Cole Palmer scores as the Premier League leaders advance
Cole Palmer scored a superb goal as Man City got the better of Swindon Town in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus got on the scoresheet in the opening half as City took control.
Ilkay Gundogan added to City’s advantage in the second-half and they had 22 shots during the game.
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Swindon’s Harry McKirdy scored a consolation goal but City added a fourth through Cole Palmer in the final 10 minutes.
There was doubt the tie would go ahead as Man City currently have 21 members of their “first-team bubble” isolating after testing positive for Covid-19, including manager Pep Guardiola and seven players.
However despite the absences, City named a strong starting XI as stand-in manager Rodolfo Borrell made just four changes from the club’s victory over Arsenal at the weekend.
In the first real chance of the game, Joao Cancelo played in Silva but the City forward fired over the bar.
City, after dominating the majority of the possession, took the lead in the 14th minute. Teenager Palmer played the ball into the box and Silva timed his run perfectly to tap in from close range.
The visitors did not have to wait too long to double their lead, with Jesus firing past Lewis Ward just before the half-hour mark. Swindon were caught unsuccessfully trying to play the ball out from the back, with City winning the ball back before Kevin De Bruyne played in the City number nine to finish.
The home side looked to get forward at every opportunity to try and keep their FA Cup hopes alive, but City showed their superiority and class and were able to prevent any chances being created.
Gundogan, who was given the captain’s armband for the match, added City’s third in the 58th minute.
The visitors had been awarded a free-kick from outside the box which Gundogan curled around the wall and into the bottom corner to all but secure his side’s place in the fourth round.
Jesus missed a penalty shortly afterwards, a stuttering run-up and weak shot allowing Ward to save.
In the 78th minute, Swindon pulled a goal back, catching the Premier League champions on the break as McKirdy tucked away his fifth in two matches.
However, Manchester City restored their three-goal advantage almost immediately when Palmer picked up the rebound from Silva’s strike and fired one into the far left corner.
Source: All The News – Football365
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