Manchester City 4-1 Port Vale: Easy victory for Pep in FA Cup
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Manchester City 4-1 Port Vale: Easy victory for Pep in FA Cup

Manchester City eased to a 4-1 victory over Port Vale in the FA Cup third-round on Saturday.

Veteran Vale striker Tom Pope fulfilled a boast to score against John Stones despite his side unable to withstand City firepower at the Etihad Stadium.

He cancelled out an Oleksandr Zinchenko strike at the Etihad Stadium but the League Two minnows were ultimately outclassed as Sergio Aguero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden netted for the Premier League champions.

Two of City’s goals, for Aguero and Harwood-Bellis, required lengthy VAR checks before being allowed but neither were controversial.

City manager Pep Guardiola had made seven changes but, with those coming in including Aguero, David Silva and Bernardo Silva, there was no doubting how seriously he was taking the third-round tie.