Man City shrug off Covid-19 outbreak to thrash Swindon in FA Cup, Latest Football News

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SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – Manchester City shrugged off the absence of supervisor Pep Guardiola and 7 first-team gamers with coronavirus infections to ease previous League Two Swindon 4-1 in the FA Cup third spherical on Friday (Jan 7).

Rodolfo Borrell took cost of the English champions, with Guardiola and assistant Juanma Lilo among 14 backroom staff affected by a major outbreak of Covid-19.

City had been nonetheless in a position to identify a powerful beginning line-up that includes simply 4 modifications from their 2-1 win at Arsenal final weekend with England worldwide Kyle Walker and captain for the evening Ilkay Gundogan amongst these coming into the aspect.

Seventy-one locations separate the perimeters in the English soccer pyramid and the guests’ class shortly confirmed.

Cole Palmer was one of many few children handed an opportunity by City’s absences and laid the opening objective on a plate for Bernardo Silva with a elegant flip and cross on 14 minutes.

Swindon had been architects of their very own downfall for the second as Gabriel Jesus caught the house aspect attempting to play out from the again and exchanged passes with Kevin De Bruyne earlier than slotting house.

Gundogan’s inch-perfect free-kick discovered the underside nook simply earlier than the hour mark to make it 3-0.

But there have been a few moments for Swindon to savour from their large evening.

Firstly, Lewis Ward saved Jesus’ poor penalty.

Harry McKirdy then struck a comfort by blasting previous Zack Steffen at his close to publish 12 minutes from time.

But Palmer restored City’s three-goal benefit and rounded off a effective particular person show when he smashed into the highest nook with the help of a deflection 4 minutes later.

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