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Manchester City vs Watford at Wembley Stadium

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Wembley Stadium Referee : Kevin Friend
18th May 2019 5:00 PM (BST)
  • 6 Manchester City

    • ‘26' David Silva
    • ‘38' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘61' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘68' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘81' Raheem Sterling
    • ‘87' Raheem Sterling
  • 0 Watford

#mancity

Commentary By Caroline Oatway

20:57

A fitting finale ๐Ÿ’™

Well, ladies and gents, there we have it... the final game of 2018/19 - and what a way to conclude a truly phenomenal season: with a 6-0 triumph at Wembley Stadium to lift the FA Cup. 

Manchester City: Premier League Champions, FA Cup winners, FA Women's Cup winners, Carabao Cup winners, Continental Cup winners, Community Shield winners, Under-18 Premier League Cup Winners...

DRINK IT IN.

It's been a pleasure and a privilege to have covered this sensational campaign, sharing the journey with you - the best fans in the land and all the world.

Have a wonderful summer (I'm sure you will!)

See you next season!

We Won It Together.

19:17

Pep Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

 "It was an incredible Final for us and we have finished an incredible year.

"To all the people at the club a big congratulations, especially the players because they are the reason why we have won these titles."

(On Ederson's key first-half save): "In the final these kind of things make the difference.

"Ederson saved us at a key point at the beginning of the game, because 1-0 would have been really difficult for us."

19:13

Kevin De Bruyne ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It's incredible, the season we've had. To end it this was - with a great game and six goals for the fans - is unbelievable.

"We're part of history now. We tried to achieve the best possible outcome and it's been a great season for us.

"The fans have been incredible. They've been there all the time.

"No matter what people say, we've won trophies playing the best football possible.

"Now, we'll rest over the summer and go again next year."

19:09

Champagne Supernova ๐Ÿพ

It's time for everyone to be doused in bubbly, as the fireworks and streamers are unleashed and the players celebrate with the fans.

'Blue Moon' blasts from the speakers and it's well and truly party time.

19:06

In other news (a sidenote!)... Raheem Sterling has been officially awarded City's second goal! Which means...

19:05

YYYYEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!

'Hey Jude' rings around Wembley Stadium, as Vincent Kompany hoists the trophy aloft, to an almighty roar from the City faithful.

19:03

The long walk

It's time for the moment we've all been waiting for...

City stride up the steps to the Royal Box, where we'll collect our winners' medals and lift the FA Cup for the sixth time in our history.

So many unforgettable moments in that exact spot and Vincent Kompany is about to lift another trophy in sky blue.

It NEVER gets tiresome.

19:01

Raheem Sterling ๐Ÿ’ฌ

(On whether he scored the first goal): "I don't have a scooby-doo!

"The boys did brilliant. My goals added to the win. It was brilliant from everyone.

"I grew up here and saw this stadium get built. It's a massive dream come true to win trophies here.

"It shows what the manager is building here. He said we needed to get the mentality right and we did that and did it exceptionally well.

"It's been a long season with the World Cup as well but everyone has been on their A-game and come through."

19:01

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Watford receive a standing ovation from both sets of fans, as the Hornets step forward to receive their runners-up medals.

Their run to the Final has been thoroughly enjoyed and their fans have savoured both days out at Wembley, regardless of today's result.

18:59

Vincent Kompany ๐Ÿ’™

 "As soon as we scored the two goals, it opened up the game for us and we were able to make more chances.

"It wasn't as easy as the score makes it look. But what a season, what a tremendous club.

"It started with the manager, he sets the standard at the start of the season and said we had to go back to back.

"It's the best team in the world for me. To set such a high standard for so long - not just for one year but two years running now. What a club, what a privilege."

18:57

How times change!

What a sight. The City players and staff are celebrating in front of the jubilant City fans, who are belting out that iconic Inspiral Carpets anthem, which for so many years was reworded to taunt us for our lack of success.

Well, THIS IS HOW IT FEELS TO BE CITY.

18:53

๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have just won the FA Cup Final 6-0 - SIX NIL - to clinch our FOURTH piece of English silverware of the season.

ALL FOUR TROPHIES.

I can't even say it's what dreams are made of because even in my wildest dreams, I would have NEVER predicted this.

90'

Wembley wonders

It isn't often I'm rendered speechless but this is just amazing.

City are 6-0 up at Wembley in the FA Cup Final.

(I did have a little nap earlier... Am I still dreaming?)

