Ortega Moreno plays key role: Manchester City’s first FA Cup finalist

Ortega Moreno plays key role: Manchester City's first FA Cup finalist

It won’t be a treble like last season after the dramatic Champions League exit against Real Madrid, but Manchester City definitely have a realistic chance of achieving a double. The reigning English champions took the next step in this direction on Saturday afternoon. But Chelsea made life extremely difficult for the favorites.

Without the sick Haaland, but with Ortega Moreno again between the sticks, the favorites started at a sold-out Wembley. And Guardiola’s decision to put the former Bielefeld player in goal turned out to be the right one. After seven minutes, Jackson tested the 31-year-old for the first time – the start of a special private duel.

After a quarter of an hour, Manchester City came dangerously close for the first time, but Foden’s cross from the baseline was finished off by Cucurella (14th). As a result, Chelsea took more and more control and put pressure on the passive Skyblues: Jackson ran alone towards Ortega Moreno in the 29th minute, but allowed himself to be pushed by him. Shortly after, Palmer, a former City professional, missed due to the goalkeeper’s quick dive (37th).

After the break, Chelsea continued where they had left off before the break: Jackson was denied by Ortega Moreno, only to despair seconds later with a header from close range that beat the ManCity goalkeeper (49′). Shortly after, Guardiola’s team was lucky when Grealish’s clear handball after a Palmer free kick was not interpreted as such (55th).

ManCity prepared their opponents

The hapless Jackson got back up after an hour, but at the last moment he let Walker escape (61′). Guardiola then brought documentation for the ailing Grealish and watched as his team gradually improved. ManCity dominated with possession, surpassed the rival and then struck coldly: after some preparatory work by De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva’s ball, deflected by Cucurella, entered the goal and made it 1-0 (84th).

Chelsea were broken and could not make a decisive move in eight minutes of added time. Whoever follows ManCity, who won 2-1 against city rivals United last year, will decide on Sunday (4:30 pm, LIVE! on kicker) between second division Coventry City and ManUnited .

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