Manchester City escape from a thunderous surprise to Cheltenham with late goals </p><div itemprop="articleBody"> <p>Tami Abraham restored the spirit to his club, Chelsea, and eased the pressure on his coach Frank Lampard, scoring a hat-trick (3-1) against Luton Town in the second division yesterday (Sunday), to ensure his qualification to the fifth round (round of 16) of the England Cup. The London team suffered a defeat (0-2) in its last match against Leicester City (Tuesday) in the league, now 11 points behind leaders Manchester United, and the pressure on Lampard increased dramatically after his team suffered 6 defeats in 19 games so far. .
Hence, an embarrassing exit from the Cup would have pushed Blambard further to the brink of dismissal. But Abraham played the role of savior, and his coach gave a breathing space when he opened the scoring in the 11th minute, with a ground shot from inside the penalty area that entered the net to the right of the goalkeeper. Abraham doubled the score after 6 minutes, with a beautiful header that the goalkeeper did not move a finger for in the 17th minute. In the 30th minute, Jordan Clark reduced the score to Loton, with a strong shot from within the area that Spaniard Kepa Arizabalaja could not block, to end the first half (2-1) for the owners of the land . In the second half, Chelsea continued to press, resulting in a “hat-trick” for Abraham after a cross from the left front through Callum Hudson-Odoi, who completed it in the net in the 74th minute. Before the end of the match, German Timo Werner missed the opportunity to score a fourth goal, after he missed a penalty kick in The 86th minute was blocked by Luton goalkeeper. Chelsea will play in the next round with Barnsley, who beat his opponent (1-0) in the second division, Norwich City, on Saturday.
Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola was not enthusiastic about what was reported that young midfielder Phil Foden could fill the void left by the Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who was absent due to injury. This speculation came after Foden, 20, played a prominent role in his team’s 3-1 victory over Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup last night. West Ham United did not find it difficult to book their card by beating second-division Doncaster Rovers 4-0. Brighton also qualified by defeating Blackpool, second division (2-1), and Sheffield United, beating Plymouth Argyle, second division (2-1) as well. Arsenal (the defending champion) left the FA Cup championship by losing it to Southampton (0-1).
City appeared on its way out of the competition after Alfie May scored the first goal for the fourth division team in the 59th minute, but Foden equalized in the 81st minute, before his teammates Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres added two goals, to qualify for the fifth round of the tournament. City played the match without De Bruyne, who suffered a hamstring injury during his team’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League last Wednesday.
The Belgian midfielder is expected to miss his team’s ranks for 6 weeks due to this injury. Guardiola said that Fouden must work to reach the best performance he can provide without any comparison with anyone. “We have the players,” the veteran Spanish coach added. Phil has to be Phil, not Kevin De Bruyne, because there is one Kevin de Bruyne. He has to keep doing what he does in terms of reading the match. An elephant that performs great, has great self-confidence, and is accurate in front of goal. ”
And Guardiola added: «Phil can play in midfield, and play as a winger, and in the offensive line. It’s doing really well. Once again he scored a goal at the right time. ” In the fifth round of the England Cup next month, City will meet Swansea City. In the Premier League, Guardiola’s team will meet West Bromwich Albion tomorrow (Tuesday), and will climb to the top of the standings if they win.
Alfie May scored the home side’s lead in the 59th minute, and the team came close to the biggest victory in its history at Johnny-Rocks Stadium. But less than 10 minutes before the end, Foden equalized from close range, then Jesus added a second goal after 3 minutes, ending the modest opponent’s hopes of a resounding surprise. Torres secured City victory with the last shot of the match. The match witnessed great excitement in all aspects, except for the presence of fans due to the “Covid-19” pandemic.
The ball went out more than once from the goal line, and the players wasted many opportunities, and players sent long throw-outs, and the first half was stopped by 5 minutes due to the shooting of fireworks over the stadium. In the end, coach Guardiola was happy after City won its tenth successive victory in all competitions, to qualify for the round of 16 with Swansea City in the second division.
Guardiola said: “We came here humbly, and we had the capabilities that made the difference.” Guardiola made 10 changes to the winning squad for Aston Villa in the last round of the Premier League, but nevertheless, bright names appeared, with players such as Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho. “I feel very proud,” said Michael Duff, the Cheltenham coach. The players that the opponent brought on from the bench, and the way the goals were celebrated, speaks to it.