Holders Manchester City book Emirates FA Cup semi-final spot

Saturday 16 Mar 2024
Bernardo Silva celebrates as his two goals send City to Emirates FA Cup semi-finals

Bernardo Silva’s brace booked Emirates FA Cup holders Manchester City a spot in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.

Two deflected first-half efforts proved the difference as a defensive Newcastle struggled to create chances to threaten their opposition's goal.

Silva broke the deadlock in the 13th minute after his strike from inside the box took a large deflection off Dan Burn.

The Portuguese playmaker found the back of the net again in the 31st minute, this time following a deflection off Sven Botman.

City remained dominant to close out a comfortable first half as the pace of Jeremy Doku proved a nuisance in front of goal, forcing a save from Martin Dubravka on the stroke of half time.

The visitors had their own chances in the second half, when Newcastle piled forward and the ball fell to Alexander Isak in the box, but the talisman’s touch was poor meaning he could only make it to the by-line.

Substitute Oscar Bobb impressed in the 82nd minute, linking up with Phil Foden on the edge of the box before finding Erling Haaland who could not get his shot on target.

An improved second period from Newcastle culminated in Miguel Almiron latching onto a cross in the 92nd minute but his efforts could not produce a consolation goal at the end.

City cruised through their quarter-final meeting to make the final four, a run that is mirroring last year's Emirates FA Cup campaign.

Wright scores dramatic winner to punch Coventry's ticket to Wembley.

Haji Wright scored a dramatic winner in the tenth minute of added time as Coventry City staged a remarkable late comeback to beat Wolves 3-2 and book a place in the Emirates FA Cup semi-finals.
 
City looked to be on their way out when Rayan Ait-Nouri and Hugo Bueno netted in the space of five second half minutes to overturn Ellis Simms’ opener.

But the in-form Simms equalised in the 97th minute and there was still time for Wright to curl home a superb finish and send Coventry into the last four for the first time since they won the competition in 1987.

Coventry should have taken a first-half lead when Jake Bidwell’s cross found Simms, who misjudged what looked like a tap-in from close range and allowed Jose Sa to make the save.

The second half continued at the same frantic pace as the first and City broke the deadlock when Simms, who scored a hat-trick against Maidstone in the last round, bundled home after Liam Kitching headed a free-kick back across the area.

The goal stood following a lengthy VAR check and Coventry could have doubled their lead when Wright and Josh Eccles saw efforts saved by Sa before Palmer chipped inches wide after Wolves were caught in possession deep inside their own half.

Ait-Nouri hit the post with a close-range header as Wolves sought a leveller and the same player was not to be denied when Joel Latibeaudiere misjudged a clearance, the ball sitting up perfectly for the wing-back to volley home.

He then turned provider with an inch-perfect pass to set up Bueno, who kept his cool to find the bottom corner for his first senior goal, one which appeared to be the winner with three minutes of normal time remaining.

But Simms headed home to level matters before, with extra time looming, Wright found the net to send the sizable visiting contingent into raptures and hand them a trip to Wembley to look forward to.

By FA Staff