2019 FA Cup Final
FA Cup Final 2014 Wembley stadium.jpg
Report
Event2018–19 FA Cup
Date18 May 2019 (2019-05-18)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchKevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
RefereeKevin Friend (Leicestershire)
Attendance85,854
2018
2020

The 2019 FA Cup Final was the final match of the 2018–19 FA Cup and the 138th final of the FA Cup. It was played at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 18 May 2019. The match was contested by Manchester City and Watford. The winners will enter the group stage of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League.

This match is the fourth time that the two teams have been drawn against each other—although the first, in the 1985–86 season, involved two replays—and the first time in which they have played against each other later than the Fourth Round. Manchester City have won two of their previous meetings and Watford one. Manchester City have reached the FA Cup final for the eleventh time, whereas Watford will be making only their second appearance in the final.

The game was broadcast live in the United Kingdom by both BBC and BT Sport. BBC One provided the free-to-air coverage and BT Sport 2 was the pay-TV alternative.

Route to the final

Manchester City

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 Rotherham United at home. At their City of Manchester Stadium Manchester City won 7–0 due to goals from Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, an own-goal from Semi Ajayi, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane. In the fourth round, they drew fellow Premier League 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. In the fifth round, they played Football League Two Newport County away. At Rodney Parade in Wales, Manchester City won 4–1 due to goals from Sane, two from Foden and Mahrez. In the quarter finals, they drew Swansea City of the Football League Championship away. At the Welsh Liberty Stadium they won 3–2 due to goals from Silva, an own-goal from Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Agüero. In the semi-final at neutral Wembley Stadium, they were drawn with Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion and progressed to the final after a 1–0 win with a Jesus goal.

Watford

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.

Also 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. 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. In the fifth round they played Football League Championship Queen's Park Rangers away. At Loftus Road, Watford won 1–0 following an Etienne Capoue goal. 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. 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.

Pre-game

Manchester City earned their place in the final as part of a possible quadruple after having already won the 2018–19 EFL Cup. Watford qualified for their first FA Cup final since 1984 and having lost four semi-finals since 1987.

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 situated in the east side of the ground, while Watford's fans were allocated in the west.

Match

Team selection

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 potential selection. The final may also be Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes' last professional football match as he announced his retirement at the end of the season.

Details

18 May 2019 (2019-05-18)
17:00 BST
Manchester City 6–0 Watford Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 85,854
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
David Silva Goal 26'
Jesus Goal 38'68'
De Bruyne Goal 61'
Sterling Goal 81'87'
Report
Man City
Watford
GK 31 Flag of Brazil Ederson
RB 2 Flag of England Kyle Walker
CB 4 Flag of Belgium Vincent Kompany (c)
CB 14 Flag of France Aymeric Laporte
LB 35 Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Zinchenko
RM 20 Flag of Portugal Bernardo Silva
CM 8 Flag of Germany İlkay Gündoğan Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
LM 21 Flag of Spain David Silva Booked in the 60th minute 60' Substituted off in the 79th minute 79'
RF 26 Flag of Algeria Riyad Mahrez Substituted off in the 55th minute 55'
CF 33 Flag of Brazil Gabriel Jesus
LF 7 Flag of England Raheem Sterling
Substitutes:
GK 49 Flag of Kosovo Arijanet Muric
DF 3 Flag of Brazil Danilo
DF 5 Flag of England John Stones Substituted on in the 79th minute 79'
DF 30 Flag of Argentina Nicolás Otamendi
MF 17 Flag of Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Substituted on in the 55th minute 55'
MF 19 Flag of Germany Leroy Sané Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
FW 10 Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero
Manager:
Flag of Spain Pep Guardiola
Man City vs Watford 2019-05-18.png
GK 1 Flag of Brazil Heurelho Gomes
RB 21 Flag of Spain Kiko Femenía Booked in the 80th minute 80'
CB 6 Flag of Jamaica Adrian Mariappa
CB 15 Flag of Northern Ireland Craig Cathcart
LB 25 Flag of Greece José Holebas
RM 19 Flag of England Will Hughes Substituted off in the 73rd minute 73'
CM 16 Flag of France Abdoulaye Doucouré Booked in the 22nd minute 22'
CM 29 Flag of France Étienne Capoue
LM 37 Flag of Argentina Roberto Pereyra Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
CF 7 Flag of Spain Gerard Deulofeu Substituted off in the 66th minute 66'
CF 9 Flag of England Troy Deeney (c)
Substitutes:
GK 26 Flag of England Ben Foster
DF 2 Flag of Netherlands Daryl Janmaat
DF 11 Flag of Italy Adam Masina
DF 27 Flag of Belgium Christian Kabasele
MF 8 Flag of England Tom Cleverley Substituted on in the 73rd minute 73'
FW 10 Flag of Nigeria Isaac Success Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
FW 18 Flag of England Andre Gray Substituted on in the 66th minute 66'
Manager:
Flag of Spain Javi Gracia

Man of the Match:
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) Assistant referees:
Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent)
Matthew Wilkes (West Midlands)
Fourth official:
Graham Scott (Berks & Bucks)
Reserve assistant referee:
Edward Smart (West Midlands)
Video assistant referee:
Andre Marriner (Birmingham)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Harry Lennard (Sussex)

Match rules

  • 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.

