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May 11, 2013
• 12:15 PM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 86254
B. Watson 90'+
We'll wrap it up there. This is one of the most memorable days Wembley has seen in a long while, and surely the biggest FA Cup final shock since Wimbledon's Crazy Gang victory over Liverpool in 1988. Congratulations to Dave Whelan, Roberto Martinez and Wigan. Thanks for joining me - I hope you enjoyed that one as much as I did.
Will Roberto Martinez stay now? "He has to!" says Watson. "If we stay up, we've won the FA Cup, we're in Europe - it doesn't get better than that."
Watson looks overwhelmed as he answers questions from ITV. The best moment of his life? "Other than the birth of my kids, yeah."
What a game - for a match that was 0-0 for a long time, that was gripping. Ben Watson is the hero for Wigan, coming off the bench to score the winning goal. Callum McManaman, still just 22, was brilliant on the right.
FULL-TIME: Manchester City 0-1 Wigan
90' + 5'
WIGAN HAVE WON THE FA CUP!
90' + 4'
City throw the ball into the box but Aguero can't get a shot away and Wigan clear. Clichy tries again, and Dzeko heads it down, but Espinoza clears and that's it!
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Joel
90' + 3'
That's 93 minutes. Wigan are holding out as every blue shirt heads forward.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
There have been three minutes added on, but you expect we'll see more than that given the Wigan goal.
90' + 1'
Assist Shaun Maloney
90' + 1'
Goal Ben Watson
GOAL! WATSON SCORES IN ADDED TIME! After McManaman had again beaten Clichy to win a corner on the right, Maloney's corner to the near post was headed beyond Hart by the midfielder. Wigan are on the verge of the biggest FA Cup shock in a long, long time!
Maloney stands over it again but it's Watson who steps up this time, and the midfielder can only hit the wall.
Yellow Card Gareth Barry
Wigan are looking to dictate proceedings now, and Barry is booked for a late sliding tackle on Maloney. The free-kick is about 30 yards from goal, just to the right of the centre spot.
Maloney strikes the resulting free-kick from some distance, but Hart always has it covered and watches it sail just over the bar.
Yellow/Red Pablo Zabaleta
RED CARD ZABALETA! The City right-back is off for a second booking, and again McManaman is the man drawing the foul! Having been booked for cynically holding back the winger, there is no question the Argentine deserves to go for his second challenge in a similar area of the pitch. He flies in with a late sliding tackle and gets nowhere near the ball. What a boost for Wigan!
Yaya Toure is playing a bigger part now and finds Clichy on the left, but again the Frenchman can't make anything with his cross.
Wigan make their first change - Ben Watson comes on in midfield for Gomez.
Yaya Toure's low shot from outside the box deflects wide and out for a corner, but Milner's delivery is caught by Joel.
City are on the front foot but Wigan have a great chance to counterattack when Espinoza wins the ball. With several players nearby, though, the wing-back chooses to go long to a stranded Maloney and Kompany easily cleans up. What a waste.
Wayne Veysey reports from Wembley: "The heavens have opened here, but there is no immediate sign of the floodgates opening on the pitch. City are controling possession, with Wigan content to play on the counterattack, but neither defence is being stretched too far."
Maloney hits the bar! I'm not sure it's what he intended, but the winger's delivery dips towards the far top corner of the goal and bounces off the woodwork and out. I think that was closer than Hart thought.
Yellow Card Matija Nastasic
McManaman just keeps going on the right, and this time draws a foul from Nastasic as he knocked the ball into the box. The Serbian is booked, and Maloney will cross this free-kick in.
The early signs suggest Roberto Mancini's changes are paying off. Yaya Toure and Silva combine menacingly to the right of goal, but Alcaraz does well to break the play up.
City win a free-kick in the right channel and Milner's delivery finds Rodwell, but the midfielder's header is straight at Joel.
