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Bernardo Silva makes Man City tick to all but end Newcastle’s season

Bernardo Silva is congratulated by team-mates after scoring Man City's second goal

They build statues of their legends at Manchester City. Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and David Silva made in galvanised steel are visited by fans on Etihad matchdays and surely Bernardo Silva will be joining them when he eventually leaves the club where his trophy-haul is 15 and counting.

Perhaps it is him being linked with moves away for the last two summers that alters the perception of Bernardo. Paris St-Germain have wanted him, Saudi Arabian clubs would love him and he has never made a secret of his wish to end his career in his native Portugal.

There is, however, no doubt over his standing at City. His list of trophies include five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and a Champions League. He could add another three to those this season. His two deflected goals against Newcastle meant City were into their sixth successive FA Cup semi-final, which no team has done before.

Bernardo Silva of Manchester City scores his team's second goal
Bernardo Silva scores Manchester City's second goal - Getty Images/Stu Forster

In the short term, with Kevin De Bruyne injured, it is down to Bernardo to make City tick, which he did against Eddie Howe’s team. Last summer he eventually signed a new contract but his future looked uncertain at the time. This season interest has not gone away but he is playing a key part in the Treble defence.

“Everybody loves him and we want him,” said Guardiola. “It is important he stays with us. Kevin will be back soon, but when you see the schedule – Arsenal, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Real Madrid – it’s really tough, and we need everyone. I said many times how important Bernardo is.”

Guardiola quickly shuts down talk of the Treble when it is brought up, yet retaining the three trophies of last season is a genuine prospect. He certainly cannot be accused of being a manager who neglects the FA Cup. While others concentrate on the Premier League, Guardiola has reached the semi-finals with regularity during his time in English football. During his eight seasons here, he has been there on seven occasions.

“Always we expect the best for the team,” said Guardiola. “We won the Treble, five titles, and to be in contention means a lot. To [be in contention to] win four Premier Leagues in a row – this club has something special. It’s incredible. Of course we want to win all the FA Cups, for the quality of the opponents and the schedule we have, to arrive against these teams is so difficult, but we are there.”

Newcastle, by contrast, will have to wait to add to their last cup triumph in 1969 when they won the Fairs Cup. The 55 years of hurt goes on and this season is in danger of petering out after the excitement of Champions League fixtures. Now they have to put a run of games together and hope Uefa’s coefficient rules allow them to qualify for a tournament next season.

“I don’t think we can feel sorry for ourselves,” said Newcastle manager Howe. “This season could have ended very differently. The big moments have gone against us, but we have to come back.

“It is a good time to have the international break and then focus on the 10 games we have left. There is a huge amount to play for. People say our season is over, but that is nonsense.”

The Newcastle manager Eddie Howe consoles Miguel Almiron after defeat at the Etihad
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe consoles Miguel Almiron after defeat - Adam Vaughan/Shutterstock

Howe’s focus was on defence at the Etihad and who could blame him after their last five trips to City’s ground saw an aggregate score of 15-0 in favour of the hosts? Howe had five black-and-white shirts across his back line like a barcode, although one defender was always following the moves of Phil Foden in the No 10 position.

Unfortunately for Howe, Foden was only one of several angles of attack at City’s disposal. Foden running into one dead-end only saw Jeremy Doku use space elsewhere. And when the deadlock was broken it was from the left boot of Bernardo.

Fed by Rodri, there were nine players in the penalty area when Bernardo took aim, but they had all backed off the Portugal winger. There was a wicked deflection off Dan Burn to loop over Martin Dubravka but Newcastle had not helped themselves.

Bernardo was also credited with City’s second goal, although the ricochet off Sven Botman’s head had a huge say in the matter. It was a shot on target, although one which Dubravka looked to have covered. The deflection took the ball under Newcastle’s goalkeeper and effectively ended the tie.

City could protect their lead by attacking more. They also needed to protect their players. All eyes were on Erling Haaland when his foot was caught by Fabian Schar. He rolled on the floor and looked in pain, but could carry on. With Real Madrid on the horizon and a title clash against Arsenal later this month, there was a collective sigh of relief.

On the injury front, Newcastle’s Anthony Gordon came off in the second half and will need to be checked before joining up with England after his first call-up.

