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FA CUP: City, Chelsea and Liverpool pick up comfortable victories

Manchester City started off the FA Cup weekend with a comfortable 4-1 win over League Two side Swindon Town. Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Ikay Gundogan and Cole Palmer were on target for the Citizens while Harry Mckirdy scored a memorable goal for Swindon Town.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola tested positive for COVID and Assistant Coach Rodolfo Borrell took charge for this game. City looked strong despite missing seven first-team players and Gundogan donned the captain's armband.


Man City players celebrate after scoring a goal against Swindon in the FA Cup. Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

City were ruthless despite facing a team 72 places below them in the English Football pyramid. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring with a tap in after some excellent work from Cole Palmer at the edge of the box. Jesus made it two in the 28th minute after a one-two with De Bruyne.


Gundogan scored from a free-kick 30 yards out to put City three ahead. Swindon's moment in the sun arrived in the 78th minute when boyhood Chelsea fan Harry Mckirdy fired past Zack Steffen. Cole Palmer then scored from a beautiful curling effort to make it 4 for City.


Chelsea and Liverpool cruised to the 4th round of the FA Cup as well with victories over Chesterfield and Shrewsbury Town. Werner, Hudson Odoi, Lukaku, Christeinsen and Ziyech were all on target for the Blues as they completed a 5-1 victory against a team that is in the 5th tier of English Football.


Liverpool beat League One side Shrewsbury Town at Anfield with a much changed lineup as Jurgen Klopp had to go with the academy stars after the club was hit badly by COVID. Curtis Jones was the most experienced name in the front three, joined by Gordon and Max Woltman. Meanwhile, Fabinho was alongside Tyler Morton and full debutant Elijah Dixon-Bonner in midfield.


Fabinho was on target as Liverpool saw off Shrewsbury. Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images


Kaite Gordon scored his 1st professional goal to equalize after Shrewsbury surprisingly took the lead. Fabinho scored twice and Roberto Firmino also scored a much needed goal with a brilliant backheel.



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