Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho scored his first senior hat-trick on Saturday as he helped Manchester City to a 0-4 win over Aston Villa as the Citizens zoomed into the next phase of the FA Cup.
Iheanacho, who has continually made the most of the limited opportunities availed him at City, justified his selection by Coach Manuel Pellegrini for Saturday’s match as he scored inside four minutes at the Villa Park.
Iheanacho scored his second goal of the day 20 minutes later and this time, it was from the penalty spot.
It was Raheem Sterling who was brought down in the area to win the spot kick, and Iheanacho converted from 12 yards in audacious fashion.
City pressed for more goals to kill the game in the first half but they were unable to increase their tally going in for the break.
However, Iheanacho was not done with scoring as he again banged in another in the second half to complete his hat trick, before teammate, Sterling added to the tally to kill the game for the Citizens at 4-0 to march on to the next phase of the FA Cup.
It was however a different kettle of fish for another Nigerian forward, Osaze Odemwingie who fired blanks as his team Stoke City were sent packing from the FA Cup as they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace.
There was also something to cheer for Watford as their Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, fired them to the next phase with his 89th minute strike which ended the ambition of Championship side, Nottingham Forest.
The duo of Chuba Akpom and Sone Aluko are also through to the next phase of the FA Cup as their team, Hull City, earned a berth in the next round after a 1-3 away win over Bury.
Victor Anichebe and his West Brom teammates still have a fighting chance to stay but they will have to replay their game as their tie with Peterborough United ended in a 2-2 stalemate.