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March 9, 2014
• Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 46824
S. Nasri 68'
Jordi Gómez 27'
J. Perch 47'
That's all from me on this live commentary. I hope you enjoyed the game and look forward to another dose of FA Cup action when it returns on April 12 and 13. Goodbye.
Manchester City's quadruple hopes have been crushed and they will now need to pick themselves up as they attempt to overturn their 2-0 first leg Champions League deficit to Barcelona on Tuesday. Manuel Pellegrini's side huffed and puffed after going two goals behind but a combination of misfortune, inept finishing and a stunning defensive display from Wigan ensured they will not be going to Wembley again this season.
Chants of 'Que Sera Sera' echo around the Etihad Stadium from the visiting Wigan fans. It's Arsenal up next for them, can they pull off another big upset?
Wigan's love affair with the FA Cup continues after a truly tremendous win against the newly-crowned Capital One Cup winners. The visiting Wigan fans can hardly believe what they have seen and one corner of the stadium is alive with scenes of jubilation in contrast to the thousands of unhappy Manchester City fans who are filing out of the ground.
FT: Manchester City 1-2 Wigan. Uwe Rosler's side have won at the Etihad Stadium!
90' + 5'
Boyce has made a number of superb interceptions today and he makes another timely contribution here, preventing Silva from latching onto Dzeko's knockdown. Manchester City then win a corner, with Pantilimon up from the back. Will we have late drama?
90' + 3'
Silva floats the ball towards the back post but it just evades the outstretched boot of Garcia and goes behind for a goal kick, much to the delight of the travelling fans. Just two minutes remaining for a famous Wigan victory.
90' + 2'
Yellow CardR. Espinoza
90' + 2'
Espinoza picks up a late booking for a mistimed challenge on Garcia. Can Silva conjure up something special from this free kick?
90' + 1'
FORTUNE GOES CLOSE! The Wigan striker has done a brilliant job leading the line and he gets ahead of Demichelis before stinging Pantilimon's fingertips with a right-footed shot which goes behind for a corner. Man City clear their lines from the resulting set-piece.
The fourth official holds up the board to signal FIVE minutes of stoppage time. Can Manchester City find a late, late equaliser?
Boyce has been a rock in the Wigan defence today and he produces a superb challenge to deny Dzeko before Ramis heads Milner's cross to safety. The visiting Wigan fans can barely cope with the tension here.
Rosler is furious on the touchline as Gomez's free kick goes straight into the gloves of Pantilimon. The Romanian goalkeeper instantly launches a counter attack with an accurate kick downfield but Aguero is denied a route to goal as he is adjudged to have tugged Boyce's shirt.
Carson picks up a booking for timewasting and Dzeko soon joins him after he berates the official following a challenge from McArthur. Wigan have the ball down by the corner flag and are hoping to run down the clock. Less than five minutes remaining for the Latics.
Yellow CardEdin Dzeko
Yellow CardScott Carson
DZEKO GOES CLOSE! The Bosnian striker goes within inches of scoring the equaliser as he rises highest to meet Milner's teasing right-wing cross. Carson is motionless in the Wigan goal but breathes a huge sigh of relief as it flashes agonisingly past the post.
It's nailbiting stuff for Wigan fans at the moment as Carson's goal continues to come under threat. Aguero wriggles his way beyond two defenders before his shot is parried by Carson, with Crainey hooking the rebound away from the lurking Silva.
BOYCE TO THE RESCUE! How has Dzeko not scored there? Milner has made a brilliant impact from the bench and he races down the right wing before sending a low cross into the middle. Dzeko has the simple task of tapping the ball in but he somehow ushers the ball over the bar under pressure from Boyce.
It's all hands to the pump for Wigan now and they appear to have abandoned all attacking intent here. Dzeko drives towards the Wigan box but his low drive is crucially blocked by McArthur.
Yellow CardJames Milner
CITY GO CLOSE! Moments after Boyce's clearance ricochets off Aguero and forces Carson into an awkward save, the Argentine goes close to scoring again. Silva splits the Wigan defence with an incisive pass but Aguero's left-footed finish creeps inches past the post.
