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  • Date:14 May 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Wembley Stadium
  • Attendance:88,643
  • Toure Yaya (73)
Goal!

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92:30 +2.30

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Ryan Shawcross misses to the right of the target.

91:28 +1.28

Patrick Vieira on for David Silva. Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Nigel De Jong makes a clearance.

90:17 +0.17

Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.

88:58

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Wilkinson. Short corner taken by David Silva.

86:45

Pablo Zabaleta comes on in place of Carlos Tevez.

83:49

Danny Pugh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Glenn Whelan.

83:38

David Silva takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

82:07

Corner taken short by David Silva.

79:54

Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. (Stoke) makes a substitution, with John Carew coming on for Rory Delap. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

78:53

David Silva takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.

76:32

Jonathan Walters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.

75:18

Mario Balotelli fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Wilkinson is booked. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.

73:35

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. Gnegneri Toure Yaya scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-0 Stoke.

72:10

(Man City) makes a substitution, with Adam Johnson coming on for Gareth Barry.

71:45

Rory Delap crosses the ball, save by Joe Hart.

69:20

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Micah Richards results in a free kick. Jermaine Pennant takes the free kick.

68:00

Foul by Kenwyne Jones on David Silva, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.

65:29

Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mario Balotelli. Strike comes in from Mario Balotelli from the free kick. Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth.

64:25

Shot from 35 yards by Andy Wilkinson went wide right of the target.

63:18

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

61:37

Matthew Etherington leaves the field to be replaced by Dean Whitehead.

61:14

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.

59:35

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.

55:40

Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the outswinging corner, Shot from just outside the box by Gareth Barry goes over the crossbar.

55:23

Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Carlos Tevez gets a block in.

54:41

Marc Wilson takes a shot.

53:53

Mario Balotelli challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.

52:59

Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Andy Wilkinson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.

51:59

Foul by Joleon Lescott on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.

50:29

Robert Huth is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Silva, Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Huth. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.

49:22

Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Blocked by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.

48:26

Unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Mario Balotelli results in a free kick. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.

47:31 +2.31

Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.

46:40

A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Robert Huth has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

46:26

Joleon Lescott concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.

46:02

Aleksandar Kolarov produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

44:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Joleon Lescott. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Nigel De Jong manages to make a clearance.

43:09

Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

41:57

Effort from outside the penalty box by Nigel De Jong goes wide left of the goal.

41:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Carlos Tevez. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.

41:09

Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.

39:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Robert Huth. Robert Huth receives a caution. Aleksandar Kolarov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

38:22

Corner from the left by-line taken by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance made by Marc Wilson.

37:16

Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

34:38

Close range strike by David Silva goes over the bar.

30:08

Aleksandar Kolarov concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, save by Joe Hart.

29:31

Vincent Kompany takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.

25:53

Foul by Vincent Kompany on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

25:42

The ball is sent over by David Silva, clearance by Matthew Etherington.

24:27

Carlos Tevez has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

23:22

Curled right-footed shot by Mario Balotelli. Fantastic save by Thomas Sorensen. Inswinging corner taken by David Silva, save made by Thomas Sorensen.

21:05

Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Vincent Kompany results in a free kick. Marc Wilson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

20:36

Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.

20:03

Gareth Barry is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.

15:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from right wing, save by Joe Hart.

13:10

Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross, clearance by Micah Richards.

10:24

Gnegneri Toure Yaya has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide of the right-hand upright.

9:44

Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.

8:42

Nigel De Jong has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

7:50

Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in. Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line played to the near post, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.

4:33

Shot by Carlos Tevez. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.

1:42

The ball is swung over by Gareth Barry, blocked by Andy Wilkinson. Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

Match Preview

Mancini waiting on Tevez Manager Roberto Mancini will wait until Saturday morning before deciding what role captain Carlos Tevez will play in Manchester City's first FA Cup final for 30 years. Tevez has been struggling with a hamstring injury and even though he made a substitute appearance in Tuesday's win over Tottenham, Mancini knows the South American is far from 100% and must choose whether to start with him against Stoke or put him on the bench. Gareth Barry (hamstring) has recovered, meaning the only absentees will be Kolo Toure, who remains suspended, and Jerome Boateng (knee). Mancini has warned his players beating Stoke will be harder than disposing of Manchester United in the semi. After clinching a coveted top-four berth by beating Tottenham on Tuesday, Mancini's men are now odds-on to end their 35-year trophy drought at Wembley. But Mancini is trying to dampen down expectations. In their own semi-final destruction of Bolton, and by putting Arsenal to the sword at the Britannia Stadium last weekend, Mancini realises Tony Pulis' outfit are a more complete team than many give them credit for. "Saturday will be harder than United," he said. "Stoke are a strong team and a very difficult team. "If we want to win we need to play very well. We should pay attention in every situation. We cannot concede anything. To think Stoke are an easy team would be a mistake." Injured Stoke pair Robert Huth (knee) and Matthew Etherington (hamstring) are due to have fitness tests. Huth is having sugar injections after coming off in the victory over Arsenal which stretched their run to one defeat in nine games. Goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, a regular in cup games, is expected to retain his place but Ricardo Fuller, Danny Higginbotham and Mamady Sidibe are ruled out through injury. Pulis believes the power of the people could see his club lift the Cup for the first time in its history. Pulis has nothing but praise for the club's raucous supporters as they prepare to face City. Stoke may be the underdogs but go into the final showdown in a rich vein of form after only one defeat in nine games. Pulis said: "We have built a community club over the last five and a half years that the supporters have really grasped and taken us forward. "It has not been the players, it has not been the chairman or coaching staff, it has been the whole community that has done this. "The FA Cup is about dreams. I have watched City a couple of times and they are a very good side with excellent players. I am sure next year they will move up an extra gear. "They are an emerging force and we know what sort of task we are facing. But we are determined the players are relaxed and the supporters have a great day."

