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Man. City v Watford - as it happened

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Manchester City v Watford, FA Cup Final, 18/05/19, Official Lineups, BeSoccer

Man. City v Watford - as it happened

Tom Cunild by Tom Cunild @besoccer_es - 0 +15k

Join us for live coverage of the FA Cup final between treble-chasing Manchester City and Watford from Wembley Stadium.

Thank you for joining us today, and stay tuned for the match report later.
An incredible performance from City, but a bitterly disappointing showing from Watford as they are embarrassed on the biggest stage. Manchester City are the first side to record a domestic treble as they add the FA Cup to the Premier League and League Cup that they've already won this season.
AND THAT'S IT!! City have their treble!! What a side, what a performance, what an achievement.
The record was there for the taking....but Stones is denied by Gomes. The centre-back really should have scored there. From the resulting corner, the ball drops to Sane, who unleashes a powerful effort from 30 yards that flashes wide.
The sponsors have chosen Kevin De Bruyne as their Man of the Match...not sure about that one myself, but then again it's difficult to pick one player when at least 5 City stars have dropped 9/10 performances.
And that's the record equalling goal!! Sterling gets his second (or third?) as he follows in his own shot that Gomes brilliantly tipped onto the post. Incredible performance from Guardiola's side.
Watford fans, to their credit, are determined to enjoy their day out here, and are still singing their hearts' out and waving their flags like they're the ones who are 5-0 up.
Silva's performance has been brilliant and he almost gets the goal he deserves, but Femenia comes out of nowhere to block his effort over the bar.
City one goal away from equalling the biggest FA Cup final win in history (Bury 6-0 Derby County, 1903), and you wouldn't bet against them at least drawing level with it in the last 10 minutes.
It's five!! Another beautiful team move sees Raheem Sterling get in on the action as he taps home Bernardo Silva's low cross from the left - excellent play from Silva that. Watford can't wait to hear the full-time whistle here...
Kiko Femenia slips and presents the ball to the fresh-legged Sane before hauling him down and receiving a stonewall yellow.
The ball finally leaves play, meaning City can make their final change. John Stones gets a run out as he replaces the man who opened the scoring in David Silva.
Exhibition stuff from City as they knock the ball around the pitch, almost teasing Watford with it. Not sure the Hornets have had a touch in the last 3 minutes...
Capoue tries an ambitious effort from 30 yards that he gets badly wrong - may have cleared the Wembley arch, that.
Meanwhile, Gundgoan makes way for Leroy Sane for City - I'm sure the Watford defence can't wait to chase him around for the last 20 minutes...
Hughes trots off and Tom Cleverley comes on for Watford.
Ederson forced to make a rare save as he pushes Doucoure's header away. City never looked worried there still...
Things almost get worse for Watford - De Bruyne misses a great chance as he leans back and skies his left-footed effort over from inside the box.
GOAL! 4-0! It's getting ugly for Watford now. City break quickly and De Bruyne's perfectly timed through ball allows Jesus to race through and score a fourth.
Double change for Watford - Deulofeu and Pereyra make way for Andre Gray and Isaac Success - something that Watford's game plan has not had an awful lot of today...
De Bruyne is running the show now, and Mariappa just manages to clear a cross from the Belgian with Jesus waiting behind him to tap home.
City content to play keep-ball after that third - this could be a long half hour for Watford...
GOOOAL!! 3-0 City and that's that!! Kevin De Bruyne is on hand to take the ball round Gomes and slide into an empty net after a flowing counter attack from City. What a team...
David Silva cynically brings down Hughes after slipping and presenting the Englishman the ball in a promising position. Hint of Rugby about that...
Close for Watford!! Deulofeu gets on to a huge Capoue header up the pitch and is in behind Kompany, but he drags his left footed effort wide from a tight angle.
De Bruyne puts in a teasing ball from the right which is scrambled behind. Laporte nods the resulting corner narrowly wide.
The Watford fans are still in good voice sense that the next goal could be huge.
First half danger man Mahrez makes way for Kevin De Bruyne - not a bad player to have on the bench, ay?
A mazy run from Deulofeu sees him beat three City defenders before passing to Pereyra, but the Argentinian's effort to return the ball back to the winger is well intercepted by Laporte. Watford look up for it...
Watford throwing men forward now, and Pereyra's cutback from the right just falls behind the yellow shirts flooding into the box.
Jesus' puts home a diving header but it's quickly ruled out for offside. No VAR needed there...
Big save from Gomes!! Watford have started aggressively, leaving gaps on the counter which City exploited there. Jesus has space from a tight angle but Gomes turns it behind
Second half underway at Wembley. Can Watford turn it around?
So, City in control here and Pereyra's early miss looks even more damaging now. A miracle is needed for Javi Gracia's men to head back to Hertfordshire as FA Cup winners, but this is football and stranger things have happened...
Half-time at Wembley!! After a bright Watford start, City dominated proceedings and are sitting pretty at the break. Watford will need to replicate their semi-final heroics if they are to be crowned champions today, but it looks unlikely against stronger opposition.
Finally a bit of pressure from Watford. A nice flowing move ends up with a Hughes shot being blocked behind for a corner.
Watford really unable to get out their half now. City pressing to add a third and kill off the game before half time...
Still not clear who will be awarded with that goal, but what is clear is City's dominance. Watford have a mountain to climb here - but let's not forget that they also did in their semi-final against Wolves...
City smell blood here as Mahrez's effort from the right side of the area is pushed behind by Gomes - Watford on the ropes.
2-0 City!! That could be that before half time!! Bernardo Silva puts in an excellent cross from the right, which Jesus stretches out to tap in from a tight angle...Raheem Sterling does his best to steal the goal, not sure whose it is yet.

