Manchester City 4-0 Fulham: Pep Guardiola’s side keep FA Cup defence on track

first_img But there was no respite for Fulham as Sterling came on to replace him and struck the bar within minutes of coming on after being played in by David Silva. David Silva then set up Jesus but Terence Kongolo, making his Fulham debut after moving on loan from Huddersfield, denied him with a fine tackle. While that was a good moment for Kongolo, he had one to forget in the 72nd minute when he was dispossessed by Bernardo Silva. The ball was worked back to Joao Cancelo and his precise cross was headed firmly home by Jesus. Fulham made almost the same mistakes again moments later, this time Michael Hector gifting the ball to Jesus. He played in Foden, whose shot was saved by Marek Rodak, but the Brazilian followed up to head in from close range and complete the job. City may be out of Premier League title contention but they have no intention of giving up either of the other two domestic trophies they won last season easily. Their goals took their tally to the season in all competitions to 102 and put them in good heart for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United in midweek. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “After one or two minutes I thought it would be a tough game. It is a team with a lot of courage but after the red card it was a little bit different. They could not run but they tried to play. “The performance is difficult to analyse. If it had been 11 against 11, it would have been a tough game.” Fulham boss Scott Parker: “We understand the challenge ahead when you come to play a world-class team but the plan and preparation you do goes out of the window after six minutes when you go down to 10 men and they score a goal. It would have been a hard game with 11 men but with 10 it makes it even more difficult. But I am very proud. I have been in this job for a year and it was one of the proudest I have been of them. Read Also:Leeds closing in on Ian Poveda from Man City “I asked the team to show personality and be brave. I saw a team which was committed and brave, putting themselves in positions and on offer to show what they are about. It would have been easy to come here, surrender possession, boot the ball as far from your goal and sit on the edge of your box. We lacked penetration but we showed a real identity.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Fulham contributed to their own downfall at the Etihad Stadium with a number of mistakes, not least Ream’s disastrous early intervention. Jesus was played through by Gundogan but before the Brazilian could shoot he was pulled back from the shoulder by Ream. Referee Kevin Friend immediately pointed to the spot and brandished the red card. Gundogan rolled the penalty into the bottom corner and City piled on the pressure with Angelino, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all going close. The inevitable second goal came after 19 minutes. At first it seemed the chance may have gone for Bernardo Silva as he was forced out of the area but his footwork tricked the defenders. He created space with a smart turn and then clipped a shot into the bottom corner, registering City’s 100th goal of the season in the process. Pep Guardiola made eight changes to his Manchester City side as the holders hosted Fulham in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Veteran David Silva and experienced pair Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan were among those to come in, along with youngsters Phil Foden and Eric Garcia. As in previous domestic cup games this season, Claudio Bravo played in goal. Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were on the bench. Fulham handed a debut to loan signing Terence Kongolo but were without a handful of players including Aleksandar Mitrovic, Harrison Reed, Aboubakar Kamara, Anthony Knockaert and Maxime Le Marchand. City then eased off the gas but Fulham were almost caught out again by another break and Joe Bryan resorted to a cynical foul to halt a Mahrez charge. Mahrez fired over early in the second half and was taken off soon afterwards, perhaps to get some rest ahead of Wednesday’s derby.last_img read more

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Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as bushfire smoke blankets city

first_imgSYDNEY – Strong winds stoked more than 100 fires acrossAustralia’s east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke andprompting health warnings for the country’s most populous city. Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, butfierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, by a longdrought and soaring temperatures. The smoke covered Sydney city Opera House and Harbour Bridge are seen as a man takes a picture at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on Sydney Harbour on Nov. 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.GETTY IMAGEScenter_img Wildfires have so far this month claimed at least four lives,burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush anddestroyed more than 300 homes. (Reuters)last_img read more

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Dusautoir: Sexton is not a target

first_imgFrance captain Thierry Dusautoir has attempted to downplay Les Bleus’ determination to single out fit-again Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton in Dublin on Saturday. France spent the early part of the week heaping the pressure on Sexton – but took an almost coordinated step backwards on Friday, with assistant coach Yannick Bru echoing Dusautoir’s sentiments. “I don’t view him as a target,” said France skipper Dusautoir, ahead of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin. “This Ireland team has far too many threats and good players to focus solely on one. “He wouldn’t be playing if he hadn’t met all the concussion demands. “He’s not the only player with experience and power returning either: they have Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien back, so I wouldn’t want to concentrate on one man like that. “It’s a team that has huge experience returning after Italy. “There’s a lot of strength in there; Sexton adds a lot of strength at half-back.” Former France international Laurent Benezech has labelled Ireland’s decision to pitch Sexton straight back into action after his enforced concussion absence as “a big mistake”. Toulouse flanker Dusautoir claimed the 29-year-old British and Irish Lion is not being seen as a target, despite France boss Philippe Saint-Andre telling his side to expose any weakness in Sexton, who returns after a 12-week concussion lay-off. Ireland have steadfastly maintained the position that Sexton is fine to return after his three-month absence for suffering four concussions in 12 months. France flanker Bernard Le Roux joked his Racing Metro club-mate Sexton should “wear a helmet” in Saturday’s Aviva Stadium battle. Les Bleus boss Saint-Andre was not being light-hearted when pledging to send wrecking-ball centre Mathieu Bastareaud straight down Sexton’s channel from the off this weekend. When it came to the turn of Dusautoir and Bru however, on Irish soil amid eve-of-match fervour, the France duo chose to diffuse what they could of the steadily-building intensity. “We respect him a great deal, he is a huge character – and we will not target him, we will just concentrate on our game, on our efficiency,” said France assistant coach Bru. “Obviously first of all it’s very bad news for us that Johnny Sexton is playing in this game, because it’s a different Ireland team with him than without him, as we saw last week. “To target him would be to forget that Joe Schmidt is very clever. “So we will play the game as though Johnny was not there. “We’ve worked a lot on what we can control: so with Johnny, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip back fit: it’s good news for Ireland but bad news for us.” France will face a former Clermont coach for the second time in as many Six Nations weeks, after seeing off Vern Cotter’s Scotland 15-8 in Paris last weekend. Former Toulouse hooker Bru admitted France’s players “expect to be surprised” by wily Ireland boss Schmidt’s ever-expanding repertoire of set plays, that he adapts according to each opponent. “He’s clever and he works well, he’s a tough coach,” said Bru of Schmidt. “The guys know that they will be surprised. “We are arriving at a place where he will want to attack us. “We know him as a coach, and the guys expect to be surprised.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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