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Manchester City vs Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium

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Wembley Stadium Referee : Anthony Taylor
6th April 2019 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘4' Gabriel Jesus
  • 0 Brighton and Hove Albion

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

20:34

Signing off...

Well, that's your lot from me!

A pleasure as always to report to you live from Wembley.

See you again on Tuesday night for our mouth-watering Champions League clash with Spurs.

Until then, check out more reaction from today's semi-final win on mancity.com.

The highlights of today's game will go live from midnight!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

19:50

Guardiola πŸ’¬

(On Walker's yellow card): "I didn't see it. When I see it on TV, I will tell you."

(On Sterling's ticket giveaway): "It's an incredible gesture from him and from City."

19:49

Guardiola (on the Quadruple) πŸ’¬

"In my opinion: no-one has done it before so why does anyone think we can do it? It's almost impossible.

"The important thing is that we have won the two titles from the beginning. We did it.

"I first have to live (winning the FA Cup) before I can tell you how it will feel for me personally!

"I don't know what condition we will arrive to the Final in but we are happy to be there."

19:46

Pep Guardiola πŸ’¬

"We conceded just one dangerous situation. We are in the Final.

"We have won two titles this season and we are second in the Premier League.

"We are there. We will start the race for the Champions League.

"We are going to try."

19:32

Sterling (on handing out free tickets) πŸ’¬

"It was something I wanted to do, having grown up in Wembley.

"Sometimes, when there was a game on, I could only watch it on TV - I was never able to step foot into the stadium until I was given a free ticket to the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and United.

"There are lots of kids, who are not able to get the opportunity to come, even though they live only five minutes away.

"That's the most important thing - to allow them to experience a day like today."

19:29

Raheem Sterling πŸ’¬

"Brighton played brilliantly. They caused us problems with set-pieces and stayed in the game for a long period.

"We showed the spirit we have to hold on. It was a difficult game but we got through it.

"There are some huge games to come. We'll look forward to the next one on Tuesday and focus solely on that."

19:23

YYYEEEESSSSS!!!!

Phewwwwwwwwwww!!!

Pep Guardiola's men are through with a hard-earned 1-0 win over Brighton, thanks to Gabriel Jesus' early strike after 193 seconds!

Wasn't all plain sailing by any stretch - and far less comfortable than we'd have liked - but we're through!!!

Open
92'

A chance to finish it!

Brighton press with a free-kick at one end and City break at the other!

The ball is clipped to Sterling, who volleys - but it's too tame - and Ryan saves!

89'

Nervy moments!

Brighton appeal for a penalty as Knockaert goes to ground, attempting to control a long ball.

Nothing given and in truth, he looked to have handled it anyway.

Out for a goal kick.

Open
86'

Ederson saves!

Izquierdo looks to make an impact from the bench, curling towards the top corner... but Ederson watches it all the way and collects.

85'

Heart-in-mouth moment!

Argh! Ederson's casual lay-off to Otamendi is unusually short and Andone wades in to try and dispossess the Argentine.

He was too aggressive in his challenge though and City are awarded a free-kick. Fortunate!

Open
79'

Close!

Sterling with the strike... it's blocked and bounces out for a corner.

Much better from City in recent minutes. We're pushing for a second.

73'

On a knife edge

You can feel the nerves from both sets of fans.

City still have the advantage but it's a slender one...

And we've not looked like doubling our lead really...

52'

Set-piece dangers

Brighton have started this half the better team, it must be said.

They're attacking towards their own fans now and are encouraged by a series of set-pieces in this stop-start second half.

HT

Stat City

City have become the first side to score at least 20 times within a single FA Cup campaign since Chelsea back in 2011-12.

It's the first time we have achieved the feat since 1980-81.

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Analysis

A pleasing opening 45 minutes.

City flew out of the blocks, gaining that early goal to settle the nerves and spoil Brighton's gameplan, and we've looked comfortable since.

Brighton looked more threatening after the half-hour mark but Ederson hasn't had a save to make as yet.

Other main talking point was Walker's heated moment but the referee (aided by VAR) decided a yellow card was satisfactory.

Definitely need another goal. As we know, anything can happen in the FA Cup - it only takes one set piece, one mistake, one wonder strike...

Open
40'

Close!

Knockaert fires goalward, looking to catch Ederson out at his near post, but his strike is just wide of the target.

Think our Brazilian shot-stopper would have had it covered - had it been on target.

Open
34'

Trouble!

Walker and Jahanbakhsh both go into the book, having gone nose-to-nose after Walker reacted badly to being pushed, as the Brighton man chased down possession on the by-line.

VAR was called into action but correctly, no red card was awarded.

30'

Disappointing

It's clipped towards the penalty spot and is headed away.

Otamendi looks to chip the ball back to the far post. Again, it's cleared.

Open
21'

Half-chance

Brighton's first sight of goal sees Propper (mint Manc name, that) drill towards the far post but his effort bounces comfortably wide.