Stefan Ortega was also needed for an important save, so if needed against Arsenal will not be going in cold. It was a good save too that prevented Alexander Isak’s volley after Burn had nodded into his path. Newcastle’s last goal at City’s stadium remains DeAndre Yedlin’s in a defeat six years ago.

“Of course the goals are difficult to take,” said Howe, whose squad now goes to Dubai during the international break. “That is the football gods working against us on the day, but we gave everything.

“It was a delicate game and I thought we did OK. Ultimately when we got into the final third, our quality wasn’t there.”


City cruise past Newcastle: As it happened


07:40 PM GMT

Jeremy Doku’s reaction

It went well. I’m happy with the team’s performance and my performance. I think I’m getting better and better. The team played well – we did exactly what the coach wanted us to do. We scored some nice goals [laughs] and had a lot of chances.

We were in control but you always have to be careful with the counter-attacks as they have some fast players. The defenders did very well.

Jeremy Doku has a shot saved by Martin Dubravka
Jeremy Doku has a shot saved by Martin Dubravka - Stu Forster/Getty Images

07:36 PM GMT

The FA Cup semi-final line up


07:25 PM GMT

FT: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Manchester City become the first team in FA Cup history to reach the semi-finals in six consecutive seasons. This match was settled in the first half by two deflected shots from Bernardo Silva, one each off Dan Burn and Sven Botman, and City managed the game impeccably in the second half. Phil Foden and Rodri were especially good.

Newcastle gave their all, and Alexander Isak never stopped running up front. But they were a bit tentative when they did manage to create an opening, and Stefan Ortega only had one save to make in the first half.

It was a very comfortable win for City, the kind none of us will remember in a year’s time.

The Newcastle staff and players applaud the away fans
The Newcastle staff and players applaud the away fans - Chris Radburn/Reuters

07:23 PM GMT

90+3 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Almiron is booked for a lunge at Foden.


07:19 PM GMT

89 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

The second half has been a bit of a non-event. Newcastle had one or two openings, and their spirit has been admirable, but City have generally had the game under control.


07:17 PM GMT

87 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

City substitution Julian Alvarez comes on for Erling Haaland. He sprints off, which suggests his shoulder isn’t too bad.

Erling Haaland leaves the field late on
Erling Haaland leaves the field late on - Darren Staples/AFP

07:15 PM GMT

85 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Erling Haaland is also having problems, I think with his shoulder. He hasn’t called for the physio but it’s clearly bothering him.


07:14 PM GMT

83 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle substitution Emil Krafth replaces Sven Botman, who hurt his knee while blocking that Haaland shot a moment ago.


07:13 PM GMT

Newcastle fans singing in support of Howe and Tindall

You might get a different impression on social media where people furiously type for attention , but Newcastle fans are showing their full support for the manager and his assistant with a very loud and prolonged period of chanting their song.


07:12 PM GMT

82 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

A lovely, intricate move involving Bobb and Foden ends with Haaland having a shot deflected wide by Botman.


07:07 PM GMT

77 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

City substitution Oscar Bobb replaces Jeremy Doku, who was as exciting and threatening as ever. I should have said that it is pelting down at the Etihad now.

Pep Guardiola shelters from the Manchester rain
Pep Guardiola is buffeted by the Manchester rain - Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe

07:05 PM GMT

74 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Akanji is lucky not to be booked for a cynical foul on Isak. Newcastle, to their credit, haven’t given this up.


07:00 PM GMT

‘Howe can’t believe it’

Eddie Howe cannot believe Newcastle have not scored as Almiron steals the ball deep inside the City half, picks out Isak but the striker’s first touch is so poor he can’t get a shot away.


06:59 PM GMT

69 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

I thought Newcastle were finished but actually the substitutes have given them a bit of impetus. The defenders still look utterly shattered, mind you.


06:57 PM GMT

66 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Chance for Newcastle! Anderson robs Bernardo Silva to spark a Newcastle break. Almiron fizzes the ball across the area to Isak... but his touch isn’t right and he leaves the ball behind for a split-second. That’s enough time for City defenders to get back and force him wide.


06:54 PM GMT

64 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle look ready to hit the hay. Foden wins the ball past the halfway line and finds Haaland, who barrels away from Lascelles before having a shot blocked by Schar.


