The Germany duo of IlkayGundogan and Florian Neuhaus were on target for their respective clubs on the way to a positive result on Friday night. Ex-Borussia Dortmund midfielder Gundogan scored in the second half to help Manchester City beat Swindon Town of League Two in the FA Cup, while Neuhaus was the recipient of one of the goals in the impressive 2-1 win at the home of German champions and Champions League favourites Bayern Munich.

Premier League champions Manchester City have been hit by Covid-19 cases with seven players self-isolating plus manager Pep Guardiola and several backroom staffs but they still managed to name a strong starting XI for their FA Cup tie at Swindon Town. The likes of Germany national team star IlkayGundogan, Belgian international playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Portugal international Bernardo Silva were in the starting line-up.

Ex-AS Monaco attacking midfielder Silva set the ball rolling for City on 14 minutes before Jesus doubled the lead in the 28th minute to put the Citizens in a fantastic position to qualify for the fourth round. Germany star Gundogan added a third Manchester City goal on 58 minutes before Harry McKirdygave Swindon Town hope by pulling one back with twelve minutes left on the clock.Manchester City youngster Cole Palmer impressed throughout the game and he got his rewards with the goal that ensured that his team would be in the fourth round draw on Sunday. His goal secured the 4-1 result for the Citizens.

In the German Bundesliga, leaders Bayern Munich were beaten at home by bogey team Borussia Moenchengladbach in the first game back from the winter break. The Bundesliga leaders were hit by several Covid-19 cases but that didn’t stop them from taking the lead through goal machine Robert Lewandowski on 18 minutes. Gladbach. Germany national team attacker Florian Neuhaus levelled matters for the visitors in the 27th minute before Austrian international Stefan Lainer scored the winner four minutes later.

Gladbach have now beaten Bayern in their last two meetings in all competitions. They thrashed the Bavarian giants 5-0 at home to send them out of the German Cup at the second round stage in October. They are unbeaten in three meetings against the German champions this season.