Phil Foden on Tuesday struck twice as Manchester City eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win against Bristol City, while 2020-2021 winners Leicester City suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against second-tier Blackburn Rovers.
Pep Guardiola’s side were never in danger of a giant-killing in the fifth-round tie at Ashton Gate thanks to Foden’s brace and a late strike from Kevin de Bruyne.
Guardiola saluted the impact of England forward Foden, who is starting to recapture his peak form after an inconsistent season.
“His career was always up, up, up. This season he struggled a bit and was a bit down, but now he’s back for the best bit of the season,” Guardiola said. “His impact has been amazing. Football pays off when you work like he does.”
City took a seventh-minute lead when Riyad Mahrez crossed to the far post, where Foden fired into the roof of the net.
Foden doubled City’s lead after 74 minutes as Julian Alvarez flicked toward Foden, who produced another clinical finish past Max O’Leary.
De Bruyne got the visitors’ third from long-range in the 81st minute to ensure the smoothest of nights for the six-time FA Cup winners.
Leicester were booed off after Blackburn ended the Foxes’ bid to reach a second FA Cup final in three seasons.
Brendan Rodgers led Leicester to the club’s first ever FA Cup triumph in 2020-2021, but Rovers punished woeful defending from the Premier League side to shatter their hopes of emulating that run.
With Leicester 14th in the top-flight, just three points above the relegation zone, Rodgers made six changes to the side beaten by Arsenal at the weekend and paid the price for his gamble.
“If there’s anyone to blame it’s me. I made the changes and sadly it didn’t work,” Rodgers said.
“We brought four players into the starting lineup who won the FA Cup a couple of seasons ago, but they were better than us and we have to worry about that,” he said.
Manor Solomon scored for the fourth time in four games as Fulham beat Leeds United 2-0 at Craven Cottage to make the last eight for the first time since 2009-2010.
Brighton & Hove Albion won 1-0 at second-tier Stoke City to reach the quarter-final for the third time in the past six seasons.
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