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Manchester City v Fulham Live Commentary, 2/5/22

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4 - 1
MCI
FUL
İ. Gündoğan (6)
J. Stones (13)
R. Mahrez (53 pen)
R. Mahrez (57)
Fábio Carvalho (4)
Etihad Stadium

Commentary

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City will travel through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, and with some big teams like Arsenal and their local rivals Manchester United already out of the tournament, Pep Guardiola's men will back themselves to go all the way. Fulham falter at this stage for the fifth successive season, however given that they're in pole position in the second tier, Marco Silva's side will now have their full attention on the league as they look to get back into the top flight.
Stones was exceptional at both ends for City in this game, scoring early on and completing two key passes. The defender made three tackles amongst eight turnovers of the ball, both highs for the game.
City's class showed in that second half as they power through to the fourth round! The Fulham resistance that was so prevalent in the first half waned badly in the second period, and Mahrez's two quick-fire goals were met with no reply as Pep Guardiola's men closed out the game at a canter. The fifth round beckons for City, and should they play with the ferocity that they did in the second half, there'll be few who can stop them going forward.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 4-1 FULHAM.
90' + 3' WIDE!!! From the corner, Ream gets free at the front post and fires a stretching header just wide of the goal! Time's up, so that may well be the last action of the match.
90' + 3' Cairney finds Muniz on the run with a piercing ball into the City box, but Stones gets in the way to deflect the ball behind for a corner, Fulham's first of the half.
90' + 1' OVER!!! City come forward once more but Walker is crowded out. He finds Gundogan on the run, but the midfielder's effort from the edge of the box is awful and flies high over the crossbar!
90' + 1' We're into three minutes of added time to close this game out.
90' BALL IN THE NET!!! Silva floats a beautiful cross towards Delap, who heads the ball into the back of the next! The flag is up straight away though, and the goal is ruled out!
Ivan Cavaleiro
Fábio Carvalho
Fulham
88' The game's first goalscorer Carvalho comes off, to be replaced by Ivan Cavaleiro for Fulham.
86' McAtee looks to make a forward run and links up with Silva on his way, however his eventual ball back into the box is just a touch behind Gundogan and Fulham clear their lines.
84' BLOCKED!!! City pile forward and Sterling beats three men before shooting just inside the box, but Ream gets there once again to block the effort and Fulham clear!
83' The fire in Fulham is beginning to wane, as even their plethora of fresh legs can't get near City at the moment, who are firmly in control of this match as the clock ticks down.
81' Mahrez's contribution to this match was far from small, with two goals and an assist allowing City to take firm control of the game. He also completed a key pass, and upheld a passing accuracy of almost 90 per cent.
79' OVER!!! McAtee's first contribution is to win a free-kick on the edge of Fulham's box, but the effort from Sterling is bad beyond words! His shot flies high and wide of the goal and Gazzaniga will take the goal kick.
J. McAtee
R. Mahrez
Manchester City
78' Another City youngster comes on in the form of James McAtee, who replaces Mahrez.
Bernardo Silva
P. Foden
Manchester City
78' Bernardo Silva will also enter proceedings, taking the place of Phil Foden.
L. Delap
J. Grealish
Manchester City
77' Another raft of City subs sees Liam Delap come on for Grealish in a direct replacement up front for the hosts.
T. Cairney
H. Wilson
Fulham
75' Wilson also comes off, and is replaced by Tom Cairney.
Rodrigo Muniz
A. Mitrović
Fulham
75' Mitrovic is the next Fulham man to come off, and Rodrigo Muniz will taker his place up front.
74' Whilst City did edge the first half's possession by 52.9 per cent, they lead the way by some margin in the second period with 73.2 percent, reflecting their dominance of this half. They've also taken five corners already, two more than their three during the entire first 45 minutes.
72' Another well-worked City attack sees the ball spun out to Zinchenko on the left, whose low cross is blocked by Williams and goes behind for yet another corner to the hosts.
70' Gundogan looks to get back in the goalscoring action, but his attempted effort is woeful and dribbles wide of the Fulham goal.
68' SAVED!!! Foden strides towards goal and looks to curl one beyond Gazzaniga, but his effort is straight at the Fulham keeper, who saves at the second time of asking!
R. Sterling
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
68' De Bruyne's excellent afternoon comes to an end, and Raheem Sterling takes his place.
O. Zinchenko
João Cancelo
Manchester City
67' Cancelo is the first City player to be withdrawn, coming off for Oleksandr Zinchenko.
J. Seri
H. Reed
Fulham
67' Reed is the next to come off for Fulham, and is replaced by Jean-Michael Seri.
A. Knockaert
N. Kebano
Fulham
67' Kebano comes off in the first substitution of the match, and on comes Anthony Knockaert.
66' Mahrez's cross into the box sees the ball headed back to De Bruyne, who's drilled shot on the volley is far from the best! It flies well wide of the goal and goes behind for a Fulham goal kick.
65' BLOCKED!!! A ball over the top finds Grealish on the left, and the City forward drives into the box. He looks to shoot on the angle, but Adarabioyo gets in the way to block the ball behind for a corner!
