Manchester City’s pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple came to a stunning end Monday when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at third-tier Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
In an eerie repeat of the 2013 FA Cup final, in which Man City had a player sent off before losing to a late Wigan winner, there was a sense of déjà vu for Pep Guardiola’s side when Fabian Delph was sent off on the stroke of half-time before Will Grigg’s 79th-minute strike decided the game.
It didn’t look to be City’s night when record goalscorer Aguero missed a golden opportunity after just two minutes, heading over Bernardo Silva’s pinpoint cross from just six yards.
Home goalkeeper Christian Walton needed to be alert a few moments later, diving smartly to parry away a fierce strike from Ilkay Gundogan.
City were enjoying the bulk of possession but, without the rested Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, were struggling to create clear chances.
Gundogan and Danilo, twice, also threatened the Wigan goal and Walton saved superbly from an Aguero drive, moments before the explosive dismissal of Delph.
Despite being a man down, City still enjoyed the majority of possession although, apart from Chey Dunkley blocking a Danilo shot, there was little to concern Walton as the tie approached the 65-minute mark and Guardiola opted to bring De Bruyne into the fray.
On 73 minutes, the Belgian playmaker found Aguero at the near-post but his shot was blocked and Danilo maintained the pressure with a low centre across the goalline.
Minutes later at the other end, Kyle Walker allowed a pass to run through to Grigg, who held off John Stones before finishing clinically past a badly positioned Claudio Bravo.
The Latics can now look forward to a quarterfinal home tie with Southampton.