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Extra special Stoke rock Manchester City

Stoke City 3 Man City 1 (after extra time)

Ryan Shawcross and Tuncay struck in extra-time as Stoke earned a late victory from their three-game epic with Manchester City last night.

Craig Bellamy had ensured the FA Cup fifth-round replay at the Britannia Stadium finished 1-1 after 90 minutes by immediately cancelling out Dave Kitson's late strike.

But the Potters made a numerical advantage after Emmanuel Adebayor's harsh sending off count by reclaiming the lead through Shawcross from a Rory Delap throw and Tuncay finished the job.

Shawcross and Ricardo Fuller had both missed chances to settle the tie in stoppage time but that was forgotten as the Potters powered into the quarter-finals for the first time since 1972.

The only concern for Stoke was the view the Football Association might take of a missile being thrown at Shay Given.

Adebayor and Bellamy combined well but a deflection took the sting out of a Pablo Zabaleta pass and Gareth Barry scuffed a shot at Sorensen.

Stoke started the second period at a higher intensity and put the visiting defence under pressure. Steve Bennett briefly halted play after a missile was thrown at Given, who had been booed since his clash with Fuller.

The game exploded into life 11 minutes from time as Kitson played a one-two with fellow substitute Tuncay and raced past Wayne Bridge to score. Stoke fans’ joy was tempered as Bellamy immediately replied.

Adebayor chested down a cross from Bridge and Bellamy rushed in to fire low past Sorensen.

Adebayor was then sent off after being adjudged to have raised his arms too high in trying to hold off Shawcross.

Shawcross almost won it in stoppage time but headed wide from a Glenn Whelan corner, however he made amends five minutes into extra time as City again fell for a Delap throw.

Delap launched a huge throw into the box and Shawcross timed his leap perfectly to head past Given.

This time Stoke grabbed a third goal on the counter-attack four minutes later. Tuncay showed great skill to beat two defenders and fire past Lescott on the line.

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