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Carabao Cup: Reading 2-0 Birmingham City

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Yakou Meite scored the opening goal of the game

Goals from Yakou Meite and John Swift helped Reading defeat Birmingham City in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Ivorian Meite opened the scoring early on with a firm strike following a chipped through ball from Royals debutant Marc McNulty.

Swift doubled the hosts' lead after 72 minutes with a free-kick to decide the all-Championship affair.

Victory against two-time winners Birmingham gave Paul Clement's side their first win of the season.

Line-ups

Reading

  • 28Walker
  • 3Yiadom
  • 6Moore
  • 20Ilori
  • 24Blackett
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forO'Sheaat 82'minutes
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forRinomhotaat 73'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 10Swift
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forClementat 26'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 29McNulty

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 4O'Shea
  • 22Clement
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 27Richards
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 38Kelly

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 45Harding
  • 4Roberts
  • 24Scarr
  • 25Dacres-CogleyBooked at 30mins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20GardnerBooked at 18minsSubstituted forLakinat 73'minutes
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forJotaat 66'minutes
  • 30Lubala
  • 22Solomon-Otabor
  • 14BogleSubstituted forAdamsat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Adams
  • 17N'Doye
  • 19Maghoma
  • 23Jota
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
  • 32Seddon
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
6,934

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Birmingham City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Birmingham City 0.

Pelle Clement (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Harding (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Andy Yiadom (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jota (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John O'Shea replaces Yakou Meite because of an injury.

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City).

Delay in match Yakou Meite (Reading) because of an injury.

Booking

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Wes Harding (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sam Baldock (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Lakin (Birmingham City).

Tiago Ilori (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andy Rinomhota replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Charlie Lakin replaces Gary Gardner.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Birmingham City 0. John Swift (Reading) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Beryly Lubala (Birmingham City).

Sam Baldock (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces Omar Bogle.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jota replaces Connor Mahoney.

Attempt missed. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Josh Dacres-Cogley.

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