Manchester City produced a cultured efficiency to outclass Birmingham and achieve the FA Cup fourth spherical.
The hosts have been with out striker Sergio Aguero, who used to be intended to be making his first get started since October, however has to isolate as a result of he got here into touch with any person who had Covid-19.
“Unfortunately he used to be in touch with an individual who has examined sure [for coronavirus] and that is the reason why he will have to be remoted for a couple of days,” Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola stated afterwards.
“I have no idea precisely how lengthy he’ll be lacking as a result of he has been examined, like every people, six occasions in the previous 10 or 15 days. He used to be adverse and I believe these days he’s adverse too, however he used to be no longer in a position to play these days.”
Aguero’s absence won’t lend a hand Manchester City’s busy January time table however it made little distinction this time, as early targets through Bernardo Silva gave them complete keep an eye on and Phil Foden’s strike put the tie past doubt earlier than half-time.
Guardiola’s facet, who beat Manchester United on Wednesday to achieve the Carabao Cup ultimate, took issues more straightforward in the second one 1/2 however nonetheless ruled ownership and gave Bernardo sufficient probabilities to finish his hat-trick.
Birmingham have been at the again foot from the beginning, and fell in the back of when they may handiest transparent Joao Cancelo’s clipped cross into the trail of Bernardo, who expertly urged the bouncing ball into the highest nook with a fierce first-time shot.
Another very good passing transfer quickly after gave Bernardo his 2d function, this time with a tap-in from Kevin de Bruyne’s pull-back.
The Belgian used to be in majestic shape and unfolded the Birmingham defence time and time once more earlier than Riyad Mahrez fed Foden to make it 3-0 from the threshold of the realm.
That benefit used to be all the time going to be sufficient to peer off a Birmingham facet who’re 18th in the Championship and had misplaced 5 in their earlier six league video games, failing to attain in the previous 3.
Birmingham took till the 34th minute to check Zack Steffen thru George Friend’s deflected shot, however nearly were given a past due comfort when exchange Jeremie Bela blasted simply over the bar from 25 yards out.
What subsequent? Manchester City again at Etihad Stadium
Manchester City cross into the draw for fourth and 5th rounds, going down in combination on Monday, and shall be again at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to host Brighton (18:00 GMT), the primary of 3 successive house Premier League video games.
Birmingham aren’t in motion once more till Saturday, once they trip to stand Middlesbrough, their supervisor Aitor Karanka’s former membership (12:30).
Birmingham supervisor Aitor Karanka:
“We completed the sport in the best way we will have to have began it. In the primary 5 or 6 mins, we have been courageous at the pitch after which all of sudden we began to protect nearly in our personal field.
“I stated earlier than the sport that if we have been going to protect for 90 mins, then it might be unimaginable. We will have to had been extra competitive from the start.
“We approached the second one 1/2 a lot, significantly better, and made the sport harder for them.”
Bernardo on the double for the primary time – stats of the day
- Bernardo Silva netted two times in a recreation for simply the second one time in his Manchester City occupation, with the former example coming in a hat-trick in opposition to Watford in September 2019.
- Phil Foden has been at once concerned in 12 targets in all competitions this season (scoring seven and aiding 5), probably the most of any Under-21 participant for a Premier League facet.
- Manchester City have received each and every in their previous seven FA Cup house video games, their perfect house successful run in the contest since January 1946 (14 in a row).
- 27CanceloSubstituted forHarwood-Bellisat 45′mins
- 2WalkerBooked at 74minutes
- 3Rúben DiasSubstituted forStonesat 45′mins
- 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 67′mins
- 17De BruyneSubstituted forNmechaat 45′mins
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forDelapat 75′mins
- 19San José
- 15Clarke-SalterBooked at 88minutes
- 34SunjicBooked at 44minutesSubstituted forBelaat 67′mins
- 23ToralSubstituted forClaytonat 45′mins
- 14LekoSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 68′mins
- 9HoganSubstituted forRobertsat 45′mins
Match ends, Manchester City 3, Birmingham City 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Birmingham City 0.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded through George Friend.
Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Felix Nmecha (Manchester City) wins a loose kick in the attacking 1/2.
Foul through Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City).
Attempt ignored. Iván Sánchez (Birmingham City) left footed shot from out of doors the field is shut, however misses to the fitting. Assisted through Maxime Colin.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded through Taylor Harwood-Bellis.
Offside, Birmingham City. Adam Clayton tries a thru ball, however Jérémie Bela is stuck offside.
Attempt ignored. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) left footed shot from out of doors the field is just too top. Assisted through Maxime Colin.
Attempt ignored. Liam Delap (Manchester City) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted through Bernardo Silva.
Attempt ignored. Jérémie Bela (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left facet of the field misses to the fitting. Assisted through George Friend.
Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from out of doors the field is blocked. Assisted through Iván Sánchez.
Attempt ignored. Jake Clarke-Salter (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted through Iván Sánchez with a pass following a nook.
Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded through Benjamin Mendy.
Substitution, Manchester City. Liam Delap replaces Gabriel Jesus.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.
Foul through Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
George Friend (Birmingham City) wins a loose kick in the defensive 1/2.
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a loose kick at the proper wing.