FA Cup: Manchester City Destroy Rotterdam
Manchester City were ruthless in Sunday’s FA Cup Third Round clash against Rotherham United as they hammered the Championship side 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to book their place in next phase of the FA Cup in emphatic style.
Pep Guardiola’s showed that they meant business as they took the lead after only 12 minutes when Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock, but it took until the end of the first half for the floodgates to really open.
A Phil Foden finish and Semi Ajayi own goal in quick succession right on the stroke of half time allowed the hosts to run riot after the break, with Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane all getting in on the act in the second half.
The seven different goal scorers condemned Rotherham to their heaviest ever FA Cup defeat as Man City cruised into the next round and never looked in danger of succumbing to an upset.
Guardiola made eight changes to the team which beat Liverpool on Thursday night, but he was still able to name a side including the likes of Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus who all were too hot tp handle for the struggling championship side.
Sunday’s result sees City end an 11-game wait for a clean sheet ahead of their EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Burton Albion on Wednesday, while Rotherham must look to shake this beating off ahead of next weekend's Championship battle with fellow strugglers Ipswich Town.