Wigan have a chance to regain the two-goal cushion when Fortune collects the ball on the counter attack. However, he does not spot the run of McClean alongside him and opts to go for goal, ballooning an effort high over the bar.
That goal has really swung the momentum of this tie and Manchester City are looking increasingly dangerous as they continue to pour forward. Can Wigan stem the tide and hold on? We have just under 20 minutes remaining.
Yellow CardLeon Barnett
Leon Barnett picks up a yellow card after preventing Manchester City from collecting the ball and resuming play quickly.
NASRI PULLS ONE BACK! The Frenchman adds to his Wembley goal last weekend as he produces a sweet strike from the edge of the box to breathe new life into Manchester City. Richards cleverly nodded the ball to Nasri following a corner from the right and Nasri made no mistake, fizzing a low shot off the inside of the post.
Third and final change from Uwe Rosler as Espinoza comes on to replace McEachran. That's a clever substitution from the Wigan boss as Manchester City have looked more threatening down the right following Milner's introduction.
Manchester City are finally starting to show their firepower and Carson is called into action when he dives low to his left to stop Aguero's sidefooted volley from Milner's cross.
DZEKO HITS THE POST! Wigan survive a scare as Dzeko rises highest to meet Clichy's cross before planting a header against the base of the post. Silva was ghosting in to meet the ball at the back post but the rebound takes it away from him and Wigan clear.
Manchester City are still patiently probing around the Wigan box but they are struggling to penetrate through the middle, with a crowd of black jerseys blocking their path. Richards embarks on a strong run down the right but he cannot pick out a teammate with his cutback.
Aguero has eight goals in seven FA Cup appearances but he cannot add to that tally as his fierce shot from the edge of the box is charged down excellently by Barnett. Half an hour remaining for Manchester City to find a way back into this one.
Uwe Rosler opts to make a second change with James McClean replacing Callum McManaman. The Republic of Ireland international will certainly add fresh legs and steel to the Wigan midfield.
The confidence is flowing through the Wigan players here but Gomez's pass is just too far ahead of Fortune, denying the lone striker a free run on goal. Can Wigan keep up this level of performance and fighting spirit until the final whistle?
McEachran is sloppily caught in possession, allowing Milner to advance on goal. The England international does well to hold off Crainey and slide a low pass across the goalmouth but Perch is there to produce a fantastic clearance to hook the ball to safety.
Jesús Navas González
Manuel Pellegrini decides to make a triple substitution as James Milner, Edin Dzeko and David Silva come on to replace Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Navas has also struggled to get the better of Crainey down the right today and he decides to cut in onto his unfavoured left foot before slicing a shot high over the bar. The travelling Wigan fans are in dreamland here. Are we set for another famous FA Cup upset?
The Manchester City defence look shellshocked and Fortune hits the post after latching onto McArthur's clever chipped pass. It would not have counted however as the linesman had his flag raised for offside.
Yellow CardYaya Touré
Yaya Toure has struggled to get into his rhythm today and he picks up a booking for a late challenge. Manuel Pellegrini is preparing a triple substitution.
WIGAN DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! It's a horror start to the second half for Manchester City as McManaman waltzes past the feeble challenges of Richards and Demichelis before rolling a teasing pass across the goalmouth. Clichy should deal with it but Perch shows greater hunger and gets ahead of the French defender to poke the ball past the helpless Pantilimon. Huge mountain for Manchester City to climb.
The teams re-emerge from the tunnel and Manchester City - fresh from Pellegrini's team-talk - get the second half underway. There has been a change for Wigan, with Leon Barnett replacing Chris McCann who picked up an injury during that first-half challenge with Micah Richards.
STAT: All three of the FA Cup meetings between Man City and Wigan have ended with a 1-0 scoreline (1971, 2006 and 2013).
HT: Manchester City 0-1 Wigan. Jordi Gomez's penalty is the difference at the break following a clumsy challenge from Martin Demichelis. The FA Cup holders are 23 places below Manchester City in the league pyramid but you would not guess that after their first half performance. Uwe Rosler's side have been tremendous, frustrating their opponents with their quick pressing game and tidily keeping possession. Big team-talk ahead for Manuel Pellegrini.
