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Wigan shock City in Cup final

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The romance of the FA Cup is very much alive. In one of the biggest shock results in the Cup's history, underdogs Wigan beat 2012 Premier League champions Manchester City to claim the trophy. Substitute Ben Watson decided the game seconds into stoppage time with a dramatic winner. It was the first major trophy for a club that has only been playing league football since 1978.

Although the goal was a rare attempt by Wigan, the win was well-deserved. They were tactically and technically superior to the superstars of City for most of the game. They were indebted to their goalkeeper Joel Robles though, who produced one of the finest saves seen at Wembley to defy Carlos Tevez in the first half.

City may look at the sending off of Pablo Zabaleta late in the game a turning point, although the way the Wigan winger Callum McManaman was tormenting City defenders, the red card may have been an inevitability. McManaman was named man of the match. "Actions speak louder than words," his manager Roberto Martinez said. "His display was outstanding like we see every day in training. He's a real diamond of English football. Today he's showed the world what he can do."

Martinez acclaimed his team. "We didn't win by luck - from start to finish it was an incredible performance," he told the BBC. "Everyone wrote us off before the game, but we were following a dream. You cannot describe the feeling at the moment. My players faced adversity and played with a smile. I am so proud of them."

Martinez won the Auto Windscreens Shield as a player with Wigan in 1999. It's safe to say that this triumph eclipses that honour. The manager has been linked with the vacant Everton job, but for Wigan, after the dream comes cold reality. They have two games left in the Premier League to fight for survival. Defeat to Arsenal could mean they are relegated three days after winning the Cup.

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