Manchester City booked their place in the FA Cup semifinal with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Southampton on Sunday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s men started the match brightly and took a 12th-minute lead when Raheem Sterling was given acres of space after latching on to a precise pass into the box, and without hesitation released a low shot into the bottom right corner.
City continued knocking on Saints’ door and almost got a second in the 27th minute when Ilkay Gundogan unleashed a fantastic shot from close range, but it crashed against the left post.
The match surprisingly went into the break with a 1-1 scoreline as the hosts equalised on the stroke of halftime thanks to an Aymeric Laporte own goal.
The defender attempted to block a cross, but instead, sent it into the middle of his own goal and behind the goalkeeper.
City showed their superiority again in the second period, and after creating a number of chances, finally, go the opportunity to add a second when Mohammed Salisu committed a foul inside the box.
The referee awarded a penalty, which Kevin de Bruyne expertly dispatched.
It looked as though it could be enough to send the Cityzens through, but they then added two more late on.
Phil Foden picked up the ball from a rebound and from the edge of the box unleashed a shot inside the left post.
Three minutes later, Riyad Mahrez added a fourth when he collected a pass and without hesitation fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom right corner.
City will learn their semi-final opponents when the draw is conducted on Sunday evening.