Foden nets brace as City averts upset against Newport County

Goals from Leroy Sane, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez earned Manchester City a 4-1 win over Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round.

Phil Foden celebrates Manchester City's third goal.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City averted an FA Cup upset and clinched a place in the quarter-finals as Phil Foden scored a brace in a 4-1 win over Newport County.

The League Two side frustrated the Premier League champions throughout a goalless first half at Rodney Parade and came agonisingly close to taking the lead despite City dominating possession on an uneven surface it initially struggled to adjust to.

Newport's admirable resistance was broken when Leroy Sane fired home from close range early in the second half, the winger scoring his 12th goal of the season on an afternoon when his customary flair was in short supply.

Irish striker Padraig Amond salvaged a late goal for Newport County.   -  Getty Images

 

Foden then scored a brace either side of an 88th-minute Padraig Amond goal that gave Newport brief hope and extended his record of netting in every round of the competition.

Riyad Mahrez added a fourth in second-half stoppage time to secure a scoreline that somewhat flattered City, who survived some nervous moments in South Wales but will fancy their chances of going all the way after avoiding a potential banana skin.

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