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FA Cup Final: Ben Watson Scores Shocking Winner for Wigan vs. City (GIF & Video)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  Ben Watson of Wigan Athletic (L) heads the ball past Joe Hart of Manchester City to score their first goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final between Manchester City and Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium on May 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Adam HirshfieldFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2013

Reaching the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday was newsworthy enough for Wigan Athletic, especially given the likelihood of the club being relegated from the Premier League next weekend.

To beat a heavily favored Manchester City side? Well, it would be hard to fathom.

But beat them they did—and in heart-stopping fashion, no less.

Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles made a brilliant save to deny Carlos Tevez in the 29th minute, and scoreless it would remain as the Latics more and more got the better of the play as the second half went on.

Following a second yellow card to City defender Pablo Zabaleta in the 84th minute, second-half substitute Ben Watson clinically headed in off a Wigan corner kick in the 91st minute.

It was the only goal of the match.

Though Wigan still faces an uphill battle to stay up—three points down with matches at Arsenal and home against Aston Villa in the next week—taking home its first ever top-flight trophy in the club’s 81-year history will no doubt serve as an emotional spark.

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