Kevin De Bruyne set Manchester City on the road to the FA Cup semi-finals from the penalty spot as the holders cruised past Newcastle at St James' Park.
The 29-year-old's first-half spot-kick gave the visitors the lead, if not one their dominance deserved, at the break and minutes after substitute Dwight Gayle had been guilty of a glaring miss when presented with an opportunity to level, Raheem Sterling made it 2-0 in the 68th minute.
City, who will face Arsenal in the last four as derby rivals Manchester United meet Chelsea, won at a canter having enjoyed significantly in excess of 80 per cent possession in the first half with the Magpies, whose 65-year wait for a domestic trophy goes on, no match for their speed of thought, movement and execution.
With De Bruyne and David Silva orchestrating from the middle of the field and full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy prominent, City pressed the Magpies back deep into their own half from the off.
Mendy lashed wide from a tight angle with 11 minutes gone and Riyad Mahrez curled over soon afterwards after Silva had recycled De Bruyne's cross.
However, Gabriel Jesus was just inches from opening the scoring when he instinctively stabbed Walker's driven 17th-minute cross past the upright, and goalkeeper Karl Darlow was grateful to see Mahrez's well-struck effort suffer the same fate as he dived anxiously to his right.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The pressure was little short of incessant and Darlow had to beat away Sterling's rising 25th-minute drive on the turn with his side defending for dear life.
They finally succumbed eight minutes before half-time when De Bruyne scored from the spot after Jesus had been pushed inexplicably by Fabian Schar.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The Magpies mustered only two attempts on goal - Andy Carroll's strike which Claudio Bravo had to save and Sean Longstaff's which he did not - and it looked a long way back at the break despite Aymeric Laporte heading just wide in stoppage time.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Steve Bruce changed the shape of his team at the break as defender Schar was pushed into the holding position in a 4-1-3-2 formation, and while that got them further up the pitch, it left more space for City to exploit.
Mahrez whistled a 53rd-minute attempt not very far over Darlow's crossbar and after an increasingly frustrated Carroll, making a rare start, had been cautioned, he and Miguel Almiron were replaced by Gayle and Joelinton.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Gayle should have equalised within two minutes of his arrival, but skied his effort from Allan Saint-Maximin's drilled cross, and his side were two down almost immediately when substitute Phil Foden picked out Sterling and he cut inside before curling a shot beyond Darlow and into the bottom corner.
It might have been more had Pep Guardiola's men managed to summon up a little more composure as time ran down, but their task had been completed long before the final whistle.
FT: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2
That one followed the script. City several levels above Newcastle, who will rue Dwight Gayle's missed sitter at 0-1. Pep Guardiola's team will face Arsenal at Wembley, when they will once again be favourites to reach another final. Some medal collection they are potentially amassing.
86 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2
Martin Keown says 'try and pick a winner' out of the semi-final line-up, but I think we can say without fear of contradiction that City will remain strong favourites. They have another corner that Silva swings in after another intricate move, but Newcastle clear.
76 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2
B2020欧洲杯体育投注开户it better again from Joelinton and Newcastle as the striker's cross skims off the head of Laporte, but Longstaff then gives the ball to Sterling on halfway to spring a City counter. Feeds Foden on the right, and he tires a fancy finish through legs that trickles wide.
64 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1
Magnificent, goal-saving tackle from Danny Rose. Mendy's cross picked out Jesus in the middle of goal, and he was about to swivel and volley when the left foot of Rose nicked the ball. Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden introduced for David Silva and Riyad Mahrez. Joelinton replaces Andy Carroll for Newcastle, as well as Dwight Gayle.
55 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1
A promising moment for Newcastle fans as Saint-Maximin dances down the left hand side but then overhits his cross. The winger is getting more touches in this second half. At least there is a bit of cut and thrust in this half, although Newcastle could be left vulnerable to the counter.
53 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1
City reasserting themselves with possession and Silva expertly finds room in the left half space, but Mendy's cross on the overlap was severely overhit.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户The City come again, but Mahrez's fierce strike from 25 yards or so flies just over the bar.
42 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1
Newcastle need to regroup at half time and gamble more in the second half. If this pattern continues there is only one result.
That was better from Carroll to hold the ball up, he has done quite well with limited service. The brief attack ends when Saint-Maximin is flagged for offside.
25 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0
T2020欧洲杯体育投注开户o Newcastle's credit they are throwing themselves in front of shots. This time it's Longstaff who blocks De Bruyne's strike from the edge of the area. Newcastle struggling to get out though, Mendy's back post cross finds Mahrez at the back post before City work the ball to Sterling who stings the palms of Darlow. Newcastle need this drinks break.
20 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0
K2020欧洲杯体育投注开户evin De Bruyne very central so far, almost playing like a classic holding midfielder. We are not seeing him drift to the right wing and swinging crosses in like usual. City getting closer, this time a long-range shot from Mahrez flies just wide. Andy Carroll grapples with Otamendi from the goal kick and Newcastle have a free-kick in a dangerous sport.
6 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0
De Bruyne pulling the strings from a central berth in the early minutes. City testing Newcastle's defence again, but after a few ricochets Newcastle clear before Jesus can get a shot away. Newcastle being pushed back into a flat back five, with four midfielders in front of them.
Teams are on their way out
Andy Carroll should guarantee entertainment at the very least. It's not always the sort fans of his team want though. Local Hero plays at the empty St James' Park, which is a dispiriting sound and sight. Something about cup quarter-finals that really hammer home the diminished spectacle of behind closed doors football.
Right, what can Newcastle do here?
They need an impeccable performance and a stroke of luck to get past a very strong City team. City finishing tailed off behind Liverpool in the league is bad news for the rest of the teams still involved in the FA Cup. The draw for the semis incidentally, will come at half time of this game. Seems pretty farcical but there you go.
Newcastle's dream still alive
N2020欧洲杯体育投注开户ewcastle have not won a domestic trophy since 1955 and Steve Bruce has described this as his biggest game as the club's manager.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Bruce knows how desperate Newcastle fans are for silverware, but without the Geordie faithful in the stands to drive them on they require one hell of a performance against Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola's team won both domestic cups last season and are well on their way to doing so again. City have looked fast and fluent since football restarted post-lockdown, with their wealth of attacking options even more valuable given that five substitutions are now permitted. However, they did look vulnerable defensively at Chelsea last time out.
They will be without Sergio Aguero due to injury, and Newcastle fans should be glad because he has scored more Premier League goals against them than any other team.
Newcastle's hopes will rest at the feet of Allan Saint-Maximin. If City have a weakness, it is direct counter-attacks and fast breaks against them, and Saint-Maximin could be a danger if left one against one.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Saint-Maximin told BBC Sport: "I talked with Steve Bruce, and he talked really well with me and I really liked the feeling. It's a family at Newcastle and it's just what I need, to go somewhere that trusts and believes in me.
"This is important. If you go somewhere where people think this guy is not too good, you don't feel too comfortable. Ever since my first training session, they really feel like this player can do something.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户"Newcastle has a lot of history and a lot of players who play a little bit the way I play, so I think that's why the supporters like me."
Team news on the way shortly, and City are expected to bring Gabriel Jesus back in after deciding against playing a recognised striker away at Chelsea on Wednesday.