45' + 1'
Wigan threaten at the end of the half from a succession of corners. Clichy produces a fine header to deny Fortune from doubling the Latics' lead before Richards nervously shuffles the second corner away from goal. This Manchester City side look a shadow of the team which dispatched Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final last weekend.
It is not clicking for Manchester City at the moment and Aguero has been surprisingly quiet in the first half. Toure has struggled to get into his stride while Navas and Nasri have not enjoyed regular joy down the wings. Could we see the likes of Dzeko and Kolarov in the second half?
There is a stoppage in play here as McCann receives treatment following a strong 50:50 challenge with Richards. The Wigan midfielder has enjoyed a fine first half and should be able to continue.
Uwe Rosler's gameplan has worked to perfection in this first half and you get the feeling that Pellegrini may need to tinker with his tactics at half-time. The players' frustration is beginning to spread to the stands now, with many Manchester City supporters voicing their discontent.
Tempers are starting to boil over now and McManaman loses his temper after being on the end of a strong challenge from Richards. Anthony Taylor is quick to intervene however and both players avoid a booking.
Carson has barely made a touch in the Wigan goal but he nearly produces a calamitous error when his weak pass just evades the outstretched boot of Aguero.
Aguero is starting to drop deeper to collect the ball and he embarks on a mazy run before his goalbound effort is blocked by Ramis. The Spanish defender has not put a foot wrong for Wigan so far.
Yellow CardSamir Nasri
Samir Nasri picks up the first booking of the game when he carelessly kicks the ball away in frustration after the the referee adjudged that Garcia had fouled McManaman. Can Wigan hold on until half-time?
The Manchester City players are starting to show signs of frustration and Aguero is denied a route to goal when Boyce uses his strength to prevent the Argentine from latching onto Toure's slide pass. Manuel Pellegrini looks bemused on the touchline.
This is not unfamiliar territory for Manchester City however as they came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat Championship side Watford in the fourth round. Sergio Aguero has been mysteriously quiet in the opening half hour here.
Surely Wigan cannot do it again? That is their first goal at the Etihad Stadium in eight visits. The travelling fans celebrate by doing the Poznan.
Penalty GoalJordi Gómez
GOMEZ GIVES WIGAN THE LEAD! The visiting fans are sent into raptures as Gomez coolly slots the penalty beyond Pantilimon. It was fairly central but the Romanian goalkeeper appeared to have committed himself too early.
PENALTY TO WIGAN! The Championship side have a golden opportunity to take the lead after Fortune is fouled by Demichelis in the box. The Argentine can have no mistakes as it was a clumsy challenge. Jordi Gomez will take it...
Manchester City are slowly working their way through the gears now and Aguero is denied the opening goal when Ramis rushes across the goalmouth to make a crucial block.
It's been a flat 22 minutes from Manchester City but they call Carson into action for the first time when Navas' low cross deflects off Ramis, forcing the goalkeeper to make a smart stop down low to his left. That appears to have lifted the crowd a little.
STAT: Wigan have failed to score in their last seven visits to the Etihad Stadium in all competitions. Can they end that drought today?
Wigan are pressing Manchester City high up the pitch but the hosts are happy to pass the ball back and patiently wait for the opening. Scott Carson is yet to be tested in the Wigan goal.
Wigan nearly gift Manchester City the opener when Perch's sloppy backpass is anticipated by Negredo. However, fortunately for the Wigan right-back Ramis is alert to the danger and he races across the box to make a superb last-ditch clearance.
The travelling Wigan supporters are clearly delighted by the start their team have made here and they chant 'Ole' as their side frustrate the hosts with a sustained spell of possession. Fortune has a big task up front on his own for Wigan today although there are certainly question marks over the Man City defensive partnership of Lescott and Demichelis.
STAT: Man City have won nine and lost just one of the last 11 meetings with Wigan in all competitions.
