Manchester City Vs. Stoke City, 2011 FA Cup Final: David Silva Misses Game's Best Chance

Jermaine Pennant swings in a rare Stoke City free kick that Joe Hart collects. I wouldn't say it was a particularly comfortable grab, though -  he nearly falls backwards into the goal in the process. Hart's clearance leads to a succession of Stoke throws, which is bad news for Manchester City. The last of the chain of Delap efforts turns into possession for Matthew Etherington in space on the left, who attempts to lay the ball off to Glenn Whelan only for David Silva to nick in to intercept. That's pretty poor from Etherington, really.

And wow, what a chance for David Silva. A lovely ball in from Carlos Tevez leaves Mario Balotelli one on one with Thomas Sorensen, and although the goalkeeper just about claws the ball away from the Italian, it bounces right onto the foot of Silva, who catches it on the half-volley. Silva is six yards out and Sorensen is helpless, so naturally he smacks the ball straight into the ground and well over the crossbar. What a waste.

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