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Newcastle United vs Manchester City at St. James' Park

St. James' Park Referee : Lee Mason
28th June 2020 6:30 PM (BST)
  • 0 Newcastle United

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘37' Kevin De Bruyne (Pen)
    • ‘68' Raheem Sterling


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Goodnight ๐Ÿ‘‹

That's all from me, folks.

As ever, hope you've enjoyed the coverage.

On we march to the FA Cup semi-finals, where we'll face Arsenal on either Saturday 18 or Sunday 19 July. (Fixture details to be confirmed on in the coming days).

Have a great week and stay in touch on social media using the #WNRH hashtag.

See you again on Thursday for the Premier League visit of Liverpool.


Pep Guardiola ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"Firstly, we are in the semi-final.

"It was not easy to attack against defenders so deep

"It was a solid performance - we conceded few chances.

"After the defeat to Chelsea, in the Premier League, we struggle a little bit to focus.

"Qualification for the Champions League is not done but it's close - we need two victories.

"Now the FA Cup and Champions League is a little different.

"I'm happy to be back playing at Wembley. We were the winners last season and we're in the semi-final again.

"It's so good and then we can prepare from Real Madrid."


De Bruyne (on playing behind-closed-doors) ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"We try to do the same as what we do during the year

"I know it's weird and it's not something I enjoy but on the other hand,  weโ€™re professionals.

"We have to keep going. We knew after the loss at Chelsea that weโ€™d want to respond in a good way

"I'm happy to be in the semi-final at Wembley and hopefully, weโ€™ll play a good game."


De Bruyne (on playing in a deeper position) ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It doesn't really matter. In my a career, I've played lots of positions.

"The coach asked me to do something different. We can also play with five at the back.

"I just do my job for the team. We have enough good players up front to make the difference.

"It's my job to help the team and get them in good positions."


De Bruyne (on the penalty) ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"We had a few problems this year and the gaffer asked me to step up against Real Madrid.

"I've scored a couple now. If I'm the taker, I'll try.

"There will be a day when I'll miss. You have to take responsibility.

"But it's good."


Kevin De Bruyne ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"We started the game really well - really sharp at the beginning.

"We put them under pressure and we didn't give anything away, apart from one chance in the second half.

"We should have scored more but we played really well and created enough chances to score a lot of goals."


Into the semis... ๐Ÿ†

Get in there!

A fantastic performance by City, who progress thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne penalty and a super strike from Raheem Sterling.

Thoroughly dominant from start to finish - bar a few nervy moments in the second half - but overall, a comprehensive display all round to maintain our defence of the trophy and reach the final four.

Bring on, Arsenal!


So much for 'easy does it'... ๐Ÿ˜…

City instead searching for a third to really kill the game.

Lovely passage of play down the left just then - excellent feet to keep possession and move into the penalty area before the ball was blocked for a corner.


Easy does it ๐Ÿ‘

That Sterling goal seems to have knocked the stuffing out of Newcastle.

City enjoying our best spell of possession this half.

No need to overdo it. Just keep the ball.


Sterling of beauty ๐Ÿค—

That Sterling goal really was a wonderful strike.

Similar to Yaya's curler in *THAT* 2-0 win at St. James' Park in 2012...


A beautiful finish! ๐Ÿ’™

Sterling collects Foden's pass, cuts inside and swerves a gorgeous effort around Darlow and into the far post.

Just what we needed!


Oh my word ๐Ÿ˜ณ

What a miss!

Newcastle should have levelled!

Otamendi gives the ball away sloppily and Saint-Maximin crosses for an unmarked Gayle who somehow blazes over the bar right in the middle of the goal; a matter of yards out.

What a let-off!


Battle ๐Ÿ’ช

As expected, this half has been a much more even affair.

Newcastle (fortunately) are yet to really test Bravo... but they've prevented City from building any lengthy spell of pressure or possession and of course, they are very much still in the game at 1-0...


Super tackle ๐Ÿ‘

Rose with an excellent defensive challenge, it has to be said.

Gabriel Jesus was about to pull the trigger from Mendy's cross but Rose hooked the ball away.


Yellow card ๐Ÿ”ถ

Carroll goes into the book for his third challenge on Laporte.

That one a late tackle, as Laporte played the ball forward.



Laporte and Carroll collide again.

That's been an interesting battle.

Our French defender up on his feet quicker this time, pleasingly.


More of the same ๐Ÿคž

A repeat of the opening half would be lovely... but with just 45 minutes to save their FA Cup campaign, Newcastle - I'm sure - will prove more of a threat this half.

Need to be wary of a rally. I'm sure they'll have Steve Bruce's half-time team talk ringing in their ears.



Manchester United v Chelsea

Arsenal v Newcastle/Manchester City

Ties to be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 18/Sunday 19 July.


Half-way there ๐Ÿ™

So far, so very, very good...

A superb performance from City, who have totally dominated from start to finish.

