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A moment in time: Portsmouth 7-4 Reading

A moment in time: Portsmouth 7-4 Reading

If you were to ask which two teams were involved in the highest scoring Premier League game, you would be amazed to hear the answer.

It isn’t Manchester United or Arsenal, nor is it Manchester City or Liverpool, it’s, in fact, Portsmouth and Reading when in 2007 the two teams created history by playing in a match that consisted of 11 goals, a Premier League record that still stands to this day.

A moment in time – Portsmouth vs Reading, 2007

Aside from a red card and a touchline fight between Harry Redknapp and Steve Coppell, the game had everything you could have wanted. Own goals and deflected goals, screamers and a hat-trick all featured in the 11-goal thriller, and the even crazier thing is that nine of the goals came in the second half.

Portsmouth went into half-time 2-0 up thanks to a brace from Benjani, and within five minutes of the second half, the score was tied at 2-2. It would be the only time all game Reading were in with a chance of winning.

The draw scoreline would only last for seven minutes as Icelandic international Hermann Hreidarsson put Pompey ahead, and after 15 minutes of relative quiet football, Benjani kick-started 20 minutes of chaos that put the game into the Premier League record books.

The Zimbabwean striker completed his hat-trick after rounding Marcus Hahnemann on the 70th-minute mark before Niko Kranjcar made it 5-2 to Pompey.

The most Shane Long goal of all time brought the score back to two goals when a flying strike rebounded off the Irish striker’s face and past David James, but the three-goal lead was instantly restored for Portsmouth via Ivar Ingimarsson.

A Sulley Muntari penalty in stoppage time made it seven for Pompey, and just to add the cherry on top of the cake, Sol Campbell kicked the ball into his own net to make it 7-4, and to make a new Premier League record that is yet to be broken or even equalled to this day.


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