81'

Incredible support

The Watford fans are on their feet, waving their yellow and red flags, chanting.

Their show of loyalty is greeted with a round of applause from the City faithful.

Trailing 5-0 and still singing, fair play.

81'

EMPHATIC.

Brilliant from Bernardo once again,as he tricks his way to the by-line before driving a cross to the far post, where Sterling awaits to pounce, smashing home the FIFTH of the evening.

Absolutely phenomenal.

75'

Sensational

City have been absolutely merciless in this second half.

Watford's desperation to push forward has played into our hands somewhat, leaving acres of space for us to attack, but we've taken no prisoners.

Credit to the Hornets fans, who are still singing away. Can't fault their side's efforts.

We have just been a cut above since the opener.

68'

Incredible scenes!!!

KDB returns the earlier favour, sliding in Gabriel Jesus, who's in acres of space.

He bears down on goal, waitsfor his moment and coolly slides the ball under Gomes and into the back of the net!

DREAMLAND.

62'

COOL AS YOU LIKE!!!

Incredible composure from the Belgian, who - don't forget - has jut come on!

Gabriel Jesus does well to launch the counter, winning a header a the third attempt on the halfway line. He finds Sterling, who returns the ball back to him.

Unselfishly, the Brazilian looks up, sees De Bruyne in space and the Belgian collects, rounds the 'keeper and (eventually!) slides home!

53'

Danger

As expected, Watford are rallying, following their half-time team talk, desperate to get back into the game.

They're making strides into the final third but failing to pull the trigger at the key moment.

(Not tempting fate or anything!)

HT

Silva service ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Bernardo Silva once again influential, providing the clipped delivery for the second and winning the ball back with the help of Riyad Mahrez in a dangerous area for the opener. What a player.

HT

Analysis ๐Ÿค”

What a half... Certainly not as comfortable as the scoreline may suggest.

City enjoyed the lions' share of early possession without creating any real chances of note, while Watford grew into the game.

The Hornets spurned the first chance of the game, as Ederson flew out to thwart Pereyra brilliantly before Kevin Friend waved away a penalty appeal for handball against Vincent Kompany.

Heeding the warnings, City responded, opening the scoring with some David Silva magic.

The Hornets were stung and the Champions took control, seeking and finding a second with a well-worked move, finished off by Gabriel Jesus (before Raheem Sterling!)

Our attacking quality has shone through, proving to be the difference between the two sides at the break.

Worth remembering, however, that Watford came from 2-0 down in the semi-final to win 3-2...

HT

HALF-TIME

Phew! City lead 2-0 at the break, thanks to goals from David Silva and Gabriel Jesus!

City are 45 minutes away from securing all FOUR English trophies...

Remarkable.

41'

OPEN SESAME!!!

We knocked on the door and it opened!!!

Bernardo floats in a delightful ball to the far post, where Gab J awaited. All it needed was the tiniest bit of contact to tap it over the line.

Sterling made sure anyway - half a yard out right in the centre! - but the ball had already crossed the line and the Brazilian continues his excellent cup run.

37'

Smelling blood

Buoyed by the opener, City go in search of a second. We've dominated the past few minutes, trying to get the ball in the box. A succession of corners have proven fruitless but we're knocking on the door.

Need to starting creating clear-cut chances.

30'

Phew!

Well, that's settled the nerves. City ruthless in punishing Watford for that earlier missed chance.

Couldn't have come at a better time as well, with Watford and their fans riled following the penalty claim.

That silenced them and put City in control.

28'

GET IN THERE!!!

First blood to the Champions!

Fantastic work in the middle to win the ball back and City counter. There's pinball in the box but the ball eventually bounces into Silva's path and he holds off his defender before driving home on the half volley!

A question of offside but replays proved he wasn't and City lead at Wembley!!!

Open
23'

Feisty!

The temperature has risen a few notches, as Watford appeal desperately for a penalty.

Laporte had done brilliantly to slide in and thwart a surely certain goal before Doucoure smashed goalward - into Kompany's arm.

Close call. Seen them given... but Kevin Friend was disinterested and cautions Doucoure for dissent.

18'

Sting your heart out (Sorry...)

The Hornets fans are in fine voice, encouraged by that Pereyra chance, urging their side on in every counter-attack and trying to deter City on our ventures forward.

They're not happy with the officials though, having felt they were denied advantage play a few moments ago, as the ball was pulled back for a Laporte challenge on the centre circle. They were probably not wrong.

