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SAO PAULO---Brazilian officials are
inaugurating the Arena da Amazonia
in the jungle city of Manaus, the ninth
World Cup stadium to become available
for football s showcase event.
Three still have to be finished, includ-
ing the one hosting the opener in Sao
Paulo in about three months.
The Arena da Amazonia was fully
completed yesterday but local authorities
were inaugurating the venue with a
regional championship match with
20,000 people in attendance, including
workers who helped to build the venue.
The 44,000-capacity stadium will
host four World Cup matches in June,
including England vs Italy.
The Arena da Amazonia was one of
six stadiums not completed by the end
of last year as wanted by FIFA. (AP)
LONDON --- Second-tier Wigan stunned Man-
chester City for the second straight year in the
FA Cup, beating the Premier League giants 2-
1 yesterday to reach the semifinals and stay
on course to retain the trophy.
Seven days after winning the League Cup
final at Wembley Stadium, City was looking to
return to the "Home of Football" for the last
four of the FA Cup and avenge last season s
surprise defeat to Wigan in the final in May.
However, Jordi Gomez and James Perch put
Wigan 2-0 ahead by the 47th minute at Etihad
Stadium and managed to hold on after Samir
Nasri gave City hope in the 68th.
"People kept saying we were lucky last year,"
Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce said, "but we re
going back to Wembley and we re making history
Wigan s reward is a semifinal against Arsenal,
which is now overwhelming favourite for the
competition following it 4-1 win over Everton
on Saturday and won t have a better opportunity
to end its nine-year trophy drought.
Earlier, Sheffield United became the first third-
tier team to reach the semifinals since 2001 by
beating Charlton 2-0 and will next play Hull,
which defeated Sunderland 3-0.
Managed by Nigel Clough, the son of late
English coaching great Brian Clough, United
continued its stunning exploits in the competition
thanks to goals in the space of two second-half
minutes by Ryan Flynn and John Brayford.
Wigan s players threw their shirts into the
crowd and took in the adulation of their fans
after dashing City s hopes of a domestic treble.
It was a tactical triumph for visiting manager
Uwe Rosler, an East German who spent four
years at City from 1994-98 and became a cult
hero at the club.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini fielded a raft
of second-string players with Wednesday s
Champions League match against Barcelona in
mind and the gamble of starting without the
likes of Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Fer-
Gomez converted a 27th-minute penalty after
Martin Demichelis fouled Marc-Antoine Fortune
and Perch tapped in Wigan s second in the 47th.
City couldn t reproduce the comeback it deliv-
ered against Sunderland in last weekend s League
"We pressed them high, got in their faces and
they didn t like it," Perch said. Anything is pos-
sible now. Hopefully we can prove a few people
wrong again in the semifinal against Arsenal."
Sunderland also missed the chance for a quick
return to Wembley as Hull scored three sec-
ond-half goals after having a penalty saved
Hull captain Curtis Davies rose highest in the
68th to head in Tom Huddlestone s free kick,
before David Meyler supplied a cool finish four
minutes later after chasing down a punt upfield.
Lee Cattermole played a shocking back pass
that left the lurking Matty Fryatt with the sim-
plest of chances to score just minutes later.
The semifinals will be played on April 12-13.
MILAN---Juventus remained firmly
on course for a third straight Serie A
title after beating Fiorentina 1-0 yes-
terday to provisionally extend its lead
at the top of the standings to 14 points.
Second-placed Roma has played two
games less and travels later to Napoli,
which trails its opponent by six points.
Kwadwo Asamoah scored a brilliant
goal three minutes from halftime to
give Juventus the lead.
Unlike the first match this season
where Juventus squandered a two-goal
lead against Fiorentina to lose 4-2---
its only league defeat this campaign---
the Bianconeri held on to record its
14th home league victory. It has a per-
fect record at the Juventus Stadium
Inter Milan is only a point behind
fourth-placed Fiorentina after beating
Torino 1-0. Parma, which has a game
in hand, is a point further back fol-
lowing its 2-0 victory over Hellas
Lazio lost 1-0 at home to Atalanta
in a match which saw Antonio Can-
dreva sent off for two bookings.
At the other end of the table, Livorno
wasted a two-goal lead to lose a rel-
egation battle 4-2 at Sampdoria.
Elsewhere, Chievo Verona secured a
2-1 win over Genoa, while Bologna and
Sassuolo played out a goalless draw.
It was the first of three matches in
less than two weeks between Juventus
and Fiorentina as they meet in the
Asamoah gave Fiorentina warning
of what was to come with a deflected
volley which Neto did brilliantly to turn
around for a corner with a desperate
Juventus broke the deadlock when
Asamoah cut in from the left and carved
out space between four Fiorentina
defenders before unleashing a stunning
effort which took a slight deflection
before going in off the inside of the far
Inter is sneaking up on Fiorentina
after picking up only its third win in
2014 and stretching its unbeaten run
Inter dominated and took a deserved
lead in bizarre circumstances as Rodrigo
Palacio appeared to be trying to nod
Esteban Cambiasso s cross back across
the face of goal but it went in at the
far post. (AP)
...as Wigan into FA semis
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, left, is thwarted by Wigan's Emmerson Boyce, centre, as Ivan Ramis looks on during their English FA Cup
quarterfinal soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Brazil inaugurates another World Cup stadium
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