Manchester City secures FA Cup fifth round spot; Chelsea draws with Aston Villa
Manchester City clinched a spot in the FA Cup fifth round with a last-minute goal by Nathan Ake, defeating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Friday.
This marked City's first victory at Tottenham's new stadium since 2019. Ake scored in the 88th minute, capitalizing on a mistake by Tottenham keeper Guglielmo Vicario after a corner by Kevin De Bruyne.
Despite Tottenham's home advantage, they struggled throughout the match, failing to significantly challenge City's goalkeeper, Stefan Ortega. Pep Guardiola, City's manager, praised his team's performance, stating they played incredibly well from start to finish.
In contrast, Chelsea, who recently made it to the League Cup final, ended in a 0-0 draw at home against Aston Villa. Similarly, the game between Bristol City and Premier League Nottingham Forest also concluded without goals.
Manchester City has had a challenging record at Tottenham, with several losses in previous Premier League games and a defeat in the 2019 Champions League semi-final. However, this victory breaks their streak, with efforts by Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne contributing to the win.
Tottenham, managed by Ange Postecoglou, failed to score in a competitive match for the first time under his leadership. "They were the better side," Postecoglou admitted, acknowledging City's dominance.
Meanwhile, Chelsea, despite a series of FA Cup successes at Stamford Bridge, couldn't find a way past Villa's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. Villa's Douglas Luiz had a goal disallowed for handball. Chelsea's manager, Mauricio Pochettino, commented on the need for clinical finishing despite creating chances.
Sheffield Wednesday will have another chance against Coventry City thanks to Djeidi Gassama's late equalizer after Victor Torp had put Coventry in the lead.