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Manchester City 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: Manchester City reach FA Cup final

Manchester City v Brighton

Manchester City secured their place in the FA Cup final as their quadruple dream lives on, extending a remarkable run of 22 wins in 23 matches.

Gabriel Jesus' diving header gave Manchester City an early lead in the fourth minute, completing a flowing move that started with centre-back Aymeric Laporte.

VAR checked for a potential Kyle Walker headbutt on Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the first half, but a yellow card for both players was deemed sufficient punishment.

Anthony Knockaert posed a threat for Brighton, without really testing goalkeeper Ederson as the Premier League strugglers grew into the game after their nightmare start.

Laporte preserved City's lead with a brilliant goalline clearance early in the second half as Brighton threatened with their aerial ability from the likes of Glenn Murray and Lewis Dunk.

Raheem Sterling left Mat Ryan's palms stinging with a fierce drive just past the hour mark, as the game began to take on a frenetic end-to-end nature.

This was far from City's silky best, but it was enough to prevent Brighton unlocking their defence despite manager Chris Hughton bringing on attacking firepower from the bench.

Brighton's unsuccessful run at Wembley continues - this their fourth successive loss at the stadium.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerBooked at 32minsSubstituted forDaniloat 45'minutesBooked at 50mins
  • 30Otamendi
  • 14Laporte
  • 22MendySubstituted forStonesat 79'minutes
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forFernandinhoat 65'minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 21Silva
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 33Gabriel Jesus
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 3Danilo
  • 5Stones
  • 19Sané
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 47Foden
  • 49Muric

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 4Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 72mins
  • 30Bernardo
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6Stephens
  • 8BissoumaSubstituted forLocadiaat 82'minutes
  • 11Knockaert
  • 17MurraySubstituted forAndoneat 66'minutes
  • 16JahanbakhshBooked at 32minsSubstituted forIzquierdoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 3Bong
  • 9Locadia
  • 10Andone
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 27Button
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
71,521

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danilo (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Attempt saved. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Davy Pröpper.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Bernardo (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jürgen Locadia replaces Yves Bissouma.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bernardo tries a through ball, but Lewis Dunk is caught offside.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danilo.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. John Stones replaces Benjamin Mendy.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Foul by Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City).

Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fernandinho.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Florin Andone replaces Glenn Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

Foul by Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt saved. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Aymeric Laporte.

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

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