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Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City

Hakim Ziyech scored the only goal of the game to see Chelsea into a fourth FA Cup final in five years, and end Manchester City’s pursuit of the quadruple.

Mason Mount released Timo Werner into space down the left in the 55th minute, and when cup keeper Zack Steffen was caught in two minds coming out to close, a simple square ball left the Moroccan with an open goal.

Chelsea had looked the more threatening and had a 6th minute Ziyech finish ruled out for offside against Werner in the build-up.  

In contrast, with Pep Guardiola making eight changes from the midweek victory in Dortmund, City were flat.

Fernandinho twice escaped bookings for fouls on Mount in a dull first half.

City increased the tempo after half time but quickly lost Kevin De Bruyne to an ankle injury, replaced by Champions League match-winner Phil Foden.

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Ziyech’s 55th minute opener followed the pattern of the early disallowed goal, and the Moroccan’s recent strike against Porto.

He should have doubled the lead minutes later when Ruben Dias was caught under a floated ball, leaving Ziyech with only Steffen to beat, but a scuffed shot allowed the American to keep his side in the game.

From then on, the game became increasingly attack vs defence, but a Dias miscued header from close range was the closest they came.

Substitute Christian Pulisic had an injury time strike pulled back for another tight offside as Chelsea held on to face either Southampton or Leicester in the final.

Click here for the match report on Chelsea’s previous match against Porto.

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June 2024