LONDON – Manchester City becomes the first badge team into the English FA Cup quarter finals by eliminating Bristol City 3-0 in an away game on Tuesday.
The Premier League reigning champion had less difficulty beating the home team from the EFL Championship, the second tier of the domestic football league system.
The Cities reserved their best striker Erling Haaland and team captain Ilkay Gundogan, while sending on several top players including playmaker Kevin de Bruyne who had just recovered from injury.
The Blue Moons had a good start with an early goal from Phil Foden in the seventh minute. The English winger then secured the victory with his second score in the 74th minute.
De Bruyne expanded the team’s advantage with a fantastic long shot in the 81th minute.
Guardiola’s Mission of 3 Titles
Manchester City team manager Pep Guardiola is one step closer to his second FA Cup trophy after 2019, as well as the club’s seventh championship in history.
The Spanish is seeking three titles this season, along with the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
After the match, Pep praised Foden who ended his recent low condition with two goals, giving him an opportunity to return to City’s regular first eleven.
The 22 years old young star lost his position as number one left winger in the last few games, being replaced by his England teammate Jack Grealish.
Leicester Lose to Blackburn
In another FA Cup fifth round match involving an EPL and an EFL Championship club, Leicester City surprisingly lost 1-2 to Blackburn Rovers at home.
Brighton and Hove Albion avoided another upset by knocking Stoke City out 1-0 in the away game.
Meanwhile, in another match between two Premier League teams, Fulham eliminated Leeds United 2-0 at Craven Cottage.
Upcoming: Man United Vs West Ham
On Wednesday, Manchester United will meet West Ham United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup round of 16.
The Red Devils who just won the Carabao Cup last Sunday by beating Newcastle 2-0 at Wembley Stadium, have a possibility to collect four titles this season, along with the EPL and UEFA Europa League.
On the same day, Southampton will face Grimsby Town, Burnley play against Fleetwood and Sheffield United welcome Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal and Liverpool Feature in EPL
The English Premier League make-up games of matchday 7 will also be played on this Wednesday.
Arsenal will meet Everton at Emirates Stadium, the Gunners expect a victory to enlarge their leading advantage in the EPL table to five points.
Liverpool will visit Wolverhampton to get the third win in their last four league matches, and one step closer to top four.
However, the most focused rivalry will be the clash between Liverpool and Man United on this Super Sunday.
The Reds seek to terminate the fiery condition of United at Anfield, who had stayed unbeaten in their last ten games as far as end of February, including eight wins and two draws.
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