Manchester City defeated Bristol City 3-0 to easily advance to the FA Cup quarterfinals, while 2021 champions Leicester were shocked 2-1 by lower-division Blackburn.
Thanks to Foden’s brace and a late goal from Kevin De Bruyne, Pep Guardiola’s team never faced a real threat of a giant-killing in the fifth round match at Ashton Gate.
When Premier League leaders Arsenal, who are two points ahead of the defending champions, play Everton in their game in hand, City will be hoping for another lift.
De Bruyne made a comeback after missing two games due to sickness, and Kalvin Phillips made his second start since moving to City from Leeds in 2017.
When Riyad Mahrez crossed to the far post in the seventh minute, City took the lead. post, where Foden shot into the net’s ceiling.
At 74 minutes, Foden doubled City’s advantage after Julian Alvarez flicked the ball in his direction. Foden then beat Max O’Leary with another precise finish.
The sixth FA Cup champions had the easiest of nights thanks to De Bruyne’s long-range goal in the 81st minute.
Given the hardships he has endured, Foden’s performance was amazing, and after the game, the Manchester City player opened up about the “lowest parts” of his professional career.
“I’m feeling really.”
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Reflecting on his injuries and time away from the club, Foden said, “I feel better in my feet.
I feel 100% fit and comfortable again, so maybe I can come back into the team and support them as much as I can. “You know it is not easy sometimes when you play with discomfort in your feet. Everyone experiences difficult times; it’s how you respond that determines how irritating they are. That has undoubtedly been one of the lowest points of my career.
After their shocking loss, Leicester was “bullied” and booed off.
After Blackburn prevented Leicester from reaching a second FA Cup final in three seasons, the Foxes were booed off the field by incensed supporters.
In 2021, Brendan Rodgers guided Leicester to the club’s first-ever FA Cup victory, but Rovers crushed the Premier League team’s hopes of replicating that run by punishing shoddy defending.
Rodgers made six changes to the team that lost to Arsenal at the weekend while Leicester was 14th in the Premier League and just three points above the relegation zone. His risk backfired, and the team suffered as a result.
Fourth in the Championship, Jon Dahl Tomasson’s team advances to the round of eight for the first time since 2015.
Tyrhys Dolan’s curling effort from the edge of the box gave Rovers the lead in the 33rd minute. minute.
After some excellent work by Sam Gallagher, Sammie Szmodics made it 2-0 for Blackburn seven minutes after the break.
Harvey Barnes’ assist to Kelechi Iheanacho resulted in a goal in the 67th minute, but Blackburn managed to hold on.
Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman remarked on BBC Sport, “Leicester are a peculiar team. They endure some really awful results and performances and then they can go on a run.”
They are a team in transition, but performances like today will always bother a manager. They need to go past being intimidated by a Championship team here at times.
Osman claimed that Blackburn are “onto greater and better things” as a result of their performance on Wednesday.
They demonstrated all of the various winning strategies and outclassed Leicester in each one, he claimed.
” It is great fun to delight to watch they have young players players group young players players.
A STUNNING 13-YEAR FIRST FOR FULHAM
After Fulham defeated Leeds 2-0 at Craven Cottage, Victor Solomon scored for the fourth time in four games to help Fulham advance to the round of eight for the first time since 2010.
Joao Palhinha’s exquisite 25-year curler gave Fulham, who have surpassed all expectations to move up to sixth place in the Premier League this season, the lead in the 21st minute.
Georginio Rutter thought he had scored his first goal for Leeds when he knocked the ball in after Marek Rodak had palmed the ball into his path. Palhinha’s goal followed.
Referee Chris Kavanagh, however, disallowed it for a foul in the box, and VAR did not get involved.
In the 56th minute, Israel forward Solomon, who was on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk, finished off Leeds. after performing a one-two with Aleksandar Mitrovic, the area’s perimeter.
A return to the FA Cup final for Fulham would be the first since 1975.
Yet, it was the new Leeds manager Javi Gracia’s first loss after his team defeated fellow strugglers Southampton 1-0 last weekend in the Premier League.
Brighton advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in the previous six years by defeating second-tier Stoke 1-0.
The Seagulls, who defeated league champions Liverpool in the fourth round, are still vying to play in the FA Cup final for the first time since 1983.
The game-winning goal for Brighton came in the 30th minute when 18-year-old attacker Evan Ferguson finished from close range after receiving a ball from Kaoru Mitoma.
Thursday’s remaining fifth-round matches include Manchester United hosting West Ham and Tottenham travelling to Sheffield.
Wednesday’s FA Cup results: fifth round
Brighton wins 1 – Stoke (Ferguson 30)
One Leicester (Iheanacho 67) 2 Blackburn (Dolan 33, Szmodics 52)
2 Fulham (Palhinha 21, Solomon 56) Manchester City 3 Leeds 0 Bristol City (Foden 7, 74, De Bruyne 81)
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