Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
Yaya Toure 52
Manchester City reached their first FA Cup final since 1981, at the expense of increasingly bitter city rivals United, thanks to Yaya Toure’s second-half strike,
Toure was gifted the goal by sloppy Manchester United defending. United also missed two gilt-edged first-half opportunities inside a minute, both spurned by top scorer Dimitar Berbatov.
And the Reds finished with ten men after Paul Scholes’ dismissal.
Berbatov was sent clear by Park Ji-Sung on 15 minutes but on-rushing City keeper Joe Hart diverted his effort. Hart was beaten seconds later by Nani’s cutback from the left but a full-stretch Berbatov somehow cleared the crossbar from three yards.
City’s best first-half efforts were long-range strikes from Mario Balotelli and Vincent Kompany.
Balotelli stung United keeper Edwin Van der Sar’s hands with a 34th-minute 30-yard thunderbolt and Kompany was inches wide with a 25-yard right-footer eight minutes later.
But City went ahead on 52 minutes. Under pressure after Van der Sar’s poor clearance, Michael Carrick ceded possession 20 yards from goal to Toure, who powered past Nemanja Vidic before nutmegging Hart with a neat right-foot finish.
United’s chances evaporated in the 72nd minute when Scholes saw red for an injudicious thigh-high lunge on City’s Pablo Zabaleta.
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