FA Cup Cheltenham City vs Manchester City

Manchester City averted FA Cup embarrassment after their late return broke Cheltenham’s hearts.

Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres struck within the final 9 minutes to assert a 3-1 victory and keep away from one of many greatest huge kills in competition historical past.

Opener Alfie Might practically received the upset of the spectacular Robins at Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Two Sky Guess League robbers sat 72 locations below City however went head to head with their guests, with Michael Duff’s underdogs matching the six-time winners till late restoration.

City at the moment are heading to Swansea within the fifth spherical after upsetting them in Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham have been shiny from the start with City being forced to defend however the guests have been denied an opener after 12 minutes.

Tommy Doyle’s cross was cleared half for Benjamin Mendy and the defender’s angular rocket was brilliantly cleared off the road by diving Ben Tozer.

This was the cue for City to take management and Chris Clements’ free go created a possibility when he landed at Mendy’s feet.

The defender slipped at Foden and crossed for Torres, who was hampered by Josh Griffiths’ low save.

Jesus headed over shortly thereafter however the Robins created their very own opening after 23 minutes.

Might had been a vibrant spark – sitting on Eric Garcia’s shoulder – and he clicked on to George Lloyd’s header however Zack Steffen turned his low effort left.

It might have scared City and they continued to mislead as Foden fired Mendy’s reduce back huge, with Fernandinho off target shortly thereafter.

The guests who had assembled weren’t but costly to open the organized and devoted friends. The Robins stayed assured on the ball and stable in defense, forcing Pep Guardiola’s males to shoot from afar.

Play was suspended for 4 minutes simply earlier than the break after fireworks have been arrange behind Colin Farmer’s Stand however Cheltenham steered the prolonged stoppage time.

Boss Michael Duff quoted earlier than the sport {that 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 means of ball sent the striker clear however with solely Griffiths to beat he struck exterior a submit from 15 yards.

It proved to be a expensive loss because the Robins surprised City to take the lead six minutes later.

Tozer’s lengthy throw had been a risk 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 field six yards, the striker in entrance of Mendy and Steffen rushed in at shut vary.

City forced up the tempo and Griffiths saved from Riyad Mahrez after Foden slipped the forwards.

Guardiola’s side appeared to have few solutions however they lastly overcame their hosts within the final 10 minutes.

Foden was their best player and he leveled with 9 minutes remaining, volleying in Joao Cancelo’s cross.

Jesus then accomplished the turnaround three minutes later when he blasted, proper alongside, Fernandinho’s go and Torres added a third with the final kick of the sport.


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