Manchester City become first club ever to achieve this in the FA Cup

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Manchester City etched their name into the history books by becoming the first team ever to reach the FA Cup semifinals for six consecutive years, following a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Bernardo Silva’s pair of deflected shots sealing the win.

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Despite rotating five players from the lineup that drew 1-1 with Liverpool in the Premier League the previous weekend, City effortlessly advanced to the semifinals, facing little challenge from Newcastle.

The scoring opened in the 13th minute when Silva’s effort deflected off Newcastle’s Dan Burn, deceiving goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and arcing into the net.

Silva doubled City’s advantage in the 31st minute, his shot from the right taking a deflection off Sven Botman’s head to bypass Dubravka once again.

Newcastle nearly reduced the deficit through Alexander Isak in the 36th minute, but City’s goalkeeper Stefan Ortega made a superb save to deny the Swedish forward’s attempt, marking Newcastle’s sole shot on target throughout the match.

After the hour, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe made a quadruple substitution in an attempt to reinvigorate his team, with Miguel Almirón’s entrance briefly boosting the attack’s creativity. However, Manchester City quickly adapted to maintain their dominance.

Despite missed opportunities by Erling Haaland and Jérémy Doku, City’s overall superiority left manager Pep Guardiola with little concern over their missed chances, as his team comprehensively outplayed Newcastle from beginning to end.

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