Manchester City bounced back from the disappointment of the Champions League quarter-final exit to Real Madrid as Bernardo Silva’s late goal sunk Chelsea at Wembley to seal a place in the FA Cup final.

It was redemption for Silva after his poor spot-kick played a key role in City’s loss on penalties to Real.

The Portuguese midfielder turned in the winner at the far post from Kevin de Bruyne’s cross six minutes from time.

Chelsea will regret missing a host of chances, nearly all falling to striker Nicolas Jackson, as they suffered another agonising Wembley experience after the extra-time defeat on penalties against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final.

And Chelsea also feel they were victims of an injustice as they were infuriated that they were not awarded a second-half penalty when Cole Palmer’s free-kick struck Jack Grealish’s hand in the wall, only for the video assistant referee to rule no offence had taken place.

City remain on course for another double of Premier League and FA Cup and will now face either arch-rivals Manchester United or Championship side Coventry City in the final.

Man City dig deep for victory

City manager Pep Guardiola asked his side, who suffered such bitter disappointed as their hold on the Champions League trophy was wrestled away by Spanish giants Real, to go to the well once more against a highly-motivated Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

And, at times, it looked like the quest for victory might be beyond them as they looked jaded and leggy, only for their pedigree and muscle memory keeping them in contention until they could shake off the lethargy.

City did not even have a shot on target in the first half but slowly came into the game before, as the great sides do, they found a way to win.

The holders are always capable of moments of quality and it was no surprise that it was De Bruyne who unlocked Chelsea when they switched off fatally late on, the Belgian picking out Silva at the far post for the winner.

And it was a sweet moment for Silva, who chose to loft a dreadful penalty straight at Real keeper Andriy Lunin in a decisive moment in the shootout against Real as City’s attempt to win a second Champions League failed.

Here, as he has done so often, the Portuguese arrived with perfect timing to send City into another FA Cup Final.

City will be exhausted after another mammoth effort but will be refreshed for battles ahead by a hugely significant victory.

Chelsea suffer more Wembley agony

Chelsea players disappointed at the final whistle after going out at the semi-final stage of the FA Cup to Manchester City
Chelsea have suffered their 11th elimination from the FA Cup at the semi-final stage, the third most in the competition’s history after Everton (13) and Tottenham (12)

Chelsea and manager Mauricio Pochettino left Wembley with that “what might have been” feeling once again after seeing a golden chance to reach the FA Cup final pass them by.

Pochettino set his team up ideally to keep City at bay but once again, as they did in that Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool, Chelsea were their own worst enemies as they squandered opportunities to banish memories of that reverse.

And striker Jackson was the biggest culprit, deciding to go around City keeper Stefan Ortega when put clean through in the first half, failing to complete the job.

Jackson also shot low and tamely for Ortega to save in the second half, then saw a header clawed out by the keeper seconds later when the striker should have done better.

Chelsea will argue long and hard that they should have been awarded the penalty for what they felt was handball by Grealish from Palmer’s free-kick but it was all to no avail.

Palmer, Chelsea’s big hope, had a quiet game against his former club and Chelsea must focus on making a late run for a place in Europe as their trophy hopes were ended.

Player of the match

PalmerCole Palmer

with an average of 6.43

Manchester City

  1. Squad number11Player nameDoku
    Average rating

    5.96

  2. Squad number6Player nameAké
    Average rating

    5.80

  3. Squad number18Player nameOrtega
    Average rating

    5.78

  4. Squad number2Player nameWalker
    Average rating

    5.62

  5. Squad number25Player nameAkanji
    Average rating

    5.62

  6. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
    Average rating

    5.31

  7. Squad number52Player nameBobb
    Average rating

    5.25

  8. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    5.25

  9. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    4.85

  10. Squad number5Player nameStones
    Average rating

    4.81

  11. Squad number16Player nameRodri
    Average rating

    4.72

  12. Squad number47Player nameFoden
    Average rating

    4.57

  13. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
    Average rating

    4.47

  14. Squad number19Player nameÁlvarez
    Average rating

    4.17

Chelsea

  1. Squad number20Player namePalmer
    Average rating

    6.43

  2. Squad number27Player nameGusto
    Average rating

    6.33

  3. Squad number28Player namePetrovic
    Average rating

    6.25

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    6.25

  5. Squad number14Player nameChalobah
    Average rating

    6.08

  6. Squad number23Player nameGallagher
    Average rating

    6.05

  7. Squad number3Player nameCucurella
    Average rating

    5.86

  8. Squad number11Player nameMadueke
    Average rating

    5.40

  9. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo
    Average rating

    5.22

  10. Squad number8Player nameFernández
    Average rating

    5.18

  11. Squad number21Player nameChilwell
    Average rating

    4.90

  12. Squad number2Player nameDisasi
    Average rating

    4.71

  13. Squad number7Player nameSterling
    Average rating

    4.34

  14. Squad number10Player nameMudryk
    Average rating

    3.84

  15. Squad number15Player nameJackson
    Average rating

    3.80

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 3-2-4-1

  • 18Ortega
  • 2Walker
  • 6Aké
  • 25Akanji
  • 17De BruyneBooked at 86mins
  • 5StonesSubstituted forRúben Diasat 45′minutes
  • 47FodenBooked at 83mins
  • 16Rodri
  • 19ÁlvarezBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBobbat 88′minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forDokuat 66′minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva

Substitutes

  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 8Kovacic
  • 11Doku
  • 21Gómez
  • 24Gvardiol
  • 27Nunes
  • 31Ederson
  • 52Bobb
  • 82Lewis

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28PetrovicBooked at 83mins
  • 27GustoSubstituted forDisasiat 79′minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 3CucurellaSubstituted forChilwellat 88′minutes
  • 25CaicedoBooked at 45mins
  • 8FernándezBooked at 86minsSubstituted forSterlingat 88′minutes
  • 11MaduekeSubstituted forMudrykat 79′minutes
  • 20Palmer
  • 23Gallagher
  • 15Jackson

Substitutes

  • 2Disasi
  • 5Badiashile
  • 7Sterling
  • 10Mudryk
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 17Chukwuemeka
  • 21Chilwell
  • 36de Souza Eugênio
  • 42Gilchrist

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Attendance:
80,902

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester City 1, Chelsea 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Chelsea 0.

  3. Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

  4. Mykhailo Mudryk (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

  6. Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Foul by Phil Foden (Manchester City).

  8. Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodri.

  10. Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Rúben Dias.

  11. Substitution, Chelsea. Raheem Sterling replaces Enzo Fernández.

  12. Substitution, Manchester City. Oscar Bobb replaces Julián Álvarez.

  13. Substitution, Chelsea. Ben Chilwell replaces Marc Cucurella.

  14. Hand ball by Nathan Aké (Manchester City).

  15. Enzo Fernández (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

  18. Enzo Fernández (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Goal! Manchester City 1, Chelsea 0. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  20. Phil Foden (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.