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  1. Manchester City win FA Cup to end drought

    Manchester City win FA Cup to end drought

    Manchester City claimed their first piece of silverware for 35 years as they beat Stoke City 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Stoke City
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes, and City have clinched their first piece of silverware for 35 years with a 1-0 win in the FA Cup final over Stoke City courtesy of Yaya Toure's 74th minute strike! The City faithful go berserk, and Toure is mobbed as the players celebrate jubilantly!
    • 90+3' Sorensen is up for this latest corner, and Pennant whips it over once more, but Shawcross heads wide.
    • 90+2' Stoke have a corner now which Pennant whips over, but City defend it superbly and concede another...
    • 90+1' Silva departs to another standing ovation as Patrick Vieira makes his bow, and City inject more experience.
    • 90' The official man of the match has been announced as Mario Balotelli! What do you make of that?
    • 89' Silva trots over slowly to take the corner kick, and the Spaniard will not rush taking this.
    • 88' Balotelli wins a corner for his side with a powerful run down the left, and that is superb play.
    • 87' Tevez is replaced now as the City forward goes off to a standing ovation, and Pablo Zabaleta comes on.
    • 86' Walters has covered every blade of grass today, but his cross to Jones is overhit and runs out of play.
    • 85' De Jong makes a stunning challenge to dispossess Pennant, and that was a brilliant intervention.
    • 84' Silva is dispossessed by Wilkinson inside the Stoke box, and that was an impeccable challenge and had to be.
    • 83' Danny Pugh comes on to replace Whelan as Pulis makes his third change, and that's his final throw of the dice.
    • 82' Stoke press forward desperately as Pulis's side look to grab a late equaliser - it's going to be a frantic finish!
    • 81' Whelan fouls Balotelli, who has been superb today. The Italian wins the free kick.
    • 80' City will have to defend very stoutly now as Walters comes inside to form a three pronged attack with Carew and Jones.
    • 79' Rory Delap departs as John Carew comes on in his place, and Stoke need the big man to deliver here.
    • 77' Kolarov surges forward down the left and floats over a decent cross, but Sorensen does well to gather.
    • 76' Wilkinson scythes down Balotelli, and he earns himself a much justified yellow card.
    • 75' The City fans are in full voice now as they celebrate their side's goal, and that could be the clincher. What do Stoke have in response?
    • 74' GOAL!!!!!! TOURE SCORES FOR CITY!!! Absolute mayhem ensues as every City player jumps on the midfielder, who raced on to meet a loose ball inside the Stoke box following fine build up play from Balotelli and Silva to lash the ball home!
    • 74' Gareth Barry is the man to make way as he is replaced by Johnson, and that's an attacking move from Mancini.
    • 73' Barry brings the ball forward from the back for City, before Toure hammers a poor pass straight out of play!
    • 72' Meanwhile, Adam Johnson looks poised to come on as David Platt gives the midfielder his orders...
    • 71' It's a poor delivery from Pennant, and Stoke boss Pulis is not remotely happy with that!
    • 70' Pennant will stand over this set piece with Etherington off the field, and Stoke pile bodies into the box.
    • 69' Pennant buys a free kick as he skips past Richards, and Stoke have a chance to float a delivery into the box.
    • 68' Toure powers towards the right byline, only to fluff his cross and now Sorensen can clear upfield.
    • 67' Balotelli ends up taking the set piece, but he thunders his shot straight into the Stoke wall.
    • 66' Silva, Barry, Tevez, Kolarov and Balotelli all stand over the ball - take your pick!
    • 65' Balotelli is wrestled to the ground by Shawcross, and City have a free kick 25 yards out which could be very dangerous...
    • 64' Delap hurls another long throw into the City box, but Kompany rises high to head clear.
    • 63' Whitehead comes on to replace Etherington, who has not been himself today with the exception of that through ball.
    • 62' Jones should score! Etherington puts the forward through on goal with Hart, and the England goalkeeper pulls off a stunning block to deny him with Jones lacking conviction!
    • 61' Toure and Tevez continue to distinguish themselves with their interplay as City build.
    • 60' Walters tirelessly harries the City back four, and he is putting every defender under immense pressure.
    • 59' Toure and Silva combine to good effect, before Sorensen flies off his line to claim a loose ball.
    • 58' Pennant continues to stubbornly stay on the field despite having real trouble with his ankle, and Pulis may need to haul him off eventually!
