City power past Swansea to make it 15 wins in a row
City are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals after beating promotion-chasing Championship side Swansea City at The Liberty Stadium.
Kyle Walker opened the scoring in the first-half with two quickfire goals after the break from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus meaning City have now won 15 games in succession.
City were bright and dominant throughout the first-half.
Swansea defended deep, looking to counter-attack when they could, but City’s possession and movement meant the Welsh side were pinned back in their own final third for long periods.
Gabriel Jesus went close a couple of times and Swans keeper Freddie Woodman made a superb save from Ferran Torres to ensure the hosts stayed on level terms.
Typical, then, that the opening goal should be something of a fluke, as Kyle Walker sent a bobbling low cross into the box that everyone – including the keeper – misjudged as it rolled into the far corner of the net.
It was Walker’s second goal of the campaign, but surely one of the strangest of his career.
Swansea had one or two moments where they threatened, but Zack Steffen was well protected by his defenders, particularly by the outstanding Rodrigo.
Within five minutes of the restart, City had all-but killed the game off.
First Rodrigo played the ball to the left where Sterling found himself in acres of space to run in on goal and he coolly placed it past Woodman on 47 minutes.
Three minutes later, Gabriel Jesus added a third with a delightful spin off former City youngster Joel Latibeaudiere and a finish to match after Bernardo had headed a deep cross back into the middle.
There were more chances, but the hosts pulled a goal back through Connor Whittaker on 77 to spoil Zack Steffen’s relatively quiet evening in South Wales.
Apart from the loss of Rodrigo with an injury, it was a satisfying night for Guardiola who celebrated his 200th win on charge of City this evening.
15 AND COUNTING
City’s winning streak now stands at 15.
It’s an incredible achievement by a group of players at the very top of their game.
It also means that we are still very much in the hunt for four trophies as this fascinating campaign continues to thrill and excite in equal measure.
WHAT IT MEANS…
City are into the FA Cup quarter-finals with the draw set to take place tomorrow evening.
The games will be played of the weekend of March 20, with kick-off and date confirmed at a later time.
Next up, City host Tottenham on Saturday in the Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm.
City (3): Steffen, Walker, Mendy, Garcia, Laporte, Rodrigo (Gomes 72), Gundogan (Doyle 57), Bernardo (Foden 66), Sterling (Mahrez 57), Jesus, Torres
Swansea (1): Woodman, Roberts (Freeman 66), Cabango, Latibeaudiere, Guehi (Bidwell 66), Manning, Fulton, Grimes, Dhanda (Hourihane 77), Morris (Whittaker 66), Lowe (Arriola 66)
Goals: 0-1, Walker (29’), 0-2, Sterling (46’), 0-3, Gabriel Jesus (49’), 1-3, Whittaker (77’)