The Manchester City incumbent reached the FA Cup semifinals on Sunday after goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling won a 2-0 win without problems in Newcastle.
City conceded Premier League title to defending champion Liverpool this week and must beat 13-time FA Cup winner Arsenal to reach another cup final. In Sunday’s draw, Chelsea will face 12-time winner Manchester United in the other semifinal.
Matches will take place July 18-19 at Wembley in the absence of fans.
Earlier on Sunday, Chelsea won 1-0 at Leicester and Arsenal needed an injury time winner to win 2-1 at Sheffield United.
City’s victory was much more comfortable.
De Bruyne placed City in front of the penalty spot in the 37th minute of a dominant first half. Dwight Gayle missed a great opportunity to equalize for Newcastle halfway through the second half, blazing the spotlight for Allan Saint-Maximin at close range.
It was a rare opportunity for Steve Bruce’s team and an expensive missive as Sterling scored moments later, bending a shot from the edge of the surface after a quick counterattack in the 68th.
Substitutes made the difference for Chelsea and Arsenal.
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley made a center of Willian in the 63rd.
Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos scored in the 91st for Arsenal with a low shot, just four minutes after David McGoldrick equalized at close range.
Nicolas Pépé’s striker put Arsenal in the lead halfway through the first half, after United midfielder John Lundstram had a head off for offside. The head of defender John Egan at the start of the second half was also released, much to the frustration of local fans.
Man United defeated Norwich 2-1 on Saturday in the other quarterfinal.
In Sunday’s only Premier League game, striker Danny Ings scored twice to reach 18 goals while Southampton won 3-1 at Watford.
Ings struck in each half to move a goal behind top scorer Jamie Vardy, who suffered a meager spell for third place Leicester.
Southampton has climbed from one place to 13th place and is 13 points away from the relegation zone. But Watford, 16th, remains one point above the drop zone with six games left.
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