Newcastle United are out of the FA Cup after 2-0 loss against Manchester City at St James’ Park
In a rematch of the 1955 final; the last time Newcastle lifted the prestigious trophy, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were the difference as they dominated the team in black and white across the 90 minutes.
It was the first FA Cup quarterfinal to feature the Magpies since 2005, with the prospect of the first semi final since 2004 on the cards.
A needless foul from Fabian Schar on Gabriel Jesus awarded City a penalty in the 37th minute. Talisman De Bruyne slotted it past Karl Darlow to give Pep Guardiola’s team the lead.
After a constant first half barrage from the visitors, Newcastle were lucky to make it to half time just one-nil down.
The hosts squandered a golden opportunity in the 66th minute, with a beautiful run and low cross from Allan Saint-Maximin finding the feet of substitute Dwight Gayle. But Gayle launched the ball over the bar rather than into the empty net.
And Man City promptly punished their opponents, as mere moments later Raheem Sterling doubled their lead with a great strike curling into the bottom corner.
With 37 goals in their last 10 FA Cup games, Man City were imperial in their performance, and will look to move past the failed Premier League title defence and retain the FA Cup when they move onto Wembley to face Arsenal in the semi finals next month.
It will be another trophy less season for Newcastle, as their sole aim now is to consolidate their league position and potentially move into the top half of the Premier League.