By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
City avenged their league defeat to Chelsea with a 2-0 win over Jose Mourinho’s men, which was far more comfortable than most would have expected, progressing to the next round of the FA Cup in the process.
City had the better of play early on, a solid defence snuffing out most of Chelsea’s advances, and they could and perhaps should have gone ahead as Petr Cech spilled Yaya Toure’s shot only for Stevan Jovetic to lift the ball over the crossbar from a few yards out.
However, the hosts were in front a minute later as Edin Dzeko picked out Jovetic, who in turn hit it first time in off the post to make it 1-0, whilst Toure went close with a 20-yard drive soon after.
Chelsea never really got going in the middle, but just as they had a period of sustained pressure in the second half, City doubled their advantage. Substitute Samir Nasri started the move, picking out David Silva, and the Frenchman, having continued his run, was there to tap home from six yards to make it 2-0.
Joleon Lescott thought he’d added a third after bundling home, only for the linesman to rule it out, proving to be the final clearcut chance of the match as City saw out the remainder of the second half to move into the quarter finals of the competition.
Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Garcia, Toure, Milner, Silva, Jovetic, Dzeko. Subs: Hart, Richards, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Negredo, Nasri.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Ramires, Willian, Hazard, Eto’o. Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Lampard, Salah, Schurrle, Oscar, Torres.