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Bernardo's late strike powers Man City to FA Cup final

IANS | April 21, 2024 10:56 AM

LONDON: Bernardo Silva’s late winner sent Manchester City into the final as the holders beat Chelsea 1-0 at Wembley.

The Portuguese midfielder struck home with six minutes to play to settle an otherwise even contest which saw Nicolas Jackson pass up a string of presentable chances for the Blues.

The pick of them came in the space of the same attack early in the second half, with two efforts saved by Stefan Ortega as City survived a spell of pressure before finding their cutting edge.

City will now face the winners of Sunday’s semifinal between Coventry City and Manchester United in the final on May 25, with a second successive Manchester derby in the showpiece a possibility.

It's the third time that City have reached the FA Cup final in consecutive years while Chelsea suffered their 11th elimination from the FA Cup at the semifinal stage, the third-most in the competition’s history after Everton and Spurs, with 13 and 12 respectively, according to Premier League.

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