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Iheanacho Scores, Ighalo Benched As City, Watford Win‎; Ikeme Crashes

Iheanacho Scores, Ighalo Benched As City, Watford Win‎; Ikeme Crashes

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian teen star Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first English FA Cup goal for Manchester City as they handed Norwich City a convincing 3-0 bashing at Carrow Road to advance to the fourth round of the competition.


The Nigeria international who was making his second start in the competition, third in all competitions, was outstanding for Manchester City and doubled his side’s lead in the 31st minute, taking his goal tally in all competitions to five this season, after Sergio Aguero had poked home the opening goal in the 16th minute.

Iheanacho has now scored and assisted four goals in his last three starts for Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season. He was replaced by Bersant Celina in the 86th minute of the match.

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Odion Ighalo was introduced with 17 minutes left as Watford defeated Newcastle United 1-0 to advance to the next round of the FA Cup at the Vicarage Road on Saturday. Ighalo who has scored 14 goals in the EPL replaced Jose Manuel Jurado.

At the Emirates stadium, Alex Iwobi was handed his first FA Cup start for holders Arsenal in their 3-1 win over Sunderland.

The Nigerian starlet was replaced by Aaron Ramsey in the 66th minute of the encounter.

Fit again Osaze Odemwingie watched from the substitute’s bench as Stoke City defeated Doncatser United 2-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme failed to keep a clean sheet as Wolverhampton Wanderer exited from the competition.

Shola Ameobi was introduced in the 71st minute for Bolton who were forced to a replay by Eastleigh after full time scores ended 1-1. The former Newcastle forward replaced Josh Vela for his ninth appearance this season in all competitions.

At the KC stadium, the duo of Sone Aluko and Moses Odubajo were handed starting roles for Hull City who edged out Brighton & Hove Albion by a lone goal.

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