06:53 PM GMT

62 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Eddie Howe makes a quadruple substitution Lewis Hall, Elliot Anderson, Lewis Miley and Miguel Almiron come on for - bear with me - Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn, Anthony Gordon and Joe Willock.

Anthony Gordon was kept quiet by the City defence
Anthony Gordon was kept quiet by the City defence - Darren Staples/AFP

06:51 PM GMT

Is Bruno worth £100m?

This is a pertinent question as Manchester City are one of the sides who have been linked with making a summer move for the Brazil international. Bruno has a release clause of around £100m and has been watched by a lot of Europe’s leading clubs since he arrived on Tyneside in January 2022.

But against the best sides this season he has not had the sort of impact on games you would expect from a player with that sort of price tag. On the basis of this evidence =-and the same can be said of his performances against Arsenal and Liverpool this season - he would not get into the City midfield ahead of those already playing for the club.

His lack of pace is a problem and he needs legs around him. Are any of the top clubs in England going to be willing to spend that sort of money on a squad player? You doubt it.

Bruno is one of Newcastle’s best players but that does mean he is good enough for a team that aspires to win the Premier League and Champions League every season?

Bruno Guimaraes tries to track Phil Foden
Bruno Guimaraes tries to track Phil Foden - Lee Smith/Action Images

06:47 PM GMT

56 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle have their first opening of the second half. Isak can’t find an angle for a shot so instead lays the ball square to the onrushing Burn on the edge of the area. He should hit the ball first time but instead tries to find Willock on the outside. That was his first mistake; the second was the weight of pass, far too heavy.

Stefan Ortega has had a quiet second half so far
Stefan Ortega has had a quiet second half so far - Dave Thompson/AP

06:45 PM GMT

54 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Foden’s corner is punched away by Dubravkhia. City keep the ball alive and eventually Gvardiola’s snap volley hits Lascelles and flies over the bar.


06:44 PM GMT

53 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Rodri wins a corner for City, who are starting to overwhelm Newcastle. Playing against City for 90 minutes must be so exhausting, physically and mentally.


06:43 PM GMT

52 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Haaland goes close! This could get ugly for Newcastle. Haaland leads a City break, declines a pass to the unmarked Walker to his right and curls just wide from the edge of the area.


06:40 PM GMT

49 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

That return pass from Foden to Doku is a reflection of his stratospheric confidence. He has surely never played better over an extended period than in the last two or three months.


06:39 PM GMT

48 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Fine save by Dubravka! That would have been a lovely goal. Doku, 20 yards out, pushed a simple ball into Foden, who flicked a nonchalant return pass behind his standing leg. Doku ran onto it and smacked a left-foot shot across goal that was pushed round the post by the diving Dubravka. That’s the best save of the match so far.


06:37 PM GMT

48 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

The two goals have been credited to Bernardo Silva for now, though one or both might eventually go down as own-goals. It’s hard to say categorically whether either shot was on target.


06:36 PM GMT

46 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Newcastle get the second half under way.


06:22 PM GMT

‘City look far too good’

It is fair to say Manchester City don’t need the help of two massive deflections to score goals but they have got them anyway, as Bernardo Silva’s shots go in off the leg of Dan Burn and the head of Sven Botman.

It leaves Newcastle needing a miracle and given how flat the atmosphere inside the Etihad has become, home and away fans seem to agree this tie is pretty much over in terms of excitement.

Newcastle needed to take the one clear chance they created, but Isak put his shot too close to the goalkeeper.  City just look far too good.


06:20 PM GMT

HT: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

A Saturday evening stroll for City. Bernardo Silva scored both goals with deflected shots, and though Newcastle played quite well for most of the half, they looked weary and downbeat as half-time approached.

You never know for sure in football, not even with a Pep Guardiola team, but all logic says this game is over.

Bernardo Silva's deflected shot loops over Martin Dubravka for the first goal
Bernardo Silva's deflected shot loops over Martin Dubravka for the first goal - Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images

06:19 PM GMT

45+3 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Schar, who has been booked, is very late on Haaland. He could have been given a second yellow card for that, though VAR can only intervene for a straight red card and it certainly wasn’t that.


