Taking advantage of their very limited opportunities, Wigan eliminated Manchester City in the FA Cup quarterfinal with a shocking 2-1 victory Sunday at the Etihad.
The current FA Cup holders advance to their second straight semifinals where they will face an Arsenal squad fresh off a 4-1 drubbing of Everton.
City could have avenged their FA Cup finals loss to Wigan from a year ago, but a late surge wasn’t enough to erase the early two-goal deficit.
Midfielder Jordi Gomez gave Wigan the lead in the 27th minute off a penalty, and defender James Perch took advantage of a slow-to-react City defense and padded the lead with a goal in the 48th. It was Gomez’s fourth goal in FA Cup play this year.
Wigan managed to squeeze off four total shots, with two on target, compared to 13 shots from City, which also boasted a 68-32 possession advantage.
City midfielder Samir Nasri scored his club’s only goal of the match following a headed-away corner kick from defender Gael Clichy. Nasri stepped up with a powerful low strike that ended up in the bottom right corner of the net.
From there, City continued to pour on the attack, but couldn’t muster another goal. Top scorer Sergio Aguero fired off four shots, with two on target, and sub forward Edin Dzeko also had four chances but to no avail.
Wigan keeper Scott Carson registered one save, and was also issued a yellow card for time wasting in the 84th minute.
Gomez’s penalty was the result of a poor foul by City defender Martin Demichelis, who tried to make up for letting forward Marc-Antoine Fortune slip by him.
The last four matches of FA Cup will take place on April 12 to 13, with Hull City and Sheffield United making up the other semifinal.