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Peterborough United vs Manchester City at Weston Homes Stadium

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Weston Homes Stadium Referee : Andy Madley
1st March 2022 7:15 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Peterborough United

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘60' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘67' Jack Grealish

#mancity

Commentary By John Edwards

21:50

Goodnight! 👋

That's all from me this evening.

You can check out the match stats and reaction from tonight's game below. 

We'll found out our quarter-final opponents on Thursday evening and, after that, there is the small matter of the Manchester derby as we host United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday 6 March.

Can we replicate our dominant win at Old Trafford back in November? Let's hope so! 

We'll have full coverage in our Matchday Centre from two hours before kick-off, ensuring you don't miss a minute of the big game. 

Enjoy the rest of your week, Blues!

21:44

More from Guardiola

"Except first six minutes of the second half, the rest was really good, given the pitch and how aggressive they are. In the end, [it was a] well deserved victory for the corners and shots we had."

21:36

Guardiola reaction

On Mahrez's goalscoring form:

"He is playing in a position he has played in all his career. We know the quality he has. I am proud the most because he loves to play football.

"For him football is not a profession, it's a joy."

On Jack Grealish: 

"He had chances in the first half that were more difficult. He came back from injury and he is playing at a really good level."

21:24

Grealish reaction

On the performance:

"We had most of the chances. We had a lot of the ball in the first half and we’ve come up against that a lot, teams sitting deep against us. We eventually broke down Everton and we’ve done that again tonight."

On Foden's assist:

"It’s unbelievable. It’s funny because before the game I was on the coach and I sit next to him and we were on Twitter and we saw a video of Messi, and he came up to me after the goal and said it’s just like we were watching before the game. Just like Messi! Me and Phil have that link up."

On his goal record this season:

"I expect more, I want to get a lot more. I’ve been speaking with the manager and he’s been helping me. I want to get goals and assists but he said it’s not all about that. He’s trusted me in a lot of big games which I feel I’ve done alright in. Hopefully that’ll come now in the big part of the season."

21:21

Draw details

The FA Cup sixth round draw takes place on Thursday 3 March, prior to the fifth round tie between Everton and Boreham Wood and you can watch it live on ITV.

21:06

Post-match analysis

Big Steve and David Mooney are sharing their thoughts on Matchday Live.

Expecting that pass from Foden to feature prominently in their discussions! 

Watch now! ☝️

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Full-time: Peterborough 0-2 City

After a slow start, we get the job done with two wonderful goals from Mahrez and Grealish.

Credit to Peterborough, they made life tough and gave us a couple of scares before our quality told in the end.

Into the hat for round six! 🙌

Open
90'

How!?

Ahh, how has that not gone in!

Cancelo clips a ball to the far post for Stones, who heads it back across goal for Laporte.

All the Frenchman has to do is get a touch to guide it home, but he doesn't make a proper connection and it trickles past post. 

Looked a certain goal!

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88'

Chance!

Brilliant from Grealish, who is denied by a good save from Benda.

The midfielder drives inside off the left flank with a jinking run that buys him half a yard to curl an effort towards goal.

It's a bit too close to the 'keeper to really trouble and he tips it behind for a corner.

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81'

Free-kick

Fuchs trips Grealish in a dangerous position on the edge of the area.

Gundogan takes responsibility for it, but he can't get it up and over the wall as Clarke-Harris makes the block.

Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium

It took a while but you always felt that once the first goal arrived more may follow suit and so it has proved.

As so often Riyad Mahrez was there to make the all-important break through.

And back in the starting line up how good has it great to see Jack Grealish also on the scoresheet once again.

With that all-important two goal cushion hopefully, City can kick on and further add to the scoreline which would surely seal the deal.

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76'

Efforts!

City are finding a bit of rhythm now.

Cancelo cracks a drive straight against a defender, before Foden picks the ball up in the centre of the pitch and forces Benda to tip his low 25-yard drive behind for a corner. 

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71'

Triple sub

Grant McCann makes three changes for Peterborough.

Jones, Szmodics and Poku go off.

Clarke-Harris, Brown and Marriot replace them.

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67'

GOAL! Peterborough 0-2 City (Grealish)

A quickfire double!

Jack Grealish gets the goal but it's all about the pass from Phil Foden.