06:17 PM GMT

45+1 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

The resulting corner is nodded back across by Haaland towards Dias, whose downward header is saved to his right by Dubravka. That was a more comfortable save, mainly because Dias had no pace to work with.


06:16 PM GMT

45 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Good save by Dubravka! Akanji, the centre half for heaven’s sake, puts Doku through on goal with an excellent straight pass.Doku is far too quick for Lascelles but Dubravka flies out to deflect his shot behind for a corner.


06:14 PM GMT

43 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Silva’s inswinging corner is punched desperately over his own bar by Dubravka, who realised quite late that the ball was heading towards goal. It would have been quite a way to complete a hat-trick.


06:13 PM GMT

42 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Foden beats Schar with a gorgeous touch behind his front leg and surges into the area. Guimaraes tracks him all the way Foden shoots wide from a tight angle. That was really good defending from Guimaraes.

Moments later, the lively Doku’s shot deflects wide off Lascelles.

Phil Foden beats Fabian Schar with a superb turn
Phil Foden beats Fabian Schar with a superb turn - Alex Livesey/Getty Images

06:09 PM GMT

38 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

At the other end, Doku beats two players with ease before driving over the bar from 20 yards.


06:08 PM GMT

36 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Chance for Isak! That was Newcastle’s moment. Murphy’s deep, hanging cross from the right was headed down by Burn to Isak, who watched the bounce and cracked a left-footed shot towards goal. Ortega reacted smartly, getting down to his left to push the ball away.


06:05 PM GMT

34 min: Man City 2 Newcastle 0

Eddie Howe will be so frustrated because Newcastle have done well in large parts of the game, but both goals have been Andrex-soft.

Another deflection, this time off the head of Botman, just as Newcastle were starting to offer some sort of threat and it’s 2-0.  That probably really is game over.


06:03 PM GMT

GOAL! Silva strikes again

31 min: Man City 2 Newcastle (Silva) Bernardo Silva is on a hat-trick of deflected goals! He cut inside on the edge of the area, away from the lazy challenge of Willock, and curled a shot towards the far corner. The diving Dubravka had it covered until it skimmed the head of Botman and wrongfooted him.


06:02 PM GMT

‘A better final pass is all Newcastle need’

There are some encouraging signs for Newcastle who do carry a threat whenever they spend any time inside the City half. They have almost got runners in behind the defence a few times and a better final pass is all that is needed given the speed of Isak and Gordon.

The problem is they don’t get into the City half often enough and already have two of their defenders - Schar and Lascelles - on yellow cards.


05:59 PM GMT

28 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

Doku charges menacingly at the heart of the Newcastle defence and is pulled back by Lascelles. He’s booked.

Jeremy Doku is pulled back by Jamaal Lascelles
Jeremy Doku is pulled back by Jamaal Lascelles - Alex Livesey/Getty Images

05:59 PM GMT

27 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

A break in play allows the TV director to show a few replays of Bernardo Silva’s goal. The deflection gave Dubravka absolutely no chance.

Bernardo Silva's shot deflects into the net off Dan Burn
Bernardo Silva's shot deflects into the net off Dan Burn - Lee Smith/Action Images

05:57 PM GMT

25 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

Longstaff nicks the ball off Kovacic in the centre circle but eventually Guimaraes’s pass into Willock is overhit.

Newcastle are doing pretty well here. Moments later Murphy bursts into space down the right and slides a low cross that is claimed by Ortega.


05:54 PM GMT

22 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle have had some promising moments going forward, mainly when Isak is involved. But they’ve got to score the next goal or it’s over.


05:51 PM GMT

18 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

Gordon leads a promising Newcastle break and finds Willock. He tries a backheel that hits his standing leg and goes behind for a goalkick. At least I assumed that’s what happened, though Willock’s reaction suggests it should have been a corner.


05:49 PM GMT

18 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

Schar is booked for a foul on Haaland, though it looked a bit harsh. The referee allowed play to continue and then showed a yellow card when the ball went dead. It means Schar will miss the semi-final if Newcastle get there.


05:46 PM GMT

15 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0

City could run away with this now. Kovacic’s clever scoop is just too far in front of Haaland, who can only scrape the ball straight at Dubravka on the stretch.

