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Holders City cruise past Newcastle into FA Cup semis

Khaleej Times 2020-06-29 02:38:49

Kevin de Bruyne's first-half penalty and a superb strike by Raheem Sterling after the break earned holders Manchester City a comfortable 2-0 win at Newcastle United in the weekend's last FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.
City's domination of the first half was absolute and the only surprise was it took a penalty for them to lead at halftime, De Bruyne slotting home in the 37th minute.
Newcastle did improve marginally after the break and substitute Dwight Gayle somehow missed a gaping goal.
One minute later Sterling curled home a delightful effort to seal City's progress and set up a semifinal against Arsenal.
All four of this year's Cup quarter-finals, all played behind closed doors, were won by the away team - the first time that has happened since 1987.
Manchester United will face Chelsea in the other semifinal.

Draw for the semifinals of the FA Cup:
Manchester United v Chelsea
Arsenal v Manchester City
Matches will be played at Wembley on July 18-19