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Cheltenham Town V Man. City - As it happened.

Pin Cheltenham v City, FA Cup, 23/01/2020. BeSoccer
Cheltenham v City, FA Cup, 23/01/2020. BeSoccer

Cheltenham Town V Man. City - As it happened.

Joins us as Cheltenham aim to shock the world against Manchester City in the last 16 of the FA Cup.

FT: In the end the three late goals from City were enough to put an end to Cheltenham's FA Cup dream. It looked almost certain we were going to see a big upset tonight but City had other ideas. City make it 10 wins on the trot and advance to the next round. Well played Pep!
City make it 3 to end with! Ferran nets at point blank from Gundogan's pass at the front post. City were giving a master class in passing in the run up to the goal.
City definitely deserve the win but you can't help but be a little disheartened after Cheltenham put in such an impressive performance. Looks like we won't see any FA Cup fairytale magic tonight.
CITY GO AHEAD! Jesus hits home from way behind the CHL backline. He timed his run just right to be on side from the Fernandinho's world-class cross into the area.
Maybe I shouldn't have said anything! FODEN GOAL. He only needed to get a foot to the cross that found him unmarked on the back post.
After Real Madrid's shock exit from the Copa del Rey at the hands of Alcoyano, we could be about to see a similar shock happen in the FA Cup if Cheltenham hold on.
Foden heads over from a lovely short cross inside the area. City are racking up the missed chances now...
Ruben pushes May off the ball in frustration but the referee didn't see the action to the protests of the Cheltenham squad.
The second is cleared emphatically and Cheltenham continue to stifle City's attempts to build up play in the middle of the pitch with a see of red shirts.
Laporte heads wide from the corner but a deflection means it's another corner for City.
Griffiths pulls off an expert stop to deny Mahrez a one on one goal. Brilliant reactions from the keeper.
Ruben Dias comes on to relieve Doyle.
Fantastic run from Foden sees him beat4 or 5 Cheltenham players in a row only to have his shot blocked inside the area.
Tozer could be another candidate for man of the match so far. He has had a fantastic offensive and defensive performance today.
Tozer pulls off another fantastic sliding block inside the area to stop Ferran's cross into danger.
Laporte is booked, possibly for dissent off the ball.
CHELTENHAM GOAL! It had to be May who has been the star for CHL so far. And from a throw in no less! Pep warned about the throw in danger today and the ball lands at May's feet from a header in the box only to be put away confidently...
Pep Guardiola looks unhappy as the ref gives CHL possession after interfering with the play.
Gabriel Jesus collects a clean through ball from Foden and takes a touch inside the area 1 on 1 with the keeper only to hit the post.
City cross in their FK from out wide but Jesus hits it out for a goal kick with his face. A clean header there could have made all the difference but he was under heavy pressure.
Raglan is booked for a late entry on Jesus. 3/4 of the Cheltenham defenders are on yellows.
Cheltenham take the opportunity to cross it into the area but the ball is promptly cleared.
Fernandinho fouls Tozer in the centre of the pitch.
Let's see who breaks the deadlock!
+6: City's corner is cleared and the whistle goes! First half ends 0-0.
+4: Tozer fires in a long throw into the area but City clear it promptly. That's what Pep was talking about when he said they are dangerous from corners then!
+2: Cheltenham's corner is headed wide. 6 minutes in total to play due to the firework display.
It almost restarted with a firework after Cheltenham appeal for a penalty. Nothing was given, what a start that would have been!
after four minutes of fireworks the play will continue.
The game has been stopped after a barrage of fireworks goes off above the stadium from outside the grounds.
Cheltenham get back quickly to stop the City attack and have done so for now.
CHL corner cleared by City who go on the counter.
That goal will have to wait a little longer! Fernandinho fires one just wide from about 30 yards out.
Cheltenham have proved several times now that they are more than capable of challenging City's defence. You get the feeling that if City don't open the floodgates soon then this could end 1-0 CHL from a cheeky goal.
Foden hits one wide first time from a low pass inside the area from Mendy. The play came from a fantastic long ball from Fernandinho. City are inching closer to goal!
Foden tries to chip a ball over the top of the defence for Mahrez to run onto but there was too much on it.
Steffen collects the crossed ball from a wide FK with no real worries. Cheltenham are starting to accumulate dangerous chances regardless!
Mendy's cross travels all the way through the area and the six-yard box without so much as a touch from any player. Another decent chance wasted for City!
The ex Kilmarnock defender Boyle sees yellow for a tough entry on Doyle.
May hits one into the side netting! The chance came from another City error at the back that let Cheltenham chip a ball over the top for May to run onto inside the area.
May is caught offside for the 2nd or 3rd time in the game. They have no chance if every time they attempt to counter their striker is offside...
Starting to feel like it is just a matter of time until City go ahead at this point. The pressure is certainly building and Cheltenham can't keep making wonder saves all game, can they?
Griffiths pulls off an impressive reaction save to deny Ferran. A low cross came to the City forward in the 6-yard box which he struck first time. The keeper got down low quickly enough to get behind the ball.
The game has settled down a little in the last few minutes but City remain comfortably in control of the rhythm of the game.
Tozer was the one who saved the day for Cheltenham. Great positioning and header to deny City the lead.
Fantastic off the line clearance from Cheltenham denies Mendy's rocket from inside the area!
City once again dispossessed in attack but Clements can't find anyone to give the ball to and opts for a long clearance up the pitch.
City's FK in a mirror position to that of Cheltenham's is crossed in with finesse but Griffiths collects the weak header without a worry.
The FK is delivered to the back post and 3 or 5 Cheltenham players all call for a handball simultaneously. No VAR in the FA Cup and nothing is given.
Clements is fouled just outside the area in a great position for Cheltenham.
Cheltenham find themselves in another threatening possession with the ball after a disastrous pass at the back is intercepted just outside City's area. Nothing comes of the attack but both sides look hungry for goals.
What a start to the game! Two lightning-fast attacks in 2 minutes.
Cheltenham steal the ball from a complacent City who were trying to casually pass the ball around. The attack was well defended but May goes down with a hand injury.
Less than a minute in City almost score!. Mahrez firs a long ball into the box and Jesus almost chips the keeper but Griffth's saves the day.
And we are off! Will we be in for a shock?
Not long till kick-off now! Anything could happen...
City are on a winning streak of 9 and are one of the best teams of the world. Their opponents today? Fourth tier Cheltenham who have seen better days... Anything other than a big win for City is an upset today.
Whoever wins here today will play against Swansea who have just beaten Nottingham Forest.
CHELTENHAM XI: Griffiths, Raglan, Tozer, Boyle, Blair, Azaz, Thomas, Clements, Freestone, May, Lloyd.
CITY XI: Steffen, Harwood-Bellis, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Torres, Fernandinho, Doyle, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Foden.
Jack Robert Starkie

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