Erling Haaland is denied by Martin Dubravka
Erling Haaland is denied by Martin Dubravka - Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe

05:45 PM GMT

GOAL! Bernardo Silva scores with deflected shot

12 min: Man City 1 Newcastle 0 (Silva) Dubravka still hasn’t made a save. Bernardo Silva swerves away from Willock just inside the area and hits a routine right-footed shot towards goal. It takes a big deflection off Burn and spins over Dubravka.

Oh well, it  has taken Manchester City less than 15 minutes to take the lead. They don’t tend to need any luck but they’ve just had a massive slice of it anyway as Bernardo Silva’s shot takes a massive deflection off Dan Burn and loops perfectly over the head of Martin Dubravka before dropping into the net. I don’t want to sound all sound pessimistic but I’ve got a feeling that it is already going to be game won for the home side.

Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker celebrate the opening goal
Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker celebrate the opening goal - Dave Thompson/AP

05:42 PM GMT

11 min: City 0 Newcastle 0

Newcastle have done okay so far. City have threatened, as they always do, but Dubravka hasn’t had a save to make yet.

Eddie Howe gives his team some instructions
Eddie Howe gives his team some instructions - Darren Staples/AFP

05:41 PM GMT

9 min: City 0 Newcastle 0

City break three on two, with Doku on the ball. He tries to find Foden to his right and Botman stretches to make a vital interception.


05:40 PM GMT

8 min: City 0 Newcsatle 0

Foden finds space between the lines and guides a straight pass towards Doku. For a second it looks like he’s through on goal but Murphy does really well to get between him and the ball.


05:37 PM GMT

5 min: City 0 Newcastle 0

The first sign of the threat Newcastle might pose. The right wing-back Murphy, just inside the City half, curls a very imaginative pass behind the defence towards Isak. The last man Dias gets across to nick the ball away from him on the edge of the area.


05:34 PM GMT

3 min: City 0 Newcastle 0

City have made a very relaxed start, as you’d expect. Newcastle’s formation is definitely 5-3-2, with Isak and Gordon playing as split strikers. There will be plenty of times in the game when it feels like an 8-0-2 formation.

Jeremy Doku runs away from Anthony Gordon
Jeremy Doku runs away from Anthony Gordon - Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

05:32 PM GMT

1 min: City 0 Newcastle 0

City kick off from right to left as we watch. The early signs are that they are indeed playing with a back five.


05:30 PM GMT

‘No better time to believe in miracles’

At least the 8000 Newcastle fans who have travelled down from the North East for this are in good spirits before kick off. They are making a lot of noise and there is no time better to believe in miracles than just before kick off.


05:26 PM GMT

Schar to play at right-back?

Newcastle are warming with a back four: Schar, Lascelles, Botman and Burn. It might be a bluff - Wolves did the same this morning and then started the game with a back three.

We’ll soon find out, the players are in the tunnel and ready to go.

Anthony Gordon has recovered from injury and will start for Newcastle
Anthony Gordon has recovered from injury and will start for Newcastle - Chris Radburn/Reuters

05:22 PM GMT

Howe switches to back five

Newcastle’s odds to win this FA Cup quarter final are as much as 10-1 with some bookmakers, which means I will win more than £300 on my accumulator this evening after making them the third pick to win. Ipswich and West Brom have already done their part...

There is of course a massive reason why the odds are so long in a two-horse race. Nobody is giving Eddie Howe’s side any chance whatsoever and there was even more pessimism around when it emerged Tino Livramento misses out with an ankle injury.

That will see winger Jacob Murphy playing a right wing back and a converted centre balf, Dan Burn, playing as a wing back on the left.

Newcastle are basically going to play with five at the back, try and stay in the game for as long as possible and snatch a goal from somewhere.

Manchester City are as good as anyone at dealing with that sort of approach from the opposition and Pep Guardiola feels relaxed enough about this tie to leave John Stones on the bench.

It looks like it is going to be a long evening for the visitors. The FA Cup is famous for its upsets but this does not feel like it is going to be one of them.


05:13 PM GMT

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05:03 PM GMT

City face Real test in Treble hunt

Man City are still in the chase for a repeat of last season’s Treble, and the Champions League draw on Friday served up a epic last-eight clash with Real Madrid, who Pep Guardiola’s side humbled last season.

