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C. Humphreys
N. Otamendi
Angeliño
G. Clichy
J. Grealish
Carles Gil
B. Celina
Fernandinho
K. Iheanacho
Assist
R. Sterling
Goal
K. Iheanacho
Goal
P. Zabaleta
Yellow Card
G. Agbonlahor
S. Sinclair
J. Okore
A. Westwood
A. Westwood
Yellow Card
R. Sterling
Yellow Card
L. Bacuna
Yellow Card
K. Iheanacho
Penalty Goal
K. Iheanacho
Goal
3
2
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
2
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 10
Total Passes 543 428

Commentary

FULL TIME! Aston Villa crash out of the FA Cup in embarrassing fashion, with Man City striding their way to a 4-0 victory. Ineanacho grabbed a hat-trick, with Sterling putting the icing on the cake late on. Garde's men have a lot of work to do. That's all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
We're into stoppage time, with Man City happy to wind down the clock and hold onto possession. Villa are going out of the FA Cup with a whimper.
C. Humphreys
N. Otamendi
Manchester City
Humphreys comes into the game for the dying embers, with Otamendi taking his leave after another dominant showing.
Only five minutes are left for the hosts to endure, with Man City ambling towards the finish line without the aid of their big stars. This demolition has occurred without the likes of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, after all. Pellergrini will be pleased that his squad have stepped up to the test.
This game has been over for a while, with Man City just stroking the ball around and looking to pull the rug out from underneath Villa whenever they try to gather momentum. Garde has made his changes, but it doesn't appear to be having any impact.
Angeliño
G. Clichy
Manchester City
Tasende comes on to make his debut for the away side, with Clichy trudging off for the dying minutes.
J. Grealish
Carles Gil
Aston Villa
Grealish is given the final 10 minutes to try and make a difference, with Gil taking his leave.
B. Celina
Fernandinho
Manchester City
Celina comes into the game for the final 10 minutes or so, with Fernandinho being given the opportunity to have a rest.
Villa fans are leaving in their droves now, with the home supporters having seen enough. Man City haven't been particularly spectacular, but they haven't needed to be! Garde has a lot of work to do if he is to steer this group of players towards survival in future top-flight action.
K. Iheanacho
Assist
Manchester City
Ineanacho tries his luck at netting his fourth of the afternoon, but his attempted shot turns into a fortunate assist!
R. Sterling
Goal
Manchester City
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! STERLING MAKES IT 4-0! The Liverpool winger profits from some awful Villa defending, after Fernandinho saw a shot saved by Guzan! Ineanacho follows up with an acrobatic volley, which turns into an accidental assist, with the England international doing the rest.
K. Iheanacho
Goal
Manchester City
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! INEANACHO GETS HIS HAT-TRICK! The youngster slides home a third finish, following a quick and lethal counter from Man City, after pouncing upon a mistake from Gueye. Guzan comes out, but the Nigerian forward keeps his cool to slot the ball beyond the American international.
Villa fans won't be happy with yet another abject performance, as Garde's men look to be well on their way to another anonymous outing. Ineanacho hasn't been particular busy in the second half, but does slide home a third finish of the afternoon! Unfortunately for the young forward, the linesman's flag was already raised for offside.
P. Zabaleta
Yellow Card
Manchester City
Zabaleta picks up a yellow card, with the Argentina international having a shaky last half an hour to endure.
Chances continue to prove elusive, with Man City only mustering up a few opportunities as a result of long-range snapshots. Villa don't look capable of pulling this tie back, with the Citizens appearing to be staying in yet another cup competition this campaign. Pellegrini has a good chance for a big trophy haul.
Fernandinho and Navas combine down the right-hand side, with the latter cutting back a pass that looks for Delph! The ex-Villa midfielder looks to shoot, but is promptly dispossessed - much to the delight of the home fans. Gil fires a pass into Ayew, with Otamendi sliding in to foul the former Lorient man.
G. Agbonlahor
S. Sinclair
Aston Villa
Sinclair is replaced by Agbonlahor, with the substitute finally coming into the fray after a long time out in the selection cold.
Villa are running out of time for a comeback, with the away fans making all of the noise at present. Since Man City's second goal, the competitive spirit of this tie has died out somewhat. Fernandinho takes aim from long range, with Guzan getting down smartly in order to turn a save around the post!
Sterling tries to break down the left-hand side, but Gil manages to win back possession. The Spaniard shifts the ball into Veretout, who tries to curl in a dangerous cross, but Otamendi rises highest to ensure that yet another hopeful Villa attack is cut out mercilessly.
