Manchester City started their defence of their FA Cup title in emphatic style on Saturday evening with a resounding 4-1 win over League Two side Port Vale, thanks to goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Agüero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden. 


The hosts got off to a flying start and were able to fashion a number of chances, with Foden coming the closest to scoring on a couple of occasions.

Manchester City eventually got themselves on the scoresheet as Oleksandr Zinchenko finished a marauding run with a speculative 25-year effort, which subsequently took a deflection off the outstretched boot of Leon Legge and past the hapless Brown. 

In truth, the Citizens dominated possession without causing too much trouble for the visitors in the first-half, who themselves were resolute in their defence and were able to nullify City’s advances – albeit by the skin of their teeth. 

Against the odds and the run of play, the Valiants managed to grab an equaliser ten minutes before half time. The hard work was done by David Amoo after a rare foray forward on the right-hand side, beating Angeliño and delivering a pin-point cross into the box. Tom Pope expertly headed home after pulling off from youngster Taylor Harwood-Bellis at the front post to level the visitors.

It took just seven minutes for Manchester City to restore their lead however, with Foden beating the offside trap after being found deliciously by Ilkay Gündogan and cutting back across goal for Sergio Agüero to prod home. 

The second half started just as the first finished, with the home side dominating possession. Bernardo Silva had an excellent chance to give City a two-goal cushion, but was unable to direct his header into the back of the net following Agüero’s cross. 

An offside call nearly prevented 17-year-old Harwood-Bellis from scoring his first senior goal for Manchester City after being fortuitously found by John Stones following a 56th minute corner, luckily for the youngster, he was adjudged to have been onside. 

Phil Foden rounded off proceedings with a well-taken finish past Scott Brown at the near post having been found by Angeliño in the 76th minute


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