Manchester City reached the FA Cup quarter-finals as they broke Newport County’s resistance to end the League Two side’s memorable run in this season’s competition.
Newport, fresh from beating Leicester City and Middlesbrough, produced another strong display in the competition to hold Pep Guardiola’s men at the interval.
But two Phil Foden goals and strikes from Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez eventually broke Newport’s resistance and denied them the chance to become the first side from the fourth tier to reach the last eight since 1990.
BBC reports that he Welsh side even missed the best chance of the first half, when Ederson produced a diving save to deny Tyreeq Bakinson’s close-range header.
The second half belonged to the visitors as Sane broke the deadlock from close range six minutes after half time.
Foden doubled the advantage with an excellent dribble and finish, before Padraig Amond scored a late goal that gave the hosts brief hope of a fightback – and maintained his record of scoring in every round of the competition.
However, Foden ensured there was no grandstand finish with his second goal moments later and Mahrez scored a fourth in injury time.
Newport County’s fans gave their side a standing ovation at full time as their weary players did a lap of honour.