Saturday April 13, 2013 Semifinal Finished Wembley

Millwall 0 - 2 Wigan Athletic

  • Maloney 25’
  • McManaman 78’

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  1. FA Cup - Wigan reach first FA Cup final as trouble erupts among Millwall fans

    FA Cup - Wigan reach first FA Cup final as trouble erupts among Millwall fans

    Wigan scored a goal in each half to reach their first FA Cup final with a comfortable 2-0 win over Millwall at Wembley. More

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    Time:90'
    • Millwall
    • Wigan Athletic
    • 90+3' All over! A 2-0 win for Wigan! Comfortable in the end. They will face Chelsea or Manchester City in the final.
    • 90+1' We are ino three minutes of time added on.
    • 89' Millwall bring on Batt for Keogh while McManaman departs to be replaced by Henriquez for Wigan.
    • 88' Trouble in the crowd. Seems to be between a policeman and the Millwall fans.
    • 87' Gomez slides the ball into the middle after a probing run, but Shittu lifts the ball clear from the back.
    • 86' Hulse makes the challenge on Maloney. Wigan will have another corner here.
    • 85' Kone tries to finish off Millwall on the break, but his shot is blocked by the legs of Forde as Wigan earn another corner-kick.
    • 84' Wigan almost over the line then as Al Habsi dinks a goalkick out from the back.
    • 83' Millwall are yet to register a shot on target against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final.
    • 82' Plenty of empty spaces in Wembley, but Wigan have not lacked the numbers in front of goal.
    • 81' McManaman tackles Shittu with a sliding challenge. And on we go with Wigan holding this 2-0 lead.
    • 80' Wigan 10 minutes away from the final then as Henry sends an attempted pass straight into the arms of Al Habsi.
    • 79' Gomez can't turn on the edge of the area to get a shot away. St Ledger doing enough to mop up the danger there.
    • 78' Al Habsi across to claw out the cross from Taylor. Brilliant piece of goalkeeping. Lovely cross. Millwall not giving up.
    • 77' That is surely game over now. Wigan heading for the final.
    • 76' GOAL! McManaman races onto the pass from Gomez before rounding Forde to score. Brilliant finish. Wigan lead 2-0.
    • 75' Gomez doing some studious work to defend as Wigan look to break for the Premier League side.
    • 74' McManaman caught offside out wide. Chance for Millwall to ask some more questions here.
    • 73' The chants of 'Millwall, Millwall' go up from the fans, but Wigan seem to have settled again here.
    • 72' McManaman picks out Gomez on the run, but he can only slap the shot into the side of the net. A let-off for Millwall.
    • 71' The red shirts trying to re-establish themselves in this match after losing the grip they had on it in the first period.
    • 70' Keogh appealing for a handball against Scharner, but was never really a case of hand to ball.
    • 69' Kone sends the ball into the path of Gomez, but Shittu racing back to make a fine intervention.
    • 68' Shittu rising to the challenge at the heart of that Millwall defence. Alcaraz gets the ball back to Al Habsi, who miskicks but gets away with it.
    • 67' Rob Hulse is wheeled on for Millwall with Smith departing the scene.
    • 66' Lowry slams a shot over the bar from distance after Henry had dinked over a corner.
    • 65' Scharner forced to head behind his goal from Henry's delivery. Wigan on the back foot here.
    • 64' Better spell from Millwall as Shittu nods over the bar from Henry's corner.
    • 63' Henry floats in a corner-kick that is too high for Beevers, who then sees a header hit off Scharner and drop over. Could easily have landed in the net.
    • 62' Decent ball into the middle from Dunne after a terrific gallop down a flank, but Wigan clear the danger.
    • 61' Will Millwall make a few changes? Isn't happening for them so far today. And seemes to be drifting along.
    • 60' Beausejour departs to be replaced by McArthur for Wigan.
    • 59' Henry wheels the free-kick over the wall and over the bar. A couple of yards over. Not a bad attempt.
    • 58' Taylor clipped late by Boyce and that will be a free-kick to Millwall 25 yards from goal. Chance here for the Championship team.
    • 57' 62,335 is the attendance - the lower crowd for a semi-final at Wembley since they moved back to the rebuilt stadium in 2008.
    • 56' Gomez with the delivery, but punched out by Forde in the Millwall goal.
    • 55' McManaman chopped to the deck by Smith and this will be a free-kick to Wigan out wide on the edge of the Millwall box.