Their influence could prove key as the game wears on.

16'

Postmen

City curling plenty of crosses into the box this evening, highlighting the aerial threat of Gabriel Jesus. Mahrez has seen plenty of the ball in the opening exchanges with most of our attacking play coming through the left flank.

Open
11'

WOAH!

Ederson with a BIG save to deny Pereyra, who found himself cleanm through between the two central defenders.

The Brazilian raced out and made himself big to make the save.

8'

Argh!

Inches away! The ball is clipped into the near post by Bernardo. Gabriel Jesus is lurking and stretches but just can't quite reach the delivery to divert goalwards and Cathcart hacks away.

6'

Head down

This is a weird experience for me - my seat in the press box is in the middle of the Watford fans. I'm surrounded by Hornets!

They're enjoying their day at Wembley, needless to say.

4'

Lively

Fast-paced opening to this one with both sides looking to venture forward quickly at every opportunity.

City kicking from left to right (from the Tunnel), sporting our traditional sky blue and white. Watford in their yellow and black.

2'

Cleared

It comes to nothing - headed away - but a bright start from the Champions, as we looked to gain an early advantage as we did in the semi-final and settle the nerves.

16:54

HERE WE GO! ๐Ÿคฉ

Wembley Stadium erupts to a crescendo of noise, as the two teams enter the pitch.

Fireworks bang, streamers fly and the two sets of fans unleash an almighty roar.

What an atmosphere!

16:52

Legends ๐Ÿ‘

Tony Book and Luther Blissett are now invited onto the pitch to hoist the FA Cup onto its podium.

Book of course, a City hero, who captained the Blues to the trophy back in 1969.

16:50

Iconic ๐Ÿ™Œ

Ohhhh, it's time for a rendition of 'Abide With Me' - an FA Cup Final tradition, sung by a choir and duly belted out by the City and Watford faithful.

This really does make the hairs stand up on your neck.

16:46

Tuneeeeeeee ๐Ÿ‘Œ

From Oasis to the Arctic Monkeys. It's like listening to my iPod... or recalling many an enjoyable night in 42s Nightclub.

(If you know...)

16:44

Playlist goals ๐ŸŽต

The pre-match music here at Wembley comes courtesy of an Annie Mac DJ set.

Some absolute tunes to get us pumped for kick-off. Loving it.

'Wonderwall' is currently being blared out, bringing back amazing memories of last weekend!

16:38

Spine-tingling ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

As both sets of fans take to their seats, Wembley is split into two seas of sky blue and yellow.

Flags are flying, hands are clapping and the excitement is reaching fever pitch.

Just over 20 minutes to go...

16:28

Colin Bell ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œIt would be brilliant if we could lift the FA Cup this year.

โ€œIt couldnโ€™t have worked out better if it works out that way that 50 years down the line, we lift the FA Cup again.

โ€œWhat a fantastic way to celebrate that would be - and the way we have been playing this season you wouldnโ€™t bet against them too.

โ€œIn the past, when Iโ€™ve been going to our home games, no matter who we were playing I was never comfortable until the 90th minute what the result was going to be.

โ€œBut this season, after the first half dozen games or so, given the way we shaped up I was genuinely confident we were capable of beating anybody.

โ€œThe players are so happy, and the manager is doing such a wonderful job. And to win the FA Cup would be such a wonderful way to end the season.โ€

16:22

Pep Guardiola on Watford ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"They have quality in front with Roberto Pereyra, Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu; with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue - especially Doucoure - and the way they turn up late into the 18-yard-box.

"They handle the defensive side well and with the set-pieces they have, they have Jose Holebas, who is an incredible set-piece taker."

16:19
16:14

One change ๐Ÿ”„

Gab J takes the place of Sergio Aguero, as Pep Guardiola makes just one change to the side that triumphed 4-1 at Brighton last weekend to clinch the Premier League title.

Riyad Mahrez retains his place, following his super strike on the south coast, while Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane are named on the bench.

Fernandinho misses out, having not recovered in time from the knee injury suffered in the Manchester Derby.

16:09

Ton up for Gab J ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Gabriel Jesus, who netted the winner in the semi-final triumph over Brighton, will make his 100th appearance for City in all competitions this evening.

15:58
15:42

Dangermen? ๐Ÿ

Gerard Deulofeu is Watfordโ€™s highest scorer in all competitions this season with 12 goals - nine of which have come in his last 13 games.

