Sunday, February 27, 2011

Birmingham City Clinched Carling Cup 2011 Defeating Arsenal 2-1

Birmingham City secured the Carling Cup 2011 title after defeating favorite Arsenal 2-1 in the final at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday. With this victory, the Blues put an end to their trophy-draught era spanning 48 years. Arsenal, on the other hand, blew away their chances of winning their first title in six years.

Birmingham City took the lead in the in the 28th minute through Serbian striker Zigic before Robin van Persie got the equalizer for the Gunners with a superb volley in the 39th minute. The score was 1-1 at the half time.

The second half also saw Birmingham playing with attacking intent and created some good chances. However, Arsenal gradually started to dominate following a brisk start from Birmingham. The Gunners created many scoring opportunities in the second half, but it was Ben Foster who denied them on all occasions.

Towards the end of the match, Nasri’s long range shot forced Foster a superb diving save which was perhaps the highlight of the second half until substitute Obafemi Martins scored in the 89th minute by capitalizing a misunderstanding between Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and center half Laurent Koscielny.

No doubt, Arsenal fans would be overly disappointed as their trophy-draught era has now been extended by this defeat. Well, the Gunners have three more competitions in hand and they can still taste their first silverware in half a decade this season.