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Wigan stun City to book Arsenal showdown

Published: Sunday 9 March 2014, 19.20CET
Holders Wigan Athletic FC booked an FA Cup semi-final tie against Arsenal FC after shocking Manchester City FC 2-1 away, while Hull City AFC and Sheffield United FC also advanced.
Wigan stun City to book Arsenal showdown
James Perch is delighted after scoring Wigan's second ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 9 March 2014, 19.20CET

Wigan stun City to book Arsenal showdown

Holders Wigan Athletic FC booked an FA Cup semi-final tie against Arsenal FC after shocking Manchester City FC 2-1 away, while Hull City AFC and Sheffield United FC also advanced.

Holders Wigan Athletic FC produced a huge shock as the second-division side knocked Manchester City FC out of the FA Cup to book a semi-final date with Arsenal FC at Wembley.

The Latics, now managed by former City forward Uwe Rösler, defeated the Citizens in last season's final and repeated the trick at the City of Manchester Stadium, silencing the home fans when Jordi Gómez put them ahead from the penalty spot on 27 minutes.

James Perch slid in from close to double the advantage two minutes after the interval, though Wigan's lead was halved when Samir Nasri struck from the edge of the box with 22 minutes remaining. Looking to become the first side to reclaim the trophy since Chelsea FC in 2010, the visitors then survived a late onslaught as City fought to keep alive their prospects of a domestic treble.

One of Hull City AFC or Sheffield United FC will also be in the final, after the duo set up an all-Yorkshire last-four tie with wins earlier in the day. Hull impressed as they saw off fellow Premier League side Sunderland AFC 3-0, all the goals coming in a nine-minute period in the second half. Curtis Davies headed the opener on 68 minutes before David Meyler broke free to double the tally and Matthew Fryatt completed the scoring.

Sheffield United became the first team from the third division to reach the last four since 2001 as they saw off second-tier Charlton Athletic FC 2-0 at Brammall Lane. Ryan Flynn and John Brayford scored two minutes apart to seal the result.

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