Sheikh Mansour-owned club secures its first trophy in years with 1-0 win against Stoke City
Manchester City won the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over an outclassed Stoke City on Saturday as Yaya Toure blasted in an unstoppable shot after 74 minutes to secure their first trophy in 35 years.
Toure, who scored the goal that beat Manchester United in the Wembley semi-final to take City into their first final for 30 years, almost broke the net with his drilled low finish after Stoke failed to clear a David Silva shot.
City dominated the match against a Stoke team appearing in the final for the first time.
They were kept at bay only by some desperate defending and the good goalkeeping of Thomas Sorensen and fully deserved their fifth FA Cup triumph and first since 1969.
Having already secured a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the first time, Saturday's victory is the first tangible reward for Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Al Nahyan, who bought the club in 2008 and has spent around £300m ($487.6m) on transfers alone.
Just wanted to pop over from the Blue site to comment on the fantastic rapport and dignity that the Stoke fans showed on Saturday. Magnanimous in defeat, and still enjoying the moment for all its worth. We had an opportunity to speak to Stoke fans on the blocked M1 on the way down and what a fantastic set of supporters they have and matched us decibel for decibel in the ground, and special thanks for remaining in the ground to recognise the achievements of both teams.
Once again thank you to your exemplary supporters and good luck to Tony Pullis and the boys in Europe next season and look forward to welcoming you back to CoMs on Tuesday.