Man City 4-1 Fulham: Mahrez twofold seals City progress

 

City, who are nine focuses clear at the highest point of the Premier League and have not lost in homegrown contest since October, were given an early trepidation when Fabio Carvalho turned in Harry Wilson’s cross.

Fulham’s lead endured scarcely 90 seconds, be that as it may, before Mahrez set up Ilkay Gundogan for a guaranteed first-time finish to settle the nerves of the home fans at a sold-out Etihad Stadium.

John Stones put City in control soon thereafter when he climbed most noteworthy at the close to post to head home Kevin de Bruyne’s corner, yet they didn’t polish the tie off for great until the beginning of the last part.

  • Mahrez, who missed from the spot as Algeria crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations against Ivory Coast last month, committed no error this time when City were granted a punishment for Joe Bryan’s cumbersome foul on Jack Grealish.
  • A couple of moments later, Mahrez made it four when he ran on to De Bruyne’s pinpoint pass and saw his shot redirected past Paulo Gazzaniga.
  • That flagged the finish of Fulham’s opposition, and they appeared to acknowledge their destiny when their 28-objective top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic was taken off with 15 minutes to go.

Just three Premier League groups have scored at Etihad Stadium this season, and just one has started to lead the pack, so even in disgrace Marco Silva’s side actually showed improvement over most – yet the inlet in class between the different sides at last told.

A lightning-quick break saw Wilson run on to Mitrovic’s exact through-ball and Carvalho, who nearly joined Liverpool on cutoff time day, committed no error from short proximity.

The Cottagers’ speed kept on acting City issues like the game continued, yet it was nothing unexpected to see City wrench through the pinion wheels and end up agreeable champs given their magnificent late structure.

The Cottagers can now focus on their advancement bid, while Pep Guardiola’s side go into the cap for the fifth round draw, which happens at 11:40 GMT on Sunday.

This is the beginning of a bustling month for City, who continue the protection of their Premier League title here against Brentford on Wednesday, and are back in real life in the last 16 of the Champions League later in February as they pursue brilliance on three fronts.