Peterboro 0 – 2Man City


Oleksandr Zinchenko steered Manchester City to a 2-0 win at Peterborough to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

City handed the armband to the defender in a show of support for his native Ukraine, and before kick-off he and Peterborough captain Frankie Kent held a Ukrainian flag as they led the two teams at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Peterborough proved a badass in the first half for the Premier League leaders. Ilkay Gundogan curled a strike past Steven Benda’s dive but away from the far post, while the German midfielder also headed Riyad Mahrez’s cross well in from eight yards as the Championship strugglers held on.

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Oleksandr Zinchenko received the captain’s armband during a demonstration in support of Ukraine

After the break, Peterborough started strong as Sammie Szmodics fired wide with the goal at his mercy before Phil Foden stepped in with a superb last resort tackle to clear the ball from Jorge Grant’s toes just as he was about to get pulled from inside the City Penalty Box.

However, City’s quality ultimately took over. Mahrez would eventually break the deadlock with a low left-footed strike, which was City’s first attempt on target.

City stayed ahead after taking the lead and they secured the game seven minutes later when Foden’s perfect ball over the top released Jack Grealish, who scored his first FA Cup goal to secure his side’s passage in the last eight.

‘The goal will do Grealish good’

Roy Keane to ITV Sport:

“We saw Jack Grealish kick off in the second half. It was a brilliant run and the first touch set him up for the goal.

“He talks about where he needs to improve, and that’s his end product. You want more goals and more assists from him, but his goal was the highlight of the game.

“The biggest improvement Grealish will get will be scoring. He said he spoke to the manager about the quality of his general game, but it was about having an effect on the game, and we saw that. with some quality for the purpose.

“Jack is a good link player, but sometimes it’s easy to defend. Sometimes it’s just about making that run, having the desire and the intelligence to make that run because you know the players who you play with will choose you.

“The goal will do Jack the world good.”

And after?

Peterborough return to Championship action on Friday March 4 at 7.45pm as they travel to Huddersfield.

Manchester City’s next fixture will see them face long-distance rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday March 6 at 4.30pm, live on sky sports.

Sunday, March 6, 4:00 p.m.

Kick off 4:30 p.m.





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