Find out who Telegraph Sport think will win that tie – and the other three quarter-finals – in this article.


04:59 PM GMT

Ashworth out, Mitchell in?

Off the pitch news this week at Newcastle has included an update on their search for a replacement for outgoing sporting director Dan Ashworth, who is doing one to Man Utd.

Newcastle are apparently keen to get Ashworth out of his garden and out of the door sharpish, so they can hire former Southampton, Tottenham and Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell.

Read Luke Edwards’s report here.


04:55 PM GMT

Recent Cup clashes

These teams have met three times in the FA Cup in the modern era, all at St James’ Park. Newcastle won fifth-round ties in 1995 and 2002; City cruised to a quarter-final victory in the weird Covid aftermath in 2020. Four years is a long time in football: the starting XIs that day included Andy Carroll, Danny Rose, Claudio Bravo, Benjamin Mendy and David Silva.

Here’s our match report from that game.


04:52 PM GMT

No Tino for Toon


04:47 PM GMT

Team news

Pep Guardiola has made five changes to the Man City side that drew 1-1 against Liverpool last weekend.

Stefan Ortega replaces the injured Ederson in goal and Ruben Dias and Josko Gvardiol replace Nathan Ake and John Stones in the back line.

Kevin De Bruyne is out (groin) so Mateo Kovacic comes in, while Jeremy Doku starts in place of Julian Alvarez, who is on the bench.

For Newcastle, Eddie Howe makes two changes to the side that lost 3-2 to Chelsea on Monday: Jamaal Lascelles and Jacob Murphy come in for the injured Tino Livramento and Miguel Almiron.

Anthony Gordon starts up front alongside Joe Willock and Alexander Isak despite sustaining a knee injury against Chelsea.


04:35 PM GMT

Newcastle line-up

Starting XI: Dubravaka, Murphy, Schar, Lascelles, Botman, Burn, Bruno, Longstaff, Willock, Gordon, Isak.

Subs: Karius, Dummett, Ritchie, Targett, Krafth, Hall, Almiron, Anderson, Miley.


04:34 PM GMT

Man City line-up

Starting XI: Ortega Moreno, Walker (C), Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol, Rodrigo, Kovacic, Bernardo, Foden, Doku, Haaland

Subs: Carson, Stones, Ake, Grealish, Alvarez, Gomez, Nunes, Bobb, Lewis


04:30 PM GMT

Howe hoping for a repeat

It’s easy to forget that Newcastle ended City’s hopes of a quadruple in September, when a very different side – Sandro Tonali, Lewis Hall, Paul Dummett and a then unknown Lewis Miley all started – withstood a first-half battering at St James’ Park to win 1-0 in the Carabao Cup. The winning goal was scored by Alexander Isak early in the second half.

Here’s our match report from that game.


04:23 PM GMT

Guardiola wary of Newcastle threat

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live, minute-by-minute coverage of the FA Cup quarter-final between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium. When this fixture took place in the league in August, it felt like a heavyweight clash between two Champions League sides. Newcastle had started the season by thumping Aston Villa 5-1 and an injury-hit City had to dig deep to win 1-0 and remind everyone they were still the team to beat.

Seven months later City and Newcastle occupy different worlds. City are going for another Treble, while Newcastle’s season will be over if they lose tonight. They’re 10th in the Premier League and have been allergic to clean sheets ever since Nick Pope dislocated his shoulder in December.

City are huge favourites, even without the injured Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne, but they will treat Newcastle with respect. “This season and the previous one, and the previous one – since Eddie Howe was there and the people from Saudi Arabia took over – they have always been tight games,” said the City manager Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola knows from bitter experience that Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon can hurt them on the break. Gordon should be fit to play despite coming off in the first half of Monday’s defeat at Chelsea. If he does start, he’ll be full of the joys after being called up to the England senior squad for the first time.

“I’m delighted for him,” said his manager Eddie Howe. “I know it’s been a big aim and ambition of his since he was a little boy and he fully deserves it in my opinion. He’s been outstanding this year. “He’s scored goals, created goals, he’s done brilliantly for the team; I’m delighted.”

Kick off is at 5.30pm and we’ll have team news shortly.

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