A £24,000,000 transfer fee and reputedly the highest-paid player at the club, Yaya Toure was Manchester City’s hero for the second time in succession at Wembley as he scored the only goal of this year’s Wembley FA Cup final.
Manchester City started the brighter side, notably Mario Balotelli down the left wing and Carlo Tevez’s pace and movement up front cause the Stoke City defence problems.
Midway through the first half, it was Balotelli who produced the first meaningful shot of the game as his curling effort from the right hand side of Thomas Sorensen’s box forced the experienced Dane into make a great fingertip save.
Later in the half, Vincent Kompany had a tame effort straight at Sorensen, moments after Kenwyne Jones made a penalty claim over the ball striking the Belgian defenders arm. David Silva missed a great opportunity inside the 6 yard box that he smashed into the ground and over the bar.
Stoke City were second best in the first half but looked better at the start of the second half as the game started to open up.
Kenwyne Jones had the chance of the match on the hour when he latched onto a long ball up field from Matthew Etherington and poor judgement from Joleon Lescott, only for Joe Hart to close him down, throwing himself in the way.
Etherington was substituted straight after and Stoke’s threat down the right wing had slowed down after Jermaine Pennant had rolled his ankle on the stroke of half time.
Shortly after Adam Johnson’s arrival for Manchester City, they went in front as Yaya Toure powered home from just outside the 6-yard box following Mario Balotelli’s blocked effort.
The Italian forward put in a man of the match performance, but it’s an Ivorian in Yaya Toure who Manchester City fans will remember for winning them their first FA Cup in 42 years. This 4 weeks after Yaya Toure scored the only goal of Manchester City’s 1-0 semi final victory over Manchester United at Wembley.
On Tuesday, Manchester City confirmed their place in next seasons Champions League. Stoke City will participate in the Europa League for the first time since the 1974/75 season.