2011 FA Cup Final
Team winning fa cup 2011.jpg
Event2010–11 FA Cup
Date14 May 2011
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchMario Balotelli (Manchester City)
RefereeMartin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Attendance88,643
WeatherSunny
17 °C (63 °F)
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The 2011 FA Cup Final was the 130th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. The final took place on 14 May 2011 at Wembley Stadium in London in front of 88,643 spectators and a British television audience of more than eight million. The clubs contesting the final were Premier League clubs Manchester City and Stoke City. The match was Stoke City's first FA Cup final, and Manchester City's ninth.

As Premier League clubs, they entered the competition in the third round. Manchester City made an unconvincing start, contesting two replays against lower league opposition in the third and fourth rounds but gained momentum and kept three consecutive clean sheets en route to the final. Stoke City played one replay in the third round, before beating all opponents in a run which culminated in a 5–0 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the semi-final at Wembley Stadium – the biggest winning margin at Wembley since 1939. Manchester City entered the final as favourites, with Stoke City as underdogs.

Manchester City began the match the brighter of the two teams with the majority of possession and a number of shots forcing saves from goalkeeper Thomas Sørensen but the first half remained goalless. Stoke improved after the half-time interval but failed to score from their only shot on target in the 62nd minute, which was saved by goalkeeper Joe Hart after a one-on-one with striker Kenwyne Jones. In the 74th minute, Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure fired a loose ball in the Stoke City penalty area past goalkeeper Sørensen to give Manchester City the lead. Stoke attempted to equalize after Manchester City's goal without success and the final finished 1–0 with Manchester City claiming their fifth FA Cup. The result gave Manchester City their first major trophy for 35 years, ending the longest trophy drought in the club's history. Stoke City manager Tony Pulis said "Manchester City were the better team and deserved to win", but expressed "disappointment" at his team's display. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini dedicated the victory to the Manchester City supporters, declaring, "I am happy for the fans, they deserved to win this Cup. For a long time they didn't win."

The medals were handed out by Prime Minister David Cameron. As winners, Manchester City won a place in the 2011 FA Community Shield and the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League but as they had already qualified for the UEFA Champions League via their league position, the Europa League place was given to Stoke City as runners-up. To celebrate their victory, Manchester City held an open-top bus parade on 23 May 2011, beginning at Manchester Town Hall and ending at the City of Manchester Stadium; it attracted a crowd of up to 100,000.

Details

14 May 2011
15:00 BST
Manchester City 1–0 Stoke City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 88,643
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Y. Touré Goal 74' Report
GK 25 Flag of England Joe Hart
RB 2 Flag of England Micah Richards
CB 4 Flag of Belgium Vincent Kompany
CB 19 Flag of England Joleon Lescott
LB 13 Flag of Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov
DM 34 Flag of Netherlands Nigel de Jong
DM 18 Flag of England Gareth Barry Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
AM 42 Flag of Ivory Coast Yaya Touré
RW 21 Flag of Spain David Silva Substituted off in the 90th minute 90'
LW 45 Flag of Italy Mario Balotelli
CF 32 Flag of Argentina Carlos Tévez (c) Substituted off in the 88th minute 88'
Substitutes:
GK 1 Flag of Republic of Ireland Shay Given
DF 5 Flag of Argentina Pablo Zabaleta Substituted on in the 88th minute 88'
MF 7 Flag of England James Milner
FW 10 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko
MF 11 Flag of England Adam Johnson Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
MF 24 Flag of France Patrick Vieira Substituted on in the 90th minute 90'
DF 38 Flag of Belgium Dedryck Boyata
Manager:
Flag of Italy Roberto Mancini
Man City vs Stoke 2011-05-14.svg.png
GK 29 Flag of Denmark Thomas Sørensen
RB 28 Flag of England Andy Wilkinson Booked in the 76th minute 76'
CB 17 Flag of England Ryan Shawcross (c)
CB 4 Flag of Germany Robert Huth Booked in the 40th minute 40'
LB 12 Flag of Republic of Ireland Marc Wilson
RM 16 Flag of England Jermaine Pennant
CM 6 Flag of Republic of Ireland Glenn Whelan Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CM 24 Flag of Republic of Ireland Rory Delap Substituted off in the 81st minute 81'
LM 26 Flag of England Matthew Etherington Substituted off in the 62nd minute 62'
CF 9 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago Kenwyne Jones
CF 19 Flag of Republic of Ireland Jonathan Walters
Substitutes:
GK 27 Flag of England Carlo Nash
DF 5 Flag of Wales Danny Collins
MF 14 Flag of England Danny Pugh Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
MF 15 Flag of Senegal Salif Diao
MF 18 Flag of England Dean Whitehead Substituted on in the 62nd minute 62'
FW 22 Flag of Norway John Carew Substituted on in the 81st minute 81'
DF 25 Flag of Senegal Abdoulaye Faye
Manager:
Flag of Wales Tony Pulis

Man of the match

Match officials

  • Assistant referees:
    • Adam Watts (Worcestershire)
    • Simon Beck (Bedfordshire)
  • Fourth official: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
  • Reserve official: Jake Collin (Merseyside)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.

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