The Emirates FA Cup Final 2019 is all set to be a cracker!
This year’s final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 18th May between Manchester City and Watford.
The capacity crowd can expect a pulsating game of football, if the second FA Cup semi-final match between Watford vs Wolves is anything to go by.
However, first let’s get back to how each of the teams got to this year’s Emirates FA Cup Final.
Manchester City who are chasing back to back Premier League titles reached the finals with a 1-0 victory over Brighton.
They got off to a flying start inside four minutes thanks to Gabriel Jesus close range header from a Kevin De Bruyne’s cross. For the rest of the first half City looked to be in control passing the ball freely with Brighton playing catch up football. The only contentious point of the match being how Kyle Walker managed to stay on the pitch after squaring up to and rubbing heads with Brighton’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh.
The second half Brighton gained confidence and started to press Man City more and were very unlucky not to score through Shane Duffy as the second half progressed and the football became more end to end with Brighton chasing an equaliser.
In the closing stages of the match Raheem Sterling had a chance of making it 2-0 but Matthew Ryan kept the ball out and the match finished the match 1- 0 winners.
Watford reached their first FA Cup Final since 1984 after an enthralling match against fellow Premiership high fliers Wolves.
With just under half an hour of the match to go and after a spectacular individual goal by Raul Jimenez, Wolves thought they had the match under control at 2-0.
However, Watford turned the game on its head with an equally outstanding goal by Gerard Deulofeu to make the match 2-1. Watford relentlessly pushed forward looking for an equalizer to take the match into extra time.
With nearly four minutes of extra time having been played Watford were awarded a penalty after Troy Deeney was brought down. Although the referees decision was checked via VAR. The penalty stood and Deeney converted it to take the match into extra time.
Extra time was just as frantic with Watford and Wolves looking for a winner. Watford claimed the decisive goal in the 104th minute through Gerard Deulofeu again, after a lovely passing move that also involved Troy Deeney.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves looked absolutely gutted at the end of the match, they had come so close only for Watford to beat them after extra time 3-2.
Watford have set up a truly David versus Goliath Emirates FA Cup Final against Manchester City on Saturday 18th May. Which will have the neutrals of the football ranks cheering them on.
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