A nice piece of skill from Rodwell keeps City moving down the left after McArthur coughs up possession, but Clichy's cross towards Yaya Toure is headed away.
Tevez did not look totally delighted to be making way, but it hasn't really worked for City in the past quarter of an hour or so. After a decent start to his half, they've struggled for chances.
Jack Rodwell will be the next man on for City. It looks as if Tevez will come off, with Yaya Toure moving forward.
Kompany has saved a certain goal there! This is McManaman at his best - after one cross had evaded Kone at the back post, the winger has another go and this time dances towards goal himself. As he shapes up to shoot, though, the Belgian captain comes flying across to make a block equally as good as Joel's on Tevez in the first half. That was goalbound.
Another decent move from Wigan, playing off Kone as the central striker, just outside the City box but Gomez's eventual shot from distance goes over the crossbar.
Gomez is penalised for a high boot on Tevez - the Argentine was lucky not to get a kick in the face - but Silva's free-kick from the right is too long for Kompany at the back post.
Now this match is heating up a little bit. Milner slips a pass into Zabaleta, who fizzes a low cross through the six-yard box, but it just rolls beyond Silva at the back post.
Yellow Card Pablo Zabaleta
A replay of that penalty incident shows Andre Marriner might have been on the money again - Scharner fell, but did not seem to interfere much with Aguero as he went down. The striker was also offside. Zabaleta sees yellow for holding back McManaman as the winger broke forward.
There's another big penalty shout, and this time it's for City! Tevez and Silva combine on the break and the latter looks to slip a through ball into the path of Aguero. Scharner stumbles and seems to bring the Argentine down and Joel collects, but Andre Marriner is unmoved.
City have tightened their grip on this game since half-time, but Wigan construct their best move of the second period to earn a corner on the right. They play it short, though, and are forced all the way back to their own halfway line before lofting a hopeful ball towards goal that comes to nothing.
Silva floats a cross in from a central position to Joel's right post and Tevez lines up an overhead kick... but misses the ball entirely. Nasri will come off for Milner, who receives a big cheer.
James Milner is coming on for City. On the pitch, Maloney is furious to be penalised for a foul on Barry as he looked to spring a counterattack, but he did appear to clip the midfielder.
Silva sends in a corner from the right which Joel comes for but doesn't get to, and it deflects off a couple of bodies over the crossbar. Kompany looks disappointed not to have got more contact on that, but it's a goal-kick despite the apparent deflections off Wigan heads and shoulders.
Aguero goes close! Tevez steals the ball off Kone in the Wigan half and breezes past Scharner on the right before sending a cross to the near post, but Boyce makes a vital sliding challenge to deny Aguero.
Tevez finds some rare space to run in in front of the Wigan defence and sends a pass left to Nasri, but the Frenchman's left-footed cross-cum-shot flies over the bar. Wasteful.
Espinoza is again involved from the off on the left as Wigan work the ball from the wing-back across to McCarthy. He lines up a shot from 25 yards, but sends it several yards wide.
We're back underway at Wembley.
The players are ready to return to a pitch which is now enjoying a few slithers of sunlight.
There's some suggesting Zabaleta is lucky not to have conceded a penalty for his challenge on Espinoza midway through that half. It looked a blatant dive to me, but there you go.
The balance of chances has been fairly even - City had the best opening when Tevez was denied brilliantly by Joel, but Wigan have had good sights of goal too, most notably through, on two occasions, the very bright McManaman. The Latics have reverted to their previously favoured 3-4-3 and it's paid off.
Wayne Veysey reports from Wembley: "A subdued opening period ends with Wigan taking the moral high ground after Man City's early dominance quickly petered out. Roberto Martinez's team look capable of causing an upset but you still fear for them if City score the first goal. If ever a cup final needed a goal, it is this one."
