Wigan had kicked Manchester City out from FA Cup

21 February 2018

Wigan had sensationally won over Manchester City and kicked the team of Josep Guardiola out from FA Cup.

Wigan had kicked Manchester City out from FA Cup

In frames of the 5 th round of the FA Cup Manchester City played away match against Wigan. In 2013 these teams have met with each other during the tournament final, and then the Latics had sensationally won at Wembley with the score 1:0. During the next season the teams again met with each other in a national cup at the stage of a quarterfinal. Wigan had made a sensation again and won with the score 2:1. Now the Latics are playing only the third division but this fact didn't prevent them of dreaming about new victory over the Citizens.

Josep Guardiola had used rotation but at the same time the squad of Manchester City looked very strong. In comparison with the Champions League match against Basel the defensive line of the Citizens has changed almost completely - this time into the starting line-up John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Danilo were included. The goalkeeper was Claudio Bravo whom Josep Guardiola trusts in cup tournaments.

Manchester City quickly took advantage and created good moment. After delivery from the right wing Sergio Agüero had headed – the ball flew slightly above a crossbeam. Shortly after, İlkay Gündoğan shot from the penalty area and Christian Walton had to work in a frame. Wigan was defending but he tried also to counterattack. In one of the episodes Will Grigg had quite good chance when he was shooting from the left part of the penalty area: the ball got into the gates from the outer side. And a little bit earlier Danilo acted very sloppy near his gates and the ball came to Gary Roberts. Nevertheless, the player of the Latics didn't manage to pass across Claudio Bravo.

The team of Josep Guardiola continued to dominate. Aymeric Laporte had a chance to demonstrate his skills but he didn't manage to adapt to the rebounded ball, being very close to the gates of the rival. Then Fernandinho shot directly from the center of the penalty area – the ball flew over the gates. Sergio Agüero also created some moments. So, at the end of a time from 14 m he had kicked but the goalkeeper saved the team. And before the break the game received unexpected turn. Fabian Delph, trying not to allow counterattack of Wigan, went to a rough slide tackle. The referee at first wanted to show a yellow card but then had changed his mind and sent Delph off. This decision caused rough emotions among football players and even coaches - Josep Guardiola and Paul Cook were arguing with each other for a long time.

Sending off has forced Josep Guardiola to make a substitution – Leroy Sane was substituted on Kyle Walker. Despite numerical disadvantage, Manchester City continued to own game advantage and Wigan started to have much less goal moments. The Latics seldom organized something acceptable in the attack but on the 79 th minute the hosts could take the lead. Walker's error allows the forward to charge through on goal from the left. He's under pressure from three defenders but stays calm and curls a fine finish past Bravo and into the far right corner. The Citizens tried to change the situation but the team of Pail Cook had managed to survive.

The final score – 1:0. Sensation! Wigan for the 3rd time in 5 years had won over Manchester City in frames of the FA Cup. The Latics will hostSouthampton in frames of the ¼ final.

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