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Millwall 0 Wigan Athletic 2

Posted: Sat 13 Apr 2013
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The FA Cup 2012/13

The FA Cup 2012/13

Image by: © Millwall FC

Full-time score from Wembley

5.11pm A huge roar greets the players as they emerge from the Wembley tunnel. Millwall's end of the ground is pretty much full; there are plenty of gaps in the Wigan sections. 

1min. Both teams finish their pre-match huddles, and Wigan kick off this FA Cup semi-final as steady rain continues to fall. Millwall are soon on the attack as a Shane Lowry cross is headed a couple of yards wide by Andy Keogh. 

2mins. Millwall skipper Danny Shittu blocks a Jordi Gomez shot on the edge of the area. 

5mins. Millwall win the game's first free-kick after a push on Chris Taylor by Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce. 

7mins. Danny Shittu tries an ambitious shot from 40 yards following a free-kick, but it drifts high and wide. 

8mins. Wigan have the first corner of the match when Chris Taylor blocks Callum McManaman's cross. Danny Shittu heads clear from the set-piece. 

11mins. James Henry shoots wide after a fast break by The Lions. Both managers are in the edge of their technical areas instructing and encouraging their players. 

12mins. David Forde is called into action for the first time when he sprints off his line to deny Arouna Kone. He gets an accidental boot in the face for his troubles. 

14mins. Forde is involved again, diving high to his right to push away a drive from Callum McManaman. Great stuff from the Irish number one. 

15mins. Andy Keogh thinks he is clear on goal, but referee Michael Oliver penalises the striker for a trip on Paul Scharner. 

17mins. Roberto Martinez plays the role of water boy, giving Callum McManaman a drink. 

19mins. Wigan are dominating possession, but are struggling to turn that dominance into chances. 

21mins. BOOKING. Ali Al-Habsi sprints from his line to punch clear a Chris Taylor flick-on. On the resulting break, Sean St Ledger brings down Callum McManaman to earn the game's first caution. 

24mins. Shaun Maloney swings in a free-kick from wide, but David Forde claims easily. 

25mins.GOAL 0-1. Wigan take the lead when Arouna Kone's cross finds Maloney in plenty of space and the Wigan man sweeps home from 8 yards. Forde had no chance. Replays show Maloney was just onside. 

26mins. Millwall have the chance to strike back straight away, but James Henry can't quite get a shot away inside the Wigan box. 

27mins. David Forde makes a comfortable save when Paul Scharner hooks goalwards following a corner. 

29mins. Millwall win their first corner. Wigan clear after a Chris Taylor header. 

32mins. David Forde rushes out to intercept a through-ball chased by Jean Beausejour. 

35mins. Millwall have managed to move the balance of play away from their own half and look more threatening. 

38mins. Shane Lowry does well to cut out a cross by Callum McManaman. Nothing comes from the resulting corner. 

41mins. Great interplay by the Wigan forwards sets up a shot for Callum McManaman, but the youngster puts it into the stand behind the goal. 

42mins. David Forde makes another great save, this time diving to his right to deny Jordi Gomez. 

45mins. Chris Taylor feeds Andy Keogh, whose cross from just inside the box is headed clear. 

45+1min. Michael Oliver blows the half-time whistle with Wigan still leading by a single goal. Much to do for Millwall in the second half if they are to make a second FA Cup final in 9 years. 

46mins. No changes from either manager at half-time. Millwall get us back underway. Sean St Ledger soon requires treatment after hurting his ankle tackling Jordi Gomez. Both teams now shooting towards their own fans. 

48mins. Millwall appear to be trying to press Wigan higher up the pitch than in the first half. The rain continues to fall, but seems to have eased a little. 

50mins. It's been a quiet start to the second half, with most of the play in the middle of the park. 

52mins. Callum McManaman shoots over after jinxing past Dunne and Abdou. Liam Trotter appears to be getting ready to come on. 

54mins. No sign of Trotter yet as St Ledger appears to have run off his knock. 

55mins. Andy Keogh thinks he has won a corner after St Ledger plays him in down the channel. But Michael Oliver gives a goal-kick. 

57mins. David Forde does well to punch clear under pressure when Jordi Gomez whips in a free-kick from the corner of the box. 

59mins. Chris Taylor is tripped by Emmerson Boyce 25 yards from goal after a mazy dribble. The Millwall crowd respond with a wall of noise. James Henry puts the free-kick a couple of feet over the bar. 

62mins. SUBSTITUTION. James McArthur replaces Jean Beausejour for Wigan in the first change by either side. 

64mins. Millwall look lively as Alan Dunne's low cross from the right just fails to reach Andy Keogh. James Henry then wins a corner, which Wgan clear. Mark Beevers then heads Shane Lowry's cross against Paul Scharner for another Lions corner. 

65. Danny Shittu gets his head to James Henry's corner, but the ball goes over. Millwall are having their best spell of the contest. 

66. Another Millwall corner as Scharner again clears - this time from Henry's cross Shittu once more gets his head to the corner, but his rival captain Boyce blocks. 

67. SUBSTITUTION. First change for Millwall, and it is an attacking one as striker Rob Hulse replaces Jack Smith.

69mins. Kenny Jackett has altered his team's formation to 4-4-2 as he searches for an equaliser. 

70mins. Millwall are really pressing and their fans scream for a handball in the box. Referee Oliver correctly gives nothing. 

72mins. SUBSTITUTION. Liam Trotter does now make it onto the field, replacing the tireless Jimmy Abdou. 

73mins. Callum McMananaman's shot is blocked inside the Millwall box by Alan Dunne. Millwall break, but Andy Keogh can't get clear. 

74mins. Jordi Gomez shoots into the side-netting after more good work by McManaman. 

75mins. Millwall's 30,000-plus fans once again find their voice as they urge their team on. The attendance is announced as 62,335. 

77mins. Chris Taylor's curling cross is headed behind for a corner. James Henry's delivery finds S Ledger, but his header lacks power. 

78mins.GOAL 0-2. Jordi Gomez has loads of time to pick a clever pass to Callum McManaman, whose touch takes him round the sprawling David Forde and allows him to roll the ball in from the corner of the six-yard box. That's harsh on Millwall based on their second-half performance. 

80mins. Ali Al-Habsi twice palms away crosses - from Taylor and Lowry - as Millwall look to find the quick goal they surely need if they are to have any hope of returning to Wembley next month. 

83mins. James Henry's ball nearly runs for Rob Hulse, but again nothing comes of it for Millwall. 

86mins. Wigan are keeping possession as they seek to see out the remaining few minutes. 

87mins. Arouna Kone's low shot is blocked by David Forde's feet. 

89mins. SUBSTITUTIONS. Final changes for both sides. Shaun Batt replaces Andy Keogh and Angelo Henriquez is on for Callum McManaman. 

90mins. There will be three additional minutes. 

90+2mins. Shaun Maloney is announced as the official man-of-the-match. 

90+3mins. The final whistle goes and Millwall's 2013 FA Cup campaign comes to an end, Wigan's top-tier quality coming to bear. Millwall's fans give their team a standing ovation as they leave the field.