Man City only have to see out the final half an hour at Villa Park, with Pellegrini's men certainly in control of their own future here. While the home supporters may have hoped that a rousing team talk would have changed the hosts' approach during the second half, it has been a case of more of the disappointing same.
Sterling is again found in the penalty area, but the England international can only send a close-range header wildly over the crossbar! Villa respond with a foray down the left, with Cissokho whipping in a delivery from the byline, but Man City easily clear their lines. Garde needs to alter something in his side's offensive make-up.
As we edge towards the hour mark, Villa just don't appear to be capable of mustering up the two goals required to at least take this tie to a replay. Sinclair has been incredibly quiet, with Gil and Ayew similarly seeing no service. Sterling forces a save out of Guzan, with the former Liverpool wide man lashing a good effort across goal!
Fernandinho is the subject of a searching cross, but the former Shakhtar man can't quite stretch to get a touch on the ball. Man City look the more likely of the two sides to score, despite the Citizens already having a commanding two-goal lead.
Sterling and Ineanacho try to combine on the edge of the penalty area, with the former trying to place a back-heeled pass into the path of the latter! Fortunately for Villa, the interchange doesn't quite come off. The hosts can't seem to find a foothold in this game.
The opening five minutes have been positively inconsequential, with Villa unable to come out of the traps firing. Man City break down the right-hand side, with a long pass being placed into the channel for Zabaleta to chase, but Clark covers across to hoof clear.
Villa win themselves a corner, but Clichy rises well to head clear. The hosts keep their pressure on, but Fernandinho gets up to defuse the danger. Ineanacho goes down off the ball, with the Nigerian goalscorer looking to be nursing a shin problem.
J. Okore
A. Westwood
Aston Villa
Westwood is replaced by Okore, with the Danish midfielder coming into the back four. Garde has reshuffled his pack, with Richards being asked to get forward a little more.
We are back underway in the second half! Man City have this game by the scruff of the neck at present, but Garde's half-time words might just provoke a reaction from the hosts.
HALF-TIME! Man City are in control at the break, with two goals from Ineanacho ensuring that the away side go into the interval with a 2-0 lead. Villa have been abject, with Garde needing to have a few words at the break if the hosts want to turn their fortunes around.
A. Westwood
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
Westwood gets a booking for his troubles, with the ex-Crewe midfielder bringing down his man cynically.
There are two minutes of stoppage time at Villa Park.
After a brief chance for the hosts, Man City try to calm things down with a spell of possession. Pellegrini's men will need to take this two-goal advantage into the break, in order to feel at ease heading into the second period. Sinclair whips a cross into the box, with the ball half cleared, but Gueye follows up! The hosts' midfielder shoots straight at Caballero!
We're into the final five minutes, with Villa winning themselves a corner. The initial ball in is cleared, but a second delivery manages to pick out Clark! The Irishman gets up above Clichy, but can only nod an effort straight at Caballero!
Otamendi is still proving to be a dominant force, with Sinclair unable to get into this game at all. Ayew and Gil just haven't seen much of the ball in dangerous areas. This is rather embarrassing for the hosts, who haven't turned up at all, despite playing an arguably full-strength side.
The clock is ticking down to the interval, with Man City in total control. Even rotation hasn't affected the form of the Citizens, with Pellegrini's midfield three offering lovely balance. Chances are currently proving elusive, with the tempo of this contest petering out in disappointing fashion.
Aston Villa just can't seem to string anything together at the moment, with Garde probably hoping to get his players in for the half-time interval at 2-0. Damage limitation is the temporary aim of the game for the home outfit, with plenty of the hosts' supporters already pouring out from their seats for a change of scenery.
Narrowly over 10 minutes remain in the first half, with Man City trying to put Villa to the sword. Fernando swivels on the edge of the penalty area, after combining with Otamendi, but the Brazilian's shot is blocked. The hosts break as a result, but the same midfielder is on hand in his defensive third to make a timely intervention. 
Ineanacho continues to be a real menace, with the Nigerian striker proving to be a real thorn in Villa's side. Man City are looking confident on the ball, with the hosts forced to chase shadows. The aforementioned striker drives to the edge of the area, but Clark gets his body in the way well in order to outmuscle his opponent!
Sterling and Bacuna continue to tussle and have words with each other off the ball, with the referee needing to keep an eye on the duo. The opening half an hour have been anything but competitive, with the ex-Groningen midfielder appearing to be entertaining himself in other ways.
R. Sterling
Yellow Card
Manchester City
Sterling gets a yellow card too, for his part in the clash. This battle doesn't appear to be finished quite yet!
