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Southampton 1-4 Man City: Sterling & De Bruyne Scores As The Citizens Reach FA Cup Semis

Manchester City beat Southampton 4–1 at St Mary’s to reach their fifth FA Cup semi-final in 6 years.

Pep Guardiola’s team took an early lead thanks to Raheem Sterling, but Emerick Laporte’s own goal cancelled it out before halftime.

Just after the hour mark, Kevin de Bruyne restored the visitors’ lead from the penalty spot, and by replacing Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez in the final quarter of an hour, the visitors secured a dominant victory.

Southampton, who had gone unbeaten in their last eight FA Cup home games, came close to breaking the deadlock in the 10th minute when Adam Armstrong hit the post after receiving a perfect delivery from Oriol Romeu.

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The city took advantage of its good fortune two minutes later. De Bruyne’s cross was not cleared by Jack Stephens, and Gabriel Jesus pierced Sterling, who scored for the seventh consecutive season.

During this time, the visitors won all 27 games in which they scored first. Ilke Gundogan nearly doubled his lead by hitting the post from Joao Cancello’s open center, while Rodri hammered a bit wide from long range.

However, with the final kick of the first half, the hosts equalized. Before his cross was diverted at Laporte, Mohamed Elyunussi beat the offside trap.

After Gabriel Jesus was hauled down by Mohamed Salisu in the 62nd minute, City restored their lead by tucking De Bruyne 12 yards away.

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Soon after, Foden and Mahrez were introduced, and both scored two goals in the space of three minutes to put the Saints ahead in the contest.

Before England international Foden scored a surprise shot from the edge of the box, Mahrez stroked in the fourth goal — his 14th in 16 games.

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