In a highly anticipated FA Cup clash, Manchester City faced off against Bristol City in front of a packed stadium. The game got off as England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, in only his second start since joining Manchester City, struck the crossbar within the first minute.
Despite Bristol City’s efforts, Phil Foden put Manchester City in the lead with a deflected strike in the seventh minute. The hosts remained in the game, fighting hard and looking for opportunities to score. However, they were unable to convert and fell further behind when Foden scored his second goal of the match in the 74th minute.
With the clock ticking down and Bristol City struggling to find a breakthrough, Kevin De Bruyne added the finishing touch with a superb strike in the dying moments of the game, securing Manchester City’s place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
De Bruyne, who had missed two games due to illness, led the Manchester City side in his return to the pitch. The team made five changes from their previous Premier League win against Bournemouth, with notable players such as Ederson, Erling Haaland, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, and Rodri starting on the bench.
The game was not without its challenges, with Manuel Akanji slipping and giving Bristol City’s Sam Bell a shooting opportunity early on, which unfortunately ended up being deflected wide. Nevertheless, Manchester City remained focused and determined, showing why they are one of the top teams in the country.
The scoreline of 3-0 may have been harsh on Bristol City, but Manchester City’s superior skill and persistence ultimately won out. Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne’s impressive performances were key to securing the victory, and Manchester City can now look forward to the next round of the FA Cup.