Manchester City marched into the FA Cup fifth round after a hat-trick from Kelechi Iheanacho helped them to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa....
Manchester City marched into the FA Cup fifth round after a hat-trick from Kelechi Iheanacho helped them to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
The striker’s treble saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men cruise in the fifth round just days after they reached the League Cup final. City also remain in the hunt to regain their Barclays Premier League crown and face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League next month.
The impressive Iheanacho added to his early strike with a cool penalty before running through unchallenged in the second half to claim the match ball. Raheem Sterling hooked in a fourth at Villa Park to ensure Sergio Aguero and David Silva were never needed from the bench.
But in 19-year-old Iheanacho, who now has eight goals this season, they have a striker who demonstrated he can be an able deputy to Aguero after he ran Villa ragged.
Pantomime villain Delph had a hand in City’s opener when he ignored the taunts to swing in a corner which eventually fell to Fernando. The midfielder’s six-yard header was blocked on the line by Jordan Veretout only for Iheanacho to stab in.
City could have had a second four minutes later when Iheanacho broke and found Jesus Navas but his tame shot was easy for Brad Guzan.
City had threatened to cut Villa apart on the break and this time they did when Iheanacho crossed for Sterling, who had wriggled ahead of Bacuna, and he was felled by the defender which allowed Iheanacho to double City’s lead and send Guzan the wrong way.
Villa later presented Iheanacho with his hat-trick seven minutes later with a collective horror show.
Gana’s weak backpass left Guzan stranded and Aly Cissokho dawdled to allow Iheanacho a clear run on goal, which he concluded by rolling past Guzan.
Just 98 seconds later Sterling made it 4-0 to round off the rout when Guzan saved from Fernandinho and the winger hooked in after Iheanacho’s acrobatic volley fell to him.
Kelechi Iheanacho's grabs a brace with his penalty goal vs. Aston Villa (2-0) -360 via @agusetiyo pic.twitter.com/eNxbW3AeVh— Sportive23 (@Sportive23_) January 30, 2016
Kelechi tucks away the hat trick cool as you like! https://t.co/UNA3A04Jh0— ManCityPhotos (@ManCityPhotos) January 30, 2016