Wigan repeated their remarkable FA Cup final win by beating Manchester City 2-1 to make it through to the semi-final where they will face Arsenal. Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 in last year’s FA Cup final. (Check out the action in pics)
Manchester City who were in search for a revenge meet after last year’s embarrassment put in a very lethargic performance on March 9. City failed to break Wigan’s solid defence and only managed one goal from a Samir Nasri effort outside the box. Wigan won a penalty around the 26th minute as Martin Demichelis brought down Marc-Antoine Fortune with a clumsy tackle. Jordi Gomez who emerged from FC Barcelona’s youth ranks converted the penalty kick to make it 1-0.
Only 2 minutes after the second half started, James Perch scored from a James McArthur cross to double Wigan’s lead. Manchester City tried hard to break Wigan’s resilience but failed as Edin Dzeko’s attempted header hit the post before Samir Nasri’s goal.
This win serves to become a much more powerful feat by Wigan who are currently defending the FA Cup while they’re plying their trade in the Football League Championship after being relegated last term from the English Premier League.
Manchester City who lifted the Capital One Cup last week have to over-turn a 2-0 deficit against FC Barcelona on March 13 to prove a point in this year’s edition of the Champions League and have three games in hand to keep the pace on EPL table-toppers Chelsea.