Manchester City Beats Chelsea 2-1 to Reach F.A. Cup Final

Manchester City beat trophy-holder Chelsea 2-1 to reach the final of English soccer’s F.A. Cup against Wigan on May 11.

Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero got the goals for City, a five-time F.A. Cup winner that most recently won the competition in 2011. Demba Ba scored for Chelsea at London’s Wembley Stadium. Chelsea was seeking its fifth Cup title in seven seasons and an eighth in total.

City took the lead in the 35th minute. Yaya Toure surged forward and his pass was played by Aguero into the path of Nasri, who got a lucky ricochet before slotting the ball into the net.

Aguero made it 2-0 in the 47th minute with a looping header over goalkeeper Petr Cech and into the net off a post.

Ba got the Blues back into the game, seizing on to a long through-ball and swivelling to strike a volley past City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, standing in for Joe Hart. Soon after, Pantilimon saved at the feet of Juan Mata as Chelsea turned up the pressure.

Wigan beat second-tier Millwall 2-0 in the other Wembley semifinal yesterday to reach the F.A. Cup final for the first time. The match was overshadowed by violence as some Millwall fans fought each other. Police said a total of 14 men were arrested.

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