Manchester City capped off a memorable week by booking its place in the FA Cup final for the second time in three seasons.
City, which defeated fierce rival Manchester United at Old Trafford last Monday, claimed a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley Sunday to set up a final tie with Wigan Athletic.
City last won the country's oldest and most prestigious cup competition back in 2011 when it defeated Stoke 1-0.
On this occasion, Samir Nasri's first half strike and Sergio Aguero's looping header secured victory for Roberto Mancini's men in a thrilling contest against last season's European Champions League winners.
Demba Ba's spectacular 66th minute strike had given Chelsea a sniff of a comeback and manager Rafael Benitez was left seething after claiming his side was denied a clear penalty.
The Blues looked set to equalize when Fernando Torres raced through only to appear to be wrestled to the ground by City captain Vincent Kompany -- but the officials decided against awarding a spot kick.
"Was it a penalty? Yes clearly. Very clearly," Benitez told ITV.
"The penalty not being given was a key moment in the game as Vincent Kompany could also have been sent off.
"You can see the pictures. We have two situations like that in the second half.
"We played against a very good team, if they had scored another the game would have been over.
"But we keep going and we had chances to be back in the game so these decisions were very important."
Chelsea, which defeated Liverpool in last year's final, was second best for much of the contest and trailed at the break through Nasri's close range finish.
Aguero's effort two minutes after interval increased City's lead before Ba's acrobatic effort ensured a frantic finale.
"It was a difficult game," Mancini told ITV."The players did well to win this game, fighting for every ball until the last second.
"In the first half we had everything under control. When Demba Ba scored, it caused us a problem for 10 minutes.
"When we won the FA Cup against Stoke, it was a difficult game, and I expect the same against Wigan.
"But now we have to win the final and finish second in the championship that is our target."
Chelsea's hope of winning a trophy now rests on the Europa League where it faces a semifinal against Swiss side Basel.
"I am really disappointed with the result. When we played with Fernando Torres, the team had more energy," Benitez told reporters.
"If you see the performance in the second-half, the players will know they can do well in the rest of the season. You could see we had energy, quality and desire."
While City was celebrating at Wembley, its arch rival Manchester United was also reflecting on success after claiming a 2-0 win at Stoke -- a win which takes it 15 points clear at the summit of the Premier League.
Robin van Persie's first goal in 10 games and Michael Carrick's opener allowed United to pick up all three points at struggling Stoke.
And manager Alex Ferguson was delighted to see his star striker finally get back amongst the goals -- even if he was almost sent flying by the subsequent celebration.
"He nearly killed me! He forgets I'm 71," Ferguson joked.
"It was a great celebration as it brought the emotion of the players and the fans together. We really did celebrate that."