FA cup holders secure win as Hammers draw

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FA Cup defending Champion Manchester City claims win as West Ham United are held away from home.

Manchester City comfortably secured their spot in the FA Cup fourth round with a commanding 5-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Phil Foden stole the show, scoring twice, while the return of Kevin De Bruyne after a four-month absence due to a hamstring injury further bolstered City’s performance.

Despite an early setback with defender Manuel Akanji’s injury, City dominated the match. Foden’s impressive strikes in the 33rd and 65th minutes, along with goals from Julián Álvarez, Oscar Bobb’s deflected cross, and Jérémy Doku, sealed the resounding win.

Pep Guardiola expressed immense delight at De Bruyne’s return, highlighting his significance in shaping victories.

Guardiola acknowledged De Bruyne’s impactful assist for Doku’s goal but emphasized the importance of not overburdening him post-injury.

While City soared, other Premier League teams faced challenges as lower-tier clubs fought fiercely, resulting in potential replays.

Luton Town, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, and Bristol City all encountered difficulties against their opponents, while Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion clinched convincing victories.

The FA Cup weekend witnessed a blend of dominant displays and surprising resistance, underlining the tournament’s unpredictable nature as smaller clubs made their presence felt against top-flight opposition.

 

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