Holders Manchester Metropolis will face Arsenal in a powerful FA Cup semi-final line-up after displaying class and endurance to beat Newcastle at a quiet St James’ Park.
Shorn of a fervent dwelling assist, Newcastle struggled within the first half towards their opponents who’re aiming to finish a cup treble after conceding the Premier League title to Liverpool this week.
After losing a number of good probabilities, Metropolis opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Kevin de Bruyne slotted previous Karl Darlow following Fabian Schar’s unnecessary push on Gabriel Jesus.
However after switching to a extra constructive formation within the second half, Steve Bruce’s group pressed larger up the pitch and the sport opened up earlier than a key turning level after the hour mark.
Though Andy Carroll prompted issues of a bodily nature on his first begin since December, it was his substitute Dwight Gayle who had Newcastle’s finest probability when he someway skied over from six yards following Allan Saint-Maximin’s low cross.
Inside two minutes, Raheem Sterling raced down the opposite finish and slotted into the underside nook with an beautiful curling end for his 22nd objective of the season.
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The errors by Schar and Gayle undid Newcastle’s onerous work, however Metropolis saved their composure to increase their successful FA Cup run to 10 video games.
Having already received the League Cup and with a lead over Actual Madrid within the final 16 of the Champions League, it may nonetheless be a memorable season for Pep Guardiola’s aspect.
Manchester United will face Chelsea within the different second semifinal match.