Man City 1 Man United 0

Paul Scholes

Man­chester City 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 0, Wemb­ley Sta­dium, Eng­lish FA Cup Semi-Fi­nal, April 16, 2011. For­mer Bar­celona mid­fielder Yaya Tou­re hit the on­ly goal of the con­test to send Man­chester City in­to the FA Cup Fi­nal for the fir­st time since 1981. The Man­chester Reds nev­er­the­less opened the mat­ch well and should have net­ted on 15 min­utes when Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov had two golden chances in­side a min­ute, but the stri­ker wasted bo­th of them.

Al­though Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­al Way­ne Roo­ney was a note­able omis­sion, Man­chester Uni­ted opened the ga­me on a bright note and Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov al­most put them in­to the lead af­ter 15 min­utes of play, but his ef­fort was saved by Joe Hart in the Man­chester City goal. And, just a few sec­onds la­ter, the Bul­gari­an missed from clo­se ran­ge af­ter a bril­liant cross from Lu­is Nani. Man­chester City’s fir­st scor­ing op­por­tun­ity came on 32 min­utes as a shot from Gar­eth Bar­ry hit the si­de net­ting. Mario Balo­telli then for­ced Uni­ted goal­keeper Ed­win van der Sar in­to ma­king an ex­cel­lent save be­fore Eng­land de­fender Jo­leon Le­scott hit a vol­ley over the cross­bar. The Sky Blues fi­nally went ahead in the 52nd min­ute of the FA Cup Semi-Fi­nal af­ter a hope­less pass from Mi­chael Car­rick al­lowed Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tion­al Yaya Tou­re to ham­mer the ball thro­ugh the legs of Van der Sar. To add misery, Man­chester Uni­ted fin­ished wi­th ten men af­ter mid­field vet­er­an Paul Scho­les was sent off in the 72nd min­ute fol­low­ing a mind­less chal­lenge on Pablo Za­baleta. Sir Al­ex Ferguson´s troops batt­led hard to find a way back in­to the clash, but Man­chester City con­tin­ued to con­trol play and ev­entually ended up 1-0 win­ners. Man­chester City Te­am: Joe Hart, Alek­sandar Kolarov, Pablo Za­baleta, Vin­cent Kom­pany, Jo­leon Le­scott, Gar­eth Bar­ry, Da­vid Silva, Nigel De Jong, Ad­am John­son, Yaya Tou­re, Mario Balo­telli. Sub­stitutes: Dedryck Boy­ata, Ja­mes Mil­ner, Jo, Patrick Vie­ira, Shaun Wright-Phil­lips, Ed­in Dzeko, Stu­art Tay­lor. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, John O’Shea, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Rio Fer­dinand, An­tonio Va­lencia, Pat­rice Ev­ra, Mi­chael Car­rick, Ji-Sung Park, Di­m­it­ar Ber­batov, Paul Scho­les, Lu­is Nani. Sub­stitutes: Chris Small­ing, Fa­bio da Silva, Oli­veira An­der­son, Dar­ron Gib­son, Javi­er Her­nandez, Mi­chael Owen, To­masz Kuszczak.

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