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  1. FA Cup - Watson winner hands unfancied Wigan FA Cup final glory against City

    FA Cup - Watson winner hands unfancied Wigan FA Cup final glory against City

    Ben Watson scored in injury time as Wigan condemned Manchester City to a 1-0 loss in a huge FA Cup final upset. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester City
    • Wigan Athletic
    • 90+3' THERE GOES THE FINAL WHISTLE! Wigan win the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over 10-man Manchester City. Astonishing stuff. A first FA Cup for Wigan in their first FA Cup final appearance.
    • 90+2' Joel has been booked for spot of time-wasting. City close to defeat here with their 10 men.
    • 90+1' We are into three minutes of time added on. Wigan on the cusp of a huge upset in this contest. Astonishing stuff really.
    • 89' GOAL! Watson rises to head Maloney's corner into the net. Bullet header. No chance for Hart. And Wigan lead 1-0. Would you believe this?
    • 88' McManaman races beyond Clichy before going to ground. Appeals for a penalty, but Wigan have the corner.
    • 87' Clichy across to knock the ball out of play ahead of McCarthy. Wigan in possession. Moving the ball from side to side.
    • 86' Watson slams the effort into the wall. Wigan pick up the loose ball, but Maloney's shot is blocked Kompany. City being pressed back.
    • 85' Barry takes out Maloney with a late challenge on and that is going to be a booking for him. Another free-kick chance for Wigan.
    • 84' Maloney gets the ball over the wall, but never really had the pace to beat Hart in the City goal as it flies over and wide. Suddenly the match well and truly on for Wigan against the 10 men.
    • 83' Looks like James Milner is going to have to fill in in defence. Wigan have a free-kick from 25 yards out. Maloney over it.
    • 82' RED CARD! Zabaleta is off and City are down to 10 men. A late sliding challenge on McManaman. A horrid tackle that could have been a straight red.
    • 81' McArthur fails to pick up the ball in his own half. A lot of concerned looks in the stands.
    • 80' Ben Watson is back from his broken shinbone. He replaces Gomez to add some bite to that Wigan midfield.
    • 79' Yaya Toure gets away a shot. It takes a deflection of one of those Wigan shirts. And City will have the corner. MIlner delivers, but a fine take by Joel.
    • 78' Superb piece of defending by Kompany to control the ball deep in his half before getting City on the move again.
    • 77' City yet to work out a formula for dealing with the threat of McManaman.
    • 76' Maloney overhits a free-kick and the ball ends up coming off the top of the bar. What a fluke that would have been if it had dipped in time.
    • 75' Nastasic takes out McManaman, who is relishing his day. The City man is booked. Wigan have a free-kick just outside the City box.
    • 74' Gomez's attempted cross is cut out, but Wigan have a throw-in deep in the City half. Clichy toiling to deal with the threat of McManaman.
    • 73' Alcarez doing well to win the ball after Silva and Yaya Toure had rampaged to the edge of the Wigan area.
    • 72' Milner with the free-kick. Rodwell heads at goal, but all too easy for Joel to dive and make the stop.
    • 71' Espinoza clips Milner late and City suddenly have a free-kick out wide. Is this the moment?
    • 70' The stats are very even in this match. Possession is about even with both sides having 12 shots each at goal. Makes you wonder why Wigan are fighting relegation.
    • 69' McArthur taken out of the action late by Aguero. City pick up in their own half moments later.
    • 68' On comes Jack Rodwell and off goes Tevez.
    • 67' City getting ready to make a change here as Joel collects for Wigan. Just not happening for Mancini's side today.
    • 66' Wigan last beat City when Antonio Valencia scored in 2008. Long time ago, but they have high hopes here.
    • 65' Heading for the final 25 minutes and Wigan are well and truly alive in this contest. Astonishing stuff really, but we remain at 0-0.
    • 64' McManaman with a cross to the back post. Just fails to pick out Kone before he drives into the area. Finally cut out by Kompany's long legs.
    • 63' Gomez doing well to fall back and make a fine tackle on Milner. Macini again off his bench making hand signals.
    • 62' Concerned looks emanating from that City bench as Silva fails to find a team-mate. Nervy moments in this match as Gomez drives a shot over from distance.
