Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus heads previous Fulham’s Slovakian goalkeeper Marek Rodak to attain their fourth purpose in the course of the English FA Cup fourth spherical soccer match between Manchester City and Fulham on the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest England, on January 26, 2020. Lindsey Parnaby / AFP
Holders Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup fifth spherical with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Fulham on the Etihad on Sunday.
Tim Ream’s sixth-minute purple card gave the Championship aspect a mountain to climb after he hauled down Gabriel Jesus contained in the field.
Ilkay Gundogan transformed the ensuing penalty earlier than Bernardo Silva’s sensible flip and shot rapidly doubled City’s benefit.
The guests then held out for practically an hour however two headers in three minutes from Jesus gave the scoreline a extra correct reflection of the English champions’ dominance.
Pep Guardiola’s males have now gained 17 home cup ties in a row.
The Catalan is counting on extra cup success for silverware this season after conceding the Premier League title is past his aspect with Liverpool 16 factors clear on the high of the desk.
Guardiola made eight modifications to the group that gained 1-0 at Sheffield United in midweek however nonetheless named a powerful aspect with each David and Bernardo Silva and Gundogan amongst these coming into the group.
Fulham boss Scott Parker additionally rotated along with his precedence securing a return to the Premier League on the first time of asking.
Any hope of an upset was quashed inside minutes by a rash problem from Ream.
City have had issues from the spot this season with Guardiola even claiming goalkeeper Ederson is his greatest taker after Jesus’ newest miss at Bramall Lane on Tuesday.
However, with the Brazilian on the bench with Claudio Bravo maintaining his beginning spot in purpose for the cups, it was Gundogan who took duty to dispatch the spot-kick.
A second of magic from Bernardo then gave the hosts respiration house because the Portuguese worldwide fired into the underside nook from outdoors the field.
Only an absence of killer intuition prevented City from additional operating up the rating as Raheem Sterling got here off the bench to hit the crossbar.
Jesus, although, bagged a confidence-boosting double by heading dwelling Joao Cancelo’s cross earlier than nodding within the rebound after Marek Rodak had saved Phil Foden’s preliminary effort.