The Spaniard scored Watfordโ€™s winner in their semi-final victory against Wolves, becoming the seventh player to score a brace in an FA Cup semi-final and the first since Willian for Chelsea in April 2017 (v Spurs). 

Meanwhile, Troy Deeney has scored in both of his FA Cup semi-final appearances โ€“ previously doing so against Crystal Palace in April 2016.

Watford have won 19 games in all competitions this season - their most as a top-flight club in a single campaign since 1986-87 (23). 
15:33

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Sergio Aguero has been involved in 12 goals in just seven appearances against Watford in all competitions (10 goals, 2 assists), including two hat-tricks โ€“ one of which was in a 4-2 FA Cup win in January 2014.

Kun has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season โ€“ only in 2016-17 (33) had he scored more in a single campaign for City.

Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Aguero has scored 18 FA Cup goals โ€“ three more than any other player. The Argentine has scored in every round heโ€™s played in barring the Final, having failed to score in the 2013 final against Wigan.

15:18

An FA Cup double? ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

Victory today could of course secure our second FA Cup triumph in a matter of weeks, after our women's team lifted the FA Women's Cup for the second time with a 3-0 win over West Ham on 4 May.

15:14

Up for the Cup! ๐Ÿ† (You knew that was coming!)

Gabriel Jesus has scored 12 goals in 15 appearances in cup competition this season (FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League).

14:47

Vincent Kompany ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It's not about adding that achievement to my CV - I don't care about my CV.

"I know this team and they are like a pack of lions. When this team is hungry, they are such a special team.

"I'm going to do everything I can to put a bit of blood in that water, so this team gets even hungrier.

"We're a big team and there's no denying this. I'm so eager to play the FA Cup final. I'm so motivated."

14:45

Did you know...? ๐Ÿค”

Today's game marks City's 11th FA Cup Final - but first since 2013 (the less said about that game, the better!)

Pep Guardiola's men have become the ninth different team to have reached both major English Cup Finals within the same season, meaning the Catalan boss has become the first manager to have achieved the feat since Kenny Dalglish with Liverpool in the 2011-12 campaign.

City are unbeaten in our last six games at Wembley in all competitions (W5 D1), conceding just one goal in those matches.

14:37

Early team news ๐Ÿ—’

City will be without Benjamin Mendy this evening, but Fernandinho may be available.

The Brazilian midfielder has been back in training ahead of the Wembley showpiece, but Mendy, who has suffered a setback since recovering from a knee injury, has been ruled out by Pep Guardiola.

โ€œBenjamin Mendy has not been selected because heโ€™s not fit,โ€ said the City boss, addressing the media in his pre-match press conference.

โ€œHe will be ready next season, but he is not available for the final.

โ€œFernandinho trained on Friday and Thursday.โ€

14:28

Wembley, Wembley! ๐ŸŽต

A very good afternoon from Wembley Stadium.

Your City media team are in position for the final time in 2018/19, eagerly awaiting this evening's FA Cup Final.

The anticipation is building nicely around the ground, as we continue the countdown to kick-off. How are you feeling ahead of the game?

Personally, I'm absolutely buzzing. There's nothing quite like the FA Cup, is there? Clichรฉ as it is, there is just a kind of magic about it and looking out onto the pitch, recalling all the amazing memories we've made here, it just gives you goosebumps...

10:49

More from Pep...

"They (Watford) have huge talent up front, many physical players, good on set-pieces and this is a final, we know what can happen. We believe a lot in ourselves and we will have to find the antidote to beat them."

10:48

Pep's early thoughts...

"If we win, the season is extraordinary. If we don't I think it's (still) extraordinary.

"Watford and Wolves are the best teams outside of the top six. Javi Gracia is an experienced manager from working in other countries and I think he is an excellent guy, an excellent manager and knows exactly what to do.

10:38

First footing...

Something's got to give this afternoon.

Either we get first-time winners (for only the second time in the last 31 years), or a men's English domestic quadruple completed for the first time EVER.

Hopefully, it's the latter!...

10:29

The lure of history...

Of course, it's already been a magical season for City what with the Premier League and Carabao Cup both retained and the Community Shield also secured.

But victory later today would not only set the seal on another extraordinary season but also see Pep Guardiola's side create English history by becoming the first side to lift all four domestic trophies in the same campaign.

Plenty of incentive then!

10:26

Good morning Blues...

Hello Blues.

It's FA Cup final morning and the excitement is already building as we gear up for this evening's eagerly-awaited Wembley clash with Watford.

Everyone feeling excited?