Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester City and Watford reach FA Cup semi-finals

Manchester City and Watford reach FA Cup semi-finals

The Championship side battled manfully as they tried to ensure Pep Guardiola's wait for a first FA Cup Final win continued but they were blitzed in the second half by the Premier League leaders.

A dry opening half resulted in fewer scoring chances, with each side reduced to shots from range, with Marcus Rashford firing at John Ruddy on 14 minutes.

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Swansea players were unhappy when Cameron Carter-Vickers was judged to have tripped substitute Raheem Sterling for the equaliser, while Sergio Aguero was offside when he headed in the victor two minutes from the end.

Replays showed the Argentina striker was marginally offside but the video assistant review system was not in use at the Liberty Stadium, despite having been used in City's third and fourth-round ties at their Etihad Stadium home.

Then Bernardo Silva pulled one back, a most generous penalty gifted them an equaliser, and Sergio Aguero scored an offside late victor. They ask all the clubs about the VAR and all around Europe, the VAR is there and here is not.

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"But, at the same time, we played incredibly well, with the amount of actions, the amount of crosses and the goalkeeper (Nordfeldt) was incredible", he added.

'We deserved to win the game by far - but to win in that way, I'm sorry'.

"The penalty was really lucky but you need it, especially when you're in four competitions".

"But it does not make it any easier when Aguero and Sterling come on, it makes it more hard and in the end we couldn't hold out". Our physicality and mental approach is so demanding. But for a long time tonight it looked like that might happen.

For a long time, the story of the game looked like it would be all about Celina, a player who joined Swansea from Manchester City and someone Guardiola knows all about.

United's interim manager was remarkably upbeat despite his side's flat performance.

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