Manchester City Beats Rival Manchester United 1-0 to Reach F.A. Cup Final

Manchester City beat rival Manchester United 1-0 to reach the final of English soccer’s F.A. Cup for the first time in 30 years.

Yaya Toure scored the only goal at Wembley Stadium in London to send City to its ninth final. United’s Paul Scholes received a red card in the 72nd minute for a foot-first lunge on Pablo Zabaleta.

“It’s fantastic,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart told ITV. “It means the world. It’s just a great day for us.”

City will face Bolton or Stoke in the final May 14 at Wembley.

United’s Dimitar Berbatov had the best scoring chances in the first half. He was first stopped point-blank by Hart after getting behind the defense, then sent a pass from Nani over the crossbar from close range.

City took the lead seven minutes into the second half after United’s Michael Carrick gave the ball away to Toure, who carried it past Nemanja Vidic into the area and put a shot past goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. Scholes was then sent off with 18 minutes left for his lunge into Zabaleta’s thigh.

City lost to Tottenham in a replay in its last appearance in the final in 1981. The Blues last won the F.A. Cup in 1969.

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