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History made as latest team crowned FA Cup winners – what does it mean for European places?

History was made this evening after Manchester City became the first English club to win the domestic treble as they beat Watford 6-0 and be crowned FA Cup 2018/19 winners.

Pep Guardiola’s side have this season also won the Premier League on the final day but also the League Cup, beating Chelsea 4-3 on penalties after a goalless 90 minutes and extra time.

The only other club to have won some sort of treble was Manchester United when the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson guided his side to winning the top flight division, the FA Cup against Newcastle and the Champions League against Bayern Munich attended by 91,000 supporters back in the 1998-99 season.

Today’s FA Cup final saw City start the better, though Watford played with no fear and breaking the title winners’ attacks.

The Hornets nearly took a surprise lead but Roberto Pereyra’s close effort was brilliantly saved by keeper Ederson.

As the first half played on, Manchester City upped their game a notch.

Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure had a shot blocked by Vincent Kompany with his elbow from a yard away, the referee turned down the pleas from the Hertfordshire side’s players.

The deadlock was broken shortly after that on the 26th minute, Man City going ahead when David Silva drove across goal and into the far corner.

Javi Gracia’s men hit their opposition on the break but another superb save from Ederson ruled out Roberto Pereyra’s shot from hitting the back of the net.

City went on to dominate and found their second on the 38th minute as Jesus prodded past Gomes from Bernardo Silva’s pass before Sterling then made sure it was over the line.

The second half start much of the same as how the previous half ended, possession all Sky Blues despite some attempts at goal for Watford.

Kevin de Bruyne replaced Riyad Mahrez and then got City’s third, he picked-up Gabriel Jesus’s unselfish pass to leave Gomes on the deck before smashing it home.

No longer did Watford fans believe they could get back into the game, City running rampant and de Bruyne really changing the game on it’s head since coming on.

He set up Jesus for a confident finish to hit the ball past Gomes for his second, 4-0 now and two goals away from matching the biggest FA Cup Final win which was set by Bury, who hit Derby County for six way back in 1903.

The 82nd minute saw Raheem Sterling, currently having what has to be his best ever season, grab his side’s fifth, smashing home Bernardo Silva’s cross in emphatic style.

Anymore goals? Certainly.

Another 5 minutes later and City made it 6-0, now the joint biggest win in an FA Cup final.

Heurelho Gomes tipped Sterling’s shot onto the inside of the post, only for him to hit home again and secure the win.


– 7th place Wolverhampton Wanderers secure a place in the Europa League for the first time since the 1980–81 UEFA Cup where they were knocked out in the first round by PSV

Manchester United will enter the Europa League group stage instead of the second qualifying round, that will be where Wolves kick off their European campaign

– With the drama that is the potential ban that Man City could get from Europe for breaking FFP rules, Sky Sports say that ‘if it was brought in for next season, fifth-place Arsenal would get the fourth Champions League spot. Or if they were to win the Europa League, Manchester United would technically claim a Champions League spot.’ They added, ‘If the ban was implemented for the 20/21 campaign, and City finished in the top four next season, the fifth-place side would get a Champions League spot.’


After Manchester City were crowned the 2018/19 FA Cup winners, thrashing Watford 5-0, fans took to give their reaction via both club’s social media tweets. There was also replies on Wolves’ tweet as they now qualify for Europe – find out what they had to say on the next page.


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