63' SAVED!!! Fulham race forward and Kebano smashes a shot at goal, which stings the fingertips of Steffen! Carvalho is there to follw up the shot, but his tamer effort is also saved and held by the City keeper! That was one hell of a chance for the visitors to get back into this one!
61' OVER!!! City are camped in Fulham's half at the moment, and Cancelo looks to get in on ther action when he's teed up on the edge of the area. It's another woeful attempt though, and he clears the bar by some distance again for a Fulham goal-kick.
59' That's De Bruyne's second assists, and as well as five key passes and six attempted crosses, is further proof of the extent to which the City midfielder is bossing proceedings at the moment.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
Manchester City
57' De Bruyne's ball was textbook, and as the game goes on, his control over this game is becoming more and more apparent.
R. Mahrez
Goal
Manchester City
57' GOOOAALLL!!! City have four!!! De Bruyne streaks forward into space before teeing up Mahrez to his right. It's a simple finish for the Algerian who slides the ball under Gazzaniga to score his second in just a few minutes and make it 4-1 to City!
56' Grealish is yet to score, but has had three attempts, two of which were blocked. He's also completed two key passes and has won two fouls in a very good performance so far.
55' City are really in the mood at the start of this second half. That penalty aside, it's been one-way traffic so far and the hosts are looking dangerous every time they cross halfway.
R. Mahrez
Penalty Goal
Manchester City
53' GOAL!! Mahrez steps up, and buries his penalty in the corner! Gazzaniga goes the right way, but can't keep the shot out as City extend their lead to 3-1!
53' PENALTY!!!! Grealish slaloms in and out of challenges as he makes his way towards goal. Bryan sticks out a leg and down goes the City man, who wins the penalty for the hosts!
51' A Fulham corner is swung into the City box and looks dangerous, until Mitrovic fouls Fernandinho and City are awarded the free-kick.
49' OVER!!! City's corner is sent to the edge of the box where an unmarked Mahrez is waiting. He chests the ball down before firing a half-volley well over the bar and into the back of the Etihad!
48' OVER!!! Cancelo arrives on the scene after being teed up by Grealish, and his effort deflects off Reed and over for a City corner!
46' BLOCKED!!! Grealish strides into the box untouched and looks to fire a low shot into the far corner. It's blocked by Adarabioyo, and Fulham survive once more!
46' City kick the game back off, and the second half is up and running!
The teams re-enter the fray ahead of ther second half, and this game is still far too close to call!
It's been a busy first 45 for Fulham's Carvalho, who opened the scoring after just four minutes with a well-taken finish, and has also completed a key pass. He and Wilson look to be the creative keys the visitors need if they're to get back into this cup tie.
Well, what an action packed first 45 minutes! A frantic start to say the least, as three goals within the first 13 minutes saw the lead change hands twice, with City wiping out Fulham's early advantage to head into half-time 2-1 up! Although City are back in control of the scoreboard, Fulham have created chances aplenty, so don't rule out the Championship leaders getting right back into this game!
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 FULHAM.
K. Walker
Yellow Card
Manchester City
45' + 3' A City attack breaks down and Fulham fly forward through Carvalho. Walker deliberately and cynically brings him down, deservedly being given the first yellow card of the game.
45' + 1' Kebano is put into space on the left and head for the box, but De Bruyne intervenes to win possession for City.
45' We'll play three additional minutes of injury time at the end of this first half.
45' De Bruyne once again looks to find Mahrez on the run, but the Algeria winger is flagged for offside on this occasion.
43' Fulham have failed to progress to the fifth round on six of the last seven occasions they’ve played in round four, last managing to do so in 2016-17. This comes after progressing from 10 straight fourth round ties between 1998-99 and 2010-11.
41' There's challenges flying in left, right and centre from both sides in the wet conditions, eventually culminating in a Fulham free-kick as Grealish fouls Williams.
39' A City free-kick is swung in and a half-clearance from Adarabioyo sees the ball hit Ake, who can't react quick enough to shoot as the visitors clear their lines!
38' CHANCE!!! City race forward in numbers and De Bruyne finds Mahrez in space. He cuts back inside the box and looks to shoot, but Ream is once again in the way to cut the ball out before the winger can pull the trigger!
37' WIDE!!! Carvalho dribbles into the box after yet another foul on Chalobah, and finds Mitrovic, whose shot on the turn is just inches wide of the left-hand post!
36' Wilson sends Reed on a run forward down the right, until he's felled from behind by Cancelo.
35' Chalobah has been taken off to receive treatment on the sideline as play will continue, although Jean-Michael Seri is warming up for Fulham.
33' Chalobah is down on his haunches in midfield, and medical staff have entered the pitch to give the Fulham man, who looks to have clashed with Ake in the air, treatment.
31' City engineer a very good looking attack leading to Foden searing through the middle, but his heavy touch gives Ream space to clear the ball towards Mitrovic, who wins a free-kick from Ake.
