The FA Cup Holders Manchester City will face Arsenal in a strong FA Cup semi-final line-up after showing class and patience to beat Newcastle at an eerily quiet St James’ Park.
After wasting several good chances, City opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Kevin de Bruyne slotted past Karl Darlow following Fabian Schar’s needless push on Gabriel Jesus.
After 18 minutes into the second half, Raheem Sterling raced down the other end and slotted into the bottom corner with an exquisite curling finish for his 22nd goal of the season.
The errors by Schar and Gayle undid Newcastle’s hard work, but City kept their composure to extend their winning FA Cup run to 10 games. Having already won the League Cup and with a lead over Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, it could still be a memorable season for Pep Guardiola’s side
Newcastle: Darlow, Manquillo, Schär, Lascelles, Fernández, Rose, Almirón, Hayden, S Longstaff, Saint-Maximin, Carroll
Subs: Dubravka, Shelvey, Joelinton, Gayle, Muto, Krafth, Yedlin, Lazaro, M Longstaff
Man City: Bravo, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, De Bruyne, Gündogan, Mahrez, Silva, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
Subs: Stones, Zinchenko, Rodri, Sané, Bernardo Silva, Cancelo, Ederson, Foden, Harwood-Bellis
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