But the second goal Pep Guardiola's men had threatened arrived in the 37th minute when Silva's superb curling cross from the left was glanced in by Raheem Sterling. Sane was the victim of a bad tackle by Joe Bennett in first-half stoppage time and was replaced at the break by Sergio Aguero.
? I'm delighted with everything. We play a lot of competitions and no rest and we are still fighting every game. I'm so proud. Estoy satisfecho de todo. Jugamos muchas competiciones sin descanso y luchamos cada partido. Estoy muy orgulloso.#ccfcvcity #FACup #mancity #mcfc pic.twitter.com/LCZ8kKl3rk— PepTeam (@PepTeam) January 28, 2018
Cardiff defender Bennett was sent off in injury time at the end of the match when he received a second yellow card for another poor challenge, on Brahim Diaz. De Bruyne said there had been nothing complicated regarding his goal, telling the BBC: "The wall was not nine metres away from me and so they were very close and it was easy to put it under." But he was slightly bemused by the tactics employed by a Cardiff side pushing for promotion to the Premier League.
"Referees have to protect, not just mine, all players."Pep Guardiola wants action taken to curb dangerous tackles... and he's not the only one! ? https://t.co/LKcIbd9uBz #MCFC #FACup pic.twitter.com/a07gOrpXsC — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 29, 2018
"They played man against man all over the pitch - it was a little bit weird," De Bruyne said. "It left a lot of space." Earlier, Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea beat Premier League rivals Newcastle 3-0 to also advance into the fifth round. Batshuayi's goals in the 31st and 44th minutes and a Marcos Alonso free-kick 18 minutes from time were enough for Premier League champions Chelsea to see off Rafael Benitez's struggling side. The Belgian's striker's first was the result of a neat team move, Pedro's superb through ball splitting the Newcastle defence and leading to Eden Hazard slipping a pass inside to Alonso, who set up Batshuayi for a finish from eight yards out.
Man City's stars showed up vs. Cardiff and contributed to an easy win, but Pep Guardiola may regret not giving De Bruyne & Co. a rest in the FA Cup.@MarkOgden_: https://t.co/w3a6VKtqoy pic.twitter.com/qkiMbJRzYx— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 29, 2018
The Belgian forward scored his second goal shortly before half-time when his shot took a huge deflection off Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles. Alonso sealed victory with a well-struck free-kick. "When I have a chance I take the chance and I work every day to be here," Batshuayi, who has been linked with a move away from Chelsea during the transfer window, told BT Sport.
“He's improved a lot.”Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised Michy Batshuayi and backed the striker's confidence to grow after scoring twice against Newcastle in the FA Cup. ? pic.twitter.com/qQyk8FvuPw — Goal UK (@GoalUK) January 29, 2018