Manchester City has played second fiddle to Manchester United over the years, but the organization and their fans received a fantastic boost in pride over their rivals after a 1-0 FA Cup semi-finals victory at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Yaya Toure broked the scoreless deadlock in the 52nd minute. The sequence began when United had a defensive breakdown leading to a Michael Carrick pass intended for Paul Scholes which was read by Toure. After intercepting the ball, Toure took the ball and worked his way by Nemanja Vidic and then delivered a right-footed ball the went through Edwin van der Sar's legs and into the net.
In the 66th minute, Nani's freekick took a deflection off of Mario Balotelli's head, who was leaping while part of a wall, that then knocked off goalkeeper Joe Hart's fingers and hit the crossbar.
The match took a harsh turn for United in the 72nd minute when Scholes's challenge on Pablo Zabaleta resulted in an immediate red card. The call may have a deserved a yellow card rather than a red, but the veteran United midfielder didn't little to protest the call.
Javier Hernandez entered in the 65th minute for an ineffective Antonio Valencia, but only made a slightly better impact.
With only 10 men, it's hard to imagine how the Red Devils could have made up the goal deficit. The chances were few for United in the second half, and they didn't seem to have the confidence to muster a real attack.
For City, it was a sweet victory. Not only are they 90 minutes away from hoisting the FA Cup, they beat their local rival to get there.
THE FIRST HALF
For the first third of the half, the two teams appeared to be feeling each other out, and didn't take aggressive efforts to get shots on goal.
But then Dimitar Berbatov squandered two excellent chances to score in the 15th minute.
First, he was fed a great ball by Ji-Sung Park inside the box that snuck by the City defenders. But Berbatov's shot from roughly five meters out went straight to Hart who was able to hit the ball away.
The very next play had winger Nani deliver a perfectly placed low cross that a sliding Berbatov booted over the crossbar.
Though Berbatov has struggled in the last few months, these chances were great opportunities that probably are still on his mind and certainly haven't helped his confidence.
Gareth Barry had a chance in the 32nd minute, but his turn inside the box resulted in a left-footed shot that hit the side netting.
Balotelli ripped a right-footed shot from distance that van der Sar had to punch away to save in the 34th minute.
Off a corner kick, Vincent Kompany was able to strike a great right-footed ball that was just inches wide of the post, but van der Sar's outstretched arm would have saved it.
Wayne Rooney was in attendance, and cameras caught his frustrated reaction when Berbatov's shot went astray.