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Manchester City cruise through as Jovetić and Nasri leave Chelsea sprawling

The Montenegrin striker is making good use of a rare start up front.

MANCHESTER CITY AVENGED their recent loss to Chelsea in the Premier League with a 2-0 home win on Saturday that sent them 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.

Jovetic seemed determined to impress and after clipping a shot just over the crossbar when Petr Cech spilled an effort from Yaya Toure, the Montenegrin forward broke the deadlock in the 16th minute.

Edin Dzeko was the architect with a measured pass into the box for Jovetic, who placed a delicate shot into the net via the base of the left-hand post.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho introduced January signing Mohamed Salah and striker Fernando Torres in the second half, but it was City substitute Nasri who made the difference.

Back in action after a five-week lay-off with a knee injury, the Frenchman doubled City’s lead in the 67th minute when he played a neat one-two with David Silva before prodding the ball into an unguarded net.


- © AFP, 2014

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