    • 54' Taylor late on Boyce as Wigan resume this mood of keeping possession. Keogh then fails to earn Millwall a corner as he is tracked by McCarthy.
    • 53' The Millwall fans trying to encourage their side to find this leveller, but difficult against a side of greater quality on such an exacting park.
    • 52' Lowry forced to turn and hammer a ball high into the air after Maloney had dinked a little ball down the channel.
    • 51' Gomez and St Ledger combine going for a 50-50 ball. Wigan regain possession seconds later.
    • 50' McManaman twisting and turning in the opposition box, but smashes the ball over the bar. Perhaps should have done better there.
    • 49' Beevers does well to make sure Kone can't get access to the ball. Millwall being forced back at the outset of this second period.
    • 48' Shittu with a long ball from the back. Straight through to Al Habsi in the Wigan goal.
    • 47' St Ledger on the deck and in need of some treatment. He is needing a spot of treatment, But Wigan back on the ball.
    • 46' Off we go then with Millwall getting the second period off and running.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break! A 1-0 lead for the Premier League side. All very comfortable so far.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on in the first half.
    • 43' Keogh dinks the ball into the middle of the box, but Scharner doing well to head clear. Wigan almost presenting a chance to Millwall through their own sloppy play.
    • 42' Roberto Martinez as busy on the side of the pitch as his side. A sodden day with Wigan earning a goalkick to keep the tin lid firmly on the opposing side.
    • 41' The winner of this match will face Chelsea or Manchester City in the final. That match tomorrow from 4pm. At the moment, Wigan look a certainty to contest the final.
    • 40' Lovely play by Kone to pick out Gomez, whose shot is beaten out by Forde. Some fine movement by Wigan again.
    • 39' Shittu decides to return to home, but Forde gives the ball straight back to the red shirts.
    • 38' Beausejour showing some nice touches for Wigan. Millwall struggling to get any time on the ball.
    • 37' The Wigan chairman Dave Whelan looks happy enough as McManaman flicks a shot high and wide from the edge of the Millwall area.
    • 36' Wigan are on a club record run in the FA Cup, having never before progressed beyond the quarter-finals, which they graced in 1987.
    • 35' Millwall with plenty of bodies back as Maloney continues to try and find an opening for the Premier League outfit.
    • 34' Kone tries to break from the Wigan corner, but is felled by Beevers making the run up the park. Good free-kick to win for Wigan as they again collect deep in their own half.
    • 33' Taylor with a decent little ball into the heart of the box. This time Boyce forced to do the clearing up work.
    • 32' Wigan certainly containing more quality in their ranks. Another goal now would surely leave Millwall in serious difficulty.
    • 31' Forde then off his line at the other end to make sure Beausejour can't cause any damage. A bright piece of goalkeeping by him.
    • 30' McCarthy clipped late by Abdou as Wigan are awarded a free-kick in their own half.
    • 29' Taylor comes in to meet the corner-kick, but there are enough red shirts in the way to make the block. Wigan try to settle matters down.
    • 28' Scharner manages to flick a loose ball at goal. Decent enough effort, but Forde had the alertness to make the save diving to his left.
    • 27' Maloney trying to go beyond Shittu, but he does well to hold up the little Scot. A corner to Wigan.
    • 26' Chance for Henry to get a shot away, but he hesitates at the key moment and the opportunity is lost for the underdogs. Should have got a shot in.
    • 25' Back-to-back goals from Maloney after his free-kick against QPR last Sunday. Great movement from Wigan to leave Millwall chasing shadows.
    • 24' GOAL! Maloney dashes onto the cross from Kone to slip the volley into the net from eight yards out. Lovely move and a fine finish. Great technique from Maloney.
    • 23' Maloney sweeps in a high looping free-kick. All a bit aimless as Forde scurrries from his line to collect the loose ball.
    • 22' Dunne nudges Beausejour from behind and Wigan have a free-kick here.
    • 21' McCarthy, Maloney and McManaman moving the ball about pretty well here. Millwall content to let them have it.
    • 20' Al Habsi off his line to punch clear before St Ledger takes out McManaman with a late challenge. He is the first man into the book.
