Foden drives Man City, Blackburn shock Foxes in FA Cup

Phil Foden was in danger of becoming one of the forgotten players at Manchester City this season. Maybe not any more.

The England winger is over his injury problems and back in favour with City manager Pep Guardiola - and is repaying the faith with goals as the English champions head into the final stretch of the season on the hunt for silverware.

Foden scored in each half of City's routine 3-0 win at second-tier Bristol City in the FA Cup on Tuesday, helping the team secure a place in the quarter-finals.

Kevin De Bruyne netted the other goal at Ashton Gate as the Manchester club stayed on course in a competition they last won in 2019.

Foden lost his place as a regular starter at City just before the World Cup and after returning from Qatar has been overshadowed by fellow wingers Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez.

Now Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches in the wide positions with Foden shining.

He scored against Bournemouth on Saturday and was probably City's best player against Bristol City on a night star striker Erling Haaland was rested.

"This season he struggled a bit and was a bit down," Guardiola said of Foden.

"But now he's back for the best bit of the season. His impact has been amazing. Football pays off when you work like he does."

There will be at least one non-EPL team in the last eight.

Second-tier Blackburn provided the shock of the evening by winning 2-1 at 2021 cup-winners Leicester.

Tyrhys Dolan capitalised on a sloppy pass out from the back by Daniel Amartey to open the scoring for Blackburn before Sammie Szmodics dribbled through the soft centre of Leicester's defence and poked home shortly after halftime.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored his customary FA Cup goal - he has now registered 18 in his last 24 appearances in the competition - but Leicester could not grab an equaliser.

"It was an unbelievable night for the club," Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson said.

"The performance and result was well deserved. I asked the players to be brave on the ball and they followed the game plan perfectly.

"The players have written another chapter in our great history."

Manor Solomon scored for a fourth straight game to help Fulham beat Leeds 2-0 and continue their excellent season.

The London club are also sixth in the Premier League.

Brighton advanced to the quarter-finals for only the fifth time in their history courtesy of a 30th-minute goal from Evan Ferguson in a 1-0 win at second-tier Stoke.