External links

2018-19 FA Cup match days

Qualifying round | First round | Second round | Third round | Fourth round | Fifth round | Sixth round | Semi-Finals | Final 

FA Cup
FA Cup seasons

1871-72 · 1872-73 · 1873-74 · 1874-75 · 1875-76 · 1876-77 · 1877-78 · 1878-79 · 1879-80 · 1880-81 · 1881-82 · 1882-83 · 1883-84 · 1884-85 · 1885-86 · 1886-87 · 1887-88 · 1978-79 · 1979-80 · 1980-81 · 1981-82 · 1982-83 · 1983-84 · 1984-85 · 1985-86 · 1986-87 · 1987-88 · 1988-89 · 1989-90 · 1990-91 · 1991-92 · 1992-93 · 1993-94 · 1994-95 · 1995-96 · 1996-97 · 1997-98 · 1998-99 · 1999-00 · 2000-01 · 2001-02 · 2002-03 · 2003-04 · 2004-05 · 2005-06 · 2006-07 · 2007-08 · 2008-09 · 2009-10 · 2010-11 · 2011-12 · 2012-13 · 2013-14 · 2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 ·

FA Cup finals

1872 · 1873 · 1874 · 1875 · 1876 · 1877 · 1878 · 1879 · 1880 · 1881 · 1882 · 1883 · 1884 · 1885 · 1886 · 1887 · 1888 · 1889 · 1890 · 1891 · 1892 · 1893 · 1894 · 1895 · 1896 · 1897 · 1898 · 1899 · 1900 · 1901 · 1902 · 1903 · 1904 · 1905 · 1906 · 1907 · 1908 · 1909 · 1910 · 1911 · 1912 · 1913 · 1914 · 1915 · 1920 · 1921 · 1922 · 1923 · 1924 · 1925 · 1926 · 1927 · 1928 · 1929 · 1930 · 1931 · 1932 · 1933 · 1934 · 1935 · 1936 · 1937 · 1938 · 1939 · 1946 · 1947 · 1948 · 1949 · 1950 · 1951 · 1952 · 1953 · 1954 · 1955 · 1956 · 1957 · 1958 · 1959 · 1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987 · 1988 · 1989 · 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1994 · 1995 · 1996 · 1997 · 1998 · 1999 · 2000 · 2001 · 2002 · 2003 · 2004 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · 2011 · 2012 · 2013 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 · 2020 · 2021 ·

220px-England crest 2009.svg.png
Flag of England 2018–19 in English football
FA competitions
FA Cup (Qualifying Rounds, Final) · FA Community Shield · FA Trophy (Final) · FA Vase (Final)
League cups
EFL Cup (Final) · EFL Trophy (Final)
Premier and Football League
Premier League · Football League (Championship · League One · League Two)
National League
National League (National League · North · South)
Lower leagues
Isthmian League (Premier · North · South Central · South East) · Northern Premier League (Premier · West · East) · Southern Football League (Premier Central · Premier South · Division One Central · Division One South) · Combined Counties League (Premier, One) · East Midlands Counties League (level 10 only) · Eastern Counties League (Premier, One North, One South) · Essex Senior League (level 9 only) · Hellenic League (Premier, One East, One West) · Midland League (Premier, One) · Northern Counties East League (Premier, One) · Northern League (One, Two) · North West Counties League (Premier, One North, One South) · Southern Combination League (Premier, One, Two) · Southern Counties East League (Premier, One) · South West Peninsula League (Premier, One East, One West) · Spartan South Midlands League (Premier, One) · United Counties League (Premier, One) · Wessex League (Premier, One) · Western League (Premier, One) · West Midlands (Regional) League (level 10 only)
Playoffs

Championship (Final) · League One (Final) · League Two (Final)
National League (Final) · North (Final) · South (Final)

European competitions

Champions League (Final) · Europa League (Final)

