Manchester City were nine minutes away from being dumped out of the FA Cup by League Two Cheltenham, but late goals by Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres spared City a shock FA Cup defeat away to the fourth-tier side on Saturday.
Alfie May’s 59th-minute goal put Cheltenham agonisingly close to the biggest win in their history on a night of drama at a sadly empty Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
With less than 10 minutes left on the clock Foden volleyed in an equaliser and Jesus struck three minutes later to end the hopes of a side 72 places lower than City in the standings.
Torres gave the scoreline a comfortable look with the final kick of the game but it was anything but.
It was City’s 10th successive win in all competitions but Cheltenham depart the competition full of pride after pushing City’s slickers to the limit.
City’s reward is an away tie against Swansea City.