This match hasn't quite sparked into life yet but there's certainly been some interesting moments, and Roberto Mancini in particular has plenty to think about at half-time. Wigan look organised and purposeful, if lacking a bit of quality in the final third at times, and they have certainly not looked overwhelmed by the stage or the quality of their opponents so far.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: Manchester City 0-0 Wigan
It's all too slow, with too many touches, for City but Nasri injects some pace into their attack by bursting away from his marker and rifling a shot at goal. It's a comfortable height for Joel, though, and he palms away.
City continue to probe, but they're not having too much joy. Yaya Toure tries to chip a pass behind the defence for Clichy, but the left-back is offside.
CITY CHANCE! Tevez slides a pass into Zabaleta, who shapes up to shoot from 10 yards, but Alcaraz makes a vital challenge. The ball riccochets to Barry, who has an even better opportunity to the right of goal - but his effort is poorly struck and Joel catches comfortably.
City attack down the left, and Nasri wriggles into enough space to chip a cross that Silva heads across goal but off target. We've seen a replay of the penalty shout, and Andre Marriner was correct to ignore the appeals - Espinoza dives under very little contact from Zabaleta.
Another huge opportunity for Wigan! McManaman gets behind the City defence but Hart races off his line to delay him to the left of goal. McManaman cuts back across the box with Hart stranded, but can't find room to shoot even after turning Nastasic and when he does get an effort away Zabaleta blocks.
There's a big penalty shout for Wigan! Espinoza broke into the box to latch on to a through ball and was challenged by Zabaleta before going down. That looked a convincing appeal...
Silva finds Tevez through the centre of the pitch and he turns to play a similar pass to Aguero. As soon as the striker gets a touch, though, he has Scharner for company and can't turn past the Austrian.
City look as if they might build on that chance now. It's been a pretty muted atmosphere at Wembley so far.
SUPERB SAVE BY JOEL! This is City's best chance of the game as Nasri cuts inside from the left and slides a pass into Silva. His cut-back is deflected into the path of Tevez but Joel flies across to save the Argentine's shot with his toe. Tevez tried to go back across goal but the goalkeeper got the slightest of touches as he dived in the opposite direction.
McArthur - who is in a right wing-back position - bombs forward and exchanges passes successfully with Kone, but Barry slides in to make an important challenge and deny the Scot a route to goal.
Wigan have everyone besides Kone behind the ball when City are in possession, and Roberto Mancini's team are struggling to break them down. Roberto Martinez will certainly be the more satisfied of the two managers so far.
Nastasic lines up a long-range effort but it lacks power and trickles wide of the target.
Espinoza has supported the attack well from left-back as Maloney has cut inside, and is involved again in a move with Gomez down the flank. The Honduran threads a pass right to Maloney, but his 25-yard shot dips just wide of the post. Hart had it covered.
Silva has been central to everything City have done going forward, as is usually the case, and his weakly struck low shot is nearly redirected by Aguero before reaching Joel. Hard to tell whether that was a shot or a pass.
Greg Stobart reports from Wembley: "Both of the Robertos are stalking the touchline here at Wembley as this final starts to come to life. Wigan, roared on by their fans to our left, have settled down after a nervous start and have had the best chance of the game so far through Callum McManaman."
McCarthy beats Kompany to a ball to send Kone forward, but the Ivorian's shot is blocked. Gomez then tries to release McManaman on the opposite side of the pitch, but his pass is too long.
Slightly unsettled perhaps, City finally mount a sustained attack but it's too easy for Wigan to get men behind the ball. There's a question as to whether Nastasic may have handballed to block Maloney's volley a moment ago - the replay shows it hit both chest and arm. It's a close one.
Espinoza fizzes a waist-height cross into the box and Maloney attempts to meet it on the volley, but his effort is blocked and was probably heading wide anyway.
More lovely play from Wigan, with McManaman and Maloney at the centre of things. Espinoza heads down a crossfield pass for Kone and takes the return ball but can't quite keep control of the ball to turn towards goal. Wigan eventually win a corner on the right, but Scharner heads over.