He's on the halfway line when he spots his team-mate's run and lofts an inch perfect pass into his path. Grealish takes a touch and rolls it under the onrushing Benda.

Superb stuff.

65'

Going again

The big question now is, how will Peterborough respond?

Riyad Mahrez has just sent an effort over the bar and City will definitely want to get another one to kill the game off. 

Open
60'

GOAL! Peterborough 0-1 City (Mahrez)

BREAKTHROUGH!

It's vintage Riyad Mahrez. He collects Foden's pass on the right and delivers his full repertoire of tricks.

A drop of the shoulder, a couple of step overs get Coulson backtracking and the Algerian eventually rolls it through his legs into the far corner. 

Simply lovely!

55'

Pitch trouble

The muddy ground lets Zinchenko down again as he collects a Grealish pass and attempts an angled drive, only for his feet to go from under him.

Frustrating. 

51'

What a tackle 👏

That is brilliant from Phil Foden. Absolutely brilliant. 

Worryingly, it's another opportunity for Peterborough as Knight gets to the byline and cuts it back for Grant, who has a clear sight of goal from six-yards.

The midfielder must think he was certain to score but Foden makes a superb recovery tackle to stop him getting his shot away.

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48'

Chance!

That's a real, real let off for City.

It's Peteborough's best chance of the game as a corner is flicked on at the near post and it drops perfectly for Szmodics, but he drags a glorious opportunity wide.

Phew!

47'

That's going to hurt

City clear a Peterborough cross and it allows Foden to open his legs up down the right flank.

Posh skipper Kent makes a perfectly timed tackle to nick the ball, but receives a kick in the face for his efforts as Foden loses control tumbling over his leg.

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Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium:

A frustrating first 45 minutes here at Peterborough with City still to convert our pressure and territory into goals. The hosts have proved obdurate and impressive opponents and are fighting for every loose ball and posing a few questions when they venture forward.

However, there were encouraging signs, especially in the last 10 minutes, that we are knocking ever closer at the door. Ilkay Gundogan has twice come within a whisker of converting while Gabriel Jesus was also agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock in injury time.

Hopefully that is a sign of what is to come after the break…

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Big Steve: Time to turn the screw

"It was very frustrating. We’ve had a lot of possession. You have to give credit to Peterborough, the manager has set them up well and they’re defending deep. It’s up to us to find the answers and break it down. Pep’s got to get a good team talk now and turn the screw a little bit more."

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Half-time: Peterborough 0-0 City

As expected, it's been all City so far, but we've nothing to show for it.

The hosts have defended stoically and they'll be the happier of the two teams after the opening 45 minutes.

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45+1'

Air kick

A moment that sums up our first half frustrations as Jesus makes no contact with his attempt to execute a volley. 

The Brazilian was picked out by a brilliant pass from Cancelo and does well to take the ball on his chest, but he's nowhere near with his final effort.

44'

Ouch

Peterborough release the lively Jones with a ball over the top and, before the assistant referee can raise his flag, Ake comes racing a cross to cover.

He leaps to head it clear, but topples over the Posh's forward. He goes down, but it's nothing serious. Winded, it seems!

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42'

Repeat

The game has found a familiar pattern now: Peterborough sitting deep. City forced to cross.

Gundogan sends one over from the right, which Jesus does incredibly well to get his head to, but he's under pressure and facing away from goal and his effort loops over the bar. 

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41'

Chance!

That's as close as City have come!

The visitors keep the ball for what feels like an age on the edge of a crowded penalty area before working the ball out to Mahrez.

He drops a shoulder, checks inside and curls in a cross for Gundogan, who gets in front of his man only to send his header wide from eight years.

Decent chance.

39'

Claimed

Zinchenko's cross deflects off Poku and behind for a corner, which Gundogan takes responsibility for.

It's an inswinger from the German and it's comfortably claimed by Benda. He's definitely feeling OK after his earlier knock.

36'

Over the top

Peterborough proving stubborn defensively. City pin them back again, but there's no gaps for us to exploit so Ruben Dias takes matters into his own hands and tries to whip in a cross from deep.

He gets far to much on it, however, and it sails over everyone's heads and out of play for a goal kick. 

