Manchester City advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a shockingly comfortable 5-0 victory against West Ham United at London Stadium in a rainy Friday night. The Citizens played great football, ended the game at halftime and guaranteed a place in the fourth round for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.
The first half was very even, with both teams playing to their strengths and causing problems to each other. City's midfield controlled most of the possession and created good chances for the forwards, but the Hammers also had a couple of chances against Caballero, who made some tough saves.
And then, in the last 10 minutes, City upped the intensity, West Ham collapsed, and the game was over. First, Yaya Touré scored a controversial penalty; Sterling was then involved in the second goal and assisted the third, and the visitors had a game-winning lead at halftime.
Sergio Agüero scored the fourth after just five minutes in the period, and the game was really over. John Stones then scored the fifth with five minutes to go, and the beatdown got even worse.
City are now through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, and turned what appeared to be quite a tough tie when the draw first happened to a very easy night. Great performance, great victory, no injuries. Perfect evening in the first ever visit to the London Stadium.
West Ham: Adrián; Nordtveit, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Obiang, Fernandes; Feghouli, Lanzini (Noble), Antonio (Fletcher); Carroll (Payet)
Man City: Caballero; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy; Zabaleta, Touré (Delph), De Bruyne (García); Silva (Nolito); Sterling, Agüero
Goals: Touré (33'), Nordtveit (O.G. 41'), Silva (43'), Agüero (50'), Stones (84')
- David Silva was absurd in the first half. True masterclass from El Mago.
- Pep Guardiola went back to basics in this game: diamond in midfield, lots of possession, quick passes, plenty of movement. It worked.
- Raheem Sterling played at striker alongside Sergio Agüero, and both played very well off each other. Nice partnership.
- Pablo Zabaleta played in midfield, and was great. Hard to tell if it's a long-term solution or just the plan for this game, but it was a nice game from the captain.
- Yaya was Yaya. Just amazing.
- Willy Caballero keeps it simple, makes good saves and always does his job. Just saying.
- Fabian Delph and Aleix García played in this one, which was awesome to see. With a City midfield full of injuries and suspensions, it's great to see them get some minutes.