Manchester City closes in on their seventh FA Cup. A new exhibition by Haaland sentenced a Burnley that was very brave in the first half, but ended up being thrashed. Julián Álvarez, with a brace, and Palmer the party ends. The ‘citizens’ thus become the third team in the history of English football to reach five FA Cup semi-finals in a row.
City came out with everything, with Rico Lewis forming a double pivot with Rodri and with Julián Álvarez accompanying Haaland in attack. But Guardiola’s men ran into a combative Burnley at the beginning, who pressed the ball well and was about to take the lead thanks to a Tella’s distant shot that forced Ortega to intervene.
And then, the beast appeared. Julián received in the rival field and filtered a spectacular pass into space that the Norwegian, only against Peacock-Farrell, did not waste. Everything was bliss at the Etihad, but Haaland wanted moreso he accompanied Foden’s counter, received from the English inside the area and did not forgive to put the 2-0 before the break and put the pass to the ‘semis’ on track.
Haaland leaves Julian in the spotlight
The start of the second half was an extension of the end of the first. City tried hard to finish off the tie and he was close to achieving it with two occasions from Mahrez and Haaland. The Norwegian’s failure ended up being anecdotal, since in minute 59′ he picked up Foden’s rebound on the post and made it 3-0thus scoring his sixth hat-trick as a ‘sky blue’, his 42nd goal of the season and his eighth in just four days.
Haaland left Julian in the spotlightthat three minutes after his teammate’s goal scored the 4-0 to empty goal after a great play between Mahrez and De Bruyne. It was then that Guardiola decided to seat Haaland and give entry to Palmer. The squad player picked up the scoring baton from 9 and took advantage of a reject dead Peacock-Farrell to put the little hand.
Before the end, De Bruyne started running Julianwhat he dribbled past Ameen and put her out of reach of the Irish goalkeeper from Burnley. Set, match and pass to the semifinals for a Manchester City that enters this round for the fifth consecutive time. Guardiola’s men will meet their rival tomorrow.