34'

Restarts

Fully recovered, Benda gets us back under way with a free-kick. It's punted long and Peterborough win the second ball, which is played over the City back line, but Ederson comes racing out to hoof it back where it came from.

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33'

Ouch

Oofft, that is going to hurt.

Mahrez whips in a corner from the right, which Benda comes to claim only to collide with Fernandinho as he takes off.

It's completely accidental but the Posh goalkeeper looks like he's had the wind knocked out of him.

Should be fine to continue...

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31'

Off target

Grealish carrying the fight to Peterborough again with another strong run into the area. 

He cuts inside and takes on a shot under pressure inside the area, but it's high and wide.

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30'

Ohhh!

Oh, that is unlucky from Gundogan!

He's set up by another weaving run from Grealish, and this time his balance doesn't desert him at the crucial moment.

The German takes a touch out of his feet and tries to bend one into the bottom far corner. It's just wide, but Peterborough 'keeper Benda was scrambling across his line...

Patience needed

Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium:

Peterborough have more than belied their position at the foot of the Championship so far. They have asked a few searching questions of City in attack and looked to make life difficult in defence when we have been pressing forward.

City have also just overcooked a few passes at crucial junctures when in promising positions with Mahrez and Grealish looking a particular threat on either flank.

Patience and composure the key as we look for a breakthrough

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22'

Unlucky

Grealish skips away from his man down the left and cuts it back for Gundogan.

The German tries a swivel and shot but his foot gets caught in the turf and he doesn't make a clean connection.

20'

Just off

Jack Grealish darts between the Peterborough centre-backs. Phil Foden sees it and tries to pick him out from deep, but there's too much on the pass for our No.10 to get on the end of it. 

Open
16'

In the book

Nathan Ake picks up the first yellow card of the evening and he can have no complaints after sliding in to stop Jones in his tracks as the Peterborough forward tried to counter.

No malice, but none of the ball. No complaints.

Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium:

Few tasty challenges in these opening first 10 minutes and the home fans are certainly doing their bit to try and roar the hosts on.

The pitch is also a tad uneven and bare in patches which has interrupted our progress on a couple of occasions.

City dominating possession as you would expect but Ederson had to be alert to deny Jeando Fuchs’ low shot in Peterborough’s first meaningful attack.

A reminder of the threat posed by the Championship side.

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14'

Strike!

It's City's turn to attack as the in form Mahrez checks inside onto his favoured left foot, but his effort is blocked by Peterborough captain Frankie Kent. 

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10'

Save!

Ederson is called into action for the first time and the Brazilian gets down well to turn Fuch's low drive round the post. 

A clipped ball over the top released the Peterborough forward, who gets in front of Ake and holds him off before taking on a tight angle.

Warning for City!

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9'

Zinchenko again

City pin Peterborough back in their own box, eventually creating an opportunity for Zinchenko.

Again, it's from the edge of the area on his right foot and it's the same outcome as his previous attempt. Well wide of the right post. 

6'

Off target

Another miscue for City as some nimble footwork from Gundogan allows him to release Mahrez on the right.

The Algerian has time to pick a cross, but doesn't connect well at all and it flies behind for a goal kick. 

I'm not sure the pitch helped with that one. It looks a little bobbly...

Open
4'

Early pressure

City seize control of possesion immediately, with Mahrez getting free down the right.

His cross is blocked, but we recycle the ball and switch play to the left, where Zinchenko cuts inside and takes aim from 20-yards.

It's on his unfavoured right foot, though, and sails well wide.

2'

Let off!

Oh wow, nearly a nightmare start for Peterborough.

Goalkeeper Benda releases the ball from his hands to punt it long but takes too long and it allows Gabriel Jesus to close him down.

The ball rebounds off the Brazilian for a goal kick and Benda will be breathing a sigh of relief.

What a start that would have been.

19:13

Pep's final thoughts

Asked what the key to victory was, the boss said:

"Respect for all competitions. All games need rhythm. We have respect for the opponents. These types of stadiums with the crowds and small pitches is always difficult. We suffered against Cheltenham and we expect another."

19:10

Five minutes to go

The teams head out onto the pitch. Here's a reminder of how the two side's line-up.

City: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gundogan, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus, Grealish.

