Lightning strikes twice as Wigan beat Manchester City in FA Cup

Jordi Gomez's first-half penalty and a tap-in by James Perch gave Wigan, who beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley last May, a place in this year's semi-finals against Arsenal.

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Lightning strikes twice as Wigan beat Manchester City in FA Cup

Jordi Gomez's first-half penalty and a tap-in by James Perch gave Wigan, who beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley last May, a place in this year's semi-finals against Arsenal.

City, who won the League Cup last Sunday and need to overturn a two-goal deficit to Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League tie next week, looked jaded against their second-tier opponents until they staged a thrilling late fightback.

Lightning strikes twice as Wigan beat Manchester City in FA Cup

Manchester City players including Samir Nasri, second left, react after Wigan Athletic's second goal. AP

Frenchman Samir Nasri made City's breakthrough in the 68th minute with a sweet 20-metre left-foot strike.

Substitute Edin Dzeko came within inches of forcing a replay, but Emmerson Boyce produced a remarkable last-ditch block and Wigan, managed by former City favourite Uwe Rosler, held on.

In the other quarter-finals played on Sunday, Sheffield United beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 and Hull City defeated Sunderland 3-0 to set up the second semi-final.

Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 on Saturday.

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