On Friday evening, Manchester City achieved a moral victory when it knocked out its guest Arsenal, the league leaders, in the 16th round of the FA Cup. Coach Guardiola’s men won 1-0, scored by Dutch international defender Nathan Ake in the 64th minute.
ousted Manchester City On Friday evening, it hosted Arsenal, the league leaders, in the 16th round of the England Football Cup, with a score of 1-0 at Al-Ittihad Stadium, with Dutch international defender Nathan Ake scoring in the 64th minute.
The coaches of the two teams, the Spanish Pep Guardiola and his compatriot Mikel Arteta, made many adjustments to their squads, so Guardiola kept goalkeeper Ederson, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Emeric Laporte on the bench, while Phil Foden was absent.
For his part, Arteta kept goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, William Saliba, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Oleksandr Zinchko and Ben White on the bench.
Arsenal was the most dangerous in the first half, and could have scored on more than one occasion had it not been for the brilliance of German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. And he almost opened the scoring early with a powerful shot by defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from inside the area, which was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper (5).
For his part, Arsenal goalkeeper Turner saved his goal from an accomplished goal when he came out of his den to cut off the solitude of the Norwegian international striker Erling Haaland after a mistake by defender Rob Holding in deflecting a long ball (9), so it bounced off the latter, who played it with scissors from outside the area, but defender Tomiasso stopped it with his chest and pushed him away danger.
And Eddie Nketiah almost did it when he received a cross from Trossard from the left side, so he followed it up with his right hand from close range next to the right post (33).
City received a painful blow, with the injury of its defense pole, John Stones, so he left his place for Laporte (45 + 3).
Turner continued his brilliance and removed a cross from De Brion in front of Haaland’s head (48), then cut a cross pass from inside the area to De Bruyne towards the Norwegian giants before the defense dispersed them (55).
The Argentine international striker, substitute Julian Alvarez, was denied the opening of the scoring when he responded with his powerful shot from outside the area, so it was prepared in front of Jack Grealish, who manipulated the defense and prepared it to eat inside the area, so he slid it into the far left corner of goalkeeper Turner (64).
Arteta pushed his main weapons after the goal, involving Zinchenko, Odegaard and Martinelli, so the latter almost equalized with a wonderful individual effort inside the area, he penetrated through it until he approached the goalkeeper, but the defense took the time to a corner that did not bear fruit (85).
Arsenal leads the league with a five-point difference between him and coach Guardiola’s men, with a match less for Arteta’s team. The first confrontation between the two teams was this season, after their match, which was scheduled for the first leg of the league on October 19, in the twelfth stage, was postponed to February 15.
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