Gomez's delivery is poor, and evades everyone. Disappointing, but Roberto Martinez will be very content so far.
Wigan are well in the game now and City have conceded a couple of fouls, the latest by Zabaleta on Espinoza. Gomez will curl this free-kick in from the left.
City respond straight away, with Silva releasing Zabaleta again into the box, but Joel is out quickly to block and the flag is up for offside.
WIGAN CHANCE! McManaman counterattacks after some good defending by the Latics and spreads the ball to Kone on the left. Kone returns the favour with a superb pass into the penalty area, but after cutting inside to shake off Nastasic, McManaman fires wide on his left foot. Big opportunity.
McManaman steps inside Clichy a couple of times, but can't pick a pass on either occasion. This is more encouraging for Wigan, though, as they gradually grow into the game.
Roberto Mancini's name rings around Wembley again. The City fans' feelings on a change of manager this summer have been made pretty clear.
Tevez's free-kick hits the wall but Yaya Toure connects well with the rebound, and Joel needs to palm his volley away. Aguero follows up to the right of goal, but he's offside.
Aguero looks to tear inside to the left of goal and is brought down by Boyce. Tevez and Yaya Toure stand over the free-kick from 25 yards out.
City establish control of the ball immediately, and Silva's pass for Aguero misses its target but runs through to Zabaleta. His cross is deflected back to the Spaniard, but McCarthy blocks well.
The Latics kick us off and the 2013 FA Cup final is underway.
Gary Caldwell does not start for Wigan today, so Emmerson Boyce wears the armband and exchanges a handshake and pennants with Vincent Kompany. Wigan break from their huddle, and here we go!
STAT ATTACK: An Ivorian has scored in the last four FA Cup finals. Yaya Toure and Arouna Kone are representing the African nation today.
Wayne Veysey reports from Wembley: "A chorus of 'Mancini, Mancini' reverberates around Wembley, as the Man City fans throw themselves fully behind their manager, who is increasingly likely to be out of a job by the end of the season."
Amore's work is not done - they belt out the national anthems and the two teams shake hands. We're moments away from kick-off now.
And out they come. Today's guest of honour is David Clarke, the prolific goalscorer for Great Britain's blind football team. Andre Marriner is the referee.
Amore, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, sing Abide With Me as is tradition before the FA Cup final. Wembley is awash with the royal blue and sky blue flags handed out to each set of supporters. The players are in the tunnel.
Dave Whelan will lead Wigan out at Wembley today more than 18 years after he took over the Latics in what is now League Two. It's been some ride for the 76-year-old but he might never have faced three matches as big as those which his team will conclude the season with; after today's game at Wembley, they will prepare for two fixtures which will decide their Premier League survival.
Roberto Mancini and Khaldoon Al-Mubarak are stood side-by-side on the Wembley touchline. There's not a great deal of conversation going on between the two of them. Mancini, speaking to ITV, believes second place and the FA Cup would represent a good season but I'm not sure the Emirati chairman would agree.
WIGAN: Joel; Boyce, Scharner, Alcaraz, Espinoza; McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez; McManaman, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Al-Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Fyvie, Golobart.
MANCHESTER CITY: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Silva, Tevez, Nasri; Aguero. Subs: Pantilimon, Garcia, Rodwell, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Lescott.
To take your mind off the shock of it all, here are the teams...
Quite ridiculously, given that two teams from the North West contest this final, we kick off at 17.15 this afternoon and, to unsettle us even further, we still have two whole rounds of Premier League fixtures still to play before the end of the season. The sun isn't even shining!
758 teams entered the 2012-13 FA Cup; only two remain. Either Manchester City or Wigan Athletic will have been crowned winners of the oldest and greatest cup competition in world football by the end of the day, and kick-off is only half an hour away. I'm Oliver Platt and I'll be guiding you through the 132nd FA Cup final over the next couple of hours.
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