Serene progress for top-flight duo

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

FA CUP: Premier League Manch­ester City and Chelsea both came through po­ten­tially tricky ties, City win­ning 2-0 at Cardiff City and Chelsea see­ing off top-flight ri­vals New­cas­tle 3-0 at home.

Manch­ester City, the Premier League lead­ers who will face Ar­se­nal in the Carabao Cup fi­nal next month, en­joyed a straight­for­ward 2-0 win over 10man Cardiff.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scor­ing in the eighth minute with a clever free-kick, stroking the ball un­der a jump­ing wall and into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

Cardiff thought they had lev­elled from Ju­nior Hoi­lett’s strike, but goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo re­cov­ered af­ter mak­ing an er­ror to stop the ball cross­ing the line.

The sec­ond goal came in the 37th minute as Bernardo Silva crossed for Ra­heem Ster­ling to head home from six yards out.

Cardiff’s Joe Ben­nett was lucky not to be sent off on the stroke of half-time as he cyn­i­cally fouled Leroy Sane, but was given his march­ing or­ders in stop­page-time at the end of the game fol­low­ing another bad chal­lenge.

Chelsea re­cov­ered from their Carabao Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat by eas­ing past New­cas­tle as Michy Bat­shuayi struck a brace.

Bat­shuayi fin­ished off a good team move to open the scor­ing in the 31st minute.

The Bel­gium striker, linked with a Jan­uary move away from the club, dou­bled the lead just be­fore half-time with a de­flected ef­fort.

New­cas­tle had kept Chelsea goal­keeper Willy Ca­ballero busy, but could not find a way to get back into the tie be­fore Mar­cos Alonso sealed vic­tory 18 min­utes from time with a fine free-kick.

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