Live commentary Manchester City – Fulham FC (FA Cup 2021/2022, 4th round)



Neco Williams makes a mistake in his position, but moves back in time and is still able to prevent Foden’s cross.



City, on the other hand, does not make it into the power play on the opposing sixteen as they did with the equalizer, a half-field cross from De Bruyne on Foden goes too far.



And it stays that way, Fulham still have a slight advantage in possession.



Now a dangerous free kick chance for the guests. The dead ball from the half-field is shifted back to the left wing, from where Neeskens Kebano hits the next treacherous cross to Aleksandar Mitrović.



The 19-year-old playmaker Fabio Carvalho is omnipresent in the Cottagers attack, now switches to the left wing and is responsible for a sharp cross from a center. Aleksandar Mitrović tries to extend the lead, but João Cancelo just manages to intervene.



Both teams continue to alternate in their urge phases, Fulham seems anything but unsure even after the second goal.



Tooor for Manchester City, 2-1 by John Stones

And the game is already shot! Kevin de Bruyne flicks a corner kick from the left into the six-yard box, where John Stones climbs up and extends from the near post into the far corner!



You can feel that two leaders with very broad chests are meeting here. What a start!



Fulham are by no means hiding here, and after just under ten minutes they even have a little more possession of the ball.



It was only minutes ago that third division club Plymouth missed a penalty in extra time to make it 2-2 at Stamford Bridge and West Ham only scored the winning goal at sixth division Kidderminster in the 121st minute. Now this is how it starts. The FA Cup is amazing.



Ilkay Gundogan

Tooor for Manchester City, 1:1 by İlkay Gündoğan

Yes, the FA Cup madness continues! First compelling attack by the Citizens, who establish themselves in the sixteen. Riyad Mahrez crosses for İlkay Gündoğan, who also only has to push in from twelve meters and a central position and decides for the left corner!



Fabio Carvalho

Tooor for Fulham FC, 0-1 by Fabio Carvalho

The FA Cup madness continues, the underdog takes the lead with the first attack! Long ball to Harry Wilson, who starts on the right and sticks his pike in the middle. Fabio Carvalho only has to keep his foot in from a short distance!



But City immediately takes control of the game, Jack Grealish forces Paulo Gazzaniga to make the first save.



And off! The guests dressed completely in black are awarded the first possession of the ball.


Fulham coach Marco Silva emphasized before the game: “Manchester City is by far the best team in the country. Games in the FA Cup are always something special. It will be our toughest task of the season.” The Portuguese, formerly employed by Hull, Watford and Everton, helps Liverpool loanee Neco Williams make his debut for the Cottagers today.


Pep Guardiola does not offer a B-Elf. With Joao Cancelo, Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden, there are some top performers in the starting line-up, and Riyad Mahrez is also back after the early elimination of his Algerians at the Africa Cup of Nations.


The Skyblues should therefore be warned. Especially since Fulham is the only visiting team that is currently in as good a form in English professional football as City itself. The Cottagers have not yet lost in the new year, instead they won in the House of Commons with a 7-0 in Reading and 6 :2 home wins against Bristol and Birmingham big exclamation marks.


A elimination in the sixteenth final would be a big surprise. But yesterday the other club from Manchester had to experience that this is possible: United were eliminated on penalties by FC Middlesbrough, who are also at home in the Championship. There is also extra time between sixth tier Kidderminster and West Ham and between Chelsea and third tier Plymouth.


In recent years, City have been regular guests in the FA Cup finals. In 2019, the Guardiola team prevailed in the oldest football competition in the world, swept Watford 6-0 out of Wembley Stadium. In 2020, Citizen lost 2-0 to eventual winners Arsenal in the semi-finals, and in 2021 they also lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the last four.


Good afternoon and welcome to the FA Cup Round of 16 match between Premier League leaders Manchester City and Championship leaders Fulham FC! It starts at 4 p.m. at Etihad Stadium.


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