Manchester City held their ground in the English Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. Like the other Premier League cadors still in the running, the Eastlands did not fail in their homework by winning on Newcastle United. Two goals, one per half, helped Riyad Mahrez and his teammates keep hope for a hat-trick (Cup – League Cup – C1).
The Magpies hung on at the start, thinking they could extend the suspense as far as possible. But much of their hope was dashed in the 37th minute when Fabian Schar committed the irreparable in the box. Like his compatriot Timm Klose, the previous day at Norwich – United, the Swiss defender caused a penalty. Kevin De Bruyne, on his birthday, did so and opened the scoring in favor of his own.
Manchester City never shook
City could have doubled their lead before the break if Aymeric Laporte's 45th header had found the frame. After half-time, Riyad Mahrez also missed an interesting opportunity, with a slightly unscrewed shot (53). Finally, it was Raheem Sterling who had the honor of ensuring the break. In the 68th minute, and on an action quickly taken from one end to the other of the field, the English winger distinguished himself by placing an unstoppable cross shot from outside the area. It could only hit the bull's eye.
Despite a great opportunity from Phil Foden (76th), the score has not changed in this part. Logically and without ever really shaking, City emerged victorious in this quarter-final of the Cup (2-0).
To access the final for the second year in a row, City will have to throw Arsenal out of its way. This promises a great reunion between Pep Guardiola and his former assistant Mikel Arteta. The other half will face Man United at Chelsea, a remake of the 2018 final.