The 2013 FA Cup Final took place on Saturday, May 11 featured Manchester City v Wigan Athletic. Video highlights and result are available for the 2013 FA Cup Final. This includes live score and analysis from the final.
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic:
Man City Lineup: 4-2-3-1: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Y. Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Tevez, Aguero
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rodwell, Kolarov, Milner, Dzeko, Garcia
Wigan Lineup: 4-3-3: Joel, Alcaraz, Scharner, Boyce, Espinoza, McArthur, Gomez, Maloney, Kone, McManmana
Subs: Al-Habsi, Watson, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart, Caldwell, Di Santo
The first half started out full speed with Wigan having some of the good chances early on, but Manchester City getting the better chances. Joel Robles did well in goal to save what could have been the opening goal from Carlos Tevez in the 28th minute. Callum McManaman got himself into the box one on one with the keeper, but wasn’t able to get a shot off and didn’t have any support which allowed City defenders to get back and the chance was gone.
The first half ended 0-0 with Wigan looking like they might have a chance, however, not scoring in the first half was certainly a worry considering the decent chances that went begging. They looked dangerous and kept City from getting into the game too much. Perhaps the fact that City were the clear favorites made it look like they were worse than they were, but having not scored a goal it gave Wigan hope for the second half.
For the first half Wigan had 8 shots with 0 on target with 48% possession. This compares to Manchester City with 11 shots and four on target with their 52% possession. Passing statistics were quite even with Wigan having 262 passes at an 87.4% passing success rate and 80.2% success in City’s half. Manchester City had 253 passes at 86.6% success rate and 81.1% success in Wigan’s half.
The second half started out much the same way the first half went. Wigan continued with their attacking approach and Manchester City did much the same. In the 57th minute Sergio Aguero thought he had a penalty when he went down in the box, however, the call was made correctly in allowing play to go on. He went down far too easily (perhaps even a dive) but was also never going to get to it before Joel Robles. This was soon followed by the first yellow card of the game in 60th minute after a very cynical foul by Zabaleta.
In the 69th minute Roberto Mancini made, what I believe to be, an odd change by taking off Carlos Tevez and bringing on Jack Rodwell. Instead of chasing goals he put on another holding midfielder to sit back with Gareth Barry just in front of their back four and pushing Toure up further.
In the 75th minute Nastasic picked up a yellow card after taking down McManaman on the edge of the area. The free kick taken by Shaun Maloney was excellent, but went just off the top of the bar. In the 85th minute McManaman was again taken down, this time by Pablo Zabaleta, already on a yellow, who was given his marching orders and sending City down to 10 men.
And then it happened, Wigan scored. A MASSIVE goal in the first minute of stoppage time scored on a header by Ben Watson. The Wigan players and fans went absolutely berserk and rightly so.
Wigan were deserved winners. They were the better team throughout and were constantly attacking while also holding off Manchester City time and time again. Their first ever time in the FA Cup Final and they are the 2013 FA Cup Winners!! Perhaps the biggest giant killing in FA Cup Finals history. It also means that Manchester City, with all their billions of dollars go trophyless and lose to a team that very well might be relegated to the Championship.
My man of the match is Callum McManaman. He was relentless in attack and continued to run at the City defense, even into the 90th minute.
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