The FA Cup will have a new champion once again as Manchester City oust reigning champions Chelsea at Wembley. Demba Ba scored another screamer on the day and became the first player to score against the sky blues in FA Cup this season but it was not enough for Chelsea.
City started the game without their first choice goalie Joe Hart but well the make shift goal keeper Pantilimon had little to do in the early stages of the game as City completely dominated Rafael Benitez’s men and gave them little breathing space.
Roberto Mancini’s side deservedly got the lead in the 35th minute as Yaya Toure bulldozed his way from midfield to set up Samir Nasri who needed some luck to score what was his first goal after 20 games.
City could have easily doubled the lead in the dying moments of the first half. The sky blues blistering counter attack found themselves in a 5 vs 2 situation but Milner produced a poor cross to which Cech cleared only as far as Kompany but the City captain only managed to hit it wide.
The second half started the way first ended as Manchester City were on top again. Chelsea’s defense were at sixes and sevens and they paid the price again. City doubled their lead just 2 minutes after the restart, Barry provided a wonder cross whereby Chelsea’s defense were nonexistent and little Aguero took advantage to head the ball home.
Minutes later, City should have tripled the lead as Yaya Toure once more found himself in space but the Argentinian duo of Aguero and Tevez failed to combine to put the game to bed.
Benitez needed more firepower upfront and hence he brought on Fernando Torres for Mikel and within seconds Chelsea were back in the game. A long ball was played in the box, City failed to deal with it and Demba Ba did the rest by scoring an acrobatic goal, even better than the one he scored against Manchester United in the quarter finals.
The goal completely changed the momentum of the game as Chelsea were now dominant. Pantilimon made sure that Chelsea do no equalize and the goalie made two superb saves in a matter of minutes to deny Juan Mata and Demba Ba.
Mancini brought Javi Garcia to minimize Chelsea’s constant attacking threat and City looked to finish the game off on the counter as the blues had almost every man forward. Chelsea were awarded a late free kick but Luiz only managed to hit it wide. Minutes later the Brazilian defender was harshly tackled by Argentine Aguero who jumped on him with two feet but survived punishment. Surely Aguero deserved a red card there.
Chelsea might have had a penalty in the 88th minute when Fernando Torres was seemingly through on goal only to be pulled back by Vincent Kompany. The referee had other ideas as Torres was only left complaining.
City had another golden chance to wrap up the game in injury time as once again the driving force of Yaya Toure ran into the attacking third to set up Sergio Aguero who failed to correct his footing when the goal was at his mercy.
In the end, Rafa Benitez’s men ran out of time to retain their crown and City became the ninth team to reach the FA Cup final for the 10th time. Roberto Mancini’s City will now face Roberto Martinez’s Wigan in the final of the competition in 27 days’ time.
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