Manchester City won a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup. With this match, City settled in their rhythm and rested on Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, with greater testing ahead.
They are now set to play a semi-final clash with Arsenal. They’ll face Arsenal on July 18-19 as Guardiola’s men look for a last-four spot in the bag to retain their title.
Earlier in the week, Pep Guardiola had announced that he had kept one eye on the quarter-final tie.
The Catalan was true to his word, arguably putting up his strongest line-up, while Claudio Bravo replaced Ederson in goal.
This line-up ensured that City dominated the match, with the players in the mood of playing their best game.
Although Guardiola should have been pleased with their build-up play, the consistency finish was incredibly low.
Raheem Sterling hit the goal with a powerful attempt, and Riyad Mahrez came close twice. But both players’ efforts were in vain.
Meanwhile, Newcastle had to to sit back and let them down. Their hard work was ruined by a moment of folly.
Having spent so much time fighting for their lives, in the 37th minutes, Newcastle’s Javi Manquillo pushed a player. De Bruyne aimed a cross for Gabriel Jesus but, after a push from Manquillo the Brazilian found himself on the ground.
The incident went unnoticed by Referee Lee Mason but a word from VAR official Andre Marriner helped him make the decision.
So, De Bruyne took control of the spot-kick and made no error, slotting in the corner and sending Karl Darlow the wrong way.
After this 0-1 score, City couldn’t have done more to deserve their lead till the break.
Naturally, in the second half, Newcastle knew they had to change their shape or face another assault. Steve Bruce’s side moved the pitch up and started to cause some problems to City.
Meanwhile, the visitors missed more golden opportunities. Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus had the chance to make their lives more pleasant, but nothing came of it.
Then came the moment which changed the game. Allan Saint-Maximin, the brightest player in Newcastle, raced to the right and delivered a pinpoint cross for Dwight Gayle’s replacement. With the goal at his mercy and just six yards out, the striker lifted from six yards out somehow and Newcastle’s chance was gone with it.
City retaliated by doubling their lead to 0-2 within 90 seconds.
Aymeric Laporte shot at Phil Foden and found Sterling who was cutting inside and bending his effort from 20 yards into the far corner.
So, in a match with many misses, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling’s goals decided the game in favour of City.
Newcastle United – Manchester City (0:2):
Goals: 0-1 De Bruyne 37′, 0-2 Sterling 68′
Yellow cards: Carroll 61′, Joelinton 90+2′
Man City: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Silva, Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus
Newcastle: Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose, Saint-Maximin, Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Almiron, Carroll