National teams
Senior (2018–19 UEFA Nations League group stage, finals) (UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying) · U21 (UEFA Euro 2019 qualifying, finals) · U19 (UEFA Euro 2019 qualifying) · U17 (UEFA Euro 2019 qualifying, finals)
Other

Summer 2018 transfers · Winter 2018–19 transfers · Summer 2019 transfers

Club seasons
Premier League

Arsenal · Bournemouth · Brighton & Hove Albion · Burnley · Cardiff City · Chelsea · Crystal Palace · Everton · Fulham · Huddersfield Town · Leicester City · Liverpool · Manchester City · Manchester United · Newcastle United · Southampton · Tottenham Hotspur · Watford · West Ham United · Wolverhampton Wanderers

Championship

Aston Villa · Birmingham City · Blackburn Rovers · Bolton Wanderers · Brentford · Bristol City · Derby County · Hull City · Ipswich Town · Leeds United · Middlesbrough · Millwall · Norwich City · Nottingham Forest · Preston North End · Queens Park Rangers · Reading · Rotherham United · Sheffield United · Sheffield Wednesday · Stoke City · Swansea City · West Bromwich Albion · Wigan Athletic

League One

Accrington Stanley · AFC Wimbledon · Barnsley · Blackpool · Bradford City · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Charlton Athletic · Coventry City · Doncaster Rovers · Fleetwood Town · Gillingham · Luton Town · Oxford United · Peterborough United · Plymouth Argyle · Portsmouth · Rochdale · Scunthorpe United · Shrewsbury Town · Southend United · Sunderland · Walsall · Wycombe Wanderers

League Two

Bury · Cambridge United · Carlisle United · Cheltenham Town · Colchester United · Crawley Town · Crewe Alexandra · Exeter City · Forest Green Rovers · Grimsby Town · Lincoln City · Macclesfield Town · Mansfield Town · Milton Keynes Dons · Morecambe · Newport County · Northampton Town · Notts County · Oldham Athletic · Port Vale · Stevenage · Swindon Town · Tranmere Rovers · Yeovil Town

National League

AFC Fylde · Aldershot Town · Barnet · Barrow · Boreham Wood · Braintree Town · Bromley · Chesterfield · Dagenham & Redbridge · Dover Athletic · Eastleigh · Ebbsfleet United · FC Halifax Town · Gateshead · Harrogate Town · Hartlepool United · Havant & Waterlooville · Leyton Orient · Maidenhead United · Maidstone United · Salford City · Solihull Moors · Sutton United · Wrexham

National League North

AFC Telford United · Alfreton Town · Altrincham · Ashton United · Blyth Spartans · Boston United · Brackley Town · Bradford Park Avenue · Chester · Chorley · Curzon Ashton · Darlington · FC United of Manchester · Guiseley · Hereford · Kidderminster Harriers · Leamington · Nuneaton Borough · Southport · Spennymoor Town · Stockport County · York City

National League South

Bath City · Billericay Town · Chelmsford City · Chippenham Town · Concord Rangers · Dartford · Dulwich Hamlet · East Thurrock United · Eastbourne Borough · Gloucester City · Hampton & Richmond Borough · Hemel Hempstead Town · Hungerford Town · Oxford City · Slough Town · St Albans City · Torquay United · Truro City · Wealdstone · Welling United · Weston-super-Mare · Woking

2017–18                                                        2019–20

Manchester City F.C. matches - 2018-19
2018-19 Premier League

Arsenal (a) · Tottenham Hotspur (a) · Southampton (h) · Manchester United (h) · Arsenal (h) · Tottenham Hotspur (h) · Manchester United (a) · Burnley (a) · Brighton & Hove Albion (a)

2018-19 FA Cup

Rotherham United (h) · Burnley (h) · Newport County (a) · Swansea City (a) · Brighton & Hove Albion (n) · Watford (n)

2018-19 League Cup

Oxford United (a) · Fulham (h) · Leicester City (a) · Burton Albion (h) · Burton Albion (a) ·

2018-19 Champions League

Lyon (h) · 1899 Hoffenheim (a) · Shakhtar Donetsk (a) · Shakhtar Donetsk (h) · Lyon (a) · 1899 Hoffenheim (h) · Schalke 04 (a) · Schalke 04 (h) · Tottenham Hotspur (a) · Tottenham Hotspur (h)

FA Community Shield

Chelsea (n)

Watford F.C. matches - 2018-19
2018-19 Premier League

Arsenal (a) · Arsenal (h) · West Ham United (h)

2018-19 FA Cup

Woking (a) · Newcastle United (a) · Queens Park Rangers (a) · Crystal Palace (h) · Wolverhampton Wanderers (n) · Manchester City (n)

2018-19 League Cup
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.