29' CHANCE!!! Another De Bruyne cross from a City corner is swung in, and Ake meets it with a downward header across goal. No City players are near it, but Williams takes no chances in heading the ball behind for another City corner.
28' Since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club, Manchester City have won 41 domestic cup matches across the EFL and FA Cups; four more than the next-best side – Chelsea.
26' OVER!!! Fernandinho finds Gundogan on the run in the box, and the German in turn feeds Grealish. He gets the ball back from the England forward, before firing a curling effort over the bar from close range!!!
24' Mahrez tees up De Bruyne for the Belgian to cross into the box, but his effort is well overhit and Foden can't get control of the ball, which goes behind for a goal kick.
22' Fulham are really up for this game, indicated by their early goal, and are ahead of the Citizens in terms of passes, passing accuracy and possession - something usually unheard of when facing a Pep Guardiola-led side.
20' Fulham work a planned free-kick routine that puts Wilson into space inside the box. His cross from the left is threatening, but it's headed clear by Ake to alleviate the danger.
18' BLOCKED!!! City race forward and Grealish cuts inside Williams before looking to beat the keeper from the edge of the box. Former City man Adarabioyo is in the way though, and the deflected ball is dealt with by Gazzaniga.
17' Wilson and Reed link up down the right as the winger looks to find Reed on an underlapping run. However, the ball is a fraction behind and Ake clears under pressure from Mitrovic.
15' Fulham are behind but certainly haven't let their heads go down yet, as up to five players look to press Ake in his own half before the City defender hoofs a ball forward.
K. De Bruyne
Assist
Manchester City
13' De Bruyne's excellent delivery from that corner game Fulham's defenders little chance to begin with, and Stones easily lost his man to head in and put City back in firm control of this match.
J. Stones
Goal
Manchester City
13' GOOOAALLLL!!! City take the lead!!! De Bruyne swings a corner into the box, and Stones rises at the front post to head beyond Gazzaniga into the opposite corner!! After such a promising start by the visitors, City look to have turned this game on its head!
11' Fulham break from a City corner and Mitrovic crosses for the unmarked Wilson. It looks like a promising chance, but out comes Steffen to catch the cross and nullify the threat.
10' Grealish looks to get around the outside of Chalobah to spark a City attack from deep, but he's pulled back by the Fulham midfielder and wins a free-kick.
8' In the club’s history, only against Watford and West Brom (14 each) have Manchester City recorded a longer sequence of consecutive wins than their current 11-match winning run over Fulham, which began in 2012. It's little wonder City weren't behind for long.
R. Mahrez
Assist
Manchester City
6' The touch from Mahrez was masterfully calm, especially given the frantic nature of this game so far, and he teed up Gundogan to lock us back up once more!
İ. Gündoğan
Goal
Manchester City
6' GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! That didn't take long!!! Back come City straight away and a ball across the box finds Mahrez. He times his pass perfectly to find Gundogan in the box, who smashes the ball home to make it 1-1!!! What a cup tie!!!!
H. Wilson
Assist
Fulham
4' A goal made in Liverpool - sort of. Academy product Wilson flew down the right before crossing to Carvalho - who the Reds failed to sign on deadline day - who tapped home with the easiest of finishes!
Fábio Carvalho
Goal
Fulham
4' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!! The visitors take the lead!!!!! Fulham break down the right and Wilson beats Cancelo to cross for the unmarked Carvalho in the box, who taps the ball past Steffen to make it 1-0!!! The upset is on the cards already!!!
4' Mahrez cuts inside from the right and fizzes a looping cross into the box, but Gazzaniga is wary of Grealish's presence and gets to the ball ahead of the City forward.
3' Including replays, this is the fifth FA Cup match between Manchester City and Fulham, with the Citizens running out 4-0 winners most recently in the fourth round of 2019-20’s competition.
1' The first ball is kicked, and we are underway in this match!
The two sides enter the pitch at the Etihad, and kick-off in this FA Cup tie isn't too far away!
Harry Wilson, whose goal put Fulham into the fourth round, once more starts from the right wing for the visitors, and he will be looking to provide ammunition for Championship top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic.
It’s close to a full-strength City side that takes to the field at the Etihad today, spearheaded by the rather left-field choice of Jack Grealish.
FULHAM SUBS: Marek Rodak, Michael Hector, Tom Cairney, Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaleiro, Rodrigo Muniz, Jean-Michael Seri, Josh Onomah, Alfie Mawson.
FULHAM (4-2-3-1): Paulo Gazzaniga; Neco Williams, Tosin Adarabioyo, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan; Nathaniel Chalobah, Harrison Reed; Harry Wilson, Fabio Carvalho, Neeskens Kebano; Aleksandar Mitrovic.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Ederson, Ruben Dias, Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Liam Delap, James McAtee.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Zack Steffen; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo; Kevin de Bruyne, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden.
Fulham, meanwhile, needed extra time to beat fellow Championship side Bristol City, with Harry Wilson’s 105th minute winner sending the West Londoners into the last 32.
The hosts breezed past Swindon in the third round, beating the Robins 4-1 at the County Ground.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of this fourth round FA Cup tie, between Manchester City and Fulham.