Kone stars as Wigan stun City to lift Cup

Kone stars as Wigan stun City to lift Cup
14 May 2013 08:28

 Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone was among the stars as Wigan stunned Manchester City 1-0 at the weekend to lift the FA Cup for the first time.The African star with the blond dyed hair troubled City throughout with his running and now turns his attention to keeping the cup winners in the Premier League.Unfashionable Wigan visit Arsenal on Tuesday and host Aston Villa on Sunday, needing to win both games to be sure of avoiding relegation.   ENGLANDEMMANUEL ADEBAYOR (Tottenham)The Togo striker struck in the closing stages to fire his side to a crucial 2-1 win at Stoke. Adebayor slotted home Clint Dempsey's pass from close range in the 83rd minute for his second goal in successive games. That lifted Spurs above Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League as the race for Champions League qualification goes down to the wire.   AROUNA KONE (Wigan) The Ivory Coast striker played an important part as Wigan stunned Manchester City 1-0 to pull off the biggest FA Cup final upset since Wimbledon beat Liverpool in the 1988 final. The Ivorian created a fine early chance for Callum McManaman and tormented the City defence throughout with his purposeful running, setting the scene for Ben Watson's stoppage-time winner.   YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)The Ivory Coast midfielder had a day to forget at rain-soaked Wembley as his side crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against Wigan in the FA Cup final. Toure had been a pre-game doubt with a calf injury, and although he tested Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles with an early half-volley, his performance fadedbadly thereafter as Wigan took control.   DEMBA BA (Chelsea)The Senegal forward helped his team to a vital 2-1 win at Aston Villa which secured their Champions League place. With Ba a dangerous presence up front, Frank Lampard was able to score both goals as Chelsea came from behind to guarantee a place in Europe's top club competition.   PAPISS CISSE (Newcastle)The Senegal striker played the full 90 minutes as Newcastle sealed their Premier League survival with a 2-1 win at QPR. After falling behind to Loic Remy's early penalty, a Newcastle side inspired by Cisse's powerful display levelled through Hatem Ben Arfa's spot kick and bagged the winner when Yoan Gouffran struck before half-time.   FRANCESALOMON KALOU (Lille)The Ivorian continued his lethal form in front of goal as he scored twice in Lille's 3-0 win over Reims. Kalou put Rudi Garcia's men in front on 19 minutes at the Grand Stade after capitalising on a defensive mix-up to control Ronny Rodelin's flick-on before rounding goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and tapping into an unguarded net. He added to his account with Lille's third 13 minutes from time as he cut in from the left before shooting low into the corner for his 10th goal in as many league games. His season total now stands at 13.   ANDRE AYEW (Marseille)The Ghanaian returned from a one-match suspension to propel Marseille to a 2-1 victory over Toulouse and guarantee Champions League football for Elie Baup's side next season. Ayew headed the home side into the lead on the stroke of half-time at the Stade Velodrome after rising to meet a Mathieu Valbuena cross before netting his second on 62 minutes as he steered in from close range following Morgan Amalfitano's lay-off. The brace took Ayew's tally for the season to nine.CHEICK DIABATE (Bordeaux)The Mali striker came off the bench to snatch a late winner as Bordeaux beat relegation-threatened Nancy 3-2. A 67th-minute replacement for Uruguayan Diego Rolan, Diabate beat Sebastien Puygrenier to Benoit Tremoulinas' cross and headed beyond Damien Gregorini five minutes from the end at the Stade Chaban-Delmas. It was the Mali international's third goal in his last four league outings and took his haul for the campaign to six.  GERMANYIBRAHIMA TRAORE (Stuttgart)The Guinean international started against Schalke but was taken off after 71 minutes of a game his team won 2-1. He will hope to keep his place for the German Cup final against Bayern at start of June.MAME DIOUF (Hannover)The Senegalese striker led his team's attack in 3-1 loss at Leverkusen but was unable to add to his 11 goals for the campaign.   CEDRICK MAKIADI (Freiburg)The Kinshasa-born Democratic Republic of Congo midfielder played in Freiburg's 2-1 win at Fuerth that keeps the small southwestern club's Champions League dream alive.JOSEPH AKPALA (Werder Bremen)The Nigeria striker came off the bench as Bremen earned a draw against Frankfurt that sealed their safety. He has struggled to make an impact since moving from FC Bruges of Belgium.   ITALYSULLEY MUNTARI (AC Milan)Muntari had a dramatic final home game of the season, being sent off in a highly-charged scoreless draw against Roma, a result which put Milan's Champions League hopes in jeopardy. The Ghanaian saw red in bizarre fashion: when the referee motioned to show the red card to teammate Mario Balotelli, Muntari physically manhandled him in an attempt to prevent that happening. Themidfielder's early exit was one of several incidents in the game. Shortly after the restart the referee halted proceedings to ask Roma's fans to stop making racist chants, believed to be aimed at Balotelli. Roma then went down to 10 men in injury time after Fancesco Totti shoved an elbow into the face ofFrench defender Philippe Mexes.KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)A minor injury kept Asamoah off coach Antonio Conte's team sheet for the champions' final home game of the season against Cagliari. To their credit, the visitors went on to grab a share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw, which the ended Juve's hopes of surpassing the record 91 points Fabio Capello amassed while coach of the club in 2006. Asamoah did, however, make a later appearance -- joining the rest of the squad, their families and club officials for a post-game party on the pitch as Juve lapped up winning their 29th title last week.RUSSIAIBRAHIMA BALDE (Kuban Krasnodar)The Senegalese forward scored twice, was yellow carded and substituted in a 4-0 win over Amkar Perm.  Balde swept a pass into the net on eight minutes, punished a defensive mix-up to score again and was cautioned before half-time. He was taken off with 17 minutes left.AHMED MUSA (CSKA Moscow)The Nigerian striker was among the scorers as CSKA stayed top of the Russian title race with a 4-1 Moscow derby  win at Lokomotiv. Musa struck on 25 minutes by sweeping home a cross.SPAINMUBARAK WAKASO (Espanyol)The Ghanaian was heavily involved in Espanyol's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid, which clinched the league title for Barcelona. It was from his corner that Christian Stuani put the hosts in front midway through the first-half and Wakaso also picked up his 13th booking of the season in a fractious secondhalf.SOFIANE FEGHOULI (Valencia)Feghouli set-up Valencia's fourth goal, scored by Nelson Valdez, and struck the post as Los Che kept up their quest for Champions League football with a 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano. Ernesto Valverde's men are now a point ahead of Real Sociedad in fifth, although the Basques do have a game in hand.PAPE DIOP (Levante)Diop was shown a straight red card in Levante's 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza. The Senegalese dived in rashly on Victor Rodriguez seven minutes into the second half and was given his marching orders. 

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