strong in challenges and we struggled to win 50/50s. They were on a different planet for motivation. It is a semi-final and it does not go easy. A team like that, the occasion of their life, and they will not give up.

"We controlled the first half comfortably but they came into it second half. We started flat but they were more aggressive and we lost more balls.

"When you are in the final you can win it. We will prepare well, finish well in the league and then come back here and do all we can to win it. We all want a trophy. It is difficult to deliver but all you want is the attitude."

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Reading players
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The numbers show Arsenal's upper hand but none can sum up the calamitous circumstances in which their win was sealed.

Arsene Wenger's side played 851 passes to Reading's 314. While Reading may draw plaudits for their battle, the Premier League side won more duels on the day, 96 to 71.

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Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live

"You have got to say Reading put in a spirited performance and at times they matched Arsenal. They rolled their sleeves up, they were honest and committed but overall the best team won.

"Arsenal had that extra bit of quality and it showed, they have played better in the last two months but they are in a final and have a chance to win it but they will have to play better against either Liverpool or Aston Villa."

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Images of Adam Federici before he raced down the tunnel make for uncomfortable viewing. He is absolutely distraught.

Adam Federici
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Player reaction

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has swapped shirts with the man who was best man at his wedding Chris Gunter and tells BBC Sport his side were "made to work" for their progress.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game but they came out and showed great character to come back into it," says Ramsey. "We were on the ropes at times but dealt with it and had a bit of luck with the last goal.

"On these occasions things like that happen but Reading made us work for this today."

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Lee Allen: Got to be one of the cruellest ways to concede and so harsh on Federici as he made some stunning saves.

Tomas Austin: I'm an Arsenal fan and even I feel bad for the Reading keeper.

ARSENAL REACH THE FA CUP FINAL

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There will be tears. They will belong to Reading fans and Adam Federici will cry his own river. What a way to exit.

Arsenal will contest their 19th FA Cup final on 30 May.

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Alexis Sanchez shoots in pursuit of a hat-trick but the wall does its job.

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The Gunners slow the ball down, killing time, they have it in a tight grip. Theo Walcott injects some pace, that's what he does, foul by Danny Williams on the edge of the area and I think that is this race won...

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Arsenal have around 90 seconds to go. Win and they are the most successful team in FA Cup history with more trophies and final appearances combined than any other side.

Here come the long balls into their area but Arsenal stand tall and break...

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Now it is kitchen sink time. Get that ball forward if you want to prolong this one Royals. They do but Jamie Mackie is flagged offside.

This is still gripping.

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Arsenal probe. No sign of them shutting up shop, not in their make-up.

Michael Hector foils Theo Walcott. He has been outstanding at the back for Reading.

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Have we reached kitchen sink time? Maybe not yet, another minute or two. Reading need to pepper that Arsenal area with trouble.

Chris Gunter gets forward from full-back but cannot deliver a cross under pressure.

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Reading's supporters look concerned. The songs seem to have dried up for the first time today.

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Wonderful stuff from Mesut Ozil as he sparks an attack with a deft backheel then collects a return from Aaron Ramsey to slip in Olivier Giroud... shot... post. The angle was getting tighter with every millisecond and Giroud rattled the near post.

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Reading look on bleary eyed as Arsenal keep possession for a spell, drawing any unwanted sting out of this game with every nudge of the ball.

Yakubu is on for Pavel Pogrebnyak who has been a nuisance today, maybe that change is a bit surprising.

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Reading have to make free-kicks like this count, it's in the Arsenal half, up come the big men and one gets a flick on it but Wojciech Szczesny is brave and punches as he jumps over bodies.

Yakubu is coming on shortly...

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Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live

"I think the keeper will put his hand up there, he could have done better. It was a tired shot from Sanchez to the near post and the keeper spills the ball. You have to feel sorry for Reading for the effort they had put in."

Adam Federici has made seven saves today, Wojciech Szczesny - three.

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What will the papers say about this? Lucky? A let off? Would a third goal at least gloss over some Arsenal fortune?

Mesut Ozil has a go but pulls a shot wide from the edge of the area. Left footed, it's wayward.