Man City dispatch Newcastle to reach FA Cup semis

Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a comfortable victory over a jaded and disappointing Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s side remain in contention to repeat last season’s historic Treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, and were barely troubled on a rain-lashed night in Manchester.

They are the first side in FA Cup history to reach six successive FA Cup semi-finals, and have reached the last four in seven of Guardiola’s eight campaigns in charge.

City were in control with a two-goal lead by the break on Saturday, and although both goals had an element of good fortune, they reflected a half in which the holders were dominant with 75% possession.

First, Bernardo Silva’s shot was deflected up and over Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka by Dan Burn’s outstretched leg after 13 minutes, then the Portuguese’s effort went in via the head of defender Sven Botman just after the half hour.

Newcastle’s best chance came when Alexander Isak’s first-half shot was saved by keeper Stefan Ortega.

But it was an otherwise stress-free night for City as they head to Wembley once more, while Eddie Howe must now try to ensure what has been a season of under-achievement does not fizzle out into a timid conclusion.

Easy night for Man City

Pep Guardiola’s desire to win another FA Cup was illustrated by the strength of his starting line-up. They delivered the desired outcome, and City can now contemplate another Wembley semi-final after a night when their main discomfort was the horrendous weather, with the match being played out in a torrential downpour.

City were not at their sparkling best in difficult conditions – but they did not need to be, or indeed have to be anywhere near top gear to dispose of Newcastle. They simply never needed to extend themselves in the face of Newcastle’s timid challenge.

Bernardo Silva was City’s match-winner, although he was strongly assisted by those two crucial deflections to effectively put the game to bed by half-time.

City could have extended their advantage while playing well within themselves, with Jeremy Doku having a shot saved by Dubravka. The prolific Erling Haaland had a rare night when the ball did not run for him, although his tireless efforts earned him a standing ovation when he was substituted late on.

Guardiola will now hope City’s players come through the international break unscathed before the return to domestic action in the colossal meeting with Premier League leaders Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on 31 March.

Newcastle on the slide

Newcastle’s defeat meant even the optimism engendered by a Wembley appearance in an FA Cup semi-final is beyond them in a season that is rapidly becoming a serious anti-climax.

There are mitigating circumstances with the scale of the injuries Howe is currently dealing with, as influential figures such as Kieran Trippier and Joelinton remain sidelined, along with keeper Nick Pope, Callum Wilson and the suspended Sandro Tonali. Defender Tino Livramento was another late withdrawal through injury.

For all this, it was a tame Newcastle performance that carried few signs of self-belief or conviction that they might be able to make a game of it once City established a stranglehold.

Isak missed that big first-half chance but the second half was a formality, almost played out in the manner of a testimonial as Newcastle accepted their fate and City played in a way that conserved their energies.

Newcastle currently lie in 10th place in the Premier League, still with an outside chance of securing European football next season, but they will have to perform a lot better than this.

They are on a downward trajectory and, in their current predicament, memories of the early excitement on Tyneside of this season’s Champions League campaign seem an age away.

Player of the match

Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva

with an average of 7.93

Manchester City

  1. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  2. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  3. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  4. Squad number11Player nameDoku
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  5. Squad number25Player nameAkanji
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  6. Squad number18Player nameOrtega
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  7. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
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  8. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  9. Squad number52Player nameBobb
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  10. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez
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  11. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  12. Squad number24Player nameGvardiol
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  13. Squad number9Player nameHaaland
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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

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  2. Squad number67Player nameMiley

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  3. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

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  4. Squad number20Player nameHall

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  5. Squad number32Player nameAnderson

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  6. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

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  7. Squad number14Player nameIsak

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  8. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

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  9. Squad number10Player nameGordon

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  10. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

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  11. Squad number5Player nameSchär

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  12. Squad number28Player nameWillock

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  13. Squad number4Player nameBotman

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  14. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

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  15. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

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  16. Squad number33Player nameBurn

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Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 18Ortega
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 25Akanji
  • 24Gvardiol
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Kovacic
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 47Foden
  • 11DokuSubstituted forBobbat 77′minutes
  • 9HaalandSubstituted forÁlvarezat 87′minutes


  • 5Stones
  • 6Aké
  • 10Grealish
  • 19Álvarez
  • 21Gómez
  • 27Nunes
  • 33Carson
  • 52Bobb
  • 82Lewis


Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 23Murphy
  • 6LascellesBooked at 28mins
  • 5SchärBooked at 18mins
  • 4BotmanSubstituted forKrafthat 83′minutes
  • 33BurnSubstituted forHallat 62′minutes
  • 36S LongstaffSubstituted forMileyat 62′minutes
  • 39Bruno Guimarães
  • 28WillockSubstituted forAndersonat 62′minutes
  • 10GordonSubstituted forAlmirónat 62′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Isak


  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 13Targett
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Karius
  • 20Hall
  • 24Almirón
  • 32Anderson
  • 67Miley

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Match ends, Manchester City 2, Newcastle United 0.

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