Bernardo Silva's Late Goal Lifts Manchester City Past Chelsea in FA Cup Semi-Final

Manchester City defeats Chelsea 1-0 in FA Cup semi-final, with Bernardo Silva's late winner sending City to the final. The victory keeps City's domestic double hopes alive, while Chelsea's trophy drought continues.

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Bernardo Silva's Late Goal Lifts Manchester City Past Chelsea in FA Cup Semi-Final

Bernardo Silva's Late Goal Lifts Manchester City Past Chelsea in FA Cup Semi-Final

Bernardo Silva scored an 84th-minute winner as Manchester City defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The victory sends City into the FA Cup final and provides a much-needed boost after their disappointing Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid earlier in the week.

Chelsea dominated much of the match and created several meaningful chances, but were unable to find the back of the net. Striker Nicolas Jackson missed a golden opportunity early on, while Cole Palmer was denied by City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. Chelsea also felt aggrieved not to be awarded a second-half penalty when a free-kick by Palmer appeared to strike the arm of Jack Grealish in the wall, but VAR did not intervene. "We adhered to the game plan and just lacked the final details to find the back of the net," said Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah. "The defeat is difficult to accept."

With the match looking destined for extra time, Kevin De Bruyne delivered a precise cross that Silva converted to secure Manchester City's place in the final. The goal provided a measure of redemption for Silva, who had missed a crucial penalty in the shootout loss to Real Madrid. "I had been through a range of emotions but was happy to bounce back and help City reach the FA Cup final," Silva admitted after the match.

Why this matters: The victory keeps Manchester City's hopes of a domestic double alive, as they continue to chase Arsenal in the Premier League title race. For Chelsea, the defeat extends their trophy drought and raises questions about the club's progress under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had urged his team to dig deep and find a way to win after the Champions League disappointment. Despite looking fatigued at times, City showed character to overcome a stubborn Chelsea side that had beaten them in the semi-final two years ago. The win sets up a potential Manchester derby in the FA Cup final, with United facing Coventry in the other semi-final on Sunday. "We were second-best for much of the match, but Chelsea wasted several chances before Silva's late strike sealed the win," Guardiola said. "The victory provides a timely lift as we pursue

Key Takeaways

  • Bernardo Silva scored late winner as Man City beat Chelsea 1-0 in FA Cup semi-final.
  • Chelsea dominated but failed to score, aggrieved by no penalty call on Grealish handball.
  • Silva's goal provided redemption after his penalty miss against Real Madrid.
  • Victory keeps Man City's domestic double hopes alive, extends Chelsea's trophy drought.
  • Guardiola praised City's character to overcome Chelsea, sets up potential Manchester derby final.