    • 57' What a chance for Silva once more! Tevez hurtles down the right and cuts the ball back for Silva with just the keeper to beat, but the Spaniard dallies and is dispossessed by Shawcross!
    • 56' Pennant is somehow still on the field, and he twists and turns to get a cross into the box, but to no avail.
    • 55' Balotelli shoulder charges Pennant to the floor with a ridiculous challenge, and City need to keep their heads here!
    • 54' Wilkinson is brought down horribly by Toure, and that really should have been a booking - a very nasty, high tackle.
    • 53' Lescott fouls Pennant as the winger strides down the right at pace, and he looks to have injured his ankle again!
    • 52' Richards fouls Huth as he attempts to throw himself into the path of the ball, and Stoke can recover.
    • 51' City are awarded a very dangerous free kick out on the right as Huth handles, and the German needs to be very careful!
    • 50' Whelan is dictating the play much better in this second half, and Stoke keep possession to good effect.
    • 49' Richards rises high to head away as Stoke exert some considerable pressure on the City back four.
    • 48' Sorensen bides his time at the back as he attempts to settle his side down at the start of this second half.
    • 47' Pennant picks up the ball out on the right and whips over a testing cross, but Huth heads wide.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Wembley, and this FA Cup final is very finely poised with neither manager deeming it necessary to make a change. Pennant is still out there, remarkably!
    • 45+3' The half-time whistle goes at Wembley, and it is goalless between Manchester City and Stoke City. It has been an intriguing match so far, but with no goals as yet to show for both side's efforts. What do you make of the opening 45 minutes? Post your views below...
    • 45+2' Play finally resumes, but Pennant is really struggling. It would be a real surprise if he re-emerges after the break.
    • 45+1' Oh dear, Pennant twists his ankle horribly, and this looks very nasty as he remains on the ground in real pain.
    • 45' Pennant floats a deep delivery into the City box, but the ball is cleared away by Kompany as one minute will be added at the end of this first half.
    • 44' Lescott trips up Jones in rather innocuous fashion, and Stoke have a free kick on the halfway line.
    • 43' A very scrappy period of play ensues as Walters twice wins the ball off City players before promptly losing possession with poorly placed passes.
    • 42' De Jong scuffs a tame shot wide of the near post as he looks to test Sorensen, and that is poor.
    • 41' Kolarov looks to curl the ball towards the far post, but he gets it horribly wrong and the ball flies over the bar.
    • 40' Huth is rightly booked for a rash challenge on Balotelli, and the German has been incredibly clumsy in his approach thus far.
    • 39' It's desperate defending from Stoke as Tevez jinks his way into the box and Balotelli wins a corner with a low effort which is blocked behind.
    • 38' Jeers ring out around Wembley as Stoke launch a fleeting counter attack, but Jones drives a low shot well wide of the far post.
    • 37' Sorensen hammers the ball out of play as he races off his line to clear, and he continues to look bright in the Stoke goal.
    • 36' City build from deep once more as Stoke are forced onto the back foot, and they are being held firmly under the cosh.
    • 35' What a chance for Silva! Balotelli forces his way into the Stoke box to latch on to Tevez's incisive through ball but, as the ball breaks loose, Silva scuffs his shot into the ground and wide with the goal gaping at his mercy!
    • 34' Richards and Balotelli combine down the right before Barry's cross into the box is cleared away by Huth.
    • 33' Etherington is not looking to be his normal self as he appears to be a relatively anonymous presence out on the Stoke left.
    • 32' Silva breaks at pace down the right for City, but Stoke re-organise like a flash and Delap dispossesses Tevez.
    • 31' The free kick comes in from Pennant, but again Hart is incredibly solid as he claims the high ball and releases Kolarov down the left.
    • 30' There are vociferous appeals for hand ball as Kompany controls the ball in the City box, but referee Atkinson sees nothing wrong with it. Replays are inconclusive, but the ball rears up and strikes the arm - very accidental.
    • 29' Stoke have really settled now after an apprehensive start to the match, and Pulis is a much more relaxed presence on the touchline.
    • 28' Tevez twists and turns mesmerically in the Stoke half, but Wilson stands firm to challenge.
    • 27' Hart bides his time at the back before lumping a long ball up to Balotelli, but it's frankly futile as Huth wins another header.
    • 26' Walters goes down momentarily, but he gets to his feet gingerly and looks to be okay as Wilson puts another poor free kick out of play.
    • 25' Walters streaks clear as Sorensen hurls the ball out to him after claiming the corner, but Lescott tracks his run.
