Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City won the FA Cup on Saturday by beating Watford 6-0 and claimed the nation’s first domestic treble. Man City, who had already won the Premier League and Carabao Cup, have now added the FA Cup to their impressive trophy cabinet. Alongside the three trophies, Man City had also won the Community Shield back in August.
Man City have equaled the biggest margin of victory in the FA Cup finals by hitting six past Watford. Perreyra had a glorious opportunity to open the scoring for Watford on a counter but couldn’t beat Ederson. David Silva ended his 27 matches goal drought by combining with Sterling in the air and scored with a low shot that beat Gomes in goal.
Gabriel Jesus made sure Man City had some breathing space by reaching a fantastic ball played into the box by Bernardo Silva. The Brazilian deflected the ball towards the goal and Raheem Sterling couldn’t wait for the ball to roll in. The winger smashed the ball on the goal-line into the back of the net. Man City were comfortably 2-0 ahead at the break.
Zinchenko’s cross was headed in by Gabriel Jesus but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. In the 53rd minute, Kevin De Bruyne replaced Mahrez and the landscape of the match changed with the substitution. The Belgian instantly became the key figure in orchestrating City’s attacks.
Gabriel Jesus won the ball at the half-line and ignited a Man City counter. He played a one-two with Sterling and then passed the ball to Kevin De Bruyne who side-footed the keeper and then calmly slotted the ball home to make it three. The Hornets were starting to get embarrassed by the Premier League Champions.
Five minutes later, Gabriel Jesus made it four when Kevin De Bruyne played a through ball into acres of space. The striker sprinted from the half-line to take the ball into the Watford box and unleashed a low shot past the Watford goal-keeper into the goal.
Man City had opportunities to extend their already big lead with a huge chance heading De Bruyne’s way whose curled shot was over the bar. Bernardo Silva dribbled passed the Watford back-line and crossed the ball ball to the path of Raheem Sterling in the far-post who made it five.
A few minutes later, the winger bagged his hat-trick. Sterling’s intital shot was deflected to the post but he scored on the rebound and despite going 6-0 down, the Watford fans kept waving their flags and chanting. Stones could have made it seven but Gomes made a fine save with his leg.
Both teams were applauded by both sets of fans as the referee Kevin Friend blew the final whistle. Man City completed an unprecedented clean sweep of the domestic trophies in the Men’s game at England. With the treble achieved, Guardiola’s ‘back to back’ champions have now certainly secured their place in history.