Peterborough: Benda, Knight, Edwards, Kent, Ward, Grant, Fuchs, Coulson, Poku, Jones, Szmodics

19:05

Opposition view

Peterborough boss Grant McCann:

"Manchester City are one of the biggest clubs in the world, so it is a great opportunity for the players to go out there and test themselves against a really good team. 

"We know that we have to be structured out of possession, but equally we have to be good on the ball when we get the opportunity to do so. It is a wonderful game of the city, the community, the supporters and everyone connected with the club."

18:57

'A real sense of occasion':

Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium:

It feels like a real throwback here with Peterborough’s terraced stand behind the right hand goal already packed with passionate Posh fans who are making a right racket.

The City squad have come out to start their pre-match warm ups and were given a noisy welcome it’s fair to say. Plenty of travelling City fans starting to full up our allocated section too with kick-off just under hal;f an hour away

Football in the raw – and a real sense of occasion surrounding the evening.

18:49

Stat pack

🔹 We have met Peterborough just once before, a clash which also came in the fifth round of the FA Cup in February 1981, and ended in a 1-0 victory for City away from home. 

🔹 We have won each of our last 11 FA Cup matches against sides from a lower division, netting 40 goals and conceding just eight goals themselves.

🔹 Kevin De Bruyne has assisted three FA Cup goals in his two appearances this season, with only former City Academy player Nathanael Ogebta (4 – all for Shrewsbury) registering more. 

🔹 We have won 16 of our last 18 games in the FA Cup, losing just twice in this run – 0-2 vs Arsenal in the 2019-20 semi-final and 0-1 vs Chelsea in the 2020-21 semi-final.

🔹 City have won our last eight away games in the FA Cup, since a 0-1 loss to Wigan in February 2018. It is our longest ever away winning run in the competition.

18:45

David Mooney: Strong team understandable

"It’s disappointing for Steffen, because he did well against Fulham. After that, you have the choice to play the first choice in Ederson or the third choice in Carson. It’s a strong side and you can understand Pep going with the strongest possible 11 for the game. They don’t disrespect the cup and it serves them well. If you want a chance to win it you need to play your best players."

18:39

Autograph hunting

Our man at the Weston Homes Stadium - Neil Leigh - is proving popular with the Posh fans!

"Another first for me this evening as one eager Peterborough fan on seeing my City jacket asked for my autograph!

"I had to gently let him down but there was no disguising the sheer excitement he felt about the prospect of seeing the Premier League champions in person.

"And the Posh fans look set for a real treat as – true to his principles – Pep Guardiola has selected a very powerful team.

"The boss always treats this competition and our opponents with the utmost respect – and it means tonight’s sell-out crowd will get to witness a quality, star-studded City side.

"Irrespective of the result, you can bet that they won’t forget the game in a hurry – autograph or no autograph!"

18:29

Big Steve: Great to see Zinchenko start

"It’s great to see Zinchenko back in the team, great for him. Fernandinho, we need that experience in the FA Cup. Great to see the lads coming back from injury, Grealish, Jesus, I’m looking forward to the game now!"

18:22

Talking tactics

It looks like the usual 4-3-3 for City this evening. 

The back four picks itself, with Joao Cancelo and Oleks Zichenko in their usual full-back roles, either side of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake. 

Fernandinho will sit deepest in midfield and will be joined in the engine room by Ilkay Gundogan, but who completes the trio remains to be seen.

It's a toss up between Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, both of whom have spent most of the season in the front three. 

Should my 4-3-3 prediction prove correct, one will retain that position alongside Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus, but we'll have to wait until kick-off to see which one it is.  

18:18

Valuable minutes for returning duo

Given the respect Pep Guardiola gives to every competition, it should come as no surprise to see City name a strong line-up this evening. 

Steffen’s absence means Ciaran Slicker is the lone Academy player in the matchday squad, but in making six changes, the boss has taken the opportunity to give valuable minutes to several players.

Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus are the most notable starters in that sense, with the former making his first appearance back from a shin injury, whilst the Brazilian will build on the substitute appearance at Everton following his recent spell on the side lines.

18:15

Team news 🔵📋

Pep Guardiola makes six changes to the side that beat Everton on Saturday.

Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus come into the starting XI, replacing Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling.

With Zack Steffen out injured, Ederson retains his place in goal. Kyle Walker is unavailable due to suspension.

