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Late goal from Silva earns Man City FA Cup victory over Chelsea

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Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday with a late goal from Bernardo Silva to reach the FA Cup final after an enthralling end-to-end Wembley semi-final left the exhausted winners still in the hunt for a domestic double.

Silva came through in the 84th minute after Chelsea goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic parried Kevin De Bruyne’s shot and that was enough to sidestep a hard-fought affair, forcing Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino to wait until the end of the season.

City will meet Manchester United or second division Coventry City, who play on Sunday, in the showpiece match on May 25.

The result provided some consolation for Guardiola’s tired team, who were knocked out on penalties by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.

Portuguese Silva, who missed a penalty in the shootout defeat at home to Real, said he was: “Very happy after a very frustrating week for all of us, for me personally.

“The great thing is that when you play for Man City you play every three days, so after two or three days you have a chance for a bit of revenge and to put things right.”

City’s win means they can take another double and move two points clear at the top of the Premier League, although they have had to dig deep to keep their FA Cup defense on track.

“What they did today was one of the best things I have seen in a group of players (after) 120 minutes against Madrid,” Guardiola, who complained about the tight turnaround time after the Real match, told reporters.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Chelsea, whose last visit to Wembley two months ago ended in defeat in the League Cup final thanks to a late Liverpool goal in extra time, squandered some of the best chances.

Senegalese Nicolas Jackson was particularly loose.

He had the first shot on target in the eighth minute, but it was easily saved by Stefan Ortega in the City goal.

Early in the second half, Jackson had two chances to put the ball away, but Ortega intercepted both.

There were also chances for 21-year-old former City striker Cole Palmer, who scored four goals against Everton in the league last Monday, and Noni Madueke.

A final free-kick from substitute Mykhailo Mudryk sailed over the crossbar, while Chelsea were also denied a penalty when Palmer’s free-kick hit Jack Grealish’s hand in the wall, but VAR ruled in City’s favour.

“In football the most important thing is to be clinical and not to give in,” said Pochettino, whose side face Arsenal in the Premier League on Tuesday as they try to make a late bid to qualify for Europe.

“We competed well, I can’t say we were the better team because that is difficult to measure in football. The most important thing is that we fought.”

Chelsea have now been eliminated in six of their last eight FA Cup matches against Manchester City, including in the third round last season.

Reuters