MOTD- Manchester CIty 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever

Wigan score their dramatic late winner to seal their first FA Cup title ever

Wigan Athletic have stunningly won their first ever FA Cup, with The Lactics earning an outstanding 1-0 win over Manchester City through Ben Watson’s injury time goal. The Lactics were competing in their first ever FA Cup final, and became the first side since 1988 to win the trophy after reaching the final for the first time. Although City were given the chance to win the cup for the second time in three years, they failed to grasp what would have been an important title.

City were the dominant side in the opening minutes, and Yaya Toure almost put Roberto Mancini’s side in front after only four minutes with a fierce dipping volley from the edge of the box that Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles brilliantly pushed wide. Wigan settled into the game though, with Callum McManaman coming close to opening the scoring for Wigan in the eighth minute. Arouna Kone sent McManaman in down the right, and after taking the into space in the right side of the City box, the McMananman cut back onto his left foot and curled an effort just wide of the far post. Continue reading

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MOTD preview- Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Manchester City are set to take on Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final, with City aiming to win the trophy for the second time in three years.  City are in safe second place in the Premier League, and barring a miracle, they will stay there.  Wigan on the other hand are battling hard to stay in the Premier League, and will need a win in their last two matches is they are to stay up. On top of that, David Moyes has left Everton for Manchester United, leaving Wigan manager Roberto Martinez favorite for the job, resulting in Martinez having to bat away questions about the job instead of spending time preparing for the final.  Although City have no such problems, a loss for them would most likely see manager Roberto Mancini’s future put in further doubt as it is rumored City have approached Manuel Pellegrini about replacing Mancini.

It will take an upset for Wigan to claim the title, and although they held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw and beat West Bromwich Albion recently, they have not been on the best of form.  Surprisingly, City have also been on below average form, only winning two times out of their last five matches. But whether City can win the come out of their recent slump in form, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

Sergio Agüero announces apology to David Luiz via Twitter

Manchester City forward has announced his apology to Chelsea defender David Luiz for his studs-up tackle on the Brazilian during City’s 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals via Twitter.  The Argentine will not face a ban for his reckless tackle against the Brazilian, but following Luiz’s request for an apology, Agüero has announced that he has contacted Luiz, on social networking side Twitter.  Although referee Chris Foy did not card Agüero for the challenge, the twenty-eight-year-old has admitted his tackle was a rash “impulse.” Continue reading

MOTD- Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City

Manchester City have reached the FA Cup final, after Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri gave them a  2-1 win against Chelsea in the semifinals at Wembley.  City started the match comletely dominant, and almost went up within six minutes when Yaya Toure received a half-cleared corner at the edge of the box.  Toure deflected Gareth Barry’s pass towards goal, but before it could reach Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, Sergio Aguero prodded it to the corner of the goal from four yards out, forcing Cech into a remarkable diving save to his right.  City continued their dominance, with their speed of play wonderfully fast.  Roberto Mancini’s side again almost opened the scoring when Samir Nasri got Carlos Tevez in on goal down the right, and Tevez elected not to cross, instead tried to beat Cech at his near post, who did well to beat the ball out for a corner.

City were thrashing Chelsea, but their London based opponents almost took the lead anyway, and Vincent Kompany had to headed Oscar’s bouncing volley from the edge of the box off the line.  Despite Chelsea starting to find their way into the match, City went up on in the thirty-fifth minute when Toure charged through the Chelsea half, before playing it to Tevez, who one touched it to Nasri.  Nasri got lucky, and his poor first touch bounced back to him off Ryan Bertrand, and from four yards out, Nasri side-footed it past Cech into the back of the net.  City looked like they could score another, and when Kompany received Continue reading

MOTD preview- Chelsea vs Manchester City

Chelsea are set to take on Manchester City in an FA Cup semifinal at Wembley, with both sides looking to meet Wigan in the final.  Wigan, who beat Millwall 2-0 on Saturday, reached the final for the first time ever, and whoever wins this semi will be favored to go on to win the competition.  Both sides will desperately want the silverware, after both crashed out of the Champions League, League Cup, and the Premier League seems all but over with Manchester United twelve points atop the table with only eight games left in the season.  Chelsea though, can still win a European trophy this season, and the West London club will play FC Basel in the semifinals of the Europa League.

