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Emirates FA Cup Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Manchester City

The Bluebirds host the Premier League leaders in Round Four…

26 January 2018

Cardiff City welcome Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to the Welsh capital on Sunday afternoon (KO: 4pm) in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

What to expect from the Citizens…

Manchester City have lost just one game from the 24 they have played in the Premier League this season. That solitary defeat came in an enthralling recent encounter with Liverpool, with the score at Anfield ending 4-3.

The Blues are still in all the competitions they have entered this season, reaching the final of the Carabao Cup and progressing into the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Argentine striker Sergio Agüero tops the goal scoring charts for his club this season, netting on 23 occasions in all competitions. The 29 year-old recently scored his 11th hat-trick in the Sky Blues' colours during their 3-1 win over Newcastle United, taking his tally to 138 goals from 200 appearances.

Kevin De Bruyne has also been a standout performer this season, scoring nine and registering 14 assists. The 26 year-old, who has recently signed a new six-year deal, starred in the Bluebirds' thrilling 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg in pre-season 2014.

In the hot seat…

Guardiola spent the majority of his playing career at Barcelona, where he famously lifted their first European Cup in 1992, and won successive league titles from 1991-1994. He went on to captain the side, and earned 47 caps for Spain, winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992.

After hanging up his boots, he started in the dugout at Barcelona B in 2007, and soon progressed to taking the reins of the first team, winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey in his first season at the helm.

The 47 year-old then went on to lift the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup twice, before moving to Germany with Bayern Munich. He won three consecutive Bundesliga titles in the three years he was in charge, before making the move to Manchester in February 2016.

Previous meetings…

Cardiff City secured their first ever Premier League victory, beating the Citizens 3-2 in our first home match back in the top flight on 25th August, 2013.

On a memorable afternoon in the Welsh capital, Aron Gunnarsson netted our opening Premier League goal, before Fraizer Campbell's brace secured the three points, with Edin Džeko and Álvaro Negredo's goals not enough for the visitors.

The last FA Cup meeting between the two sides also saw a famous Bluebirds triumph. Meeting in the Fourth Round in 1994, Nathan Blake's sublime strike and Mark Grew's penalty save resulted in a famous upset for Eddie May's men at Ninian Park.

Club connections…

Craig Bellamy joined the Bluebirds on loan from Sunday’s opponents back in 2010, appearing on 35 occasions before he eventually re-joined his boyhood club in 2012. He scored 11 goals in that loan spell - including a South Wales Derby winner - firing the Bluebirds to a fourth place finish.

Robbie Fowler has also appeared for both sides, spending a season at Ninian Park in 2007/08 as the Bluebirds reached the FA Cup Final. The prolific striker netted 27 goals in 92 games for the Citizens, and 6 in 16 for the Bluebirds.

Other players to play for both clubs include Roy Clarke, Emyr Huws, Trevor Sinclair and Kasper Schmeichel.

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Match Reports

Emirates FA Cup Match Report: Cardiff City 0-2 Manchester City

City exit the FA Cup in Round Four...

28 January 2018

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were enough for Manchester City as the Bluebirds bowed out to the Premier League leaders at CCS.

Neil Warnock made two changes to the team that drew away to Sheffield Wednesday in their most recent outing. Callum Paterson and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing came in for Sol Bamba and Yanic Wildschut.

Ahead of kick-off, CCS paused for a minute's applause in memory of Jimmy Armfield and Patrick Cryne, who have sadly passed away.

The home side started brightly and within the first two minutes almost took an unlikely lead. Mendez-Laing showed a superb burst of pace to sprint down the right flank, but his cross just evaded Paterson in the middle.

With five minutes played, Pep Guardiola’s outfit threatened at the other end, but Ílkay Gündogan’s left-footed effort was kept out superbly by Neil Etheridge.

Moments later the German international was adjudged to have been brought down outside the area by Joe Ralls. The resulting set piece saw Kevin De Bruyne curl the ball under the City wall and into the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead.

Cardiff City came agonisingly close to an equaliser with 15 minutes played. Junior Hoilett unleashed a thunderous volley which was spilled by Claudio Bravo, but the Chilean shot-stopper was just able to prevent the strike from creeping over the line.

Three minutes later, with the home support in full voice, the Bluebirds again were inches from an equaliser. Joe Bennett’s in-swinging cross from the left flew just in front of the head of the on-running Paterson.

Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva thought he had extended his side’s lead after 24 minutes, but his powerful left-footed strike was ruled out, with Leroy Sané adjudged to have interfered from an offside position.

The away side continued to press and increased the lead with 36 minutes played. Silva delivered a precise ball from the far left which was headed home by an unmarked Raheem Sterling.

Sterling could have got his second of the match eight minutes after the restart. The tricky winger dribbled past Etheridge but was thwarted brilliantly by Sean Morrison.

Warnock’s troops responded with an opportunity of their own two minutes later. Kenneth Zohore volleyed over from 10 yards after being played through by Paterson.

Zohore remained determined to break the deadlock for the Bluebirds and almost did with 65 minutes played. The striker fired a low shot from just inside the box but it was met by a diving Bravo.

Cardiff City were now on the front foot as Hoilett's thunderous attempt from the left flew narrowly over Bravo's bar and into the USW Stand.

As the game reached the final 15 minutes, Sterling would have put the game to bed, were it not for a fine one-on-one save from Etheridge.

While at the other end, substitute Liam Feeney almost made an instant impact for the Bluebirds. He produced a brilliant ball to Paterson from the right but the Scottish international headed over from close range.

Manchester City continued to search for a third goal, with Danilo surging into the area and seeing an effort saved by Etheridge in the game's final chance.

Following three minutes of stoppage time the referee blew his whistle for full time at Cardiff City Stadium, seeing the Bluebirds exit the Emirates FA Cup to the Premier League leaders.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Bennett, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Richards, Ralls (Damour 87’), Zohore (Pilkington 65’), Paterson, Mendez-Laing (Feeney 77’), Grujic, Hoilett.  

Subs not used: Murphy, Tomlin, Halford, Bogle.

Manchester City: Bravo, Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane (Aguero 46’), B. Silva (Diaz 88’), Fernandinho, Otamendi.

Subs not used: Ederson, Stones, Mangala, Adarabioyo, Zinchenko.

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