By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Wembley Stadium
Manchester City reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in 30 years with victory over derby rivals Manchester United at Wembley.
Yaya Toure demonstrated power and poise to take advantage of Michael Carrick's mistake to score after 52 minutes and set up another Wembley date against either Bolton Wanderers or Stoke City in May.
United controlled the first half-hour and Dimitar Berbatov - in for the suspended Wayne Rooney - missed two golden chances in the space of seconds early on.
And United, who had Paul Scholes sent off late on for a wild challenge on Pablo Zabaleta, paid the price as City finally gathered momentum to end as deserved winners and sabotage Sir Alex Ferguson's hopes of repeating the historic treble-winning season of 1999.
City threatened through Mario Balotelli, Joleon Lescott and Vincent Kompany before Toure made the breakthrough, with United's only serious second-half response a deflected free-kick from Nani that keeper Joe Hart touched on to the bar.
It was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes and form for City and boss Roberto Mancini, who responded to an abject showing in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool on Monday by insisting they would reach the FA Cup final and also next season's Champions League.
He fulfilled the first part of his bold promise in style and now City and Mancini can focus their attentions fully on finishing ahead of Tottenham in the fight for a place in the Premier League's top four.
Balotelli was involved in an angry flare-up with Rio Ferdinand and Anderson at the final whistle after jubilantly brandishing his badge in the direction of United's fans, but nothing could take the edge off the wild celebrations from the City supporters who have waited so long to step out of the shadow of their illustrious neighbours.
Both sides were robbed of their most influential players, but ultimately City coped with the loss of injured Carlos Tevez better than United handled the gap left by Rooney - they now have a month to relish their return to the great showpiece after a lengthy absence following their loss to Tottenham in a replay in 1981.
In Rooney's absence, Ferguson turned to Berbatov and the Bulgarian twice squandered opportunities to transform United's early domination into an advantage.
Scholes red made comeback difficult - Nani
He raced clean through on Hart after United put together a slick passing exchange on the edge of the area but the keeper blocked brilliantly, then somehow turned Nani's cross over the top from inside the six-yard area seconds later.
City's opening had been subdued as United dominated possession but as the interval approached they finally demonstated a measure of self-belief and threat.
Gareth Barry found the side-netting after turning in the area then Balotelli gave Edwin Van der Sar the chance to demonstrate his agility, even at 40, with a long-range effort that was turned over the top by the veteran keeper.
And as City drew encouragement from their spell of pressure, Lescott should have done better than fire off target from Adam Johnson's corner and Kompany was only inches wide from the edge of the area.
City's renewed self-belief saw them continue in similar vein after the break and take the lead through Toure after 52 minutes.
Carrick was at fault, conceding possession then being brushed aside by Toure, who raced past Nemanja Vidic before slotting a composed finish past Van der Sar.
As United struggled to regain their composure, Johnson's shot almost crept in at Van der Sar's near post and Lescott was once more guilty of wastefulness when he tamely headed David Silva's cross wide.
Ferguson reacted to falling behind by sending on Javier Hernandez for Antonio Valencia. He arrived in time to watch Hart turn Nani's free-kick on to the bar after it glanced off the head of Balotelli.
United were deservedly reduced to 10 men with 17 minutes left when Scholes was high and late in a challenge with Zabaleta, leaving referee Mike Dean to produce a red card that was little more than a formality.
It was effectively the end of United's challenge and City were able to survive five minutes of added time before a party started in one half of Wembley.
90:00+5:38 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+5:06 Fabio Da Silva challenges Aleksandar Kolarov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
90:00+3:57 Mario Balotelli gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson. Direct free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
90:00+2:43 Mario Balotelli takes a shot from 35 yards clearing the bar.
90:00+1:47 Mario Balotelli fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
90:00+1:11 Oliveira Anderson challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
87:05 Patrice Evra produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
85:35 Substitution David Silva goes off and Patrick Vieira comes on.
84:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Fabio Da Silva. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
83:47 Patrice Evra has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
83:12 Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
83:12 Substitution John O'Shea goes off and Fabio Da Silva comes on.
83:12 Booking Vincent Kompany goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
83:07 Vincent Kompany challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick.
81:47 Shaun Wright-Phillips sends in a cross, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
80:21 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
80:07 Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Joleon Lescott.
78:12 Substitution Shaun Wright-Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Adam Johnson.
76:50 Michael Carrick produces a curled left-footed shot from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Joe Hart.
76:23 Corner taken by Luis Nani, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
73:57 Luis Nani takes the free kick.
73:57 Booking Booking for Nigel De Jong for unsporting behaviour.
73:52 Unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Nigel De Jong results in a free kick.
73:10 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Oliveira Anderson coming on for Dimitar Berbatov.
71:23 Vincent Kompany takes the free kick.
71:23 Sent off Paul Scholes receives a red card for serious foul play.
71:05 Paul Scholes challenges Pablo Zabaleta unfairly and gives away a free kick.
70:31 Foul by Ji-Sung Park on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
68:55 Effort from deep inside the area by Aleksandar Kolarov misses to the left of the target.
67:12 Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
67:12 Booking Mario Balotelli is booked.
67:05 Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Carrick.
64:18 Luis Nani has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Joe Hart.
64:18 Substitution Antonio Valencia leaves the field to be replaced by Javier Hernandez.
64:18 Booking Pablo Zabaleta goes into the referee's book.
64:13 Pablo Zabaleta challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick.
62:40 Header from close in by Joleon Lescott misses to the right of the target.
62:06 Corner taken short by Adam Johnson.
61:35 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
61:06 Adam Johnson takes a short corner.
60:25 Mario Balotelli challenges Rio Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
54:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel De Jong on Dimitar Berbatov. Direct free kick taken by Dimitar Berbatov.
53:30 Foul by Mario Balotelli on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
51:52 GOAL - Gnegneri Toure Yaya:Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd Goal scored by Gnegneri Toure Yaya from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Man City 1-0 Man Utd.
50:44 Patrice Evra challenges Adam Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
50:28 Antonio Valencia is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
49:42 Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Nemanja Vidic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
49:23 Mario Balotelli has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.
45:24 Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
45:00+2:23 It is the end of the first-half.
44:22 Short corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line.
42:28 Vincent Kompany has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
42:13 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson.
41:10 Unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
39:13 The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
38:26 Luis Nani has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
37:27 Luis Nani fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
35:27 Outswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, Joleon Lescott produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the
35:06 Adam Johnson decides to take a short corner.
33:44 Mario Balotelli has a drilled shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save. Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner.
31:36 Gareth Barry produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
27:59 Michael Carrick fouled by Gareth Barry, the ref awards a free kick. Luis Nani fires a strike on goal direct from the free
kick. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Antonio Valencia, Header from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov
goes over the bar.
24:08 Corner taken by Antonio Valencia, Close range headed effort by Nemanja Vidic goes wide of the left-hand upright.
21:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vincent Kompany by Patrice Evra. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
19:48 Antonio Valencia decides to take the corner short.
19:28 Gnegneri Toure Yaya gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
17:19 Mario Balotelli challenges Rio Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
14:10 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Dimitar Berbatov produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the
11:40 Luis Nani takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Hart.
11:25 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Rio Ferdinand takes the free kick.
10:53 Shot from long range by Adam Johnson misses to the right of the goal.
9:56 Luis Nani challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
9:02 Handball by Pablo Zabaleta. Patrice Evra restarts play with the free kick.
3:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Nigel De Jong takes the indirect free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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