Wigan have looked a threat in the opening 11 minutes but neither goalkeeper has been tested so far. McManaman does brilliantly to dig out a cross from the right but Demichelis rises above Fortune to win a crucial header and clear the danger.
STAT: All three FA Cup meetings between City and Wigan have produced just one goal.
Manchester City win the first corner of the game when Clichy's cross is deflected behind. However, it comes to nothing as Richards is adjudged of handling the ball.
Only Bayern Munich and Chelsea have won at the Etihad this season. Can Wigan add their name to the list? Uwe Rosler will be very happy with his side's start here.
Navas has enjoyed a fine maiden campaign in England and he evades Crainey down the right wing with a neat piece of skill. The Spaniard aims to pick out Negredo with his cross into the box but Ramis is in the right place to head clear.
Wigan have made a fantastic start at the Etihad and it is them who are dictating the play early on. However, they did lose 5-0 to Manchester City here in the third round of the Capital One Cup in September.
Wigan are in good form going into this one, winning five of their last six league games. The Latics are separated by the play-off places on goal difference though they do have two games in hand.
GOOD CHANCE FOR WIGAN! McManaman caused Manchester City all sorts of problems in last year's final and he produces a jinking run down the right. His cross is cleared to the edge of the box by Demichelis where Gomez fizzes a shot over the bar.
Anthony Taylor is today's referee and he blows his whistle to get the ball rolling. Javi Garcia is fortunate to escape a booking within a matter of seconds after a hefty challenge on Gomez.
A semi-final clash with Arsenal awaits but will it be the Capital One Cup holders or the FA Cup holders who face them? The teams emerge from the tunnel to the tune of 'Blue Moon'. Wigan, in their black shirts, engage in a pre-match huddle and it is they who will get the game underway.
FA Cup semi-final draw: Hull vs Sheffield United, Manchester City/Wigan vs Arsenal.
Manchester City defeated Blackburn, Watford and Chelsea to reach this stage of the competition while Wigan saw off the challenges of MK Dons, Crystal Palace and Cardiff to keep their hopes of retaining the FA Cup alive. Who will earn their place in the hat for the semi-finals? Kick-off is just minutes away...
WIGAN (4-2-3-1): Carson; Perch, Boyce, Ramis, Crainey; McCann, McArthur; McEachran, McManaman, Gomez; Fortune.
MAN CITY (4-4-2): Pantilimon; Richards, Demichelis, Lescott, Clichy; Navas, Toure, Garcia, Nasri; Negredo, Aguero.
WIGAN TEAM NEWS: Last season's FA Cup hero Ben Watson misses the game with a broken leg but there is a place in the starting lineup for Callum McManaman who was mightily impressive in Wigan's Wembley triumph. It's a Mc-fest in the Wigan midfield with Chris McCann, James McArthur, Josh McEachran and McManaman all starting.
MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS: Manuel Pellegrini hands a start to Micah Richards at right-back, with last week's Wembley heroes Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas also in the starting XI. Costel Pantilimon retains his place between the sticks while Sergio Aguero partners Alvaro Negredo up front. However, captain Vincent Kompany is handed a rest, with Joleon Lescott coming in to the defence alongside Martin Demichelis.
While Manchester City will undoubtedly have the midweek Champions League clash against Barcelona in their minds, they can ill-afford to show any complacency against Uwe Rosler's men today. The Wigan boss was a cult hero during his five-year stint at Manchester City - scoring 64 goals in 176 appearances for the club - and he can expect a warm welcome from the Etihad faithful today. Mind you, the City fans will be hoping that he does not enjoy his return too much.
The image of Ben Watson planting his late header beyond the reach of Joe Hart will always be a fond memory for Wigan fans as it marked the first major trophy in their 81-year history. It remains a sore spot for Manchester City supporters however and you can guarantee that the City players will not show any mercy on their opponents today.
With the Capital One Cup in the trophy cabinet, Manchester City switch their attentions to FA Cup action today where they aim to avenge last season's surprise final defeat to Wigan. With a place in the last four up for grabs and another Wembley day out, it promises to be a fantastic encounter. Can the holders spring another upset against the Premier League title-chasers?
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