    • 61' Zabaleta trying to get a move going here, but the cross just eludes his City team-mates.
    • 60' Only three of the last 23 teams to make their FA Cup final debuts have won it that year: Wimbledon, Coventry and Ipswich.
    • 59' Tevez flicks the pass into the middle of the Wigan box. Aguero goes to ground. Appeals for a penalty against Scharner, but again the referee says no. Strong appeals by Aguero.
    • 58' Move runs out of steam for Wigan, who decide against throwing in the corner. Wasted opportunity really.
    • 57' McManaman goes beyond Clichy, but the cross is cut out by Kompany. Corner to Wigan.
    • 56' First change of the day sees Nasri depart to be replaced by James Milner for City.
    • 55' Silva picks out Tevez, but he can't connect with the chip. Ball sails straight out of play. Goalkick then to Wigan.
    • 54' Aguero heavily marked as the loose ball makes its way through to Joel.
    • 53' Martinez seems happy enough with his lot. But here come City through Nasri. Wide to Clichy. All about ball retention.
    • 52' Maloney trying to get the better of Zabaleta, but Barry comes up with some fine covering play in his own area.
    • 51' Kompany inches away from connecting with the Silva corner as the ball bobbles over the bar. So near yet so far. Wigan survive.
    • 50' Tevez with a cross in the middle, but Boyce does just enough to get the ball behind the goal with Aguero poised to strike.
    • 49' Wonder how long it will be before a change comes here for either side. City on the move here.
    • 48' McManaman picks out McCarthy, whose shot from the edge of the box trickles wide of goal.
    • 47' 13 of the last 17 all top-flight FA Cup finals have seen one or both sides fail to find the back of the net
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period.
    • 45+1' And there goes the whistle for the break. 0-0 at half-time. Well poised. Could go either way yet.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on.
    • 43' A Wigan goal would really shake things up. The opening goal in this game is going to be so, so crucial. Zabaleta steady enough to make a clearing header in front of Espinoza.
    • 42' Joel makes the stop from Nasri. That ball had some pace on it, but lacked the direction. Wigan almost through to 0-0 at the break.
    • 41' Wigan retreat deep behind the ball as Clichy is offside. Wigan's game plan working to some effect out there.
    • 40' Joel launches the ball long from his own box. Martinez encouraging his side to keep pressing in the closing moments of the first period.
    • 39' Chance for Barry as the ball breaks kindly to him, but he can only swerve the shot into the arms of Joel from 14 yards out.
    • 38' The Wigan fans in full voice. This has certainly been heartening, but they must maintain concentration.
    • 37' Kone uncorks one from distance, but the ball loops up and arrives safely in the arms of Hart.
    • 36' Nasri with a cross, but it is more hopeful than anything else as Silva's header on fails to impact upon Wigan.
    • 35' The last team to win the FA Cup in their first appearance in the final were Wimbledon back in 1988. Wigan well and truly alive here.
    • 34' McManaman races into the City box. Twisting and turning. Hart off his line, but plenty of City players back as the shot is blocked. Decent play by McManaman. But the finish eludes him.
    • 33' Espinoza tries to escape from Zabaleta, but he goes to ground. Appeals for a penalty, but referee waves play on.
    • 32' Kompany tracking the run of Kone. Constantly impressive possession play by Wigan.
    • 31' Boyce with a pass behind McManaman. Scharner then cuts out Aguero. Some committed played by both teams here.
    • 30' Jordi Gomez has scored three goals and assisted three more in the FA Cup this season. Will he get the chance to wreak more damage?
    • 29' Tevez dashes into the Wigan box. Fires the shot at goal, but he is over the top with that effort. Was a real chance. Not taken.
    • 28' What a save by the trailing leg of Joel to deny Tevez. Lovely play by Nasri. Somehow Wigan survive. First time they have been cut open today.
    • 27' Mancini wanting a word with Nasri. Not overly comfortable with how City are shaping up. The Wigan fans enjoying their day out.
    • 26' Offside flag signals the end of a run from deep by McManaman. And on we go.
    • 25' A fine piece of defensive work by Barry to match the run of McArthur. Ball back with Hart in the City goal, who has yet to make any real saves so far.
    • 24' Espinoza sent tumbling to the deck by Silva. And on we go here with Wigan holding firm and seeing plenty of the ball.
