Man City 4-1 Fulham stand out and react as Gundogan, Stones and Mahrez strike after Carvalho’s opener


Manchester City did what Manchester United failed to do and successfully negotiated an FA Cup fourth round tie at home against Championship rivals.

United fielded a strong team on Friday but stuttered against Middlesbrough and lost on penalties at Old Trafford, while Chelsea and West Ham also struggled against the lower league on Saturday. However, City had no such problems as they comfortably beat Fulham.

Pep Guardiola was without Gabriel Jesus and Cole Palmer and named a strong squad that includes Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo.

Fulham took the lead early on when Fabio Carvalho converted after four minutes, but Ilkay Gundogan was present a minute later to quickly level the score. John Stones headed in from a corner in the 13th minute to put City in control, and a second-half brace from Riyad Mahrez sent City safely through to the fifth round.

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Full time!

See, a home draw against Championship opposition isn’t that hard!

City are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a victory over a gutsy Fulham, who took the lead and threatened to cause an upset, but Ilkay Gundogan, John Stones and Riyad Mahrez secured a 4-1 win.

Reaction to follow.

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Three minutes added

Liam Delap and James McAtee look animated. A move finds Ilkay Gundogan, who crushes him.

Three minutes added.

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Offside!

Liam Delap has the ball in the back of the net with a diving header, but is flagged for offside.

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Sterling effort blocked

Raheem Sterling gets plenty of chances to shoot, and when he finally does, he gets blocked.

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Foden playing center back

De Bruyne’s departure meant that Foden moved back to a more central midfield position, behind Grealish.

This is one of the roles in which he came to the academy before playing exclusively as a striker in the first team, and one that many believe will eventually end up at City.

Phil Foden hugs Jack Grealish (Image: Man City)

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over the bar

Raheem Sterling takes a free kick over the crossbar, earned by James McAtee.

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Triple City Change

McAtee and Delap are on fire, as is Bernardo Silva.

Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are out.

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Are McAtee and Delap coming?

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More changes at Fulham

Aleksandr Mitrovic leaves and Rodrigo Muniz enters. Tom Cairney replaces Harry Wilson.

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double change

Kevin De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo leave for Sterling and Zinchenko.

For Fulham, Knockeart and Seri replace Kebano and Reed.

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Sterling and Zinchenko being prepped

It looks like a couple of changes are coming for the Blues.

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Fulham almost had a second

Fabio Carvalho connects a direct rebound to Zack Steffen after a long distance shot. Anywhere else and it would have been 4-2.

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Might go down like an own goal

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Another one for Mahrez!

City intercept a bad pass, De Bruyne feeds Riyad Mahrez and he gets another.

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City have Fulham where they want

That’s twice in a couple of minutes that Riyad Mahrez has passed behind the Fulham lines and been found by an excellent pass from a City defender.

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Fulham need to attack to get back into this game, but the more they do, the more space they leave at the back, and Mahrez looks smarter than most to exploit that.

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez takes on Fulham’s Joe Bryan (Image: Getty)

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Mahrez scores!

Find the reverse of the network. 3-1 to City.

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City penalty

Jack Grealish goes down after some good footwork. Penalty fee.

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City corners to start half

City have a succession of corners to start the second half as they finished the first, looking for another goal.

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back on track

We’re back on track at the Etihad. There are no changes anywhere.

Remember, if we’re tied at 90 minutes, it’s overtime and penalties.

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Who can City turn to?

If City want firepower, they can look to Bernardo, Raheem Sterling, Liam Delap or James McAtee.

The two youngsters are hoping for a couple more goals to persuade Guardiola to give them playing time, while Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Aleks Zinchenko and Rodri are also on hand if defensive reinforcements are needed.

James McAtee has just renewed his contract with Manchester City (Image: Simon Stacpoole/Offside)

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half time qualifications

Steffen – No chance with goal 6

Walker – Blunt on the front foot 6

stones – Good header, smart defense 7

Ake – Solid enough, no flaws for goal 6

Cancel – The defense has been irregular 5

fernandinho – Cruise control, no rhythm 6

Gundogan – On the spot – again 7

DeBruyne – City driving forward 7

Mahrez – Other assist, great control 7

Foden – Looks a bit rusty 5

turnip greens – It doesn’t happen 5

Ilkay Gundogan celebrates with his teammates after scoring the equalizing goal (Image: Man City)

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Halftime

There’s the whistle, where we had an electric first 15 minutes and a much quieter next 30 minutes.

City will be happy to go into the break with a lead after falling just four minutes behind through Fabio Carvalho.

They responded instantly through Ilkay Gundogan, and John Stones’ header gave them control before the second half.

John Stones heads home to score City’s second against Fulham (Image: Man City)

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reserved walker

Kyle Walker makes a clumsy challenge and earns a booking.

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Three minutes added

Kebano has a run on John Stones but Kevin De Bruyne pulls back well and helps City avoid danger.

We are in three added minutes.

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Looking for a third

A break involving Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez cannot go down in a blue jersey and eventually Fulham clears.

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Guardiola hung up on Grealish to chat

Guardiola had long talks with Grealish and then Foden during that injury break in the game as he looks to improve connections up front.

City’s biggest threats have come from midfield so far and Grealish has failed to make the most of some promising opportunities.

Meanwhile, Mitrovic turns and shoots wide.

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Perfectly balanced cup tie.

There has been a lull in the goalkeeping action, but both teams are still looking to break the lines.

Fulham have not been punished at all for going back and City continue to charge forward whenever they can. It’s a very good cup tie.

John Stones celebrates City’s goal against Fulham (Image: Man City)

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Gundogan goes for the top corner

Jack Grealish is receiving a lot of the ball, and this time he returns it to Ilkay Gundogan.

The German aims at the high angle, but the shot goes over the crossbar.

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The game has settled

Not much to shout about from that Stones goal, which is probably the way Pep Guardiola will like it after that hectic opening.




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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