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Wigan Athletic Win FA Cup Final After Stunning Victory Against Manchester City

wigan win fa cup Wigan Athletic Win FA Cup Final After Stunning Victory Against Manchester City

In one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup Final history, Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City 1-0 today at London’s Wembley Stadium.

With minutes to go before the full-time whistle blew, Wigan substitute Ben Watson came up for a corner kick and brilliantly headed the ball into the back of the net over the arms of City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The turning point in the game for the two teams from Lancashire was the sending off of Pablo Zabaleta in the second half for a second yellow offense when he brought down Callum McManaman. Wigan were unable to score from the resulting free kick from outside the box, but the damage had been done.

McManaman was the man of match in this historic FA Cup Final. The pacy winger constantly troubled the Manchester City defenders. He worked well alongside his fellow Wigan teammates Arouna Kone, Shaun Maloney and Roger Espinoza.

Over the 90 minutes, Wigan were the better team but they have to credit goalkeeper Joel Robles with a spectacular save in the first half when he saved the ball with his foot from a shot by Carlos Tevez.

Congratulations to Wigan Athletic. Naysayers will ridicule the team because they may end up being relegated this season from the Premier League, but there’s no doubt that Wigan deservedly won the trophy today. They gave a triumphant performance on a day that will forever be remembered in the history of Wigan Athletic Football Club.

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10 Responses to Wigan Athletic Win FA Cup Final After Stunning Victory Against Manchester City

  1. Frill Artist says:

    LMFAO! Wigan is in relegation zone and won a trophy while Arsenal is fighting for top 4 position. Hahaha.

  2. David says:

    Great win for Wigan. Worthy winners. They played like they belonged and Amrtinez is really a terrific coach. His stock has just gone up ten-fold.

    Now Wigan have to dust off this win and concentrate on beating Arsenal. Very tough. After this win I’m not sure they can do it. Anyway, does anyone know if a team that has won the FA Cup has ever been relegated?

    • rej4sl says:

      I think the answer has to be NO so far but this may be the first time .

    • Wongo1 says:

      When people say a manager’s stock has gone up 10 fold because he won a cup competition I always laugh. Cup competitions are about luck on the day and today Wigan got lucky.

      I prefer to look at Martinez’s record in the league which if you look at it is poor. He is constantly fighting relegation, yes Wigan has been lucky for a couple years to stay up but this year they are going to be Portsmouth, win the FA Cup and be relegated.

      Mind you I was ecstatic to see them beat City yesterday lmao.

  3. De Selby says:

    the better team won.

  4. nickp says:

    Wigan Athletic have pulled of one of football’s biggest upsets

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