    • 24' What an effort from Balotelli! The Italian swivels and turns Wilkinson before curling an exquisite shot towards the far corner of the net, only for Sorensen to tip the ball wide brilliantly!
    • 23' Wilson apologises to his team-mates after lashing a frankly absurd shot from all of 30 yards - it flies over the bar.
    • 22' Stoke win a free kick inside the City half as Kompany needlessly fouls Jones from behind. This could be dangerous...
    • 21' Walters and Kenwyne Jones combine to good effect as the latter has his snap shot blocked away by Lescott.
    • 20' Tevez powers down the left and tests the resolve of Wilkinson, who stands his ground superbly to deny the Argentine.
    • 19' Kompany dictates the play at the back for City, who build patiently in their own half with Stoke sitting deep.
    • 18' Sorensen does well to fly off his line and intercept the ball as Toure puts in Tevez, who is almost clean through on goal.
    • 17' Huth wins a towering header as he again challenges with Balotelli, and the German is very fired up.
    • 16' Joe Hart races off his line to claim a high ball in commanding fashion, while Balotelli gets back on the field following that knock.
    • 15' Huth is a very lucky man! The Stoke defender appears to elbow Balotelli in the jaw as the pair jostle for the ball deep inside the Potters' half, and he's fortunate that the referee doesn't see it!
    • 14' Pennant takes down another long throw from Delap and dinks over a testing cross to the back post, but Richards is able to shepherd the ball away.
    • 13' The Stoke fans implore their side to battle hard as Wilkinson slides in to dispossess Silva superbly.
    • 12' Delap hurls his first long throw into the City box, but City stand firm and clear through Kolarov.
    • 11' What a strike from Toure! The midfielder lashes a stunning effort from 25 yards with the ball swerving viciously, agonisingly wide of the near post with Sorensen at full stretch!
    • 10' Toure charges forward purposefully from midfield, before Kolarov's devilish delivery from the left is turned behind desperately by Shawcross!
    • 9' De Jong blazes a wild shot miles over the crossbar as he receives the ball in space on the edge of the Stoke box, and that was a decent opening.
    • 8' Balotelli strides down the left at pace to latch on to Kolarov's through ball, but his cross is headed behind by Huth for a corner.
    • 7' The atmosphere is fervent as both sets of fans remain in full voice, and there is nothing to choose between the two sets of players in the early exchanges.
    • 6' Tony Pulis is already incredibly animated as he waves furiously at his players from the touchline, barking orders desperately.
    • 5' Sorensen is forced into the first save of the match as he dives to his left to parry away from Carlos Tevez's stinging shot from 20 yards!
    • 4' Joe Hart lumps a long ball upfield after receiving a back pass from Kompany, and City can build in possession.
    • 3' City win a corner, and Richards dives forward to meet it with a header, only for Huth to block the ball away to safety.
    • 2' Pennant races down the right for Stoke before De Jong intervenes with a typically sturdy challenge.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Wembley, and the turf is bathed in sunshine as City get the ball rolling...
    • 14:58 What do you make of the two teams? City are surprisingly attacking with Balotelli, Tevez and Silva set to weave their magic in the final third...
    • 14:57 From Trevor: "Have I missed something??......Who has­ DIED?????......That had to be the slowest, dullest and­ most mournful rendition of Abide with me I have ever­ heard!!!"
    • 14:55 With five minutes to go, the national anthem is rattled through with the players lined up in unison. The fans are in full voice, and the red and blue flags are being waved wildly!
    • 14:52 Right, it's about that time for you all to post your pre-match predictions.... What do you think the score will be? Who do you think will be the hero? Have your say in the comments' section below.
    • 14:50 Both sets of fans are in full voice as we are just 10 minutes from kick off, and the brass band is out in force! The atmosphere is absolutely stunning at Wembley!
    • 14:45 Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has urged his players not to let the occasion get them better of them when they try to end a 35-year trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup. City are favourites to beat Stoke and they also have a dressing room packed full of experience at the highest level. However, as an FA Cup winner himself from his Arsenal days, Platt knows how draining the occasion with which City will be faced at Wembley can be. Platt: City must stay in control
    • 14:43 United clinched a record 19th league championship as Wayne Rooney's penalty gave them a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers. Read the full match report
