Wigan stuns City for 2nd straight year in FA Cup

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Second-tier Wigan pulled off a stunning victory over Manchester City for the second straight year in the FA Cup on Sunday, leaving one of the most unlikely semifinal lineups in the famous competition's recent history.

City, one of Europe's top teams, was looking to avenge its shock defeat to Wigan in last year's final but slumped to a 2-1 loss at home, ending its hopes of a domestic treble just seven days after winning the League Cup final.

"People kept saying we were lucky last year," Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce said, "but we're going back to Wembley and we're making history again."

Wigan can seal a return to the final against all the odds by beating Arsenal, which is now overwhelming favorite for the competition. The other semifinal will be between Hull - which is into the last four for the first time since 1930, and Sheffield United - which became the first third-tier team to reach the semifinals since 2001.

Hull defeated Sunderland 3-0 and United scored twice in two minutes to beat Charlton 2-0.

"To get to this stage as a League One club in the semifinal is an incredible achievement," said United manager Nigel Clough, the son of late English coaching great Brian Clough.

Arsenal, which advanced on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Everton, won't have a better opportunity to end its nine-year trophy drought. But the Gunners will underestimate Wigan at their peril.

City did just that by fielding a raft of second-string players with Wednesday's Champions League match against Barcelona in mind, and they paid a huge price.