Today marks one year since Swansea City faced Manchester City in an FA Cup quarter-final tie, with Pep Guardiola’s side running out 3-2 winners after the Swans had led by two goals at the interval.
Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina netted in the first half to give Swansea a two-goal advantage over the Premier League holders, but efforts from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero either side of a Kristoffer Nordfeldt own goal eventually settled the game.
There was plenty of controversy surrounding the nature of City’s victory following two contentious refereeing decisions, but Pep Guardiola’s men progressed to the FA Cup semi-final before then going on to win the competition later in the season.
Despite the Swans’ eventual defeat, there were plenty of reasons for the Welsh side to feel proud of their efforts against an impressive City side, and Celina’s first-half strike certainly represented the most memorable moment of the match.
Swansea midfielder George Byers has now taken to Twitter to reminisce over the “ridiculous goal” which saw former City man Celina sweep the ball home as he rounded off an excellent passage of play involving the likes of Daniel James and Nathan Dyer.
— George Byers (@G_byers) March 16, 2020
Byers was on the pitch when Swansea scored their opening two goals before the midfielder was substituted in the 73rd minute.
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Swansea produced a strong performance against City in their FA Cup quarter-final clash last season, and Celina’s strike against the Premier League champions definitely represented one of the best moments of last campaign for the Swans.
The passage of play which led to the goal displays the brand of exciting football which became the norm at Swansea last season, but they have struggled to replicate this style during the current campaign despite the team being in a better league position.
Byers’ message reflects how Celina’s goal is so fondly remembered by Swansea’s fans and players alike, but there will always be some frustration that the Swans were not able to win the game as a result of some controversial decisions from the referee.