Stoke City 0 - 1 Manchester City

Match info: FA Cup - 4th Rnd at Bet365 Stadium

Date: 26/01/2013 KO: 12:45 Ref: H Webb Att: 19,814

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Man City

Pablo Zabaleta 85

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  • That's the last meaningful action of the game and it's Manchester City who progress to round five. Thanks for joining me, stay tuned for the full match report and post-match reaction.

  • Shotton launches another throw into the Manchester City box. It's headed clear by Zabaleta and Milner completes the clearance. Dzeko turns it on to Aguero but Sorensen races from goal to clear off Aguero.

  • Bit of keepball from Manchester City manages to run nearly a minute off the clock.

  • Stoke hoist a free-kick into the Manchester City area but Crouch's attempted flick-on merely drifts behind for a goal-kick. Whelan slipped as he lofted it forward which can't have helped the direction of it.

  • Shotton's long throw squirts off Crouch's thigh and falls nicely for Jerome, but he smashes the ball well off target. We're into the first of five minutes of added time.

  • Stoke force a throw deep in Manchester City territory.

  • Barry is helped off by the physio, play resumes with Stoke giving the visitors the ball back and Barry returns to the fray.

  • Barry down inside his own area and Silva slides it out of play. Not too sure what happened there.

  • Etherington skips away from a couple of challenges and slides in Walters. His ball in from the left is just too high for Crouch and though the big man gets a head on it, it's easily cleared from danger at the expense of a throw.

  • Dzeko is booked for kicking the ball away after he's adjudged to have fouled Shawcross in aerial combat. Looked a foul to me.

  • Tevez departs, with Jack Rodwell replacing him.

  • GOAL - ZABALETA. The breakthrough comes finally. Silva links with Aguero outside the box and the Argentina slides it in to the area. Dzeko gets a clumsy touch to it as he tries to control but it becomes a perfect pass for Zabaleta, who drills it home at the back post.

  • Dzeko's arms go skyward now as he appeals for a free-kick. Referee Webb not impressed and play continues.

  • Crouch not happy as a couple of decisions go against him.

  • Aguero thumps a shot in but Shawcross blocks it with his knees and Sorensen gathers as it bounces towards the byline.

  • Better ball in from Shotton, this time with his right foot. Crouch holds off Lescott but his header is always drifting off target.

  • Stoke build patiently this time but Shotton's left-footed cross is really poor and blocked with little hassle.

  • Milner does well to get across and slide the ball out as Jerome tries to break. He's got through some work today.

  • Webb has a chat to Dzeko and Shawcross as he delays the taking of the corner. When the ball does come in, Sorensen rather flaps but the ball strikes a defender and it's cleared. Stoke break quickly and Milner trips Etherington. He's booked and can have no complaints.

  • Snapshot from Aguero deflects into the side-netting. Corner.


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