Pep Guardiola’s Man City equal incredible FA Cup record set 57 years ago


Manchester City have become the first team to reach the FA Cup final without conceding a single goal since Everton in 1965-66.

The defending Premier league champions reached only their second FA Cup final under Guardiola after three successive semi-final exits, beating Sheffield United 3-0 at Wembley.

The Citizens initially struggled to break down a resilient Blades backline, but they eventually broke the deadlock two minutes before half time courtesy of a converted penalty from Mahrez after Daniel Jebbison caught Bernardo Silva inside the penalty area.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated proceedings after the interval and doubled their lead just after the hour mark when Mahrez capped off a brilliant solo run through the centre of the pitch with a left-footed strike into the far corner.

City’s No.26 completed his hat-trick just five minutes later, sweeping a first-time finish beyond Wes Foderingham after receiving a cross from the left from Jack Grealish to send Guardiola’s side in the final.

The fact that Pep Guardiola’s side didn’t concede was also significant.

Prior to Saturday’s match, City had beaten Chelsea 4-0 in their FA Cup third round tie, Arsenal by 1-0, a tougher than expected 3-0 win against Bristol City before an Erling Haaland inspired 6-0 over former City stalwart, Vincent Kompany’s Burnley side.

Their route to the Wembley showpiece has therefore been achieved without conceding a goal.

It’s an incredible stat and more so when you consider how long ago it was when the feat was last achieved. That was when football did come home – way, way back in 1966.

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