Last Updated: 04/01/14 2:38pm
The referee blows the whistle for the last time and Blackburn have earned a very credible draw against one of England's in-form teams. It's a replay at the Etihad Stadium then, and Rovers will be able to take plenty of stock from a determined display at home.
Jordan Rhodes tries to find some of his goal-scoring prowess as he opens his body to try curl one into the top corner, but he can't get his shot to come back down as it sails well over the bar.
Blackburn will probably be all too happy to hear the full-time whistle go now, with the Chmapionship outfit able to take plenty of stock from a draw against one of the Premier League's front runners. I told you in the beginning, nothing can be taken for granted in the FA Cup!
The fourth official shows there will be four minutes added on here at the end of the match. Squeaky bum time for both sets of supporters.
We're into the final minute of the 90, and this would be the perfect time for either side to snatch what in all likelihood would be the winner. Hold on to your hats...
Third and final change for Man City now, and it's a very defensive one as Pablo Zabaleta comes on in place of David Silva, with Manuel Pellegrini seemingly happy to take a draw back to Eastlands.
So close to a potential winner for Blackburn now as DJ Campbell cuts the ball across the area from the byline to find Jordan Rhodes, but his curling effort flashes just the wrong side of the post as the Blackburn supporters are left holding their heads in their hands.
We're into the final five minutes here at Ewood Park, and are we in for a late surprise? Well, we've just got one, although not of the goal variety as Dedryck Boyata is sent off. It was a ridiculous challenge from the defender who just went straight through his man, leaving the referee with little choise but to produce a second yellow card and subsequent red.
Blackburn's recent substitutes almost combine to deadly effect, with Jordan Rhodes taking his time out wide before crossing in to pick out DJ Campbell, although he can't quite keep his header on target as the ball fizzes just the wrong side of the up-right.
Gilt-edge chance for Manchester City now, but they waste it! Edin Dzeko's plays a lovely ball out wide to spring a counter attack, with Jesus Navas eventually being played in behind, although a rush of blood to the head sees the forward lash wildly at his effort, spraying the ball well wide of the mark to draw a collective sigh of relief from the home fans.
Double change for Blackburn now as they look to snatch a potential late winner, with Jordan Rhodes coming on for Rudy Gestede while Ben Marshall makes way for DJ Campbell.
City look to be throwing everything forward in these final 10 minutes, although Blackburn have all 11 men behind the ball and could just look to play on the counter-attack.
Scott Dann again finds himself in the right place at the right time to just get his head to the ball ahead of the attacker to flick the ball behind for safety.
The second of those set pieces is played short, although to zero effect as the ball is eventually lumped over to the far post before being headed behind for a goal kick.
Jesus Navas' first contribution to the goal is to draw a very fine save from Paul Robinson, who gets down well to palm the forward's bouncing effort behind for a corner, which Scott Dann deals with but at the cost of another corner...
City goal scorer Alvaro Negredo heads to the dugout now as Manuel Pellegrini brings him off for Jesus Navas, who will undoubtedly be set to run the line ragged for the final 15 or so minutes.
Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer must be itching to get Blackburn's leading scorer Jordan Rhodes on the field, unless the boss actually wants a replay, but with that set to take place at the Etihad Stadium, I can't for the life of me see that being the case.
Negredo has been all over the place today, and for a side who have so far enjoyed the best chance-to-goal ratio this term, the Spain international has been dreadfully wasteful today. Will Manchester City pay the ultimate price for that profligacy? I think we'll soon find out...
Excellent tracking from Tommy Spurr as he follows Alvaro Negredo into the area to just get to a through ball ahead of the striker to poke behind. The Manchester City striker gets another chance from the corner as he rises unmarked, but he can't keep his header down and puts the ball well over.
Dedryck Boyata becomes the second player to see yellow this afternoon as he bundles Joshua King over from behind.
City look like they're destined to retake the lead as the ball falls perfectly for Edin Dzeko on the edge of the area for the striker to control before firing at goal, although Paul Robinson is equal to the challenge and makes the save, while Alvaro Negredo can only head the rebound wide.
Rovers are pressing hard in the opposition half now, although they're almost undone on a lightning counter attack as David Silva plays Alvaro Negredo through, and the Spaniard needs only square the ball across to Edin Dzeko as the break two-on-one, although the Spaniard can't squeak the ball past Grant Hanley, who makes a goal-saving block.
That goal has Ewood Park absolutely rocking, and you could see in the celebrations how much it means to the players.
