A goal by youngster Kelechi Iheanacho, plus two others, helped Manchester City sail through to the fourth round of the FA Cup this Saturday, as they won 0-3 over Norwich City.
Sergio Aguero was a doubt for this game as Pellegrini was looking to rest the striker. However, including him in the squad proved to be worthwhile as he scored one and set up another, giving City a solid lead before halftime
Norwich City, who held high hopes, crashed out in round three for the third time.
Substitute Kevin De Bruyne secured the victory towards the end of the game.
Manchester City, however, made seven changes to the squad with De Bruyne, Yaya Toure and David Silva all rested. Toure and Silva were not even on the bench.
Though Norwich made a promising start to the game, they began to fumble as soon as the guests put some pressure on the home team. Iheanacho almost scored few minutes into the game but had his shot blocked by John Ruddy.
Aguero was a menace from the start as he tested Norwich’s defense at several occasions. Norwich’s three central defenders left plenty of space at the sides for Aguero to work his tactics. He gave City a lead at the 16th minute with an excellent solo goal. A flick of the ball by Raheem Sterling was met by Aguero, who skirted past two Norwich defenders, avoiding a sliding challenge from Ryan Bennett, as he sent the ball into the net.
This icebreaker gave Norwich some drive as Graham Dorrans tried his luck with a shot from a distance but Willy Caballero was not hazed. The hosts struggled to gain possession at several occasions and looked no closer to equalizing.
The second goal of the game went to the visitors as Aguero once again showed his abilities. He assisted for Iheanacho, who drove home the ball, making the score 0-2 before halftime.
The start of the second half held great promise for the hosts as they game back rejuvenated. Cameron Jerome managed to get the ball above Caballero and into the goal but had it denied as the linesman’s flag shot up.
The Canaries soon looked more and more defeated as the game continued. Manchester City came close to scoring a third when Jesus Navas sent a sailing ball against the crossbar.
However, City need not have worried since they did score a third soon after when De Bruyne tactfully wove past Bennett as he drove his shot into the goal, concluding City’s victory.
Date: Saturday, 9th January, 2015
Venue: Carrow Road
Referee: M. Dean
Score: Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City
Scorers: Aguero 16’, Iheanacho 31’, De Bruyne 78’
Yellow Cards: Russell Martin 48’, Graham Dorrans 84’
Red Cards: None
Norwich City: Ruddy; Bennett, Martin (c), Bassong; Wisdom, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Olsson; Howson, Odjidja, Jerome
Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Kolarov, Jesús Navas, Fernando, Delph, Sterling, Iheanacho, Agüero
Man of the Match: