23 Jan Cheltenham City vs. Manchester Metropolis – Football Match Report – January 23, 2021
Manchester Metropolis wanted late targets from Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres to beat League Two facet Cheltenham 3-1 within the FA Cup fourth spherical on Saturday.
Cheltenham had been near recording an upset after Alfie Could put them forward within the second half however Metropolis left it late to win on the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
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Cheltenham wanted heroics from goalkeeper Josh Griffiths and captain Ben Tozer to remain within the recreation and nearly produced a shock end result.
The Premier League facet nearly opened the scoring inside 25 seconds however goalkeeper Griffiths saved Jesus’ lobbed effort.
Cheltenham wanted Tozer to provide an oustanding goal-line clearance to disclaim Benjamin Mendy moments later.
Griffiths got here to Cheltenham’s rescue as soon as extra with an ideal save from Torres’ shut vary strike.
The hosts had been near scoring after 23 minutes when striker Could’s shot was saved on the near-post by USMNT’s Zack Steffen.
Simply earlier than the break, the match was briefly paused resulting from a firework show with the gamers taken off the pitch.
Jesus had a good chance to place Metropolis forward 5 minutes into the second half however his shot hit the publish.
Simply earlier than the hour mark, Cheltenham took a shock lead after Charlie Raglar flicked on Tozer’s lengthy throw for Could to transform from shut vary.
Griffiths denied Riyad Mahrez however might do nothing to cease Foden from changing Joao Cancelo’s cross with 9 minutes to go.
Fernandinho then clipped the ball into Jesus three minutes from time earlier than Torres scored a 3rd with the final kick of the sport.