FA Cup: Manchester City beat Brighton to reach final

Gabriel Jesus sent quadruple-chasing Manchester City into the FA Cup final, by sealing a 1-0 victory over Brighton on Sunday (NZT).

Returning to the scene of City's League Cup triumph in February, the forward met Kevin De Bruyne's cross with a diving header in the fourth minute of the semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

City had a let-off, when defender Kyle Walker was fortunate not to get a red card in the first half, following a clash with Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the 32nd minute. Walker was only given a yellow card and survived a VAR review.

There weren't too many major alarms, but as City claimed their 21st win from their last 23 matches in all competitions.    

City will play Wolverhampton Wanderers or Watford in its first FA Cup final since 2013, when Roberto Mancini's side were beaten by Wigan.

By the time the five-time FA Cup winners contest the May 18 final, Pep Guardiola will  hope to have defended their Premier League crown, when the campaign ends the previous weekend.

City also remain in contention for a first Champions League title. Guardiola's side play Tottenham in an all-English quarterfinal, which starts with a first leg in north London on Wednesday (NZT).

They lost the Premier League top spot to Liverpool on Friday, but they are only two points adrift with a game in hand. 


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