Riyad Mahrez hat trick sends Man City into FA Cup final


Riyad Mahrez's hat trick sends Manchester City to FA Cup final

Riyad Mahrez nets a hat trick for Manchester City to book a spot in the FA Cup final.

Riyad Mahrez scored a hat trick as Manchester City snapped their losing streak in FA Cup semifinals with a 3-0 stroll over second-tier Sheffield United at Wembley on Saturday.

After exiting at the semi-final stage for the last three seasons, Pep Guardiola's treble-chasing side were not about to suffer the same fate and won without requiring top gear.

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Championship promotion hopefuls United began brightly and frustrated City for most of the first half but Mahrez fired City ahead from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute.

Mahrez then waltzed through some flimsy defending to make it 2-0 in the 61st minute and completed his hat-trick five minutes later with a clinical finish from Jack Grealish's low cross.

Riyad Mahrez stole the show for Manchester City as they beat Sheffield United.
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It was the first FA Cup semifinal hat trick since Alex Dawson for Manchester United against Fulham in 1958.

City have not conceded a goal in reaching the FA Cup final for a 12th time where they could face Manchester United in what would be the first all-Manchester clash in the showpiece.

United are up against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

With the tie safely in the bag, Guardiola substituted Grealish and goal machine Erling Haaland with one eye on Wednesday's looming Premier League showdown with Arsenal.

City are also in the semifinals of the Champions League where they will face  holders Real Madrid.

It proved a disappointing day for Sheffield United who last won the FA Cup almost 100 years ago, although the club's priority will be sealing promotion back to the top flight after being relegated in 2021.