Published On: Sun, Apr 7th, 2019

Man City 1-0 Brighton AS IT HAPPENED: Gabriel Jesus goal helps City reach FA Cup final | Football | Sport

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Manchester City XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling

Brighton XI: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Murray, Jahanbakhsh

  • Gabriel Jesus opens the scoring in the 4th-minute
  • VAR decides no red card for Walker in clash with Jahanbakhsh
  • Manchester City reach FA Cup final
  • Pep Guardiola’s side will play either Wolves or Watford

Pep Guardiola’s side were not at their rampant best against a Brighton side with their minds still on top-flight survival.

It took City three minutes to go ahead at a less-than-full Wembley, Jesus diving full length to connect with Kevin De Bruyne’s superb whipped cross.

Whatever game-plan Brighton boss Chris Hughton had devised to stop a relentless City side was presumably now in tatters, but the expected onslaught did not materialise.

City had a let-off when Kyle Walker was perhaps fortunate not to get a red card in the first half following a clash with Alireza Jahanbakhsh and they never looked totally secure as Brighton caused problems.

There were not too many major alarms, however, as City claimed their 21st win from their last 23 matches in all competitions.

They will play the winners of Watford and Wolves who meet in the second semi-final on Sunday.


Sergio Aguero has been included in Manchester City’s travelling squad for Wembley. The striker missed the midweek win over Cardiff with a muscle problem. Left-backs Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabian Delph are both out.

Solly March and Jurgen Locadia face late fitness tests for Brighton. March came off during the first half of Wednesday’s loss at Chelsea due to a tight calf, while Locadia missed that game because of a similar issue. Pascal Gross remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Last season: No corresponding fixture

Top scorers: Sergio Aguero (Man City) 29; Glenn Murray (Brighton) 13

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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