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The 2019 FA Cup Final was the 138th FA Cup Final, the final match of the 2018–19 FA Cup. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 18 May 2019,[2] contested by Manchester City and Watford.[3] Manchester City won the match 6–0, with two goals each from Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, and one each from David Silva and man of the match Kevin De Bruyne,[4] in only the third time a team has scored six goals in an FA Cup Final. The margin of victory is the joint largest in an FA Cup Final, equalling Bury's 6–0 win over Derby County in 1903.[5] The win completed City a domestic treble, unprecedented for any English teams. Since Manchester City have already qualified for the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, Wolverhampton Wanderers will enter the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round.

2019 FA Cup Final
2019 FA Cup final programme.jpg
The match programme cover
Event2018–19 FA Cup
Date18 May 2019 (2019-05-18)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchKevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
RefereeKevin Friend (Leicestershire)[1]

The match was the fourth time that the two teams had been drawn against each other – although the first, in the 1985–86 season, required two replays – and the first time in which they had played against each other later than the Fourth Round. Manchester City have won two of their previous meetings and Watford one. It was Manchester City's 11th appearance in the FA Cup final,[6] whereas it was only Watford's second.[7]


Route to the finalEdit

Manchester CityEdit

Round Opposition Score
3rd Rotherham United (H) 7–0
4th Burnley (H) 5–0
5th Newport County (A) 4–1
QF Swansea City (A) 3–2
SF Brighton & Hove Albion (N) 1–0
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

As a Premier League club, Manchester City started in the third round where they were drawn with Championship team Rotherham United at home. City won 7–0 from Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, an own goal from Semi Ajayi, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolás Otamendi, and Leroy Sané.[8] In the fourth round, they drew fellow Premier League team Burnley at home where they won 5–0 due to goals from Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, an own goal from Kevin Long, and Sergio Agüero.[9] In the fifth round, they played League Two side Newport County away at Rodney Parade in Wales. City won 4–1 courtesy of Sané, two from Foden, and Mahrez.[10] In the quarter-finals, they drew Swansea City of the Championship away. Played at Liberty Stadium, they won 3–2 due to goals from Silva, an own goal from Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Agüero.[11] In the semi-finals at Wembley, they were drawn with Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion and progressed to the final after a 1–0 win with a Jesus goal.[12]


Round Opposition Score
3rd Woking (A) 2–0
4th Newcastle United (A) 2–0
5th Queens Park Rangers (A) 1–0
QF Crystal Palace (H) 2–1
SF Wolverhampton Wanderers (N) 3–2 (a.e.t.)
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

As a Premier League club, Watford also started in the third round. They were drawn away at National League South side Woking. At the Kingfield Stadium Watford won 2–0 with goals from Will Hughes and Troy Deeney.[13] In the next round they played fellow Premier League Newcastle United away. At St James' Park, Watford progressed following a 2–0 win with goals from Andre Gray and Isaac Success.[14] In the fifth round they played Football League Championship Queens Park Rangers away. At Loftus Road, Watford won 1–0 following an Étienne Capoue goal.[15] In the quarter finals they played fellow Premier League Crystal Palace at home. At their Vicarage Road, Watford won 2–1 with a goal each from Capoue and Gray.[16] At neutral Wembley stadium against fellow Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers, they came from 2–0 down to win 3–2 after extra time to reach the final with two goals from Gerard Deulofeu and a penalty from Deeney.[17]


Manchester City earned their place in their second cup final of the season, after having already won the 2018–19 EFL Cup.[18] Watford qualified for their first FA Cup final since 1984 and having lost four semi-finals since 1987.[18]

Both clubs received an allocation of approximately 28,000 tickets. For adults, these were priced £45, £70, £115 and £145, with concessions in place. 14,000 tickets were distributed through the football family, which included volunteers representing County FAs, FA affiliated leagues, clubs and charities. Manchester City supporters were seated on the east side of the ground, and Watford's on the west.[19]


Team selectionEdit

Watford left-back José Holebas was sent off on the last day of the Premier League season in a 4–1 home defeat by West Ham United; the resulting one-match suspension would have ruled him out of the final. On 13 May, the red card was rescinded, clearing him for selection.[20] The final may also have been Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes' last professional football match as he announced his retirement at the end of the season.[21]


Manchester City6–0Watford
Attendance: 85,854
Manchester City
GK 31   Ederson
RB 2   Kyle Walker
CB 4   Vincent Kompany (c)
CB 14   Aymeric Laporte
LB 35   Oleksandr Zinchenko
RM 20   Bernardo Silva
CM 8   İlkay Gündoğan   73'
LM 21   David Silva   60'   79'
RF 26   Riyad Mahrez   55'
CF 33   Gabriel Jesus
LF 7   Raheem Sterling
GK 49   Arijanet Muric
DF 3   Danilo
DF 5   John Stones   79'
DF 30   Nicolás Otamendi
MF 17   Kevin De Bruyne   55'
MF 19   Leroy Sané   73'
FW 10   Sergio Agüero
  Pep Guardiola
GK 1   Heurelho Gomes
RB 21   Kiko Femenía   80'
CB 6   Adrian Mariappa
CB 15   Craig Cathcart
LB 25   José Holebas
RM 19   Will Hughes   73'
CM 16   Abdoulaye Doucouré   21'
CM 29   Étienne Capoue
LM 37   Roberto Pereyra   66'
CF 7   Gerard Deulofeu   66'
CF 9   Troy Deeney (c)
GK 26   Ben Foster
DF 2   Daryl Janmaat
DF 11   Adam Masina
DF 27   Christian Kabasele
MF 8   Tom Cleverley   73'
FW 10   Isaac Success   66'
FW 18   Andre Gray   66'
  Javi Gracia

Man of the Match:
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Assistant referees:[1]
Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent)
Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands)
Fourth official:[1]
Graham Scott (Berks & Bucks)
Reserve assistant referee:[1]
Edward Smart (West Midlands)
Video assistant referee:[1]
Andre Marriner (Birmingham)
Assistant video assistant referee:[1]
Harry Lennard (Sussex)

Match rules[22]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time


Manchester City became the first English men's team to win a domestic treble, having already won the EFL Cup and Premier League that season.[23] They will play Liverpool, the Premier League runners-up, in the Community Shield in August.[24]

The day after the game, City captain Vincent Kompany said that the final would be his final game for the club as he would be leaving after 11 years.[25]


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