LONDON — Manchester City reached the FA Cup final by beating defending champion Chelsea 2-1 in a free-flowing game at Wembley on Sunday.
Goals by Samir Nasri in the 35th minute and Sergio Aguero in the 47th built a 2-0 lead, and Demba Ba pulled the Blues back into the game with an acrobatic finish in the 66th. Ba wasted his team’s best chance to tie it when he fired straight at goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from close range minutes later.
“It is another great day for the club,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “We never doubted the fact that we wanted to win trophies. This was an important game and it will be an even more important game in the final against Wigan. That is what we are looking forward to now.”
City will be a huge favorite in the May 11 final against Wigan, which beat Millwall 2-0 on Saturday. Chelsea beat Liverpool in last year’s final, but its only hope for a trophy is now in the Europa League, where it has reached the semifinals.
PREMIER LEAGUE: In Stoke, England, Manchester United won 2-0, getting a goal from Michael Carrick in the fourth minute and a penalty kick by Robin van Persie in the 66th after the Dutch forward was fouled by Andy Wilkinson.
Closing in on a record 20th English league title, United (26-4-2) opened a 15-point lead over second-place Manchester City (19-4-8), the defending champion.
Stephan Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan scored spectacular goals to give Sunderland a 3-0 win at Newcastle, Paolo Di Canio’s first victory as manager.
Sunderland (8-15-10) moved three points clear of 18th-place Wigan, which has 31 and is in the relegation zone along with Queens Park Rangers and Reading (24 points each).
SPANISH LEAGUE: In Barcelona, Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 49th and 50th goals in all competitions this season as Real Madrid won 3-0 at Athletic Bilbao, while Barcelona didn’t need Lionel Messi to brush aside Real Zaragoza 3-0 and ease closer to the Spanish league title.
Barcelona’s convincing victory led by a double from 21-year-old forward Cristian Tello kept it 13 points clear of Madrid with seven rounds to go.
SERIE A: In Milan, AC Milan and Napoli played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at San Siro in a battle for an automatic Champions League spot.
Second-place Napoli remains four points ahead of Milan, with six rounds still to play. It is eight points behind Juventus, which plays Lazio today.
Milan is four points above Fiorentina in the race for the Champions League playoff spot.
FRENCH LEAGUE: In Paris, Marseille saw its slim title hopes diminish as it was held to a goalless draw at Lille.
Lille, which is making a late push for a Champions League spot, had the better chances but could not find its way past Marseille.