Manchester City hold on to end Chelsea's FA Cup defence

City will be a huge favorite in the final against Wigan, who beat Millwall 2-0 on Saturday. Chelsea's only hope for a trophy is now in the Europa League, where it has reached the semifinals.

updated: April 14, 2013 22:39 IST
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London: Manchester City withstood a valiant fightback from Chelsea to win a gripping FA Cup semi-final 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and knock the holders out of the competition.

Goals in each half from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero put City in control, but Chelsea replied through Demba Ba, only for Roberto Mancini's men to resist the holders' desperate search for an equaliser.

Fifteen points behind Manchester United in the Premier League, City seem destined to relinquish their league crown, but they will be strong favourites to defeat Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final on May 11 and reclaim the trophy they won in 2011.

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