Manchester United completed a stunning fightback to clinch The FA Community Shield at Wembley, coming from two down at half-time to beat their City rivals. Joleon Lescott had headed Roberto Mancini's team into the lead after half an hour, and against the run of play they took a two-goal advantage when Edin Dzeko struck from distance. But United proved once again they are at their most dangerous when seemingly beaten, with Chris Smalling and a brace from man of the match Nani completing the comeback. United had made a fast start with the counter attacking options of Young, Nani, Rooney and Welbeck causing City a number of concerns in the opening ten minutes. Young saw the clearest chance after just three minutes, but a deflection saw his shot go wide for a corner. From the resulting deliver Nani and Smalling both had opportunities to shoot but neither troubled Joe Hart's goal. City created problems of their own with Richards typically providing energy on the right flank, his cross was aimed for the Bosnian striker but Vidic got their first and turned ball behind for a corner. No one expected it to be a friendly affair with the rivalry between these two clubs, and three players went into Phil Dowd's book inside the opening quarter of the game. Vidic and Balotelli were the first to enliven the game with a coming together, but when Anderson and Dzeko squared off they both received yellow cards. Micah Richards then went in late on England teammate Ashley Young and also went into the book. Moments after it was the more aesthetic side of play that took over. Nani, Welbeck and Evra combined to produce a flowing move midway through the first half, passing their way through the City midfield and defence, only the final ball was lacking from the England forward as he looked for Nani underneath the posts. Despite the early chances for United, it was the blue half of Wembley that cheered the opening goal. Joleon Lescott rose highest to glance home a superbly delivered free-kick from David Silva. For all the possession and time spent in the final third, United found themselves trailing to City at Wembley just as they did in The FA Cup Semi-Final in April. If that came against the run of play, then City's second strike came like a bolt from the blue. Edin Dzeko picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and let fly with a speculative low effort that flew into the net. David De Gea, United's new signing from Athletico Madrid, will not be happy with himself however as despite the pace of the shot it crossed the line fairly close to the Spanish Under-21 stopper. Sir Alex Ferguson reacted at half-time by introducing three of his younger charges, including summer signing Phil Jones. Vidic went off for the Blackburn defender, while Jonny Evans came on for Ferdinand and Tom Cleverley replaced Michael Carrick. United hit back inside seven minutes, a curling free-kick from Young was met perfectly by the unmarked Chris Smalling who prodded past a helpless Joe Hart. It was little more than United deserved for all their dominance, but Roberto Mancini may question how the United defender found so much space in front of goal. Just six minutes later and United were level with a goal of sheer quality. Substitute Cleverley combined with Rooney and Welbeck before Nani completed a truly stunning move with a chip over the advancing Joe Hart. Manchester City rarely troubled David De Gea in the period that followed, but United's flowing football continued despite the average of the team reducing with every substition. When Rafael Da Silva took the captain's armband from Patrice Evra one might have assumed it the exuberance of youth, but scouring the rest of the team only Rooney could have significantly greater claim to the armband on experience and stature. The introduction of livewire Adam Johnson saw a burst of life, and a rasping left-footed effort was beaten away by De Gea as a signal that City were not out of this contest. The game seemed to be heading to penalties when in injury time, Nani grabbed a second and completed a remarkable comeback for the red half of Manchester. Wayne Rooney had cleared a City corner up into the air, and when Vincent Kompany failed to clear the bouncing ball Nani was presented with a clear run on goal. Showing great composure in the dying seconds, the Portuguese winger glided past Hart and slotted home the winner in front of the United faithful.
Man City vs Stoke 2011 FA Cup Final - Yaya Toure was the hero for Manchester City as his second-half pile-driver won The FA Cup for the club for the first time since 1969, and their first piece of silverware in 35 years. It was the midfielder's goal against Manchester rivals United in the Semi-Final that saw them reach Wembley again 30 years after the club lost in The Final to Tottenham, and the former Barcelona man stepped up again to clinch victory with an unstoppable strike against the resilient Stoke City. It came on a day of celebration for the City of Manchester, but this victory will mean so much to the blue half who have been taunted annually by their neighbours in red. Saturday, 14 May 2011 The FA Cup Man City 1-0 Stoke FT (HT 0-0) Y Toure 74 Tags = Manchester City 1 - 0 Stoke City Official Match Highlights The FA Cup Final 2011 14/05/11 "man city stoke" man city vs stoke city 2011 man city v stoke city 2011 man city vs stoke 2011 man city v stoke 2011
Three first-half goals helped Stoke City demolish Bolton Wanderers and reach the FA Cup final for the first time in their history. Aided by some woeful Bolton defending, Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Kenwyne Jones scored in the first half-hour and two goals by Jon Walters after the break completed the victory. Stoke, roared on by their vociferous fans, can look forward to returning to Wembley to face Manchester City in the final on 14 May. Their other reward is a possible place in the Europa League, either through winning the FA Cup or if City secure fourth place in the league and enter the Champions League - which will mean the Cup runners-up gain the European spot. For Wanderers, however, the occasion was a massive anti-climax as their hopes of reaching a first final since 1958 in tribute to the late Nat Lofthouse were quickly left in ruins. Bolton were given an ominous warning in the opening minutes when they were caught napping by a quickly taken Stoke free-kick that enabled Walters to escape down the left before being denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Bolton did manage a couple of efforts at the other end, with Gary Cahill blasting over from a corner and Johan Elmander failing to test Thomas Sorensen with a low shot from distance. But their big day began to disintegrate from the moment a misplaced pass by Paul Robinson found Etherington on the edge of the area and the winger composed himself before lashing a fierce shot into the corner of the net. Things quickly got worse for Bolton and, again, their defending was at fault. Cahill got no distance on his header as he tried to clear a cross and Huth met the bouncing ball with a first-time shot that flew past Jaaskelainen's despairing dive.
Manchester City reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in 30 years with victory over derby rivals Manchester United at Wembley. Yaya Toure demonstrated power and poise to take advantage of Michael Carrick's mistake to score after 52 minutes and set up another Wembley date against either Bolton Wanderers or Stoke City in May. United controlled the first half-hour and Dimitar Berbatov - in for the suspended Wayne Rooney - missed two golden chances in the space of seconds early on. And United, who had Paul Scholes sent off late on for a wild challenge on Pablo Zabaleta, paid the price as City finally gathered momentum to end as deserved winners and sabotage Sir Alex Ferguson's hopes of repeating the historic treble-winning season of 1999. City threatened through Mario Balotelli, Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany before Toure made the breakthrough, with United's only serious second-half response a deflected free-kick from Nani that keeper Joe Hart touched on to the bar. It was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes and form for City and boss Roberto Mancini, who responded to an abject showing in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday by insisting they would reach the FA Cup final and also next season's Champions League. He fulfilled the first part of his bold promise in style and now City and Mancini can focus their attentions fully on finishing ahead of Tottenham in the fight for a place in the Premier League's top four. Balotelli was involved in an angry flare-up with Rio Ferdinand and Anderson at the final whistle after jubilantly brandishing his badge in the direction of United's fans, but nothing could take the edge off the wild celebrations from the City supporters who have waited so long to step out of the shadow of their illustrious neighbours.