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Yaya Toure goal sends Manchester City into FA Cup final

City reach their first FA Cup final since 1981 after a Yaya Toure goal on 53 minutes guides them past rivals Manchester United.

Yaya Toure, right, capitalises on a defensive error to guide the ball into the net past Nemanja Vidic and Edwin van der Sar.
Yaya Toure, right, capitalises on a defensive error to guide the ball into the net past Nemanja Vidic and Edwin van der Sar.

Manchester City 1 // Manchester United 0

LONDON // Manchester City reached the FA Cup final for the first time since 1981 after a dramatic 1-0 win over their arch rivals Manchester United who finished with 10 men after Paul Scholes, the midfielder, was sent off 18 minutes from time.

The winner came from Yaya Toure eight minutes into the second half after he capitalised on some poor defending to end United's hopes of repeating their 1999 treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

City, who started slowly but finished far the better team will now face Bolton Wanderers or Stoke City, who meet in their semi-final at Wembley tomorrow with the final on May 14.

United started the stronger side and should have scored after 15 minutes when Dimitar Berbatov had two chances inside 60 seconds but wasted both, while City weathered the early pressure and took control of the match for much of the final hour.

United's miserable day ended when Scholes was sent off after 72 minutes for a high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta, the City defender.

It was the first time City had beaten United in an FA Cup tie since their 2-0 win in the fourth-round at Maine Road in 1955.