Manchester City reach FA Cup quarter-finals

Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez

The Algeria winger scored a late goal – his 10th across all competition – to seal victory for the Citizens against their stubborn hosts

Riyad Mahrez found the target as Manchester City defeated Newport County to progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The winger who has had to be content with cameo roles in the Premier League since the turn of the year continued with Cup duty, starting alongside Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane in attack.

City drew blank in the opening 45 minutes against the stubborn League One side, but Sane broke the deadlock six minutes after the restart.

Youngster Phil Foden doubled their lead with 15 minutes left on the clock, but Rodney Padraig’s 88th-minute effort set for a tense finale at Rodney Parade.

Foden responded almost immediately before Mahrez scored in the stoppage time to send Pep Guardiola’s men past their League One hosts.

The 27-year-old has now hit double figures in his maiden season with the Etihad outfit, with Saturday’s strike taking him to 10 goals in 34 outings across all competitions.

It is yet to be seen if his showing against Newport is enough to force Guardiola to hand him a starting berth in midweek’s Champions League round of 16 clashagainst Schalke 04.


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