Manchester City hammer Watford to win FA Cup and complete domestic treble

Manchester City cemented their place in the history books as Pep Guardiola's men swatted aside Watford to lift the FA Cup and complete an extraordinary domestic treble.

Fresh from wrapping up the Premier League at the end of a rip-roaring title duel with Liverpool, City became the first men's team in English football history to win all three domestic major honours.

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FA Cup final: Man City thrash Watford
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FA Cup final: Man City thrash Watford
Watford's Troy Deeney walks out with mascots, Elton John and David Furnish's children Zachary and Elijah, before the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
A Manchester City banner on display prior to the beginning of the FA Cup Final match at Wembley Stadium
Watford players huddle during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
The Duke of Cambridge at the start of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Pyrotechnics are set off on the pitch prior to the beginning of the FA Cup Final match at Wembley Stadium
A young Watford fan shows support for her team before the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure (centre) has a shot on goal which strikes Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (left) on the arm but no handball is given during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Tony Book during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's David Silva scores his side's first goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's David Silva (left) scores his side's first goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's David Silva (right) scores his side's first goal of the game
Watford's Troy Deeney (left) and Manchester City's Kyle Walker (right) battle for the ball during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (left) and Watford's Adrian Mariappa (right) battle for the ball during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with Gabriel Jesus (right)
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (centre) scores his side's second goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
A Watford fan in the stands during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (right) during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan takes a corner
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (left) looks on as Watford's Gerard Deulofeu (right) has a chance on goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne scores his side's third goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes appears dejected during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (second left) celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game
Watford's Troy Deeney (centre) appears dejected during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (centre) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (second right) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game with his team mates
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling scores his side's sixth goal of the game and his Hat-Trick during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling scores his side's sixth goal of the game and his Hat-Trick during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (second right) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game with his team mates
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (right) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game with his team mates
A general view of the scoreboard during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (centre) celebrates with the FA Cup Trophy after the final whistle the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (second left) celebrates with the FA Cup Trophy after the final whistle
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (centre) celebrates with the FA Cup Trophy after the final whistle
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (left) and Alexander Zinchenko celebrate with the trophy at the end of the match
Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (centre) celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Danilo celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates with the trophy at the end of the match
A young Watford fan appears dejected after the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (centre) celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Cup Final with coaching staff (left to right) Richard Wright, Xabi Mancisidor, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Rodolfo Borrell, Mikel Arteta, Carles Planchart and Brian Kidd during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford's Troy Deeney (left) and owner Gino Pozzo (centre) after the final whistle during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford's goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes (left) and manager Javi Gracia (right) hug after the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford's Troy Deeney (left) receives a runner-up medal from the Duke of Cambridge during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford's Troy Deeney appears dejected after the final whistle during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Watford manager Javi Gracia appears dejected after the final whistle during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (right) has a word with Raheem Sterling (left) after winning the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
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Guardiola's side emphatically brought the curtain down on an exceptional season at Wembley, with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus each scoring twice and David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne also on target in a 6-0 win against Watford.

It was a record-equalling FA Cup final victory and saw City add this trophy to their league and Carabao Cup crowns.

Some would even count their Community Shield towards their tally, but by whatever measure this has been a wonderful season for the blue half of Manchester.

Yes, the Champions League still eludes them and the spectre of a potential ban in that competition looms large, but the feeling was unbridled joy as City lifted the FA Cup and celebrated one of the greatest days in the club's history.

Manchester City are climbing the 'most FA Cup wins' ladder
Manchester City are climbing the 'most FA Cup wins' ladder (PA Graphics)

Watford hoped this would be their day as they looked for their first major trophy on their second FA Cup final appearance, but Javi Gracia's men faded after some promising early moments.

David Silva opened the scoring and settled the nerves when ending a 27-game run without a goal, before Bernardo Silva's beautiful pass found Jesus for the second.

Watford overcame a two-goal deficit in stunning fashion in the semi-finals, but City are a different beast. And a relentless one at that.

City kept their foot on the Hornets' throat. Substitute De Bruyne and Jesus netted before Sterling grabbed a late double as Guardiola overcame compatriot Gracia in the 138th FA Cup final.

Few could have foreseen this result considering how Watford started once the fog from the pre-match pyrotechnics cleared.

Gracia's team looked well-drilled and were playing to their strengths, which could have brought an 11th-minute opener after winning possession from a City corner.

Vincent Kompany, centre, lifts the FA Cup
Vincent Kompany, centre, lifts the FA Cup (Nick Potts/PA)

Abdoulaye Doucoure burst down the right flank and fired forward to semi-final hero Gerard Deulofeu. His ball found Roberto Pereyra, only for Ederson to rush out to the edge of the box and save.

Watford captain Troy Deeney was proving an unsettling presence and he was as incensed as anyone when Doucoure's shot hit Vincent Kompany's arm, but no penalty was awarded.

The yellow wall's frustration soon turned to deflation as City showed they had the determination to match their skill as David Silva and Sterling – neither the most imposing physical presence – won back-to-back aerial challenges.

The latter's header put the former behind the Watford backline, with the Spaniard's low shot taking a touch off compatriot Kiko Femenia before nestling in the far corner.

Screams for offside fell on deaf ears as Craig Cathcart had played David Silva onside – and soon it was Bernardo Silva making a key contribution.

Having defended diligently after the opening goal, Watford were undone by an exceptional, side-splitting ball by the Portuguese. Jesus gleefully met it at the far post and steered it towards the empty goal, with Sterling blasting the ball into the net. VAR afterwards confirmed it had crossed the line before the England international's touch.

Gabriel Jesus grabbed the fourth goal
Gabriel Jesus grabbed the fourth goal (Nick Potts/PA)

It was a gut punch that quietened Watford's superb support, with Heurelho Gomes – playing what could prove his last match in football – denying Riyad Mahrez and Jesus either side of the break.

City kept their foot on the gas as they went for a third goal, which their enviable strength in depth soon brought.

While De Bruyne will have been irked to end a disrupted campaign on the bench, he was able to celebrate minutes after coming on when found by Jesus before showing composure to turn away from Gomes and direct home.

Manchester City and Watford in the FA Cup final
Manchester City and Watford in the FA Cup final (PA Graphics/PA)

A superb run through the middle from Jesus was key to that goal, just as it was for City's fourth – but this time the Brazilian took the credit himself by slotting past Gomes in front of the City hordes.

It did not stop there.

Guardiola's side showed no mercy and Sterling grabbed two late goals, turning in a Bernardo Silva cross before converting three minutes from time after initially seeing a shot tipped onto the post.

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