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Football news - Phil Foden stars with brace as Manchester City beat Newport County in FA Cup

Foden stars with brace as City beat Newport County
By Eurosport

16/02/2019 at 18:19Updated 16/02/2019 at 21:46

FA Cup fifth-round, Rodney Parade - Newport County 1 (Amond 88') Manchester City 4 (Sane 51', Foden 75', 89', Mahrez 90+4')

Phil Foden was in sparkling form as he inspired Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Newport County in their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Rodney Parade.

Manchester City left Sergio Aguero at home for the tie but otherwise fielded and almost full-strength side.

City failed to break through in the first half, and both Leroy Sane and Tyreeq Bakinson hit the woodwork for their respective sides.

Having earned around £1 million from their cup run already, Newport reached half-time in with a shot of the quarter-finals.

In the second half, Sane put the away side ahead with a vicious shot at close range which bobbled into the net after smashing into goalkeeper Joe Day’s face, and victory was made certain when Phil Foden’s solo effort forced another error from Day.

A late goal from Padraig Amond gave City a brief fright, but Foden hit back almost instantly to settle nerves, and Riyad Mahrez made it four.

Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Newport County AFC and Manchester City at Rodney Parade

Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Newport County AFC and Manchester City at Rodney ParadeGetty Images

TALKING POINT

Can City fight on all fronts? They played a strong eleven against Newport and the fact they did not score until the second half meant they had to maintain their effort for most of the match. A break would have been appreciated with a busy period to come until the end of the season - but the only thing worse than a busy end to the season is when you are out of the cups already.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Phil Foden (Manchester City): The teenager is the best young prospect left at Manchester City after Brahim Diaz and Jadon Sancho left for first team football elsewhere. Foden is on the cusp of getting into the midfield of City on a regular basis, and could soon do the same for England's national side.

PLAYER RATINGS

Newport County: Day 4, Butler 6, Demetriou 6, O'Brien 6, Bennett 6, Poole 6, Bakinson 6, Labadie 6, Willmott 6, Matt 6, Amond 7. Subs: Franks 6, Dolan 6, Sheehan 6.

Manchester City: Ederson 6, Zinchenko 6, Stones 6, Otamendi 6, Danilo 7, Fernandinho 7, Sane 7, Silva 8, Foden 8, Mahrez 7, Gabriel Jesus 6. Subs: Laporte 5, Gundogan 6.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden (left) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal in their FA Cup win at Newport

Manchester City’s Phil Foden (left) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal in their FA Cup win at NewportPA Sport

KEY EVENTS

8’ - DAY SAVE - Mahrez cuts inside onto his left, then back onto his right, and he drills a low shot across goal that Day sticks out a leg to divert away for a corner.

51’ - GOAL! Newport 0-1 Man City. Sane scores - Sane is played in by Jesus to the edge of the six-yard box, and he blasts a shot at Day's face, between his arms, and it loops off him and into the net.

75’ - GOAL! Newport County 0-2 Man City. Foden scores - Winning the ball on the halfway line, Foden is largely unchallenged before he turns inside of a defender and strikes in a low shot that strikes Day and continues over the line.

88’ - GOAL! Newport 1-2 Man City. Amond scores - A ball over the top is headed on by Laporte, it come to Amond and he gets a toe to the ball over Ederson.

89’ - GOAL! Newport County 1-3 Man CIty. Foden scores - Sane releases Foden after some smart trickery, and Foden strikes a rising shot past Day to seal victory.

90+4’ - GOAL! Newport County 1-4 Man City. Mahrez scores - A neat reverse pass from Stones picks out Mahrez, who lashes in a shot to beat Day at the near post.

KEY STAT

There were 71 seconds between Amond’s goal and Foden’s second.

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