Starting XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Zinchenko (C), Fernandinho, Gundogan, Foden, Mahrez, Jesus, Grealish.

Subs: Carson, Slicker, Stones, Sterling, Laporte, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo.

18:07

Goater''s prediction

Just under ten minutes until we find out tonight’s team news. Will Pep Guardiola ring the changes? Shaun Goater expects the boss to name a strong team.

“We always respect the opposition. Pep will put out a team that is still a strong team and that wants to advance. The best way to deal with the derby is to win the game in front of you. You have to win that game first. 

Players that come to mind are Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and [Jack] Grealish. I think these guys will be getting a good 50-60 minutes. The best way to go into that derby is to get a good result, even though it’s the FA Cup, and go into it with two good results under your belt.”

17:59

Posh looking to make home advantage pay

Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium:

There’s a slightly different feel to proceedings tonight with the game getting underway at an earlier 7.15pm kick-off slot with all fifth-round ties arranged into the midweek schedule in a bid to try and ease fixture congestion.

And of course, we will play to a finish tonight – which means there is the prospect of extra time and even dreaded penalties should the need arise. Hopefully City can get the job done in normal time without the requirement for too much drama.

However, there’s no doubt a full house here at the Weston Homes Stadium will be doing all in their power to inspire the Championship side on to try and produce what would be a big shock.

You have to go back 41 years for the last time City were here – and the Posh want to make the most of tonight’s long-awaited return!

17:55

Pep Guardiola: We'll adapt

It is one game, it is a final. Of course, they are not in the best position in the Championship, but it is a game in their stadium. We’ve adapted in the past. We are going to adapt [again]. We’ll prepare well to go and try to get through to the quarter-finals.

17:45

Early team news

Today’s line-ups are due in 30 minutes time, but we have an idea of a couple of players who may or may not be involved this evening, based on Pep Guardiola’s comments at his pre-match press conference.

The boss confirmed Oleksandr Zinchenko is set to play, but Zack Steffen, who usually deputises for Ederson in domestic cup competitions will miss out with a shoulder injury. 

Kyle Walker is unavailable due to suspension after picking up bookings in round three and four.

The Posh will be without captain Oliver Norburn for the same reason, whilst striker Callum Morton is cup-tied having played for Fleetwood Town in an earlier round.

Dan Butler (ankle) and Jack Taylor (hamstring) are both injured.

17:39

The magic of the Cup: Neil Leigh at the Weston Homes Stadium

Wherever City go there’s always an extra added frisson in the air and that is especially the case here in Peterborough this evening.

I arrived at the ground a good two-and three-quarter hours prior to kick-off and the place was already teeming with supporters all eagerly excited about the prospect of seeing Pep Guardiola and his players in the flesh.

Nearby bars also appeared to be doing a roaring trade – having City in town is clearly good for business there too!

It’s all reassuring proof positive that the magic of the FA Cup is still very much alive and kicking.

17:30

Get involved 📱

Got a thought on the magic of the FA Cup? Have a view on who Pep Guardiola should pick this evening? Or, maybe you’ve got a pre-match prediction?

Let us know your thoughts, using #ManCity on Twitter and, don’t forget, you can ask a question to our Matchday Live panel by messaging +447537186538 on WhatsApp. 

17:25

Matchday Live 📺

Natalie Pike is our Matchday Live presenter this evening and she will be joined by City fan Big Steve and journalist David Mooney in the studio at the Etihad Stadium.

The show gets under way at 18:10 (UK), with an hour of pre-match build-up and our panel will return at half-time and full-time for share their thoughts on the action 

A mixture of entertainment and analysis, our live show is the ideal addition to your matchday viewing and you can tune in at the top of this page. 

And, if you would like some City focused audio accompaniment during the game, we’ve got you covered with live commentary from Alistair Mann and Michael Brown available right here in the Matchday Centre.

17:15

Peterborough v City

Good evening! 👋 

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester City’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Peterborough United.

We are facing the Posh for only the second time in our history as Pep Guardiola’s men attempt to reach the last eight of a competition we last won in 2019.

Kick-off is at 19:15 (UK) and you are in the right place to follow all the action from now through until Guardiola has completed his post-match media duties.

Stay tuned!

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