L. Bacuna
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
Bacuna goes head to head with Sterling, but the Dutchman somehow avoids a red card despite pushing his forehead towards the ex-Liverpool winger!
Villa look to have a very long afternoon ahead of them, with Garde's men just not in this game. Frustrations are boiling over for the home side, with incidents off the ball continuing to be a real problem. The referee is doing well to try to stop things from boiling over.
K. Iheanacho
Penalty Goal
Manchester City
GOOOOOOOOOAL! INEANACHO MAKES IT 2-0! The young forward strokes home a cool finish, which ensures that Man City are firmly in the driving seat. A hat-trick could be on the cards already!
PENALTY FOR MAN CITY! Sterling goes down in the penalty area, with the visitors having their chance to double their lead! The away fans are calling for a dismissal, but the referee opts to keep a lid on things and keep his book in his pocket.
Delph isn't getting the best reception from the home fans, especially given that Man City are holding the ball rather well at present. The ex-Villa captain is whistled and jeered whenever he gets hold of possession, but it doesn't appear to be getting into his head at all. The former Leeds midfielder has been full of life thus far.
The away side do not look in any danger of surrendering this lead, with all of the hosts' possession going nowhere quickly. The away fans are making the noise at present, with the Villans unable to inspire any kind of enthusiasm out of their supporters. Abject from the Midlands club.
Otamendi manages to clear some danger once again, with the ex-Valencia man continuing in the same vein as during Man City's cup win over Everton recently. Villa just can't seem to turn a few spells of possession into chances, with Garde's men looking completely toothless.
Man City respond with a spell of possession of their own, with Pellegrini's men looking to have this contest by the scruff of the neck. Zabaleta is picked out on the right-hand side, with Ayew tracking back and dispossessing the ex-Espanyol right-back! The hosts counter, but an eventual Sinclair shot is blocked by a team-mate.
Sinclair tries to break down the left-hand side, but Zabaleta steps out well to deny the ex-Swansea forward. Aston Villa finally get their foot on the ball, with Veretout whipping a cross from the right, but Otamendi does brilliantly to command his area and clear! No problems for Man City as yet.
Man City are well on top at the moment, with the visitors not looking back since breaking the deadlock. Villa look utterly abject, with some pedestrian defending leading to an early breakthrough for the Citizens. Their supporters will want to see some improvement, and quickly. Bacuna has half a chance, with the Dutchman picked out by a diagonal pass, but can only head over the bar!
Guzan makes a save! Ineanacho does well to release Navas down the right-hand side, with the ex-Sevilla man cutting into a shooting position! With the Aston Villa goalkeeper at his mercy, the Spain international can only fire a poor attempt straight at the American shot-stopper! Could and should be 2-0 to Man City.
Delph and Veretout dive into a very poor challenge, with the Frenchman actually choosing to lash out in frustration afterwards! The Aston Villa man could have seen red for that, but the referee didn't spot the incident due to keeping up with play! The hosts haven't started in promising fashion at all.
K. Iheanacho
Goal
Manchester City
GOOOOOOOOOOAL! INEANACHO OPENS THE SCORING! A corner is whipped in from the left-hand side, with Fernando seeing a header blocked as a result! The Nigerian forward isn't picked up by his marker, with the loose ball falling to the young forward. The Man City striker makes no mistake and turns home a finish from close range!
Aston Villa manage to get their foot on the ball for the opening minutes, with a few interesting options on the field for the hosts this afternoon. Carles Gil has been known to come up with some magic, with Sinclair invariably looking to find the back of the net against his former club. Delph takes aim against his ex-employers, but fires high and wide!
We are underway in the first half! Aston Villa may have struggled during the Premier League season, but the FA Cup is an opportunity to distract their fans with an exciting run away from their top-flight form. Man City, meanwhile, have their sights firmly set on a treble under Pellegrini. 
Substitutes: Hart, Aguero, Silva, Celina, Barker, Tasende, Humphreys.
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Sagna, Clichy; Fernando, Delph; Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Sterling; Iheanacho.
Substitutes: Bunn, Okore, Agbonlahor, Lescot, Hutton, Lyden, Grealish.
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Cissokho; Veretout, Gueye, Westwood; Ayew, Gil, Sinclair.
Despite being 10 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League, Villa manager Remi Garde has named a strong side for this cup tie. Here are the two team line-ups.
City are already into one cup final, having reached the League Cup's Wembley showpiece by seeing off Everton over two legs and can maintain their challenge for a possible quadruple with victory against a Villa side whose attention is more likely focused on their fight against the drop.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of Aston Villa's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Manchester City.
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