Formation:4231Manager: Roberto Mancini

Man City

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Joe Hart
  • Micah Richards
  • Vincent Kompany
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Aleksandar Kolarov
  • Nigel De Jong
  • Gareth Barry
  • David Silva
  • Gnegneri Toure Yaya
  • Carlos Tevez
  • Mario Balotelli
  • SUBS
  • Shay Given
  • Pablo Zabaleta
  • James Milner
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Adam Johnson
  • Patrick Vieira
  • Dedryk Boyata

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Match Report

City end trophy drought Manchester City's spending spree finally delivered some silverware as they won the FA Cup - courtesy of a 1-0 win over Stoke - to end their 35-year wait for a major trophy. Almost three years after Sheik Mansour's takeover transformed City into one of the richest clubs in the world, his #300million investment has now produced Champions League qualification and an FA Cup triumph in the space of a week. It was somehow fitting that semi-final hero Yaya Toure - reportedly the highest paid player in the Barclays Premier League on #185,000 a week - was the match-winner again against Stoke, whose 148-year wait for FA Cup glory goes on. City had not won the cup themselves since 1969 but the Potters had not even been to a final and were the only surviving founder members of the Football League never to lift the trophy. The 1-0 defeat was also a double-whammy for manager Tony Pulis, whose last Wembley final saw his Gillingham side lose the 1999 Second Division play-offs to City. The build-up to cup final day had been dominated by talk of the competition being further devalued by the scheduling of the game. Manchester United clinching the Barclays Premier League title minutes before kick-off did not help matters, and neither therefore did a rather unfortunate pre-match rendition of 'We are the Champions'. But try telling that to the tens of thousands of City and Stoke fans crammed into Wembley this afternoon for what was the first cup final for both clubs for more than a generation. And try telling it to the managers, who each gambled on the fitness of key players as Carlos Tevez, Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth all started. City captain Tevez soon set about proving manager Roberto Mancini right, forcing a fine parry from Thomas Sorensen from 25 yards. It was a sign of things to come as Mancini's men belied their reputation for caution in a utterly dominant first-half display. Ryan Shawcross almost put into his own net and Toure drilled just wide from long range. And City would have been ahead midway through the half but for a world-class save from Sorensen, who somehow clawed behind Mario Balotelli's top-corner-bound curler. It was looking like Sorensen's lucky day after he kept his place as Stoke's FA Cup goalkeeper ahead of Asmir Begovic. He survived being beaten to a long ball by Tevez and got away with spilling Vincent Kompany's tame long-ranger. His luck continued when Tevez brilliantly played in Balotelli and Sorensen beat the ball down straight to David Silva, who rifled a shot into the ground and over the crossbar. Stoke had gone some way to shattering their own reputation in their free-flowing semi-final demolition of Bolton. But when Huth's forearm connected with Balotelli's jaw, it was an early indication they had reverted to type. Long throws and set-pieces were once again the order of the day, although they did fashion a chance in open play when Vincent Kompany threw his body at Kenwyne Jones' close-range shot. Emerging from what can only have been harsh words at half-time, Stoke tore into City early in the second half, Jermaine Pennant playing through the pain of a first-half ankle injury to lead the charge. But they were unable to produce the finishing touch and were almost caught on the break when Tevez squared for Silva, who hesitated just long enough for Shawcross to nick the ball away. Joe Hart had been a spectator all afternoon but he came to City's rescue just past the hour mark when Jones beat Joleon Lescott to a long ball before poking his finish too close to the keeper. Etherington, who had looked less than fully fit, was immediately withdrawn for Dean Whitehead. Mancini responded to City's second-half slump by throwing on Adam Johnson for Gareth Barry and it immediately paid off. City won the ball on the edge of the area and Balotelli exchanged passes via Huth, with the Italian's shot blocked by Marc Wilson straight to Toure to blast home. Desperate defending and a fine save twice prevented Silva wrapping up victory, with Stoke throwing on John Carew in a bid to keep their dream alive. Mancini finally went defensive when he withdrew Tevez for Pablo Zabaleta but despite late Stoke pressure, City deservedly hung on.

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