    • 23' City trying to plough their way through the black shirts, but this Wigan defence is certainly well organised so far.
    • 22' Nastasic uncorks a shot from distance that trundles along the deck and falls wide of goal. Wigan will take those all day long.
    • 21' Maloney ends another Wigan period of ball retention, but fails to test Hart from distance. We remain at 0-0.
    • 20' Kone with a heavy first touch as Zabaleta takes a throw-in from deep in his half.
    • 19' The Wigan owner Dave Whelan must be happy enough with what he has watched so far. He is looking very content with life from his vantage point at the national stadium.
    • 18' Callum McManaman has scored in three successive FA Cup appearances. What Wigan would do for a fourth one today.
    • 17' City finally carve out some space, but Silva's pass just too strong for Aguero. Easy enough take for Joel.
    • 16' Kone goes for a shot rather than try to find out a companion. And the move breaks down. Hart then out to clasp the ball.
    • 15' Alcaraz blocks off Aguero on the run. Solid piece of defending. Wigan continue to hold up.
    • 14' More decent football from Wigan as Maloney sees a volley hit against Nastasic. Plenty of bright moments for the underdogs.
    • 13' Scharner rises above Barry in the heart of the City box, but can't direct the ball at goal as the header drops over the bar.
    • 12' McManaman tackled by Clichy and that will be a corner to Wigan.
    • 11' Kompany across quickly to make a timely tackle on Kone. Wigan keeping the ball well here on the vast chunks of this Wembley pitch.
    • 10' Espinoza is brought down, but the free-kick from Gomez is emptied straight out of the park. Disappointing end to that move.
    • 9' Maloney takes a tumble under pressure from Nasri. Wigan enjoying some bright movements out there. Certainly not here to lie down.
    • 8' Joel comes out to block at the feet of Zabaleta, who is offside. Lovely pass from Silva. Brave goalkeeping.
    • 7' McManaman with a glorious chance. Lovely ball from Kone. Turns inside Nastasic, but curls the ball wide from eight yards out.
    • 6' McManaman picks out Espinoza with a decent ball from one side of the park to the other. Kone then deprived of possession by Nastasic.
    • 5' Martinez is immaculately dressed today. As you would expect. Tevez wins the ball from McArthur, but Wigan clear the danger.
    • 4' City starting well on top then here. Mancini trying to encourage his side to maintain this forward momentum. Something suggests they will.
    • 3' Some early action for Joel as he dives to claw out a volley from Yaya Toure after the Tevez free-kick had hit the wall.
    • 2' Boyce sends Aguero crashing to the ground and City have a free-kick here 25 yards from goal. Chance early on to make their presence felt.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one then. City keeping the ball with their usual relish.
    • 17:10 The FA chairman David Bernstein is out on the pitch. A quick hug of Wigan chairman Dave Whelan...and low and behold..more singing of the national anthem gets an airing. God Save The Queen. But will Wigan need saving today? Let us find out.
    • 17:05 So we are going to have the FA Cup tradition of Abide By Me being sung before the match. Looks like a full house. The Manchester City and Wigan fans both making their voices heard.
    • 17:00 The two teams have only met twice before in the FA Cup, with City winning both games 1-0 at home, in 1971 in the third round and in 2006 when City won a fourth round clash.
    • 16:55 Match odds for this one: Manchester City (4/11), Wigan (9/1), Draw (5/1)
    • 16:50 Roberto Mancini: "Every game we play against Wigan we have had a problem. We never win easy. First of all, they try to play football, always. Also, when they are losing a game, they continue to play football because they want to attack with a lot of players, and when they attack they are very dangerous. Never do they stay back too deep to defend the result. They don't play only counter-attack, they play football, they play to win."
    • 16:45 Roberto Martinez: “You don’t get many opportunities to enjoy what the FA Cup brings. It’s a historic moment, a moment to be proud of. It’s such an easy game to manage from a mental point of view because it will get over a billion audience, and you’re playing at Wembley so it’s an incredible moment. You don’t need any motivation for that. I know what it means to the fans and to the rest of the footballing world to have our name alongside an FA Cup final playing the champions of England. "
    • 16:40 Wigan manager Roberto Martinez makes two changes from the 3-2 midweek defeat to Swansea City in the Premier League that leaves his side third bottom of the table and facing relegation. Ben Watson and Gary Caldwell are on the bench, but Jordi Gomez and Antolin Alcaraz return from injury to start.
