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F.A. Cup Final 2011
« on: 19:29:17, 14/05/11 »
14 May 2011, 17:27Toure seals cup triumph for City Yaya Toure scored the winner for Manchester City at Wembley as they lifted the FA Cup to end a 35-year wait for a major trophy following a 1-0 win over Stoke.
The midfielder got the all-important goal in the 74th minute after pinball in the Stoke area, with team-mates David Silva and Mario Balotelli also involved.
Toure smashed the ball home after it was deflected to him by Marc Wilson and that was enough to give his side victory.
Both managers gambled on the fitness of their key players, with Carlos Tevez, Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth all starting and the former soon set about proving Roberto Mancini right, forcing a fine parry from Thomas Sorensen from 25 yards and it was a sign of things to come.
Ryan Shawcross almost put into his own net, while 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 Balotelli's top-corner-bound curler.
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, and Joe Hart, a spectator for most of the afternoon, came to his side'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.
His miss was to prove costly as City won the ball on the edge of the area and Balotelli exchanged passes via Huth, with the Italian's shot blocked by 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. However, Mancini finally went defensive when he withdrew Tevez for Pablo Zabaleta but despite late Stoke pressure, City deservedly hung on.
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Re: F.A. Cup Final 2011
« Reply #1 on: 00:17:49, 16/05/11 »
If you went to the Cup Final then you may be able to spot and tag yourself on this 360degree photograph of the crowd at Wembley. You can move around the stadium and zoom in on any part. The resolution is amazing!
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