Mahrez dances his way into the box from the right once again, but his low cross is scrambled away. Zinchenko then tries one from distance which is blocked, and City have yet another corner.
Having seen Watford's penalty appeal again, you can understand Doucoure's frustrations. Kompany's arm was raised and he did make himself bigger to stop the shot, but it's still a very tough call for the referee.
Big tackle from Mariappa as Bernardo Silva looked set to rifle one home from inside the area.
Tough period for the Hornets here, City looking menacing with every attack at the moment. A Sterling backheel nearly finds the goalscorer Silva in the area, but Kiko Femenia intercepts just in time.
City have their tails up now and are pressing for another. Mahrez the latest to try his luck as he curls a left footed shot over the bar from the right.
1-0 City!! David Silva puts the champions ahead!! The ball loops up in the penalty area for Sterling, whose clever header finds Silva. The Spaniard hits a first time left footed strike low across goal, which gives Gomes no chance and puts Pep's side ahead!
Jesus tries a left footed effort on the turn, but the Watford defence stay strong and it's another City corner.
Gomes can't collect a Mahrez cross and Sterling nearly turns it in, but he's pulled up for a foul in the area.
Doucoure is booked for his protests, but it must be said that Kompany was far too close for a penalty to be awarded there.
Big penalty shout for Watford!! Doucoure's shot is blocked with Kompany's arm, but neither the referee or VAR believe it is a penalty and play is waved on.
Seeing that Pereyra chance again, it's hard not to be impressed with Ederson. The Brazilian came off his line so quickly, although you can't help but feel that big chance fell to the wrong man.
As expected, City are having lots of the ball in the Watford half but are yet to create any clear chances. Jesus slips over as he gets his first chance to run at the Watford defence...
Watford furious with referee Kevin Friend here as he stops play to award them the free-kick despite a clear advantage being on. Lots of space on the counter for Gracia's men here...
Easy stop for Gomes as Silva tries his luck with a weak effort from distance.
Huge chance for Watford!! Doucoure finds Deulofeu down the right, who slides in Pereyra. Ederson comes out quickly and stops the one on one - big save from the Brazilian.
Mahrez is the danger man here early on! He finds his way into the box with a couple of nice stepovers before his cross is turned behind.
Huge defending from Cathcart! Mahrez slides in Bernardo Silva down the right, whose cutback looks destined for Jesus to tap home. Cathcart slid in with a timely block, however, and the ball is cleared.
Mahrez finds space down the right and crosses to the near post, but David Silva's effort squirms into the hands of Gomes.
Laporte tries to emulate fellow centre-back Vincent Kompany's goal against Leicester, but skies his effort from 30 yards miles over the bar.
The ball doesn't quite drop for Jesus after the corner, and Watford look to mount a quick counter attack which is snuffed out on the halfway line - lively start to the final.
City win a corner early on as Zinchenko's cross from the left is blocked
Watford get us underway in the 2019 FA Cup final!!
Wembley on their feet for the national anthem...
No royal wedding this time around, so Prince William is in attendance and is shaking each of the players' hands as they line up on the hallowed Wembley turf.
The teams are in the tunnel, and Pep Guardiola looks more like he's waiting for a bus rather than leading his side out to win a potential treble - arms folded, cool as you like...
If Watford win, however, it will be Javi Gracia's side who qualify for the Europa League group stages. This would then leave Wolves out of Europe, and mean that Manchester United's season would have to start in the second qualifying round on 25th July against such European powerhouses as Lokomotiv Plovdiv or Atromitos (yeah, me neither).
This game has big implications for European football next season. If City win today, Wolves will qualify for the Europa League second qualifying round after finishing 7th in the Premier League, and Manchester United would go straight into the draw for the group stages.
The Watford end looks full as their supporters flock to Wembley to enjoy their first cup final in a generation.
The teams are out to warm up, with City wearing special tops to celebrate their team that won the FA Cup exactly 50 years ago.
The 2013 final was City's last appearance in the FA Cup final, in fact, and they will be looking to avoid a similar fate today after being upset 1-0 by Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic six years ago.
Watford, on the other hand, are making their first FA Cup final appearance since they lost 2-0 to Everton in 1984. They may be underdogs, but it is surely a mentality they will adopt and embrace as they look to follow Wigan's example from 2013.
Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City would become the first ever men's side (as Pep pointed out pre-match) to complete a historic domestic treble with a win at Wembley today. City have looked truly unstoppable since the turn of the year, and come into today's match as strong favourites.
Watford make two changes after their heavy home defeat against West Ham last Sunday. Veteran goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes starts in place of Ben Foster in what could be his last game for the Hornets, and Adrian Mariappa comes in to replace Christian Kabasele in defence.
So, City make one change from the side that secured the Premier League title at Brighton last week and it's one that we certainly didn't see coming... top scorer Sergio Aguero drops to the bench, with Brazilian Gabriel Jesus taking his place.
Watford: Gomes, Femenia, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan, D Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
To start with, lets check out how both teams line up for today's showpiece...
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford.
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