The first ever FA Cup meeting between Bristol City and Manchester City ended with Pep Guardiola’s men running out comfortable winners.
Two goals from Phil Foden and a Kevin De Bruyne wonder strike helped Manchester City see off Championship side Bristol City 3-0 at Ashton Gate on Tuesday to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.
After Foden fired in Riyad Mahrez’s excellent cross to give the visitors an early lead, the Robins went close in pursuit of an equalizer when Sam Bell headed wide in the second half.
However, Bristol City’s hopes of producing a shock were soon dashed as Foden’s deflected effort found the bottom corner before De Bruyne pounced from range to seal the tie.
Pep Guardiola’s men have made it 11 successive away FA Cup victories to boost their hopes of lifting the trophy for a seventh time.
The visitors rattled the crossbar through Kalvin Phillips within the opening two minutes, but they didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring.
Great work from Mahrez down the right ended with a pinpoint cross for Foden, who made no mistake to finish at the back post.
Nigel Pearson’s men produced a spirited response when Alex Scott tested Stefano Ortega, although Mahrez saw his volley cleared off the line at the other end as Man City took a narrow lead at the break.
The home side continued to threaten after the break as the home crowd cheered them on in hopes of an unlikely upset, Bell missing a great chance to equalize when his close-range header flew wide.
Bell was made to pay for that error shortly after when Foden’s low strike inadvertently assisted Zak Vyner’s own goal and De Bruyne added a late third with a brilliant long-range drive to ensure Man City’s safe passage into the last eight.