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First FA Cup finalist found

Ziyech scored in the 55th minute when he tapped into an empty net from a cross by Timo Werner with City goalkeeper Zack Steffen in no man's land after racing off his line to close Werner down but then seeming to change his mind.

The win at Wembley leaves Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel on course for a trophy after engineering a remarkable turnaround since he replaced Frank Lampard in January, with the Blues also in the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid.

Manchester City return to winning ways

City's 21-match winning streak in all competitions was ended with a 2-nil loss to United earlier this week but normal service has now resumed with City going 14 points clear at the top of the competition.

City have 68 points from 29 games with Manchester United on 54 from one game fewer.

Southampton have 33 points from 28 games and are only seven points above the relegation zone after a ninth defeat in 11 games.

 

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Manchester City forced to fight back to beat fourth tier club Cheltenham

Cheltenham came close to one of the biggest shocks in the 150-year history of the FA Cup before Pep Guardiola's City team scored three late goals on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

A long throw-in from Cheltenham captain Ben Tozer caused a mix-up in the City defence and Alfie May seized on a deflection to stab the ball into the net.

Ferran Torres added a third in stoppage time to ensure City moves on to play Swansea in the fifth round.

Manchester City surge to 3-1 win over Chelsea in Premier League

İlkay Gündoğan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne scored in a devastating 16-minute first-half spell as City rose to fifth in the standings despite coronavirus cases depleting the squad.

Chelsea is only three points behind City but has played two games more and the manner of this defeat will be alarming to notoriously impatient owner Roman Abramovich.

The absence of any crowd due to coronavirus restrictions spared Lampard from any negativity from his own fans at least.

Fans return to English football

Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-1 in front of 2,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 at West Ham United -- their fifth straight comeback victory on the road -- in front of the same size crowd.

Clubs in less restricted areas of England were allowed to welcome back 2,000 fans but in higher risk places games carried on behind closed doors with Manchester City beating Fulham 2-0 and Everton held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Spurs go top

Goals in each half from Son Heung-min and substitute Giovani lo Celso, secured the three points and a fourth straight league win for Spurs, who are two points ahead of second-placed Chelsea.

The victory was the first time Mourinho has enjoyed back-to-back wins over his old rival Guardiola.

Earlier Chelsea had gone top after a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United courtesy of an own goal by Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham's second-half effort.

Man City to honour Silva with statue at Etihad Stadium

Silva made his final appearance for City in their 3-1 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais in Saturday's Champions League quarter-final.

The 34-year-old helped City win the Premier League four times, the FA Cup twice and the League Cup five times after signing from Valencia in 2010.

Silva, who scored 60 goals in 309 Premier League appearances, also represented City in a club record 70 European matches.

Belgian defender Vincent Kompany, who spent 11 years at City, was given similar recognition when he left the club last year. Both statues are due to be unveiled next year.

Man Utd 2-0 Man City

Anthony Martial fired the Red Devils ahead in the first half with a shot that City's goalkeeper should probably have kept out at his near post.

United survived some heavy second-half pressure until Scott McTominay scored an injury-time second after Ederson's throw went straight to his feet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, beaten at home by City in their past three league meetings and the EFL Cup semi-final first leg, claimed a top-flight double over their city rivals for the first time since 2009-10 to leave the champions' title defence hanging by a thread.

Manchester United humiliated by City in League Cup semifinals

All of City's goals at Old Trafford came in a one-sided first half that highlighted the gulf which has opened up between the cross-town neighbours over recent years.

When the visitors went 3-0 up courtesy of an own-goal by Andreas Pereira in the 39th minute, memories were revived of the 6-1 win served up on this ground by Roberto Mancini's City in 2011 that signalled the shifting of the balance of football power in Manchester.

Man City retain Premier League

Alex Ferguson's Manchester United made it three in a row in the 2008-09 season, after which point the Premier League has changed hands year on year.

City now have their fourth title in the past eight seasons and can contemplate the prospect of a similar era of dominance under Pep Guardiola, having followed up last season's 100-point haul with 98 to edge a relentless tussle with Liverpool.

The EFL Cup winners will now turn their attentions towards next weekend's FA Cup final against Watford at Wembley and the prospect of an unprecedented domestic treble.