City equalled record after beating Watford in FA Cup final

FA Cup By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/05/2019

Manchester City has equalled 116-year-old record after beating Watford 6-0 at Wembley to win Emirate FA Cup and clinch a historic domestic treble on Saturday evening.

Raheem Sterling scored a first FA Cup final hat-trick since 1953 as Pep Guardiola side rounded off an outstanding season.

Long-serving Spanish midfielder David Silva opened the scoring with a clinical finish after a header by Sterling before the latter doubled the lead.

A sublime pass by Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva allowed Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus, starting his first game since 6 April in place of Sergio Aguero, to tee up Sterling to tap home.

Substitute Kevin de Bruyne added the third after a beautifully worked move before setting up Jesus to make it 4-0.

Sterling fired into the top corner following Bernardo Silva's pass before completing his hat-trick in the closing stages from close range.

Watford had started brightly but Ederson's fine save to keep out Roberto Pereyra when the game was goallessly proved critical.

The Hornets wanted for a penalty when Abdoulaye Doucoure's shot hit Vincent Kompany but referee Kevin Friend waved their appeals away after a video assistant referee review.

City's class shone through as Pep Guardiola's side became the first men's team to win English domestic treble of league, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the same season.

It was City's sixth FA Cup triumph and their first under Guardiola, who has now won six trophies since taking over at Etihad Stadium in 2016.

City's win means Wolverhampton Wanderers, who finished seventh in the Premier League table, will play in the two-legged second qualifying round of the Europa League on 25 July and 1 August.