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Manchester City have beat Reading 1-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals to set up a semi-final showdown with arch rivals Manchester United.

Roberto Mancini’s side were frustrated by their Championship opponents for long periods, but a second half-header from Micah Richards finally broke Reading’s resistance at Eastlands.

Richards’ goal means there will be a Manchester derby in the FA Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1926, when City beat United at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.

It will also be City’s first FA Cup semi-final since 1981, when they defeated Ipswich before losing the final in a replay against Tottenham.

The all-Manchester clash will take place at Wembley on the weekend of April 16/17, with Stoke facing Bolton in the other semi-final.

Brian McDermott’s Reading, who defeated Liverpool last year, had claimed a shock 1-0 win at Everton in this season’s fifth round and they made it tough for City as well.

Shaun Wright-Phillips saw his powerful shot saved by young Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who then blocked David Silva’s effort from the rebound.

City were denied again when Jay Tabb cleared off the line after Aleksandar Kolarov’s shot deflected off Shane Long.

But the breakthrough finally arrived in the 74th minute when right-back Richards rose highest to meet Silva’s corner with an unstoppable header.

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