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Man City's revenge

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Monday, February 17, 2014

LONDON - Manchester City avenged its recent loss to Chelsea in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win on Saturday (yesterday Fiji time) that sent it into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

City's perfect home record in the league was spoilt last week when Chelsea pulled off a 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, but goals in each half from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri gave Manuel Pellegrini's side revenge.

"We wanted revenge today," City captain Vincent Kompany told ITV.

"Twelve days ago we had a really bad game. We gave them a lot of chances, but we created a lot as well. Today we just adapted. They played the same and it was comfortable for us."

Wigan Athletic's defence of the Cup remains on course, meanwhile, after the second-tier side won 2-1 at Premier League club Cardiff City to reach the last eight.

Shock 1-0 winners over Manchester City in last season's final, Wigan were subsequently relegated to the Championship but they put paid to Cardiff thanks to a fine goal from cup final match-winner Ben Watson.

Wigan took the lead in the 18th minute at the Cardiff City Stadium when Chris McMann converted a cross from Jordi Gomez, but the hosts levelled nine minutes later through Fraizer Campbell.

Watson notched what proved to be the winner five minutes before half-time, lashing home a thunderbolt from Marc-Antoine Fortune's tapped free-kick to send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff out of the competition.

Sunderland have also qualified for the League Cup final, where they will face Manchester City, but manager Gus Poyet said that avoiding relegation from the Premier League remains his top priority.

The scheduled encounter between second-tier sides Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic was postponed earlier on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at Wednesday's Hillsborough home.





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