Wave after wave of attack, chance after chance... we've been so on top, it's scary!

Only criticism is that we're only 1-0 up - the goal bagged by the brilliant birthday boy De Bruyne from the spot, after Gabriel Jesus was floored.

More of the same please in the second half!


Ahhh... ๐Ÿ˜…


We've been so, so dominant but we've all watched City long enough to know possession doesn't win games!

Thoroughly deserved lead. Just need to keep up that intensity.



City have the chance to open the scoring from the spot, as Gabriel Jesus is pushed in the area!

Will go to VAR of course...


Pfft! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Frustrating for Sterling!

De Bruyne whips in a beautiful delivery but Gabriel Jesus (who would have been ruled offside) jumps into its path with Sterling ready to pounce behind... and the ball goes begging!


This is an ONSLAUGHT ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Wave after wave of City attack.

Sterling denied by Darlow again, who pushes away a powerful effort, and the ball whistles across the box.

How are we not ahead?!


Close! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Would have been a lovely team goal as City look to unlock the defence with some intricate, one-touch play into the box. It's just nipped away at the vital second.


Oooh! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Great effort from Mahrez, whose curled effort just clears the far post.

City are so on top here. Relentless!

Need to turn this pressure into a goal though...


Not this time... ๐Ÿ˜‰

De Bruyne goes in search of another St. James' Park worldie but Sean Longstaff blocks well and the ball loops into the arms of Darlow.


Newcastle chance โš 

Bravo called into action for the first time as he stoops to gather Carroll's long-range strike.

Think it took a nick to take the sting out.


Gaining a foothold ๐Ÿฉฐ

City well on top now but the end product is lacking at the moment.

Few shots and crosses poorly executed. Need to be patient.


Blocked! โ›”

Mahrez tries his luck with a curling effort on his left but the effort is well-blocked... as is the rebound.

Mendy then fires one goalward from a narrow angle but it's blazed well wide.



A little scrappy in recent minutes.

City need to regain control.

De Bruyne looks to set an attack with a delightful long ball to Gabriel Jesus, who does well to win a corner...


A warning โš 

Saint-Maximin with an impressive piece of skill in the middle there, dancing away from the City midfield.

He looks in the mood...


Ouch ๐Ÿ˜–

Laporte down receiving treatment for a head injury, following a collision with Carroll.

He's now up on his feet though, thankfully...


Flying start ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Two instant ventures into the Newcastle penalty area, as City come flying out of the blocks.

The Magpies clear though and Otamendi heads over a corner.

(Give me chance to get the kick-off post out, lads!)


A minute's applause ๐Ÿ‘

A moment to thank our amazing NHS staff and key workers.



Here we go ๐Ÿ™Œ

Out come City - first as the away team, sporting our colourful away kit!

Newcastle follow in their traditional black and white.


Danger โš 

Newcastle have scored 11 FA Cup goals this season - more than any other top-flight side prior to the quarter-finals.

Miguel Almiron has scored four goals in his five FA Cup appearances, compared to two in 40 Premier League games.

Should City fall to defeat, we would succumb to our third consecutive away loss in league and cup for the first time since October 2016.


The final four ๐Ÿ‘€

Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea await in the FA Cup semi-finals.

The draw will take place at half-time of our game at 7:29pm... precisely!


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FA Cup fever ๐Ÿ†

Our decade record in the FA Cup makes for impressive reading with 42 ties played, 34 wins, two draws and eight losses.

And no team has scored more FA Cup goals in the past decade โ€“ Cityโ€™s 119 goals from 42 ties is an average just shy of three goals per game.

Of our 23 ties played away from the Etihad Stadium, City have won 17.



Club Journalist Neil Leigh ๐Ÿ“

"Gabriel Jesus, along with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, central defender Nicolas Otamendi and skipper David Silva all return to the starting eleven in the wake of last Thursdayโ€™s 2-1 league loss at Chelsea.

"With City anxious to defend the trophy we won in such style last May, Guardiola had stressed the importance of the competition in the Clubโ€™s eyes ahead of the trip to the North East - and his strong selection more than bears that out.

"Meanwhile, central defender John Stones is fit again and amongst those named on a powerful looking bench alongside the likes of Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and young defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis.

"Not included in the matchday squad are Fernandinho (suspended), Sergio Aguero - who is side-lined through injury - and Eric Garcia who is still recovering after the injury he sustained against Arsenal earlier this month.

"Guardiola is again set to deploy his entrusted 4-3-3 formation against Steve Bruceโ€™s side."


Fifteen minutes to team news โฑ

Here's what we know so far...

Sergio Aguero (knee) will miss the game, while Eric Garcia (head) and Claudio Bravo (muscular) could also miss out.

John Stones and Phil Foden both trained on Friday and could well return, but Fernandinho will be absent due to suspension following his red card against Chelsea on Thursday night.