Ben Marshall is, this time, told to take the corner, and it's a much better delivery from the midfielder as he finds Rudy Gestede, who rises highest in the area to meet the initial corner. His header, though, is straight at Costel Pantilimon, although the goalkeeper inexplicably fumbles the ball onto his feet to gift Scott Dann a chance that the skipper was never going to waste, tapping home from just a few feet out. Game on.
Chris Taylor is definitely looking Rovers' most lively player, and he's one his side another corner...
A seemingly innocuous challenge from Adam Henley sends Alvaro Negredo sprawling to the ground in apparent agony. A few moments later, though, the striker is back on his feet and ready to go. Yes, he did win the free-kick there, but honestly put himself in line for an Oscar as well...
Cairny is once again handed kicking duties, although he really needs to start improving on his delivery as he floats this one straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
Down at the other end and Dedryck Boyata thinks he's in behind to get on the end of Edin Dzeko's slide-rule pass, although Chris Taylor is on hand with a wonderful sliding challenge to deny the full-back a clear shot at goal.
Blackburn start the second-half well and Fernandinho concedes a free-kick in a promising position for the hosts. Tom Cairny lofts his delivery into the area, although it's easily dealt with by the visiting defence.
The referee brings the half to a close shortly after the restart, and a disgruntled Blackburn take to the dressing room knowing they now have it all to do in the second period. See you then.
All of Blackburn's hard work this half goes up in smoke as Edin Dzeko flicks a corner to the far-post where Alvaro Negredo is waiting unmarked, and on-side, to smash home into an empty net.
Fernandinho almost wriggles and worms his way through the entire Blackburn defence, although he looses control at the vital moment and the ball eventually spills out for the hosts to hack clear.
Another attack from Rovers now, with Chris Taylor working a decent shooting opportunity, although he can't keep his effort down as he lashes a wild shot high and wide.
After about 15 minutes of constant Man City pressure, Blackburn finally break out of their own half in a promising counter attack, although Tom Cairney's final shot is blocked point-blank, but at least the home defenders can have a chance to catch their breath.
I'm not sure how many more times I'll mention Alvaro Negredo's name without him scoring, but he's in behind again looking to get on the end of James Milner's chipped delivery, and although the ball eventually bounces through to the goalkeeper, it wouldn't have counted as the flag had already been raised for off-side.
It's all very patient from Manchester City, until David Silva tries to go a bit more direct with an angle delivery into the area, and although Alvaro Negredo thinks he's being held back from getting to the ball, the referee sees it differently and waves play on.
Sustained pressure from Manchester City now as Blackburn just cannot seem to clear their lines, which should be a worry to Gary Bowyer as he watches the visitors begin to grown in confidence.
David Silva shows more of his trademark quick feet as he carries the ball from one side of the Rovers area to the other, although his attempted give-and-go with Dedryck Boyata doesn't quite come off as the full-back over-cooks his return pass to send the ball behind.
That would have been an instant contender for goal of the tournament! Edin Dzeko threads the ball across the face of the Blackburn goal for Alvaro Negredo, who shows a simply brilliant touch to flick the ball up and over his marker, although Robinson is all to aware and comes out in a flash to collect the ball ahead of the Spain international.
I do believe that is Manchester City's first shot on target, although it's a tame one as Fernandinho scuffs an effort into the arms of Paul Robinson.
More backheel magic from City, this time David Silva trying to play Alvaro Negredo in with a makeshift pass, although the ball loops for too high in the air and the goalkeeper is able to eventually collect the danger.
Blackburn are enjoying a very decent spell of possession here, with a multitude of passes eventually drawing the oles from the home supporters. Cup fever is well and truly alive in Lancashire.
Fernandinho looks to pick out James Milner in the area with a fanciful backheel, although it was such a clever flick that even the intended recipient didn't see it coming and the ball eventually rolled behind.
The delivery is another decent one, although the goalkeeper is eventually able to collect the ball, albeit at the second time of asking. Meanwhile, the referee had actually booked Matija Nastasic for his earlier foul.
Rovers win themselves a free-kick in a very promising position as Matija Nastasic bundles his man over from behind. Tom Cairney floats in a lovely ball which Joleon Lescott can only head behind for a corner.
The resulting set-piece is a decent one, too, although Rudy Gestede's header is straight at Costel Pantilimon.
First shot in anger of the game now as Chris Taylor gets on the end of a loose ball in the opposition third before looking to have a deflected behind for a corner.
Lovely link up from City now as they play several pass down the line before the ball is passed back inside the David Silva, who almost puts Alvaro Negredo in behind with a lovely clipped ball over the defence, but their just a bit too much oomph on the pass and the ball bounces through to Paul Robinson.
Harry from Sydney writes in: Can't see anything apart from a strong City performance today, and with Rhodes on the bench Blackburn don't stand a chance. City 4-0.
