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City juara Piala FA, United juara liga

LONDON - Dua kelab berjiran, Manchester City dan Manchester United mencatat sejarah tersendiri apabila masing-masing menjulang satu piala, semalam.
Jika City mengakhiri kemarau 35 tahun dengan merangkul Piala FA, United pula muncul juara Liga Perdana England buat kali ke-19.
City yang dibimbing Roberto Mancini merealisasikan impian besar itu selepas menewaskan Stoke City 1-0 pada perlawanan akhir Piala FA di Stadium Wembley.
Gol tunggal dan kemenangan City dijaringkan Yaya Toure pada minit ke-74 selepas gagal menembusi kubu Stoke di babak pertama.
Gol berpunca daripada gerakan yang dimulakan Mario Balotelli itu sebelum menjelmakan laluan buat Yaya melakukan sepakan kencang kaki kiri menewaskan penjaga gol lawan, Thomas Sorensen.
Terdahulu Sorensen menjadi duri dalam daging buat jentera serangan City apabila kerap menyelamatkan percubaan bahaya menerusi aksi cemerlangnya.
Sementara itu, United mengesahkan kejuaraan Liga Perdana England buat kali ke-19 lebih awal selepas berjaya mengikat Blackburn Rovers 1-1 di Ewood Park semalam.
United hanya memerlukan satu mata sahaja daripada perlawanan itu untuk merampas semula gelaran tersebut daripada juara musim lepas, Chelsea.
PEMAIN Manchester United, Wayne Rooney meraikan jaringan ketika menentang Blackburn Rovers dalam perlawanan Liga Perdana Inggeris di England. Keputusan seri 1-1 sebentar tadi sudah mencukupi buat United dinobatkan juara Liga Perdana Inggeris untuk rekod kali ke-19. - Foto Reuters
May 14, 2011 11:06 pm
Ternyata The Red Devils berjaya merealisasikannya apabila Wayne Rooney menjaringkan gol penyamaan menerusi sepakan penalti 17 minit sebelum per mainan tamat selepas penjaga gol Blackburn, Paul Robinson menjatuhkan Javier Hernandez dalam kotak penalti.
Sebelum itu, pemain Australia, Brett Emerton meletakkan Blackburn lebih dulu di depan pada minit ke-20 sebelum jaringan penalti Rooney akhirnya berjaya menghilangkan resah The Red Devils pada babak kedua.
Kejayaan ini menyaksikan United berjaya mengatasi rekod kejuaraan terbanyak yang sebelum ini dipegang bersama dengan musuh ketat, Liverpool yang menjulang 18 kali gelaran setakat ini.
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Madchester! A city goes crazy as their clubs win English football's top prizes

Last updated at 10:30 PM on 14th May 2011
Football frenzy hit both red and blue halves of Manchester yesterday as the city's two teams took the country's most-prized trophies on an afternoon of glory.
First, Manchester United were crowned champions for a record 19th time. Then Manchester City won the FA Cup final at Wembley to collect their first trophy for 35 years. And it was 'Madchester' all over again as the city's celebrations hit a new high.
Red wave: Manchester United celebrate after claiming record 19th title
Red wave: Manchester United celebrate after claiming record 19th title
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson watched his team gain the point from a 1-1 draw at Blackburn that sealed the Premier League title and knocked previous record-holders and 18-time winners Liverpool off their perch. He then said: 'United are the best team in the country.
'We've won the most titles. We've won more FA Cups than anybody. We've won the European Cup, League Cups and the World Club Cup. It's been a long day but it feels very good right now.'
City's Italian manager Roberto Mancini, whose club Ferguson once dubbed the 'noisy neighbours', at last had something to shout about.
'I'm happy for the supporters,' he said. 'For a long time they didn't win. My feeling is good but it is more important that their feeling is good, too.'
It was a record-breaking afternoon, too, with United's Ryan Giggs playing in his 573rd Premier League game and beating David James's appearance record, while City's former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, a late substitute at Wembley, became the first foreign player to win the FA Cup four times.

Ya beauty: City celebrate Toure's winner

Ya beauty: City celebrate Toure's winner
But the day did not pass without controversy. Wayne Rooney, banned last month for swearing into a television camera, tempted fate yesterday when he appeared to scream an obscenity as he ran towards the United fans in celebration after his hotly-contested penalty cancelled out Brett Emerton's opener for Blackburn, 'I was terrified, the ref took a long time to give the penalty,' said Rooney. 'I had to compose myself, I'd been practising all week.'
Making reference to his transfer request and contract dispute earlier in the season, he added: 'After the year I've had, with the ups and downs, this is for the fans and the team. For me, being an Everton fan, to win a 19th title is special.'
For City, controversy-dogged Italian forward Mario Balotelli also spoke out of turn, swearing on primetime national television and prompting broadcasters ITV to apologise on air.
Asked if it was his best performance of the campaign, Balotelli said: 'All my season was s*** - can I say that? I've played not very well, but today maybe I played more for the team.
'I'm happy. I said to the guys before the game, "We're better than them, we have to respect them and give everything and if we do we're going to win".'
Long-awaited: Manchester City's captain Carlos Tevez holds the FA Cup aloft after their win at Wembley Stadium
Long-awaited: Manchester City's captain Carlos Tevez holds the FA Cup aloft

But with City also qualifying for Europe's elite competition next season by securing fourth place - or possibly higher - the rivalry from United's 'noisy neighbours' will intensify. City will celebrate with a victory parade on Monday week.
United could be celebrating double success with the Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley a week on Saturday and have been granted a bus parade through Manchester two days later.
Fans at Old Trafford have taunted their Eastlands counterparts for years about their lack of trophies, but their England goalkeeper Joe Hart insisted they fell on deaf ears.
'I couldn't care less what they do at Old Trafford,' said Hart. 'It's nothing to do with Manchester United, it's about Man City.
'We deserved to win the Cup and we've beaten a very good Stoke side.'
United responded to their critics, too, ridiculing claims that this team was poor compared to other recent title-winning teams.
Ferguson praised their record at Old Trafford, where his team have dropped only two points all season, and Ryan Giggs, after winning his 12th title, said: 'We are champions and in the Champions League final. We are rubbish, aren't we!
'It is a tough league to win and it is still as special as ever. We have the desire and it's a pleasure to play in this team. We want to win trophies.
'Twenty years ago we were nowhere near Liverpool. It is great credit to the club, the manager and the players and it is a good feeling to be ahead of our greatest rivals.'
United legend Gary Neville, a TV pundit at Blackburn's Ewood Park for Sky Sports, said: 'These are the moments you......

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