Did you know...? ๐Ÿ‘€

โ€ข The sides have been paired together in the FA Cup eight times, with Newcastle winning six of those ties.

โ€ข The last two FA Cup meetings, in 1995 and 2002, produced home wins for Newcastle.

โ€ข City's only FA Cup victory at St. James' Park came in the fourth round in 1977, when Joe Royle was amongst the scorers in a 3-1 triumph.

โ€ข City have won our past nine FA Cup games, scoring 35 goals and conceding just four times.

โ€ข Newcastle have not eliminated the FA Cup holders since 1957 - though that was against City, who they beat 5-4 after extra time in a third-round replay at Maine Road.


How to catch the action ๐Ÿ“บ

In the UK, this evening's game will be shown live on BBC One, and you can listen to radio commentary on BBC Radio Manchester our via our audio stream right here in the Matchday Centre.

Match highlights will be available from midday Monday while a full match replay will also be available to watch on CITY+.

Fans living outside of the UK can find out how you can watch the game wherever you are in the world in the list below, courtesy of our global TV listings.


Birthday boy De Bruyne targets trophy treble ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†

Kevin De Bruyne has refused to dwell on Cityโ€™s Premier League disappointment, asserting Pep Guardiolaโ€™s men can still have โ€˜an unbelievable season.โ€™

โ€œI think we have still got big chances in the FA Cup and Champions League,โ€ he said.

โ€œImagine if we come out after winning these cupsโ€ฆ it will be an unbelievable season! We have got a lot to play for and look forward to it.

โ€œI think in comparison with a lot of other teams we are doing alright.

โ€œIf everything goes to plan for us then I think we still have 13 or 14 games so we still have a lot to play for and a lot of objectives.

โ€œWe are going to play the games and try to win the games. I think we are professionals and we need these games to get more physique, to get more rhythm, to get more intensity and it will be very important to keep focused.

โ€œObviously, with all the objectives that we still have, there is no time for us to get down and we will take the games seriously.

โ€œI think we have always shown we will be good professionals.โ€


Big night ๐Ÿ‘Š

Huge game tonight, as we resume our defence of the FA Cup and following our surrender of the Premier League, there's no doubt Pep and the players will be intent on keeping our name on the trophy.

We haven't the best record at St James' Park though - winless in our last two meetings.

Now would be a lovely time to return to winning ways.

Get involved ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Today, like on every other matchday, we want to hear your thoughts!

Send your ideal XIs, score predictions and photos from home and using #WNRH.

They will be discussed during our We're Not Really Here matchday show and could also feature in our Matchday Centre.

Opposition view ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was pretty complimentary in his pre-match press conference...

"It looks as if they're going to be runners up in the Premier League and they'll not like that.

"The one thing they have been over the years now is serial winners, whether it's the FA Cup or the League Cup - they seem to own that one! They're a very, very good side and we'll have to be our best."

Pep's pre-match thoughts ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œRight now, the FA Cup is a priority because it is the next game and we can get to Wembley again in the semis.

โ€œNewcastle have the weapons to punish us. It is the most important game and after Sunday, we fight to finish second in Premier League and qualify for Champions League - and after that we prepare for Madrid.โ€

Number to keep an ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ on

We (and Newcastle) are ball number 2๏ธโƒฃ in this evening's FA Cup draw.

The other numbers are:

1 - Sheffield United or Arsenal
3 - Manchester United
4 - Leicester City or Chelsea

By the time we kick-off, we'll know which of Sheffield United and Arsenal and Leicester City and Chelsea have qualified for the semi-finals.

We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ“บ

There is a new look lineup to our We're Not Really here panel this evening.

Kyle Walker (the presenter, not the player) and City Square's Natalie Pike are on presenting duties.

And in Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joleon Lescott, we have two guests who know what it takes to win the FA Cup. 

Tune in to see what they have to see before and after the game!

Important times โŒš

With the match itself, our live matchday show and an FA Cup semi-final draw, there is plenty going on this evening.

Here are all the key (UK) times you need to be aware of!

๐Ÿ”น 16:30 - Live coverage starts here in our Matchday Centre
๐Ÿ”น 17:25 - Our live pre-match show - We're Not Really Here - begins.
๐Ÿ”น 17:30 - Team news
๐Ÿ”น 18:30 - Kick-off
๐Ÿ”น 19:15 - The FA Cup semi-final draw takes place during half-time.
๐Ÿ”น 20:20 (approx) - Our live post-match show begins.

Up for the Cup!

Good afternoon!

It's FA Cup day for Manchester City, as we travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle United in the sixth round.

A place in the semi-finals and a trip to Wembley Stadium is at stake for Pep Guardiola's men, who will be aiming to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Chelsea with victory in the North East. 

The game gets under way at 18:30 (UK) and Caroline Oatway will be here to provide live coverage from around 16:30.

Until then, we'll be posting a few things to keep you entertained and informed ahead of kick-off.


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