Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup last four with a straightforward 2-0 win at Newcastle.
A goal either side of the break from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling means Pep Guardiola’s side are in pole position to defend their title.
City were quick out of the blocks on Tyneside, with Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Sterling all wasting brilliant early chances.
And with the visitors hammering on the Newcastle door, it was only a matter of time before they took the lead.
Fabian Schar’s foul on Jesus was a soft one, but De Bruyne showed nerves of steel to bury his spot kick.
Steve Bruce threw on Joelinton and Dwight Gayle after the break.
And it was to be the former Crystal Palace man who missed their best chance to equalise.
Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross evaded everyone in a City shirt, but Gayle made a horrible connection and spooned it over the bar.
That stung City back into action two minutes later, as Aymeric Laporte released Phil Foden in behind, and cut back for Sterling to bury a game killing second.
City did have chances to make it three or four in the closing minutes, but in the end two goals were more than enough to set up a mouth-watering clash with Arsenal.
FULL TIME AT ST. JAMES’ PARK IT’S NEWCASTLE 0 MANCHESTER CITY 2