    • 16:35 Manchester City have close to a full squad available. Midfielder Yaya Toure is fit after recent concerns about fatigue and playmaker David Silva starts for first time since suffering a hamstring injury at Manchester United a month ago. Back-up goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who has played in all the previous rounds drops to the bench. England number one Joe Hart is included from the start in a strong City side.
    • 16:30 Teams: Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Barry, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Tevez, Silva, Aguero...subs: Pantilimon, Garcia, Rodwell, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Lescott////Wigan Athletic: Joel, Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Espinoza, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, McManaman, Kone, Maloney..subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart.
    • 16:25 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2013 FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan at Wembley Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' THERE GOES THE FINAL WHISTLE! Wigan win the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over 10-man Manchester City. Astonishing stuff. A first FA Cup for Wigan in their first FA Cup final appearance.
    • 90+2' Joel has been booked for spot of time-wasting. City close to defeat here with their 10 men.
    • 89' GOAL! Watson rises to head Maloney's corner into the net. Bullet header. No chance for Hart. And Wigan lead 1-0. Would you believe this?
    • 85' Barry takes out Maloney with a late challenge on and that is going to be a booking for him. Another free-kick chance for Wigan.
    • 82' RED CARD! Zabaleta is off and City are down to 10 men. A late sliding challenge on McManaman. A horrid tackle that could have been a straight red.
    • 80' Ben Watson is back from his broken shinbone. He replaces Gomez to add some bite to that Wigan midfield.
    • 76' Maloney overhits a free-kick and the ball ends up coming off the top of the bar. What a fluke that would have been if it had dipped in time.
    • 75' Nastasic takes out McManaman, who is relishing his day. The City man is booked. Wigan have a free-kick just outside the City box.
    • 68' On comes Jack Rodwell and off goes Tevez.
    • 64' McManaman with a cross to the back post. Just fails to pick out Kone before he drives into the area. Finally cut out by Kompany's long legs.
    • 59' Tevez flicks the pass into the middle of the Wigan box. Aguero goes to ground. Appeals for a penalty against Scharner, but again the referee says no. Strong appeals by Aguero.
    • 56' First change of the day sees Nasri depart to be replaced by James Milner for City.
    • 50' Tevez with a cross in the middle, but Boyce does just enough to get the ball behind the goal with Aguero poised to strike.
    • 46' We are off and running then in the second period.
    • 45+1' And there goes the whistle for the break. 0-0 at half-time. Well poised. Could go either way yet.
    • 42' Joel makes the stop from Nasri. That ball had some pace on it, but lacked the direction. Wigan almost through to 0-0 at the break.
    • 41' Wigan retreat deep behind the ball as Clichy is offside. Wigan's game plan working to some effect out there.
    • 34' McManaman races into the City box. Twisting and turning. Hart off his line, but plenty of City players back as the shot is blocked. Decent play by McManaman. But the finish eludes him.
    • 29' Tevez dashes into the Wigan box. Fires the shot at goal, but he is over the top with that effort. Was a real chance. Not taken.
    • 28' What a save by the trailing leg of Joel to deny Tevez. Lovely play by Nasri. Somehow Wigan survive. First time they have been cut open today.
    • 26' Offside flag signals the end of a run from deep by McManaman. And on we go.
    • 8' Joel comes out to block at the feet of Zabaleta, who is offside. Lovely pass from Silva. Brave goalkeeping.
    • 7' McManaman with a glorious chance. Lovely ball from Kone. Turns inside Nastasic, but curls the ball wide from eight yards out.
    • 3' Some early action for Joel as he dives to claw out a volley from Yaya Toure after the Tevez free-kick had hit the wall.
    • 1' We are off and running in this one then. City keeping the ball with their usual relish.
    • 16:30 Teams: Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Barry, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Tevez, Silva, Aguero...subs: Pantilimon, Garcia, Rodwell, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Lescott////Wigan Athletic: Joel, Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Espinoza, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, McManaman, Kone, Maloney..subs: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart.

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