    • 19' This is the 23rd competitive meeting between these clubs. Millwall have won nine of the previous 22 and Wigan six.
    • 18' Keogh continues to run the channels. But Al Habsi is off his line to pick up the loose ball.
    • 17' Maloney with Wigan's latest corner, but the big man Shittu is first to the ball again. Maloney then handles to relieve the pressure on Milwall.
    • 16' Keogh just failing to keep the ball in play in the Wigan box. The rain continues to fall. Millwall continue to chase the red shirts around. Millwall looking very busy.
    • 15' Figueroa fails to get over the ball as he wallops a shot miles high and wide. Millwall will take those all day long.
    • 14' Scharner is fouled, but lucky to be given that award as he was going to ground. Defenders don't really want to be messing about with the ball at the back today.
    • 13' McCarthy picks out McManaman. The shot is parried wide by Forde. Solid stop from the keeper after recovering from needing treatment.
    • 12' Horrid conditions for defending, but the attacking players might well relish these slippy and slidy conditions. Wigan seeing plenty of the ball.
    • 11' Forde needing a spot of treatment here before Gomez goes short with the corner. Maloney's effort is then blocked.
    • 10' Kone on the charge for Wigan, but Forde is off his line to make a brave block. Corner to Wigan.
    • 9' Henry uncorks a shot from 25 yards out, but the ball flies a couple of yards wide of goal.
    • 8' Dunne doing well to halt the cross from Maloney before Beausejour's corner is cleared by Millwall.
    • 7' Shittu rises to head out Maloney's corner-kick. Wigan trying to build some momentum as Maloney just fails to collect Kone's little pass.
    • 6' Millwall have conceded just one goal in their five FA Cup matches so far this season. Wigan have a free-kick. To be taken by Maloney.
    • 5' Shittu uncorks a free-kick from distance, but the ball clears the bar by a few yards. A 40-yard attempt well over.
    • 4' Scharner doing well to nod clear the danger before Figueroa goes down to earn Wigan a free-kick deep inside their own half.
    • 3' Not exactly a full house inside Wembley for this one today. Wigan have the majority of the fans behind them. For whatever that is worth.
    • 2' Keogh can't direct a header on goal at one end before Gomez sees a shot blocked at the other end. Lively start to this contest in the rain.
    • 1' We are off and running then at Wembley.
    • 17:10 Ali Al Habsi for Joel Robles is the only change made by Wigan from last weekend's Premier League draw at QPR.
    • 17:05 Roberto Martinez before the match to ESPN: ""You come to Wembley and it means a lot to the town. Today's game is not about the form you are bringing in or division you are from. Millwall will have a tremendous support behind them, and they are capable of competing against anyone. We must enjoy our football and give a good level of performance."
    • 17:00 Liam Trotter was a major doubt before the match with a knee injury for Millwall but he is fit enough for a place on the bench. James Henry starts after proving his fitness as a substitute against the Owls following a month out with knee ligament damage.
    • 16:55 Millwall captain Danny Shittu has had a special T-shirt made in his honour ahead of today's match. Shittu ready to do it again
    • 16:50 Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes club owner Dave Whelan will be gaining closure when he leads his team out at Wembley. Cup special for Whelan - Martinez
    • 16:45 Jimmy Abdou is ready to go into battle for Millwall at Wembley - but away from the pitch the French midfielder has a far more personal fight on his hands Abdou finds strength in son's smile
    • 16:40 The FA opened up a neutral section for this game after the Latics returned thousands of unsold tickets. FA create neutral section as Wigan return 10,000 tickets for semi
    • 16:35 TEAMS: Millwall: Forde; Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry; Abdou, J.Smith, St Ledger; Henry, Keogh, C.Taylor. Subs: M.Taylor, A.Smith, Osborne, Trotter, Batt, Hulse, Tyson /// Wigan: Al Habsi; Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa; McCarthy, Gomez, Maloney, Beausejour, McManaman; Kone. Subs: Robles, Caldwell, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Espinoza, Stam
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from Wembley as Millwall and Wigan Athletic play for a place in the FA Cup final.
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