Man City prevented FA Cup humiliation after their late comeback broke Cheltenham’s hearts.
Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres struck within the final 9 minutes to say a 3-1 victory and dodge one of many largest giant-killings within the competition’s historical past.
Alfie Might’s opener nearly earned the spectacular Robins a surprising upset on the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
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The Sky Guess League Two Robins sat 72 locations beneath City however went toe-to-toe with their guests, with Michael Duff’s underdogs matching the six-time winners till the late restoration.
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Cheltenham have been shiny from the start with City forced to defend however the guests have been denied an opener after 12 minutes.
Tommy Doyle’s cross was half cleared to Benjamin Mendy and the defender’s angled rocket was brilliantly cleared off the road by a diving Ben Tozer.
It was the cue for City to take management and Chris Clements’ free go produced a chance when it landed at Mendy’s feet.
The defender slipped in Foden and he crossed for Torres, who was thwarted by Josh Griffiths’ low save.
Jesus headed over quickly after however the Robins conjured their very own opening after 23 minutes.
Might had been a full of life spark – sitting on Eric Garcia’s shoulder – and he latched on to George Lloyd’s header however Zack Steffen turned his low effort behind.
It could have scared City and they continued to misfire as Foden fired Mendy’s reduce back broad, with Fernandinho off target quickly after.
The expensively assembled guests have been but to open up the organised and dedicated hosts. The Robins remained assured on the ball and resolute in defence, forcing Pep Guardiola’s males to shoot from distance.
Play was halted for 4 minutes simply earlier than the break after fireworks have been set off behind the Colin Farmer Stand however Cheltenham navigated the prolonged stoppage time.
Boss Michael Duff quipped earlier than the sport a weekly wage at City would pay the Robins’ payroll for a few months however there was nothing to separate them on the break.
Cheltenham wanted Jesus to overlook a wonderful chance after 53 minutes to maintain the scores level. Foden’s cute by way of ball sent the striker clear however with simply Griffiths to beat he hit the skin of a publish from 15 yards.
It proved a expensive miss because the Robins shocked City to take the lead six minutes later.
Tozer’s lengthy throw had been a menace and this time the guests did not deal with it. They allowed Might to run in unchecked and, when the ball was flicked into the six-yard field, the striker nipped in forward of Mendy and Steffen to smash in from shut vary.
It forced City to up the tempo and Griffiths saved from Riyad Mahrez after Foden slipped the forward in.
Guardiola’s side regarded to have few solutions however they lastly overcame their hosts within the final 10 minutes.
Foden had been their best player and he levelled with 9 minutes left, volleying in Joao Cancelo’s cross.
Jesus then accomplished the turnaround three minutes later when, simply onside, he blasted in Fernandinho’s go and Torres added a third with the final kick of the sport.