Tuesday 20 March 2018

It’s been 10 years since Portsmouth and Reading shared 11 goals, a hat-trick and a missed penalty

If goals are the currency of football, this match was rich.

Portsmouth's David James saves a penalty during a game against Reading
Portsmouth's David James saves a penalty during a game against Reading

By Max McLean

There are seven scorelines that have occurred just once in Premier League history, and Portsmouth’s 7-4 triumph over Reading in 2007 is one of them.

In fact, it’s been a full decade now since 11 goals went in at Fratton Park that day – and with nine different goalscorers it was certainly eventful.

But even that stat doesn’t tell the full story.

One missed penalty, two own goals, one hat-trick and 90 minutes of pure chaos resulted in the 7-4 win for Pompey, who finished eighth ahead of Manchester City in the 2007/08 season.

Benjani was the hat-trick man, his goals putting Portsmouth 4-2 up, while own goals from Ivar Ingimarsson and Sol Campbell added to the tally.

Then Reading manager Steve Coppell said after the match: “There were 11 goals in the game and there could have been more. There was no indication at half-time that it was going to explode into life like that.”

Sulley Muntari takes a penalty for Portsmouth against Reading

Unfortunately for the Royals, exactly three months later they suffered a 6-4 defeat at Tottenham – not the tightest of defences.

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