To reach the FA Cup quarterfinals, Manchester City beat hosts Swansea City 3-1, expanding the winning streak of the Premier League side in all competitions to 15.
The run is the longest of the managerial career of Pep Guardiola, with his side being the first top-flight English team to hit that level. It was possible for two other teams, Preston in 1892 and Arsenal in 1987, to hit 14.
For observers of the United States men’s national team, the match was also noteworthy. As Jordan Morris, on loan from Seattle Sounders FC, made his first Swansea start, Zack Steffen started in goal for City. Paul Arriola, also on loan from DC United Swans, came off the bench for his debut as a second-half sub.
The last game City failed to win was on Dec. 15 at the Etihad Stadium against West Bromwich Albion and Wednesday’s triumph was Guardiola’s 200th in the club’s 268 games in charge.
The most important thing was that we came to win. We do not deny how happy and how proud we are from a long time ago to break this record. There are records to be broken. It’s not easy to do 15 games in a row in the modern era.
Before Morgan Whittaker pulled one back for the hosts, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus all scored to give City a commanding lead.
In the 30th minute, Walker’s goal came as a surprise as his cross into the box was just beyond Fernan Torres’ control, but he was able to clip the back post and into the net.
“It was a cross but, listen, we’ve deserved a bit of luck with the way we’ve been playing and I’m lucky to get on the scoresheet,” Walker said later.
As Jay Fulton’s header sailed over the net, Swansea came close to equalizing moments later, but in the first half, they were unable to rally any further.
After the break, City came out strong as Sterling doubled the lead after finding space for a simple finish behind the Swans’ backline.
In the fiftieth minute, Jesus smashed in City’s third on a first-time volley from Bernardo Silva’s pass into the box.
When his low shot entered the corner of the net past a diving Steffen, Whittaker gave Swans a bit of a lifeline in the 77th minute.