Fa Cup Final
May 14, 2011 by staff
Fa Cup Final, Manchester City won 1-0 at Stoke City win the English football’s FA Cup for the first time in 42 years. Yaya Toure scored the only goal at Wembley Stadium in London as a city captured his first title since winning the English League Cup in 1976. Today’s victory comes four days after Tottenham won 1-0 to secure a place in the Champions League next season for the first time.
“It’s great to win, it’s fantastic for the club’s history,” Toure, who scored in the 1-0 win over Manchester United in the semifinals, told ITV. “We wanted to win something and get to the Champions League. It’s amazing.” City has spent more than 350 million pounds (567 million) to strengthen his team since Sheikh Mansour Aub Dhabi purchased it in 2008. “We laid the first stone and now we can build a house on it,” said Vincent Kompany ESPN City.
City had most of the possession in the first half but could not beat Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who left a bid of five minutes of their captain, Carlos Tevez. Toure sent a shot just wide of the post and Sorensen blocked an effort by Mario Balotelli.
City’s best chance of wine 10 minutes before halftime as Sorensen cleared a ball to David Silva, who hit the ball on the ground to jump over the open goal.
Tevez chased a long ball 10 minutes into the second half and went to Silva, who was running alone toward the center of the box. Silva tried to take the ball to his left foot and was arrested without being shot away.
Stoke Kenwyne Jones was sent clear on 61 minutes but City goalkeeper Joe Hart left his line to block the attempt.
City finally broke through on 74 minutes when the ball bounced off the Stoke area before falling to Toure, who opened a lefty criticized from near the penalty spot past Sorensen. City then on down the stretch as Stoke pressed but could not get a good shot off.
“I can only say I am very happy for all the fans,” said City manager Roberto Mancini ITV. “After many years they deserve to win this trophy.”
The defeat ended a strong streak of Stoke, who was playing in his first Cup final of the FA.
“They played the best material in the day,” Sorensen told ITV. “It’s disappointing we did not play better.”
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