LONDON (Dispatches) - Kevin de Bruyne’s first-half penalty and a superb strike by Raheem Sterling after the break earned holders Manchester City a comfortable 2-0 win away at Newcastle United in the weekend’s last FA Cup quarterfinal.
City’s domination of the first half was absolute and the only surprise was it took a penalty for them to lead at halftime, De Bruyne slotting home in the 37th minute.
Newcastle did improve marginally after the break and substitute Dwight Gayle somehow missed a gaping goal.
One minute later Sterling curled home a delightful effort to seal City’s progress and set up a semi-final against Arsenal.
All four of this year’s Cup quarterfinals, all played behind closed doors, were won by the away team — the first time that has happened since 1987.
Manchester United will face Chelsea in the other semifinal.
"We are in the semifinals. It was not easy to attack against a team defending so deep but it was a good performance. I am happy to go back to London, to Wembley,” City manager Pep Guardiola told reporters.