Manchester City cruised into the sixth round of the FA Cup following a 3-0 win away at Bristol City, with Phil Foden netting his first brace since a Manchester Derby hat-trick in October, making it three wins and two draws on the road for the English champions in a mere fortnight.
Kevin De Bruyne played Riyad Mahrez down the right wing, and the Algerian squared the ball across the face of goal, where Phil Foden was on hand to tap in at the back post – mirroring a typical Man City goal.
The visitors had a great chance to double their lead soon after, but Julián Álvarez completely miscued Foden’s driven cross, and the Argentine scuffed his effort off his shin.
Despite going into the HT break one-goal down, Bristol City would have been encouraged with their performance, largely keeping the cup’s outright favourites at bay for parts of the first half.
Looking like a potential FA Cup partnership made in heaven, Foden and Álvarez linked up again early in the second half, carving open the Robins’ defence.
The Englishman this time flashed a ball across the face of goal, but his Argentine teammate couldn’t quite connect with the ball to turn it home.
The visitors’ main danger man Foden again made his mark, seeing a wayward shot deflected in by Zak Vyner to put the Citizens’ passage to the next round beyond all doubt.