Manchester City complete historic domestic treble with 6-0 win v Watford in FA Cup final

  • Rob Swan

Manchester City have become the first English men’s team to win all three major domestic trophies after beating Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the Premier League title last weekend after securing the Carabao Cup three months earlier, sealed a comfortable victory over their FA Cup final opponents.

Goals from David Silva and Raheem Sterling effectively killed off the final before half-time, while Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Sterling (two more, completing his hat-trick) netted City’s other four goals in the second half, although it was Watford who were presented with the best chance to break the deadlock early on.

Roberto Pereyra found himself through on goal, one-on-one with Ederson, after being picked up by Gerard Deulofeu following a swift counter-attack.

However, it was City’s goalkeeper who came out on top, producing a crucial stop to deny the Argentina international.

Ten minutes later, Watford’s players felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Abdoulaye Doucoure’s shot hit Vincent Kompany’s elbow. Referee Kevin Friend waved away the appeals.

If this was a Champions League match, a handball would probably have been awarded due to UEFA’s different rules.

Shortly afterwards, Silva opened the scoring for City with a cool left-footed finish from a Raheem Sterling header.

The impressive Bernardo Silva started the move by winning the ball off Doucoure in midfield, and he then went on to set up Sterling’s goal in the 38th minute.

The Portuguese midfielder’s brilliant pass was tapped in at the back post by Jesus, whose shot was finished on the line by Sterling.

Jesus thought he’d scored his first of the afternoon early in the second half with a diving header; however, the goal was ruled out for offside.

By the hour-mark, though, City had extended their lead to three goals thanks to De Bruyne, who near enough walked the ball into the net after rounding Heurelho Gomes.

It was all too easy for the Premier League champions, who then made it 4-0 on the 67th minute through Jesus.

Sterling then added gloss to the scoreline with an emphatic finish from close range.

And he completed his hat-trick with another finish from inside the box.

That equalled the record FA Cup final victory set by Bury 116 years ago.

All in all then, an extremely comfortable afternoon for City, who were simply too good for Watford.

This isn’t an FA Cup final that will live long in the memory of neutrals but City’s achievement will certainly be remembered by everybody for many years to come.

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