16 Nov

Phil Foden helps merciless Manchester City put Rotherham to the sword

first_img 25 Wiles 12 4 19 Sane If these two goals in two minutes had not put Rotherham in damage limitation mode, a fourth City goal soon after the interval surely did. This was made by a swift Sterling run that made a mug of Joe Mattock before an impressive lay-off to Jesus: this time the Brazilian could not miss.When De Bruyne, relentlessly creative, fashioned the next opportunity Jesus did spurn it as the ball ran between his legs. It marked the end of the Belgian’s thoroughbred contribution as Guardiola replaced him on 67 minutes with Philippe Sandler, the 21-year-old making his debut.Late on Otamendi headed home a Gündogan corner and Leroy Sané, who had replaced Sterling before the hour-mark, hit the seventh. “I’m pleased the final whistle came,” said Warne.Brahim Diaz to complete Real switchReal Madrid have announced the signing of the City midfielder Brahim Diaz on a six-and-a-half year deal. The 19-year-old will have a medical in Madrid on Monday before completing his widely-anticipated move and being presented at an event at the Bernabeu. 25 Fernandinho 3 Danilo 23 Williams Read more If this made it hard for the Millers, what occurred in added time put them to bed. Kyle Walker rolled in a cross and, with Sterling pressuring him, the unfortunate Ajayi turned the ball into his own net. Read more Share on Messenger Corners (s 89′) Possession 7 Sterling Share via Email ROT32MNC68% Reuse this content 14 Man City Off target 6 Rotherham 9 Man City On target 1 Rotherham Goal attempts Troy Deeney taps in to settle Watford nerves and end Woking’s FA Cup run 17 De Bruyne The standout performer was Kevin De Bruyne, who was making a first start in nearly three weeks following injury. It was only a 10th appearance of the season due to two previous serious knee problems. Guardiola indicated that, if De Bruyne can remain fit, then City will be even stronger in the latter part of their campaign.“Without him last season would not have been possible,” Guardiola said of the 100-point, record title triumph. “[Without him] we have done incredible in terms of results. We have an opponent [Liverpool] that has done better than us. That can happen. We were two seasons without [Benjamin] Mendy. We do not have a substitute for the left-back. He [De Bruyne] is going to give us extra, the creativity in the final third.“He played an incredible game, created a lot of chances and he has the vision to see what other people cannot see. Last season he played an incredible number of minutes and this season it is just 400 minutes when everyone else plays 2,000.”Guardiola made eight changes from Thursday’s win over Liverpool here, retaining only Ederson, John Stones and Raheem Sterling. Paul Warne’s adjustments ran to three as he drafted in Zak Vyner, Anthony Forde and Clark Robertson from Rotherham’s New Year’s Day victory over Preston North End.An early De Bruyne chip should have been headed in by Gabriel Jesus but from close range he hit the bar. Later Sterling ran through but Semi Ajayi did enough to end the danger; then Mahrez smacked the ball over from the right but no blue shirt could finish. 14 Laporte Callum Lang heads late winner as League Two Oldham humble Fulham (s 57′) 11 Taylor 4 Vaulks 5 Ajayi 1 Rodak Fouls match reports 47 Foden 22 Newell 33 Gabriel Jesus 20 Bernardo Silva Substitutes Lineups (s 75′) 8 1 3 Mattock 31 Edersoncenter_img 30 Otamendi Manchester City required only low gear to rout Rotherham United 7-0 and coast into the FA Cup fourth round of the FA Cup by the highest margin of victory of the Pep Guardiola reign.Riyad Mahrez’s 73rd-minute finish was indicative of the contest. When Guardiola’s men wanted to they could inject extra quality and score. So it was when City roved forward and split their visitors apart, Ilkay Gündogan’s pass being finished superbly by the Algerian to make it 5-0. 26 Mahrez 5 Stones 49 Muric FA Cup 35 Zinchenko ROT MNC Substitutes 2 Walker 8 Gundogan Share on Twitter 12 Price (s 90′) Soon City did strike. Sterling passed to De Bruyne along the left and, on continuing his run, received the ball back: his finish was precise beyond Marek Rodak.After the half-hour a De Bruyne ball came to Jesus but, again, he lacked composure and miskicked. Before this City had a real scare. Nicolás Otamendi sold Ederson short with a back-pass and the goalkeeper sold Stones shorter, the latter scrambling hard to touch the ball to safety.This prefaced a late first-half Rotherham flurry of goalmouth action as Ederson had to punch one high ball away in an action that left Jon Taylor and Stones floored momentarily.But, then, Phil Foden showed a killer if lucky touch from a neat Gündogan lob, his attempted control proving a stabbed finish that wrong-footed Rodak. Share on Pinterest (s 74′) Read more Rotherham 32 68 Share on WhatsApp Manchester City Man City Share on LinkedIn 24 Smith 26 Raggett 28 Jones Match stats Topics (s 67′) 8 Palmer 34 Sandler Share on Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 15 Robertson Rotherham Shaquile Coulthirst fires Barnet to shock FA Cup win over Sheffield United 7 Forde 6 Wood 2 Vynerlast_img

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