    • 14:38 Well Manchester United have just won the Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Blackburn - can City make it a Manchester double. Not long till we get the answer.
    • 14:35 Jon Walters is hoping Stoke's ability to confound their critics will see them triumph on the biggest stage. Walters happy to keep defying the odds
    • 14:29 stokey11111 writes: "May the best team on the day win , All the best MCFC­ looking forward to an amazing Final which I am going to­ enjoy win or lose. Our 4th year in top flight football and­ Europe next season, the cup would be the icing on the­ cake. COME ON YOU MIGHTY POTTERS !!!!!!!!!!!"
    • 14:27 Do you think Stoke have a chance today? Former England international Paul Parker certainly thinks they do. Parker: Stoke can crash City party
    • 14:23 So Tevez starts but will it be a farewell performance? Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes players such as Tevez should only stay at the club if they "believe in the project". Players need to be happy - Mancini
    • 14:17 Check out this week's blog from award-winning columnist Jim White on what this match means to Manchester City. Jim White: Manchester mad for it
    • 14:14 Zabaleta is prehaps the most unlucky City player now to play - you suspect that Kolarov has been selected for this height.
    • 14:11 So both Carlos Tevez AND Matthew Ethrington play – let's hope both men are actually fit for the match.
    • 14:10 MANCHESTER CITY: Hart; Richards Kompany Lescott Kolarov; De Jong Barry; Silva Yaya Balotelli; Tevez
    • 14:10 STOKE CITY: Sorensen; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Walters, Jones
    • 14:10 The original game ended in a 1-1 draw with City's Tommy Hutchison scoring for both teams. City led the replay 2-1 with 20 minutes to go but lost 3-2 after Argentine Ricky Villa's famous winning goal for Spurs.
    • 14:05 Manchester City's appearance in the Cup final comes exactly 30 years to the day since they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 in the first final to be replayed at Wembley.
    • 14:00 Manchester City and Stoke City both go in search of an elusive piece of silverware as they meet in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 74' GOAL!!!!!! TOURE SCORES FOR CITY!!! Absolute mayhem ensues as every City player jumps on the midfielder, who raced on to meet a loose ball inside the Stoke box following fine build up play from Balotelli and Silva to lash the ball home!
    • 62' Jones should score! Etherington puts the forward through on goal with Hart, and the England goalkeeper pulls off a stunning block to deny him with Jones lacking conviction!
    • 57' What a chance for Silva once more! Tevez hurtles down the right and cuts the ball back for Silva with just the keeper to beat, but the Spaniard dallies and is dispossessed by Shawcross!
    • 35' What a chance for Silva! Balotelli forces his way into the Stoke box to latch on to Tevez's incisive through ball but, as the ball breaks loose, Silva scuffs his shot into the ground and wide with the goal gaping at his mercy!
    • 24' What an effort from Balotelli! The Italian swivels and turns Wilkinson before curling an exquisite shot towards the far corner of the net, only for Sorensen to tip the ball wide brilliantly!
    • 11' What a strike from Toure! The midfielder lashes a stunning effort from 25 yards with the ball swerving viciously, agonisingly wide of the near post with Sorensen at full stretch!
    • 5' Sorensen is forced into the first save of the match as he dives to his left to parry away from Carlos Tevez's stinging shot from 20 yards!
    • 14:10 MANCHESTER CITY: Hart; Richards Kompany Lescott Kolarov; De Jong Barry; Silva Yaya Balotelli; Tevez
    • 14:10 STOKE CITY: Sorensen; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Walters, Jones

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Hart
      • M. Richards
      • V. Kompany
      • J. Lescott
      • A. Kolarov
      • N. de Jong
      • G. Barry Substitution Out (73′)
      • D. Silva Substitution Out (90′)
      • Y. Touré Goal
      • M. Balotelli
      • C. Tévez Substitution Out (88′)

      Subs

      • P. Vieira Substitution In90′
      • S. Given
      • J. Milner
      • A. Johnson Substitution In73′
      • E. Dzeko
      • P. Zabaleta Substitution In88′
      • D. Boyata
    • Starting line-up

      • T. Sørensen
      • A. Wilkinson Yellow Card
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth Yellow Card
      • M. Wilson
      • G. Whelan Substitution Out (85′)
      • R. Delap Substitution Out (81′)
      • J. Pennant
      • M. Etherington Substitution Out (63′)
      • K. Jones
      • J. Walters

      Subs

      • J. Carew Substitution In81′
      • S. Diao
      • C. Nash
      • D. Pugh Substitution In85′
      • A. Diagne-Faye
      • D. Collins
      • D. Whitehead Substitution In63′
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