Dominant Manchester City cruise past Newcastle to reach FA Cup semi-final

Manchester City celebrates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the English FA Cup quarter final match between Newcastle United 
Raheem Sterling scored the goal that secured City's place in the last four Credit: Shutterstock

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.

Kevin De Bruyne opens the scoring with a penalty Credit: Reuters

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.

Nice

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.

90 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 

Jesus toying with Newcastle and Joelinton, winning a foul in another dangerous position. 

88 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 

Raheem Sterling gets the man of the match reward, but it could have been any number of City players such has been their dominance. 

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. 

83 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2 

Darlow dives at the feet of Sterling and gets a whack for his trouble, but it does at least keep the score down. I guess a Newcastle goal now would make things interesting but that feels optimistic? 

80 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2

Newcastle have certainly been better in this half since Bruce moved Schar into midfield and went to a back four at the break. Better possession and have at least created one glorious chance. City cruising through the closing stages now. 

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. 

74 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2

Phil Foden has made a positive impact once again. He has an adhesive first touch that gives him that extra second to assess the picture. A lovely player to watch and should be given his head next season. 

Wonderful City goal

69 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 2

A2020欧洲杯体育投注开户 drinks break now, but City surely have the game in the bag. 

GOOOAAALLL! City double their lead

Y2020欧洲杯体育投注开户ou just knew that Gayle horror was going to prove costly. Laporte sprays the ball to Foden who feeds Sterling, and he cuts in off the left flank and curls the ball into the bottom corner. Wonderful finish and surely game over. 

66 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

Oh my word, you will not see a worse miss all season and that might prove Newcastle's best chance. Saint-Maximin fires a low cross in from the right and Gayle is there, six yards out and unmarked, but he leaned back and scooped over with the goal gaping. 

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. 

62 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

Carroll leaves a bit on Laporte after the defender had passed the ball forward and the striker is booked. De Bruyne, for once, loses clarity with his passing radar and the through ball runs through to Darlow. 

58 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

Much better from Newcastle in the last few minutes, finally showing the confidence to keep the ball and play their own game. Have not produced quality delivery into the penalty area yet, but they are at least competitive. 

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.

51 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

Newcastle are trying to make a fight of this, battling for second balls and 50:50s higher up the pitch. A sloppy ball from Otamendi gives Newcastle a throw in just inside the City half. 

49 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

City looked to have a counter going there but Newcastle got bodies back behind the ball well. Play is stopped after a collision involving Saint-Maximin. The winger should be alright to carry on. 

47 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

Arsenal fans will be hoping Newcastle can produce something miraculous in the second period. Newcastle do at least have some possession in the City half early on. 

We are back under way!

Newcastle gets us going again. 

And you don't need a prize for guessing...

T2020欧洲杯体育投注开户hat means it is Arsenal vs Newcastle or Manchester City. 

Manchester United vs Chelsea

There's your first semi-final. 

Here comes the draw

A2020欧洲杯体育投注开户lan Shearer has the balls in the velvet bag. 

The semi final draw is on the way

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle/Manchester City will be in the hat. That forward slash is doing a lot of heavy lifting. City look near certainties to progress. 

HT: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

City utterly dominant and Newcastle have contributed very little. Guardiola has Walker overlapping down the right and De Bruyne pulling the strings from the middle of the pitch. 

46 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

City have one last corner before the end of the half. Laporte gets up well at the back post and plants a header just wide. Newcastle breathe a sigh of relief. 

45 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

Danny Rose penalised for handball and City can swing a free-kick in from the right. Darlow does well to claim. Newcastle finally win a second ball, but Longstaff screws a shot way wide. 

De Bruyne's penalty

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. 

38 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 1

A long, long way back for Newcastle now and that was such a needless foul from Manquillo. Walker bombing on down the right hand side and delivers another threatening ball across the area. City looks driven and focused. 

De Bruyne converts!

Sends Darlow the wrong way and finds the bottom left corner. City have a deserved lead. 

PENALTY CITY!

Jesus shoved with two hands in the back by Manquillo. The commentators did not realise Mason had pointed to the spot, but no doubt it was a penalty. 

34 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

City smothering Newcastle with really impressive counter-pressing. There is no escape for Bruce's team but they still have a clean sheet. 

32 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

Brilliant cross from Kevin De Bruyne, just evades Jesus and Sterling although the pair would have been offside. Better from Carroll to hold the ball up and control on his chest, but again Newcastle are forced backwards and make a mistake. 

30 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

C2020欧洲杯体育投注开户ity find Mahrez in a great position between the lines, but he overhits his through ball. Guardiola is disgruntled, he knows that was an opportunity to open Newcastle up. 

27 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

It's astonishing, and worrying for the competitive balance of English football, to consider that these two teams are in the same division. City have played 188 passes to Newcastle's 15! 

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. 

22 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

T2020欧洲杯体育投注开户he free-kick was hammered straight out for a goal kick. You cannot afford to waste those situations against City, who are straight back in control. Only a matter of time before they find the opening goal you would think. 

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. 

17 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

City love drilling the ball low and hard across the penalty area. This time it's Walker from the right, and the ball bounces off David Silva and just wide. 85 per cent possession for City at the moment. 

15 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

Carroll wins a foul from De Bruyne and Newcastle have a chance to advance up the pitch. The free-kick is a poorly taken diagonal though and City are straight back into a period of possession. De Bruyne's cross loops up into the arms of Darlow. 

12 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

C2020欧洲杯体育投注开户ity's best chance of the game. De Bruyne picks out Silva with a pass that evades Newcastle's retreating back line. Silva sets it back to Mahrez but he shoots over under little pressure from the edge of the area. 

10 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

De Bruyne finds Jesus with a glorious ball over the top, and the forward wins a corner. Taken short and then switched to Mahrez, he tries to cut inside on to his favoured left foot but his strike is blocked. Newcastle remain unscathed. 

8 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

T2020欧洲杯体育投注开户he ball flicks off Laporte and Newcastle do at least have a throw in the City half, but their foray forward does not last long. City back in possession but Mendy hammers an aimless pass straight through for a goal kick. 

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. 

4 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

L2020欧洲杯体育投注开户ooks like Laporte will be fine to carry on after medical assessment which is good news. Lascelles across well to close down Sterling, but City are finding their rhythm. They look angry and keen to amend the sloppiness of Chelsea. 

2 minutes: Newcastle 0 Manchester City 0

City straight on the front foot and win a corner that Newcastle defend well. Aerial collision between Carroll and Aymeric Laporte and there will be an early stoppage with the defender down injured. 

KICK OFF!

City get us started after players and officials take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter. 

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. 

Manchester City team: De Bruyne and David Silva start

Newcastle team: Andy Carroll gets a start

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.