Manchester City 4 Leicester 2

FA Cup Third Round Replay
Tuesday 18 January 2011, 19:45 KO

City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Kompany, Lescott, Vieira, Milner, Y Touré (Jo 79), A Johnson, Silva (Barry 64), Tevez (c)
Unused: Given, Boyata, K Touré, de Jong, Nimely
Goals: Tevez (16), Vieira (37), A Johnson (38), Kolarov (90+1)
Booked: Vieira

Referee: Mark Halsey
Man of the Match: James Milner

The visitors started brightly and forced a corner from a deflected header that almost beat Joe Hart, before Adam Johnson found himself through on goal, but he wasn’t able to give the home side the lead, slipping as he took the shot and Weale was able to make the save.

Lescott then forced a great reflex save from Hart, as he deflected a cross goalwards and the City keeper was alert to block and then dive on the ball, changing direction quickly. Dyer then fired over for the visitors, as they tried to get themselves in front and take advantage of an uncertain start by City.

Yaya Touré then couldn’t find Tevez or Silva as he played a low cross into the box and Weale was able to see the ball safely behind. But he could do nothing about the next effort, one that put City in front. Tevez received the ball from a throw-in and beat two challenges into the area, before lashing it into the top corner, silencing the visiting fans.

But, just two minutes later, Leicester had a chance to get back into the game. Dyer broke into the box past Kolarov and Vieira, brushing the latter and going down. The referee took his time, but decided the contact was enough to award the penalty, which Gallagher drove into the net.

City looked for a way back in front with a slick piece of passing football that allowed Tevez to drive a low ball towards Yaya Touré, but the Ivorian could only swing his left foot at it and it was straight at Weale in the Leicester goal.

And, just before the break, that City goal came. Tevez played a nice ball over for Zabaleta and he drove his way to the by-line. His pull back landed to the feet of David Silva, who shot at goal on his weaker right foot and forced a good save from Weale, but Vieira was there at the back post to stab the ball home.

Then, as the City fans were taking their seats, they were celebrating again. A defence splitting pass from David Silva slipped Adam Johnson through for his second one-on-one of the night and this time he made no mistake, slotting the ball past the goalkeeper from outside the box and, in the space of a minute, City were two goals clear.

The second half started slowly, but for two pieces of individual skill. First, Kompany miscued a clearance, but was able to turn and beat the on-rushing forward to make up for it, before David Silva almost set himself up with a crossing opportunity by back-heeling it to himself through two defenders.

Tevez skied a shot on 54 minutes after some neat interplay between Yaya Touré and Adam Johnson, before the Argentinean had the chance to put his penalty miss against Blackpool behind him. Through on goal, he was tripped by Hobbs, but his penalty was straight down the middle and saved by Weale.

With 62 minutes on the clock, Adam Johnson could have finished the game after the Leicester defence allowed him through, but he scuffed his shot – which wasn’t easy – and Weale was able to push the ball away to safety.

Leicester had the chance to shoot on the edge of the box after a foul from Barry, but the City wall did its job and Johnson was able to clear the danger. Vieira was then booked for a heated exchange with Dyer, before Jo couldn’t get a shot in when the ball broke to him at the back post.

Then, with 83 minutes played, the visitors set up a grand stand finish. After a large slice of luck where the ball bounced kindly off the referee, Dyer raced on to a pass through the centre that neither Kompany nor Lescott could quite reach and he slotted the ball past the on-rushing Joe Hart.

But, as the game entered stoppage time, it was Aleksandar Kolarov who wrapped up the tie for the home side. After a piece of patient build-up, Adam Johnson cut into the box and slid the ball to Kolarov on the edge. He took a touch and found the space to fire a low drive across Weale and into the bottom corner. City were safely through into the fourth round.

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