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ESPN to show Millwall v Wigan FA Cup semi-final

ESPN staff
March 15, 2013
Wigan are targeting their maiden FA Cup final © PA Photos

ESPN has announced the FA Cup semi-final that it will broadcast exclusively live - on-air from 4.15pm - on Saturday April 13, as Championship Millwall take on Barclays Premier League side Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium.

This season, Wigan have produced their best ever performance in the FA Cup, reaching the semi-finals for the first time. They began the competition in January being held at home to League 1 side Bournemouth in the third round, winning the replay 1-0.

The Latics have since negotiated tricky ties away to Macclesfield and Huddersfield, before going on to pull off a shock of their own, scoring three goals in as many first half minutes to knock out Everton at the sixth round stage.

Wigan's impressive FA Cup run comes as they struggle to climb away from the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League. Roberto Martinez will be hoping to avoid joining the small group of teams like Middlesbrough and Birmingham who found good FA Cup runs have coincided with relegation from the top flight.

Wigan's opponents Millwall will be playing in their fifth FA Cup semi-final, their only victory in this stage of the competition coming in 2004, when they beat Sunderland 1-0 to progress to the final against Manchester United.

This season the Lions began by knocking out Preston before going on to eliminate Premier League strugglers Aston Villa and overcoming non-league Luton 3-0 in the fifth round. Kenny Jackett's men needed a replay to get past Championship rivals Blackburn in the sixth round, with veteran central defender Danny Shittu scoring his second goal in this season's competition to earn Millwall a 1-0 victory and a trip to Wembley.

Simon Potter, head of programming and production, ESPN EMEA, said: "Both teams truly deserve their place at Wembley, having both caused shock results on the way and providing surprises and entertainment for fans. The FA Cup semi-finals are one of the biggest occasions in the sporting calendar and has a special place in the hearts of football fans everywhere."

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