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FA Cup

  • May 14, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 88643

Live Commentary

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  • It's City's first trophy since the 1976 Football League Cup
  • 90' + 3'
    Header wide. That should do it.
  • 90' + 3'
    Another corner for Stoke, last chance here
  • 90' + 2'
    SubstitutionDavid Silva Patrick Vieira
  • 90' + 2'
    Stoke have a corner. Still a chance from them. Sorensen coming up
  • 90'
    3 minutes of stoppage time left
  • 89'
    City keeping possession now...they just about have the trophy.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionCarlos Tévez Pablo Zabaleta
  • 85'
    SubstitutionGlenn Whelan Danny Pugh
  • 85'
    Hard to see Stoke producing an equalizer in the last five minutes plus stoppage time
  • 81'
    SubstitutionRory Delap John Alieu Carew
  • 79'
    Great run by Adam Johnson nearly tees up Silva for the clincher, but his shot is blocked
  • 78'
    Now then, what does Stoke have to offer attacking-wise?
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Andy Wilkinson
  • 75'
    Goal Yaya Touré
  • 75'
    Silva and Balotelli with neat interplay inside the box, Stoke block Balotelli's initial shot, but they can do nothing about the onrushing Toure's strike from about eight yards out
  • 74'
  • 73'
    SubstitutionGareth Barry Adam Johnson
  • 71'
    Adam Johnson being prepared to come on for City. They need an attacking presence like him right now
  • 70'
    Stoke have been more positive this half and have looked just as likely as City to find the opening goal. Credit to Tony Pulis
  • 67'
    Balotelli strikes the wall and a resolute Stoke eventually clear the danger
  • 66'
    Free-kick for City here about 25 yards out
  • 64'
    Now Tevez finds some space and gets a shot off from 20 yards out, but Sorensen saves comfortably
  • 63'
    SubstitutionMatthew Etherington Dean Whitehead
  • 63'
    That was all started with a great tackle from Whelan
  • 62'
    Stoke with their best chance of the day as a ball over the top sends Jones past Lescott, but Hart comes out and denies with a great save
  • 60'
    Good interplay from Silva and Richards, but Sorensen is a alert and comes out to smother Silva's through-ball
  • 56'
    City pressuring now as Silva is played in before Stoke's defense catches up to him, then Tevez has a shot that's deflected just wide
  • 55'
    Balotelli shoves Pennant over and gives Stoke another chance at a free-kick. Pennant appears ok for now
  • 53'
    Pennant appears to have a problem again here, and he may have to go off
  • 52'
    Kolarov curls in, but it was defended well by Stoke, with Walters and Huth in the mix
  • 51'
    Hand ball from Huth and City have a chance to curl in a free-kick.
  • 49'
    There's our first look at a Rory Delap long throw, Pennant has a half chance at a strike, but his shot is scuffed.
  • 46'
    Right away, Kolarov is played in down the left side, but he strikes into the side netting. He's been wasteful today.
  • 46'
    No changes at the half
  • 46'
    Back underway at Wembley
  • Halftime and we're scoreless at Wembley. Manchester City have been the far better side and some poor finishing and great goalkeeping by Thomas Sorensen have kept the sides level.
  • 45' + 1'
    Jermaine Pennant is down for Stoke. He looks to have turned an ankle
  • 45'
    Another Stoke free-kick, but Pennant can't get his delivery to the far post and it's headed away by City
  • 44'
    Kolarov wins the ball back and does.....something he probably shouldn't have, shooting wildly from about 40 yards out
  • 41'
    Kolarov curls the free kick well over the bar. Another City chance goes wasted
  • 41'
    Free kick for City in a dangerous area here. Huth gets booked
  • 40'
    Yellow Card Robert Huth
  • 39'
    Stoke looking leaky in the back. Another City corner goes for naught.
  • 38'
    Good surging run from Pennant, who finds Kenwyne Jones. His shot is scuffed horribly though. Stoke will have to do better with their few chances
  • 37'
    City may rue these misses as this game goes on
  • 35'
    Another great chance for City! Tevez clips a ball over the top to Balotelli and the ball drops kindly to Silva, but his half-volley bounces over the bar from close range
  • 34'
    With about ten minutes to half, Stoke will surely be ecstatic to go in with the current 0-0 scoreline
  • 32'
    Stoke may have to find a goal via a free-kick here, but their delivery thus far has been sub-par
  • 30'
    Kompany gets all the way forward and his shot is straight at Sorensen, whose been Man of the Match thus far
  • 25'
    Balotelli must have thought he scored there. It was a brilliant strike
  • 24'
    What a chance for City! Driving run from Toure sets up Balotelli, who curls one to the far post, only to be thwarted by a brilliant save from Sorensen
  • 21'
    Chance for Stoke as Walters and Jones combine in the box, but they can't get a shot off
  • 20'
    The Sky Blues certainly looking the more likely side here in the early going
  • 19'
    More danger from City as Tevez and Balotelli cause havoc in the box, but Huth is there again for Stoke
  • 17'
    Stoke still looking for their first real look at goal as a free-kick lands harmlessly in Joe Hart's arms
  • 16'
    The Italian should be fine, but Huth is living dangerously there
  • 15'
    Balotelli is down in the Stoke box and it looked like Huth got an arm up high to his face/throat area
  • 11'
    Yaya Toure with a BLAST just wide of the post. City menacing here
  • 10'
    Nearly an own goal from Shawcross as a Kolarov cross is nearly turned into his own net
  • 8'
    City are showing the early initiative here as many thought they would. Robert Huth with some heroic defending for Stoke
  • 5'
    First chance of the game goes to City and Sorensen saves well from a Tevez drive from the top of the box
  • 1'
    We are underway at Wembley for the FA Cup Final! I'm Seth Vertelney and I'll be taking you through this one
  • Silva with a hard, low strike from the top of the box producing a good save from Sorensen
  • Balotelli tracks all the way back near his own box and wins a free-kick. Good work from the Italian