Manchester City comfortably saw off the challenge of Newcastle last night to preserve their chances of retaining the FA Cup and move into the semi-finals.
Kevin De Bruyne’s 37th-minute penalty opened the scoring and, just after Dwight Gayle spurned a rare chance for the hosts midway through the second half, Raheem Sterling curled the ball beyond Karl Darlow at the other end to seal the visitors’ progress to the last four, where they will meet Arsenal. [via Sky Sports]
Pep Guardiola’s team had 77% of possession at St James’ Park and quickly dispelled the disappointment of relinquishing their Premier League title to Liverpool following Thursday night’s defeat at Chelsea.
The match at Stamford Bridge was one that Benjamin Mendy will want to forget, his two errors in the lead-up to Christian Pulisic’s opener drawing scorn from numerous Manchester City fans on Twitter (as per Manchester Evening News). However, the French left-back gave a much-improved display in the win over the Magpies yesterday.
The 25-year-old was assured defensively against Newcastle, who admittedly threatened only sporadically, but he still did what he had to whenever the home side got forward on the right, winning one tackle along with making two interceptions and two clearances (as per Sofascore).
Manchester City’s dominance also enabled him to showcase some of his attacking attributes, with plenty of opportunities to get forward and deliver three accurate crosses during the game, the most of anyone who took to the pitch for either side (as per Sofascore).
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Mendy’s cathartic performance was commended by some reporters afterwards. The Mirror‘s Simon Bird awarded him a seven in his player ratings, saying that he “found loads of space on the left wing and did well with the ball”. For Manchester Evening News, Stuart Brennan also gave the Frenchman a seven mark and wrote that he “looked nervy at first after his Chelsea debacle, but recovered to do a decent job at both ends”.
It may not have been the most testing of nights defensively for Manchester City but Mendy still did his bit when it was required, along with getting forward to good effect, and this was the type of reassuring performance he needed after his tough night in west London on Thursday.
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