Serene progress for top-flight duo
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.