Man City vs Watford: Raheem Sterling nets hat-trick as Citizens claim FA Cup

Man City vs Watford: Raheem Sterling nets hat-trick as Citizens claim FA Cup

- Man City vs Watford saw the Citizens complete a domestic treble by thrashing Hornets in the FA Cup final at Wembley

- City claimed the lead on 26 minutes through veteran midfielder David Silva and Gabriel Jesus's strike narrowly crossing the line before Raheem Sterling smashed it in

- Kevin De Bruyne netted City's third goal to make 3-0 , with Jesus netted on 68 minutes before Sterling netted twice to complete the 6-0 rout

Raheem Sterling netted a hat-trick as Manchester City completed a total sweep of domestic honours after clinching the FA Cup with a 6-0 bashing of Watford on Saturday, May 18, at Wembley.

The encounter saw City started without the trio of Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, with Riyad Mahrez get a start, with Watford preferring the duo Heurelho Gomes and Gerard Deulofeu in their starting XI.

10 minutes after commencement of action, Deulofeu connected Roberto Pereyra with a decent cross from the right, but Ederson was spot on to make a save.

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Man City netted the game’s opener in the 26 minutes, through David Silva, who wrong-footed Gomes in Watford goal to see the Pep Guardiola take the lead.

From this moment, Watford found it tough getting back to the contest, with City dictating the pace of game from defence to attack.

In the 38th minute, Raheem Sterling hammered home an assist from a cut back from Gabriel Jesus, with Gomes nowhere to be found.

After the restart, Jesus came close to netting City’s third on 48 minutes, but Gomes kept the ball out for a corner-kick.

In the 55th minute Man City opted for a substitution in the 55th minute, as Mahrez making way for De Bruyne.

As Hornets were pushing forward to reduce the deficit, City netted the third goal on 61 minutes mark after De Bruyne finished off a square pass from Jesus.

Watford’s manager Javier Garcia responded to City’s goal in the 66 minutes, with the pair of Andre Gray and Isaac Success replacing Pereyra and Deulofeu.

However, that did not stop City from scoring as Jesus secured minutes later from a De Bruyne’s through pas to make it 4-0.

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Sterling was on hand to net the fifth in the 81 minutes from a low cross off Bernardo Silva.

And six minutes after, he compounded Watford’s woes with his hat-trick and City’s sixth goal on the night from close-range to seal the FA Cup and domestic treble for the Citizens.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Man City will suffer huge financial losses if they are banned from the Champions League during the 2019-20 campaign.

According to sportbible.com citing New York Times, the Premier League champions are currently under investigation by UEFA over alleged breaches of the Financial Fair Play rules, which will attract a one year ban from the continent’s premier club tournament.

Interestingly, UEFA are primarily probing City for allegedly misinforming the continents’ football arbiters, with cost of most sponsorship deals from the United Arab Emirates largely unknown.

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