Manchester Metropolis swept apart Third-placed Championship aspect Cardiff 2-Zero on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium to safe their place within the fifth spherical of the FA Cup.
Kevin De Bruyne gave the Residents the lead within the eighth minute with an inch-perfect free-kick, earlier than Raheem Sterling’s 37th minute header ensured a deserved victory for Guardiola’s aspect.
Neil Warnock made two enforced adjustments from final Saturday’s goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Callum Patterson got here in for the injured Sol Bamba at centre-back, whereas
Pep Guardiola made 4 adjustments from Tuesday’s semi-final Carabao Cup Three-2 victory over Bristol Metropolis: Danilo and Vincent Kompany began forward of
Two minutes later and the guests got here shut once more. Danilo drove down the left wing and minimize the ball again to Gundogan on the sting of Cardiff’s field, the midfielder flicked it previous Morrison however his subsequent shot was straight at Etheridge and the Bluebird’s stopper palmed it away.
Within the ensuing scramble, a free-kick was awarded to Metropolis 20 yards out on the left of the Cardiff field. De Bruyne lined it up and rolled the ball beneath the leaping wall and into the underside proper nook for the sport’s opening purpose.
Cardiff have been inches away from equalising within the 15th minute from a Bravo mistake, after the Chilean spilt Hoilett’s speculative strike from vary however simply managed to drop on the ball earlier than it crossed the road.
Metropolis thought they’d scored their second purpose within the 25th minute, however Bernardo Silva’s thunderous strike was ultimately dominated out for offside. The linesman had adjudged that Sane was standing in an offside place and interfering with play, nevertheless, the replays proved that the German was onside and the purpose ought to have been awarded – VAR was not in use for the sport.
10 minutes later and the league leaders deservedly doubled their lead. The vigorous Bernardo Silva whipped over a pleasant cross from the left, and an unmarked Sterling planted his header into the bottom and previous Etheridge from six yards out.
Guardiola made one change at half-time, with Sergio Aguero changing Sane – who could have suffered an damage.
Sterling practically grabbed his second and Manchester Metropolis’s third purpose of the sport within the 53rd minute. De Bruyne’s wonderful by means of ball despatched the 23-year-old scampering in behind the Cardiff defence, the England worldwide poked the ball previous the onrushing Etheridge however Morrison bought again simply in time to make an important goal-saving sort out.
Cardiff have been inches away from halving the deficit within the 68th minute. Hoilett made a surging run down the left earlier than he in the reduction of onto his proper foot and curled a shot simply over the bar from 25 yards out.
Sterling ought to have put the sport to mattress within the 75th minute. De Bruyne performed one other pleasant by means of ball from simply inside his personal half, the ball curled round Morrison and into Sterling’s path, the Metropolis ahead tried to poke the ball by means of Etheridge’s legs however his effort lacked energy and the Bluebirds’ keeper made a pointy save.
Silva was the following Metropolis participant to be responsible of losing an excellent alternative. The 23-year-old was afforded approach an excessive amount of house and time within the Cardiff field, however his curling effort was weak and Etheridge was left to make a snug save.
In stoppage time, Sterling did effectively on the left to roll the ball to Aguero, however the Argentine ahead ballooned his effort effectively over the bar from 16 yards out. Moments later, Cardiff’s Joe Bennett was despatched off after receiving his second yellow card of the sport for a reckless problem on teen Diaz.