Record-setting Man City advance in FA Cup

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One of the most relentless schedules in the history of English soccer hasn't stopped Manchester City putting together a record-setting run of wins.

It's 15 straight victories and counting for Pep Guardiola's irrepressible team, who have another domestic treble in their sights.

On an action-filled evening in the FA Cup featuring a wild 5-4 win for Everton over Tottenham Hotspur, City beat second-tier Swansea 3-1 to reach the quarter-finals and break the record for most consecutive wins in all competitions by a top-flight team.

"That means a lot in this toughest period, in the Christmas and winter time," said Guardiola, whose side leads the Premier League by five points with a game in hand.

"To do what we have done in this time is quite remarkable."

The record had lasted for nearly 130 years, with Preston winning 14 in a row in 1892. That was later matched by Arsenal's class of 1987.

City won 20 straight games in all competitions from August-December 2017, also under Guardiola, but one of those victories came in a penalty shootout in the League Cup.

Guardiola earned his 200th win in 268 games in charge of City with Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scoring the goals in south Wales.

It was a historic night for very different reasons for Guardiola's long-time coaching rival, Jose Mourinho.

For just the third time in a managerial career spanning nearly 1000 games, Mourinho saw one of his teams concede five goals in a game as Tottenham lost a thriller at Goodison Park.

Bernard netted the winning goal in the 97th minute for Everton, who trailed after three minutes, scored three goals in seven minutes near the end of the first half to forge ahead, then conceded with seven minutes left of regulation time to be taken to be taken to extra time.

"I enjoyed it and I didn't enjoy it," Mourinho said.

"It was the mouse and the cat. The mouse was our defensive mistakes and the cat was us trying to compensate for it (in attack)."

Also advancing to the last eight were the Premier League's bottom side Sheffield United, 1-0 winners over second-tier Bristol City, and Leicester, who beat Brighton & Hove Albion by the same score thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Manchester United and Bournemouth progressed to the last eight on Tuesday.