10'

On top

Brighton look shellshocked - they're rattled. The referee has had to have a word to calm them down.

City on the other hand, are calmness personified.

5'

Incredible!

Rewarded for our lightning start with a goal of real quality. Brighton just couldn't defend that ball from De Bruyne - but Gabriel Jesus knew exactly what was coming and was alert.

The start we dreamed of.

4'

WHAT A START!!!

IT'S BEEN COMING!!!

What a beautiful goal!

De Bruyne with the pinpoint, low delivery... and Gabriel Jesus stoops to head home!

GET IN THERE!!!

2'

Bright start

City on the attack from the off, forcing an early corner.

Although we're classed as the 'home team' today, Pep Guardiola's men are sporting our striped away kit, with Brighton in their traditional blue and white stripes.

The corner is cleared away.

1'

Bright start

City on the attack from the off, forcing an early corner.

Although we're classed as the 'home team' today, Pep Guardiola's men are sporting our striped away kit, with Brighton in their traditional blue and white stripes.

The corner is cleared away.

17:27

Here we go!

The flags are flying, the noise is deafening... and out come the two teams.

Wembley is a sea of Blue - sky and royal - and excitement fills the air.

16:48

Lucky 13?

City have progressed from ten of our previous 13 FA Cup semi-final appearances, including eight of the last nine, and have never lost back-to-back semi-finals in the competition.

A good omen? Let's hope so...

16:41

Having fallen in love with football in August 1999, I had to wait for quite a while before my first trip to Wembley... but what a trip it was!

16:24

History makers?

Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez are looking to become the first City players to score in two separate games at Wembley Stadium within the same season since Yaya Toure scored in both the 2010-11 FA Cup semi-final and Final.

Happy memories!

16:08

Predict the XI

So, we know that Sergio Aguero travelled but that Oleks Zinchenko will not feature...

Who makes your starting XI for today's game? How many changes will be made from Wednesday night's win over Cardiff?

We've a huge week ahead and like Pep Guardiola often states, we'll need EVERYONE to be ready and raring to go when called upon.

Who will that be at Wembley today?

15:53

The view from the opposition...

Chris Hughton: "I think it's foolish to go toe to toe. I'm certainly not embarrassed to say that you have to be able to try and contain them.

"They have too many options if you feel that you can take the game to them. They have so many strategies that can open you up.

"The last thing you need is to go into a game like this and you're very quickly out of the game."

15:50

Numbers game...

City are on a run of 21 wins in 22 matches, including our penalty shootout victory in the Carabao Cup final.

Five-time FA Cup winners, we have won 10 of our previous 13 semi-finals in the competition, including eight of the past nine.

15:48

Stat attack...

City have won all three Premier League encounters with the Seagulls by an aggregate score of 7-1. We have only lost once to Brighton in 11 meetings (excluding a penalty shootout) since the south coast side knocked us out of the FA Cup in 1983.

15:32

Semi conscious

It feels like every game takes on huge significance for us now but with the lure of an FA Cup final place at stake, there's so much riding on this afternoon's game at Wembley.

15:30

A very good afternoon...

The sun's beating down, the Easter holidays are looming and City have the small matter of a huge FA Cup semi-final against Brighton to look forward to.

Everyone feeling excited?

10:16

Assist King πŸ‘‘

Ilkay Gundogan has four FA Cup assists this season - more than any other player in the tournament!

They all came against Rotherham in the third round, as Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane benefitted from Gundogan's pinpoint deliveries.

10:13

Pep Guardiola πŸ’¬

β€œWhen I was young in Catalonia you saw the final of FA Cup more than Premier League games.

β€œThe tradition, the fans, the managers. I cannot deny how nice it would be for me personally.

β€œThe club has won it five times and we want another one, so we will try.”

10:11

Team news πŸ‘€

Sergio Aguero is in contention to play at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola says the Argentine, who came off in discomfort 12 minutes into the second half of last weekend’s win at Fulham, is close to full fitness and has travelled with the rest of the squad.

One player who definitely won’t be involved is Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Ukrainian limped off with an apparent hamstring problem midway through the first half of the win over Cardiff on Wednesday, and Guardiola says he will be out for 10-12 days.

09:53

Our FA Cup journey so far... πŸ†

πŸ“… 4 games played 

⚽️ 19 goals scored 

πŸ₯… 3 goals conceded

πŸ‘Ÿ 89 shots

πŸ“ˆ 73% possession

🚌 806 miles travelled 

09:49

It's matchday! ⚽

A very good morning!

What a game we have in store this evening... It's cup semi-final day, as City take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium.

There's nothing quite like the magic of the FA Cup and although we have to wait until 5:30pm BST for kick-off, we'll have all the pre-match build-up right here, including match previews, team news and updates from 11am on how our Under-18s are faring against Stoke.

It's another BIG day of football... COME ON, CITY!