The quick pressing from Rovers that I mentioned earlier really is working a treat for the hosts, with James Milner robbed of possession the instant he receives it on the wing, with the England international apparently having thought he had all the time in the world.
Another attempted ball through for Negredo, but this one is also hit with too much purchase as the striker bursts into the area to no avail.
Here come City with their first meaningful attack of the game, with James Milner just managing to keep the ball in on the left before bursting forward, although his attempted reverse pass to pick out Alvaro Negredo is over hit and the ball rolls behind for a goal kick.
The long-ball looks like it's going to be a theme for Blackburn today, with another one launched down the left wing this time, although Costel Pantilimon is aware to the danger and comes out his box to thump clear.
Rovers are working very hard at closing down City when they have the ball, and it's so far working a treat as the visitors have zero time to find a pass and have so far spent most of the game playing it backwards.
Brilliant forward run and control from Rudy Gestede to bring down a long ball over the top and run through at goal, although Joleon Lescott shows plenty of strength to outmuscle his man before eventually winning his side a free-kick in his own area.
City play it short but immediately waste it as the ball is eventually played behind for a goal-kick.
David Silva shows some quick feet to win his side a free-kick in a promising area near the angle of the Rovers area, although the tackle was unnecessary as he was going away from goal...
Blackburn are already passing the ball around quite nicely here and work their way towards the Man City box, but Lee Williamson's attempted touch back to a team-mate can only find a City defender, who clears the danger.
The third round of the 142nd edition of the FA Cup is officially up and running, with Blackburn getting proceedings under way!
The pre-match photographs, handshakes and coin toss get under way, meaning we're just moments away from the kick off!
And here come the players, Blackburn in their traditional blue and white kit, while Manchester City are sporting white tracksuit tops, with their away strip of black underneath.
Speaking ahead of today's clash, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini had this to say: "We have a strong squad and will try to win today. Playing the semi-final and final at Wembley gives more importance to the FA Cup. We are trying to play every competition with the same importance."
We're around 10 minutes away from the kick off now and the two sets of players have started lining up in the tunnel, with referee Michael Oliver set to lead them out into a very wet and ever colder afternoon here at Ewood Park.
We've got our first caller, with Ian e-mailing in: Hola Ryan from an exiled City fan in Mallorca. Just seen the side Manuel has picked & it is a strong line up, giving Vinny, Samir, Zabba & Yaya a breather. I'm delighted to see young Marcus Lopes make the bench, this young man is one for the future. I'm going for a 3-1 victory for the blue side of Manchester, with the beast, Edin & birthday boy James Milner to score.
Man City, meanwhile, make seven changes to the team which beat Swansea City on New Year's Day, although the quality and strength in depth at the Etihad Stadium means it is still a very strong side. David Silva is back, having missed Wednesday's win through suspension, while Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko are partnered up front and Costel Pantilimon is in goals in place of Joe Hart.
So, it appears Blackburn's leading scorer this season, Jordan Rhodes, is on the bench for this one, so yeah. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson, meanwhile, makes his first start in over a year after finally recovering from surgery for a blood clot on his lung in April.
Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Grant Hanley, Spurr, Cairney, Lowe, Taylor, Williamson, Marshall, Gestede Subs: Kilgallon, King, Campbell, Rhodes, Eastwood, Rochina, Judge
Man City: Pantilimon, Boyata, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Milner, Fernandinho, Javi Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko Subs: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Toure, Lopes
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Fancy yourself an upset this afternoon, then? Well, our friends at Sky Bet have a Blackburn win at a tantalising 17/2, although despite last season's final-hurdle slip up, Manchester City are still very much the favourites at 30/100. A draw, meanwhile, will fetch you 5/1, so what ever are you waiting for?
One might easily suggest this afternoon's result is already in the bag for Manchester City, who sit second in the Premier League at the half-way point of the campaign, some 28 places higher up the English league ladder than this afternoon's hosts. Add to that Rovers' failure to beat the Citizens since 2007, and the writing appears to be on the wall for Gary Bowyer's men. However, I'm sure more than a few suggested the same outcome regarding last season's final, but I think we all remember how that turned out. For those of you with goldfish-like memories, it was Wigan who upset the apple cart to lift the title with a 1-0 result at Wembley, and that, good people, is exactly why we love the FA Cup. Bless you.
The magic of the FA Cup takes over this weekend, with so much football lined up on Saturday you'd swear it was Christmas again. It all starts off here at Ewood Park, where Blackburn Rovers are handed the unenviable task of facing a rampant Manchester City in the third round. I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through all the action, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Kick off is at 1245 GMT.