Man City’s quadruple bid ends in shock FA Cup loss to Wigan

first_imgWigan Athletic players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City’s pursuit of a quadruple ended on Monday when it was surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup by losing at third-division Wigan 1-0.Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, but this was an even bigger shock. Will Grigg’s late goal was enough for the League One side to pull off the upset in the fifth round. They host Southampton in the quarterfinals next month.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Of course, we are sad and we want to go through because the FA Cup is a nice competition and you want to go to the quarterfinals. They score a goal, we were not able to. We congratulate Wigan for their victory.”While Delph’s red card led to Guardiola and Cook exchanging strong words on the touchline and in the tunnel at halftime, both managers said there wasn’t a problem.“From our point of view we’re trying to get every edge in everything we can,” Cook said.“We certainly wish them well fighting on all fronts because they represent English football so well.”City enjoyed 83 percent of possession and 29 shots to Wigan’s four, but could not take advantage. Sergio Aguero headed over early on and Ilkay Gundogan forced a good save from Christian Walton before miskicking from another good position.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We had to ride our luck with a couple of flashing crosses, but that’s what makes the FA Cup so special,” Wigan manager Paul Cook said. “Our lads deserve a lot of credit for the amount of work and the level of energy they put in. To beat a Man City team you have to do that.”City was forced to play the entire second half with 10 men after left back Fabian Delph was red-carded on the stroke of halftime for a strong challenge on Max Power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCity manager Pep Guardiola accepted the referee’s decision and played down its significance.“We played good in the second half even with 10 so the influence in terms of the way we played wasn’t too much,” he said. “Of course, with 11 it’s easier. We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost. Football is like this. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Lady Chiefs keep NCAA volley title UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Aguero looked like opening the scoring after breaking into the box just before the interval, but Walton produced another fine save.Controversy then erupted when referee Anthony Taylor dismissed Delph following a sliding challenge on Power.Taylor initially had a yellow card in his hand, but eventually brandished the red one, sparking vociferous complaints from City players, who felt the decision was harsh.Guardiola was also angered and encroached on to the field, his arguments with Cook continuing for some time afterwards.City was further frustrated after the break and Grigg capitalized on a Kyle Walker error to win it for Wigan 11 minutes from time. The Northern Ireland international seized possession on halfway and charged upfield before slotting a fine shot past Bravo from the edge of the area.Wigan survived a nervy finish, with the final whistle prompting a pitch invasion.Television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to strike the supporter after the latter said something to the forward, who had to be held back by his City teammates.Guardiola and Cook said they did not see the post-match incidents because they were in the changing rooms. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Tottenham could welcome back key man for Southampton clash

first_imgMousa Dembele could return for Tottenham’s clash with Southampton on Saturday.The Belgian midfielder has missed Spurs’ last two games with a foot injury but manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed on Friday that he’s line to face the Saints.Pochettino will, however, be without Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard, who both have ankle injuries, while Clinton Njie is expected to be out for more than a month with a knee problem.“Dembele is close, we need to assess him now in training,” said Pochettino.“Clinton picked up a ligament injury in his knee and maybe we will miss him for a while. Mason and Pritchard are still out.”Pochettino was given a mixed reception last season at Southampton, after leading the club to an eighth-place finish in 2014 before leaving to take over at Spurs.“It wasn’t the whole stadium (cheering me) – only a few people,” Pochettino said.“I feel it’s not an issue because for me it was a big move coming from Spain and it is not easy to explain why we split our way but I feel very good things from Southampton.“I have a lot of people that love me and people I love there. It will always be an important club in my career.” 1 Mousa Dembele last_img read more