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Man City 1 – 0 Stoke [Recap]

May 17, 2011 0 Betting, Soccer

The FA Cup Final this year was not as entertaining as you would expect an FA Cup Final to be. Of course, the two teams are not really “big names” in the Premier League. In fact, it’s the first time that Stoke City made it into the final. As expected, both teams played defensively, with just one score deciding the winner.

Manchester City were clearly the more confident side, taking control early in the game. Stoke, were all over the place for the first half an hour, not really sure whether they should attack or defend. There were some occasions, but nothing important for them. Man City had some good opportunities, but their defensive style didn’t go well with their now-atacking position.

The second half started with a more determined Stoke team. However, Nigel de Jong was there at midfield to stop most of their actions. On the other side, Man City had good opportunities through Silva (missing the target a few times from nearby) and Balotelli. Finally, the victory goal arrived in the 75th minute from a general confusion inside Stoke’s penalty area which saw the ball going at Yaya Toure. The Cameroon national rocketed a powerful volley straight into the back net, with no chance whatsoever for Stoke’s keeper.

So ends Man City’s 36-year old thirst for trophies, and we’ll see them again in Champions League next season. If I’m not mistaken, it’s their first appearance there. Oh well, my two sports bets paid off this time. I bet on a low-scoring game, with 3 units on u2.5 which brought me an extra 2 units. Then I favoured Man City to win for 4 units, and that brought me 3.64 units. So 5.64 units in total. A good day, I must say :D Stay with the winner folks!