London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri scored in each half as Manchester City booked a spot in the quarterfinal round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Premier League rival Chelsea Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
It was only the second time in 10 meetings that Manuel Pellegrini got the better of Jose Mourinho as Manchester City avenged its 1-0 Premier League loss to Chelsea last week.
Jovetic put Manchester City ahead with a 16th-minute strike as Chelsea struggled to find the rhythm and fluidity so often on display in recent weeks.
Dzeko had two chances to give City a two-goal lead but failed to reach James Milner’s cross and had his long-range effort blocked by Petr Cech.
In the 67th minute, Nasri put the game away with a wonderfully worked goal past Cech.
Meanwhile, Craig Gardner’s strike in the 49th minute carried Sunderland to a 1-0 win over Southampton and a spot in the quarterfinal round.
Gardner’s strike settled a desperately poor fifth-round tie that was watched by a crowd of just 16,777 at the Stadium of Light.
Despite the win, manager Gus Poyet remains mystified as to why his Sunderland team cannot replicate its FA Cup performances in the Premier League.
“I still don’t understand why we win in the Cup [competitions] and we cannot win in the League. I’m trying to find the answer but I cannot. Are we a cup team? It looks like it,” he said.
Defending champion Wigan also booked a spot in the quarterfinal after beating Cardiff City, 2-1, at Cardiff City Stadium.
Midfielder Chris McCann opened scoring in the 18th but striker Fraizer Campbell tied the game for Cardiff City with a low drive in the 27th minute. Ben Watson hit the game-winner with a superb strike from 30 yards in the 40th minute.