City are still yet to allow a goal in the competition, and have won all of their four FA Cup matches this season, with a stunning goal differential of thirteen from those matches.  Chelsea have also been on blistering form in the competition, and are yet to lose, winning four of their six matches.  Rafa Benitez’s side have also been on good form in the Premier League, and although going through a bad run of form in January, have recovered, losing only two of their last six matches.  City have been on even better form than Chelsea in the Premier League, and come of the back of a 2-1 Manchester Derby win.  Whether City can to as well as they did against Manchester United, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

MOTD- Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United

Demba Ba has given Chelsea a good win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in their FA Cup Quarterfinal replay, with The Blues heading to Wembley to play Manchester City in the semifinals.  Chelsea started the match by keeping possession and pinging the ball around in United’s half, with United barely seeing the ball in the opening five minutes.  In the fourth minute John Obi Mikel hit a curling shot from thirty-yards out that forced United goalkeeper David De Gea into a good save, but United were doing a good job of not allowing Chelsea much room inside and around their box.

Chelsea kept on top, and the match sprang into life in the thirtieth minute when Eden Hazard ran into space just outside the United penalty area.  Hazard slipped the ball to Demba Ba on the right side of the United box, and the forward hit a first-time shot towards the near post.  De Gea was slightly out of position, but managed to kick the shot wide.

Despite having a slow start to the match, United also came alive, with Nani hitting a venomous shot from thirty-yards out.  The shot flew towards goal, and whizzed just wide of the upright.  Seconds later Chelsea almost opened the scoring when Hazard played a neat one-two with Oscar to give him space in the United box.  The Belgian curled a shot inches above the top crossbar, with United being let off the hook.   In the thirty-ninth minute United came close to scoring when De Gea punted the ball up to Javier Hernandez.  Hernandez was not closed down by Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, so he hit a viciously swerving shot from forty yards out.  The shot looked like an easy save for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, but at the last minute it completely changed direction, forcing Cech to kick it away mid-dive.  Neither side could break the deadlock before halftime though, and after a minute of injury time the first half ended 0-0.
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MOTD – Manchester United 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea have managed a draw at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Quarterfinals against Manchester United to force a replay at Stamford Bridge.  United started the game in control and maintained possession well, and scored just five minutes into the match in magnificent fashion.  Michael Carrick received the ball near the half-way line in Chelsea’s half, turned and hit a inch-perfect magnificent lobbed ball to Javier Hernandez, and Hernandez headed it over Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech into the far post, the ball just dipping down into the net.  United kept complete control of the match, and doubled their lead six minutes later in the eleventh minute.  Chelsea’s Victor Moses tripped Nani on the corner of the Chelsea box and referee Howard Webb awarded a free-kick.  Wayne Rooney took the kick and crossed it into the box, but the ball missed everybody and slid into the far side of the net to make it 2-0 just beyond the ten minute mark.

Despite already being 2-0 up, United kept up their dominance and almost scored in the twenty-fourth minute when Nani hit a low cross into the box for Hernandez, and Hernandez’s volleyed the ball to the near post, but his shot went just over the bar.  Just a minute later United had another chance to put the game to bed when Shinji Kagawa played the ball for Patrice Evra down the left.  Evra cut the ball back to Rooney in the center of the box and Rooney hit a first time shot, Cech doing well to save it to his left.  Cech could only parry the shot, and it fell to Chelsea defender David Luiz who bizarrely headed it back at his own net and Cech was forced to brilliantly tip wide.  Chelsea slowly felt their way back into the game and had a few of their own chances, but United still looked the better side.  Towards the end of the half, Chelsea started to get in a few promising positions, but they could not find the back of the net for the rest of the first half, and the half ended 2-0.

Chelsea started the second half much better than the first and started testing United goalkeeper David De Gea and pinning United into their own half.  Chelsea’s first good chance came in the fifty-eighth minute when De Gea had to push aside David Luiz’s dipping shot form twenty-five yards out. Only a minute later Chelsea substitute Eden Hazard got the Blues their first goal of the match when Juan Mata played the ball to him down the left.  Hazard took the ball up to United defender Rafael, and used the young Brazilian to block De Gea’s view of the shot he curled around Rafael from the edge of the box.  It worked perfectly and the ball flew into the top corner of the net to give Chelsea hope.

The Blues pinned United back in their own half, and got an equalizer in the sixty-eighth minute off a counter-attack.  Oscar played fellow Brazilian Ramires into space down the right and Ramires took the ball to the edge of the box and cut it across his body.  It looked like the chance was gone because United defender’s were closing in, but Ramires quickly curled a shot past De Gea and into the far side of the net.  In the final minute of the match Chelsea almost got a win and when David Luiz hit a perfect pass to Mata at the far post, Mata trapped the ball and pulled it back into the center of the box.  It looked like Chelsea would definitely score, but De Gea just managed to get a foot on Mata’s volley to tip it wide.  After two minutes of intense extra time, the match ended 2-2 with United holding on to force a replay.
Man of the Match:  Javier Hernandez