Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea: FA Cup semi-final player ratings

<span><a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Bernardo Silva;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Bernardo Silva</a> (left) and <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Jack Grealish;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Jack Grealish</a> celebrate <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Manchester City;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Manchester City</a>’s victory.</span><span>Photograph: Javier García/Shutterstock</span>

Manchester City

Ortega Close to zero to do before the break due to Nicolas Jackson’s hesitancy, then made fine double save from the striker. 7

Walker Relished the challenge of Jackson’s pace, albeit bullied off the ball by the Senegalese in one duel and relieved as Jackson failed to profit. 6

Stones Dreaded seeing Jackson run at him, blocked a Madueke shot and was taken off at the break, having only recently recovered from injury. 6

Akanji Operated as the false central midfielder instead of Stones. Lucky to escape a dilly-dally in his area with Palmer closing. 6

Aké In for Josko Gvardiol, the Dutchman’s pace allowed him to shackle Madueke and was alert throughout in a classy display. 6

Rodri Unable – a rarity – to dictate and was often in scramble mode as his late-season below-par form continued. A worry. 5

B Silva Tentative, as if the fluffed panenka penalty against Real Madrid still troubled him, until his winning strike had City celebrating. 7

De Bruyne Popped about. His defence-breaking pass into Foden was sublime, the cross for Silva’s winner even better. 7

Foden Potent via surging runs, vision and willingness to receive but was guilty too often of dodgy radar when passing. 6

Grealish Ball-carrying posed Chelsea questions. Escaped a penalty shout when Palmer’s free-kick struck his hand. Taken off after a Caicedo challenge. 7

Álvarez In for the injured Erling Haaland, his mistake gifted Palmer a long-range lob opportunity. Missed a chance late in regulation time. 5


Dias (Stones ht) Slipped into the contest almost seamlessly. 7

Doku (Grealish 66) Thrust took game to Chelsea. 7

Bobb (Álvarez 88) A late cameo as a falsh-ish 9. 6


Petrovic As with his opposite number, was hardly overworked in the opening half but then saved sharply from Foden and Doku. 7

Gusto Grealish came at him so had to be alert. Aim was off with a cross with Jackson lurking in City’s area. 6

Chalobah Potential goal-saving sliding tackle in his area on De Bruyne impressed as the timing had to be precise. 7

T Silva City did not test the 39-year- old’s speed enough by bursting in behind which allowed the Brazilian to be a calming presence. 6

Cucurella Headed away from close to his line when Foden dropped ball in and was unlucky with the deflection for Bernardo Silva’s goal. 7

Caicedo Hassled and annoyed the usually regal sky-blue midfield to good effect but lacked vision and quality. He remains an enigma. 5

Fernández Ineffective and disappointing. Clumsy pass straight out of play was rectified later when bisecting City backline to send Jackson skating in. 5

Madueke Hardly showed apart from the odd flash of driving play along the right so should be disappointed. Substituted – understandably. 5

Palmer Link play to Jackson was as slick as the shoulder drop that fooled Rodri in the area. A class above. 7

Gallagher First-time outing in the position which might explain why the Chelsea captain was so blunt and a near passenger. 5

Jackson Blistering pace showed Stones up but on rounding Ortega overelaborated – as he did a lot. Spurned two golden openings after interval. 4


Mudryk (Madueke 79) Awful added-time free-kick killed Chelsea’s last hope. 4

Disasi (Gusto 79) Will be disappointed at how De Bruyne’s assist for winner came down his flank. 6

Chilwell (Cucurella 86) Had little effect. 6

Sterling (Fernández 86) Booed unfairly on entering - probably by City support. 6