Manchester City’s quadruple ambition remains unharmed after they beat Brighton 1-0 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.
City made a wonderful start to the match as they took the lead after only four minutes, Gabriel Jesus heading Kevin De Bruyne’s superb cross into the bottom corner of the net.
Brighton responded well to the setback of conceding such an early goal, and Davy Propper drove a 20-yard shot wide.
Controversy erupted a few minutes later when City’s Kyle Walker escaped a red card after a VAR review of a coming together with Alireza Jahanbakhsh but, despite resisting further damage, Brighton could not find a way back.
In the second half, Walker was withdrawn for Danilo but Brighton continued to press down the left wing in search of an equaliser, with City only briefly threatening.
Chris Hughton’s team almost snatched a equaliser in the 54th minute when Shane Duffy’s header was on its way to Glenn Murray, who seemed certain to score until Aymeric Laporte somehow managed to get back and hack the ball over his own bar.
City managed to survive the spell of Brighton pressure and Ilkay Gundogan’s dipping shot was saved by Mat Ryan, who then did extremely well to keep Raheem Sterling’s effort out.
The Citizens will now face either Watford or Wolves in the final at Wembley on 18 May and also remain in the hunt for the Premier League and Champions League after winning the Carabao Cup.
After the match Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said, “It was a semi-final, Brighton are an incredible defensive team, we knew that set pieces were huge, massive. We conceded too many but only one dangerous situation. We are in the final, we are there.
“My opinion is that nobody has done it [won the quadruple] so why can we do it? It is almost impossible to achieve everything that is the truth. Our fans will come, more than today, for the final, we are losing players every game but still we will try to do it.
“I am happy to be in the final, we extend our season by one more week and we are happy for that,” the City boss added.
With this win, Manchester City reached their 11th FA Cup final, and first since 2013 when they eventually lost to Wigan. They are unbeaten in their last six games at Wembley in all competitions, conceding just one goal in those matches.
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