FA Cup: Manchester City survives scare from fourth-tier Cheltenham Town, Arsenal ousted by Southampton

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It took moments of individual brilliance, but Manchester City defeated fourth-tier Cheltenham Town 3-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Sky Blues had to overcome a late deficit after Alfie May put the League Two side ahead in the 59th minute, the striker poking in a loose ball after a long throw in landed fortuitously at his feet just a couple of yards out.

The May goal added extra urgency among the City players, who had been stifled at every opportunity despite owning the lion's share of the possession and chances.

As the clock winded down, it felt as though one of the biggest upsets in recent memory would come to pass, but rapid-fire goals by Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus in the 81st and 84th minutes, respectively, turned the match for the Premier League giants.

A stoppage time marker by Ferran Torres put the match out of reach, but Cheltenham had nothing to be ashamed of as the lower-league club took City to the brink.

Elsewhere, Arsenal fell to Southampton 1-0 on a first-half own goal by defender Gabriel, knocking the Gunners out of the competition that they won last season. 

The other games went as expected, albeit with some spectacular goals sprinkled throughout.

Saturday's FA Cup fixtures, scores

Kick-off (GMT) Fixture
12:15 p.m. Southampton 1-0 Arsenal
3:00 p.m. Brighton 2-1 Blackpool
3:00 p.m. Millwall 0-3 Bristol City
3:00 p.m. Barnsley 1-0 Norwich City
3:00 p.m. Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle
3:00 p.m. West Ham 4-0 Doncaster
3:00 p.m. Swansea 5-1 Nottingham Forest
5:30 p.m. Cheltenham 1-3 Manchester City

DAZN News provided up-to-the-minute commentary of Saturday's action. Here's out how it all went down. 


Full-time: Cheltenham Town 1, Manchester City 3

It's the expected result, but that was not a match to remember for Pep Guardiola's men.

90+4' Goal, Manchester City!

Ferran Torres puts the game on ice.

84' Goal, Manchester City

Whoa. Just like that it's 2-1 for City as Gabriel Jesus does well to take down a floated cross, turn, and fire home.

It looked a shade offside, but the goal stands.

81' Goal, Manchester City!

Phil Foden hits a soft volley into the net to finally get the Premier League giants on the board. It's 1-1 with under 10 minutes to play.

80' Ten minutes to go

City's up to 71% possession, but still no goals to show for it.

70' Save, Cheltenham

Riyad Mahrez goes one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but 19-year-old Joshua Griffiths makes himself big to block the shot.

68' Substitutions for City

The Sky Blues bring on Ilkay Gundogan and Ruben Dias, with Tommy Doyle and Taylor Harwood-Bellis exiting the match.

64' City pressing

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the goal has increased the urgency level from the City players.

Will Cheltenham be able to withstand the inevitable onslaught?

59' Goal, Cheltenham!

Alfie May pokes it home after a long throw into the box bounces invitingly in front of goal.

52' off the post!

Jesus is sent in alone and charges into the Cheltenham box. He hits a low, right-footed effort that curls around the onrushing 'keeper but strikes the outside of the far post.

46' Second half underway

Will City break through?

Half-time: Cheltenham Town 0-0 Manchester City

The lower-league side has bent but not broken under pressure from the Premier League giant.

Despite literal fireworks stopping the match, there was little happening in the final third.

40' Stoppage in play

Someone's setting fireworks right beside the ground, forcing the referee to delay the match.

12' Goal-line clearance

City were within inches of scoring by a headed clearance keeps the match scoreless.


Cheltenham vs. Manchester City starts now.

Next up: Cheltenham vs. Manchester City

The fourth-tier club is really up against it against the mighty (and red-hot) Sky Blues.


There wasn't much in the way of surprises during that batch of games, but the players still put on a show with some dazzling goals and unique celebrations.

72' Goal, Bristol City!

Jushin Liger would be impressed with Antoine Semenyo's post-goal Shooting Star Press.

61' Goal, Swansea!

You gotta spice up a run-of-the-mill penalty kick somehow. Swans cruising, 3-1.

58' Goal, Brighton!

A fortuitous deflection give Steven Alzate a long-range goal, and gives the Seagulls a 2-1 lead.

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