Saturday, March 11, 2017

Middlesbrough Vs Manchester City


Manchester City recorded a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium to book their ticket for the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Objectives from David Silva and Sergio Aguero either side of half-time pushed Manchester City to the semi-finals of the FA Cup interestingly since 2012-13 to the detriment of Middlesbrough.

Silva opened the scoring from short proximity after only three minutes, before Aguero finished the 2-0 win at Riverside Stadium after the break with a fine wrap up.

City manager Pep Guardiola had recognized in front of Saturday's experience that an absence of flatware in 2016-17 would mean his first season at the club will be viewed as a disappointment and he consequently handled a solid XI paying little respect to the up and coming Champions League trek to Monaco.

What's more, the previous Bayern manager's choice paid off as City were well in charge all through the amusement, in the long run cruising to an agreeable win to keep a rehash of the FA Cup exit versus Boro in 2014-15.

There was a further lift for Guardiola as his side kept a third progressive clean sheet, consummate planning for when they go to Monaco shielding a 5-3 lead with the arrangement of ceasing Leonardo Jardim's strong strikeforce.

For Boro there were snapshots of inspiration however - as has been the situation all season - they needed quality in the last third and will now turn their thoughtfulness regarding Premier League survival.

City promptly charged forward and went an objective up after only three minutes through Silva, Boro goalkeeper Brad Guzan not able to keep his shot out regardless of getting a hand to it. Pablo Zabaleta did well to flame the ball crosswise over objective subsequent to being set up by Yaya Toure and, after Raheem Sterling neglected to appropriately associate, the Spaniard impacted home from short proximity.

The hosts gradually developed into the diversion after a rough begin and they were sad not to reestablish equality part of the way through the primary half when Rudy Gestede tried Claudio Bravo from Grant Leadbitter's conservative corner, the City goalkeeper just barely getting a hand to his header before Zabaleta tidied it up the objective line.

Leroy Sane ought to maybe have multiplied the away side's lead in the 33rd moment taking after another many-sided group move including Silva and Sterling, just for the ex-Schalke star to mishit his shot with his weaker right foot after a low cross from the England winger.

It was all City again ahead of schedule in the second half and Silva could have multiplied his own count after some awesome work from Sterling down the privilege, yet the assaulting midfielder pointed too high from only yards out.

Aguero was then lamentable not to add his name to the score sheet when Guzan did sufficiently only to redirect his low shot against the upright with a fine reflex spare after yet another low Sterling cross.

A moment objective appeared to be unavoidable, however, and Aguero in the long run snatched it in the 67th moment, the Argentina worldwide pummeling home from short proximity after delightful work from the great Sane.

Sterling thought he had included a third minutes after the fact when he jumped on a bounce back, yet the winger saw his objective prohibited for offside.

It mattered pretty much nothing, however, as City guided into the last four, while Guardiola could bring Aguero, Sane and Yaya Toure off for some important rest in front of their midweek European voyage.

Key Opta Facts:

- Manchester City have achieved the FA Cup semi-finals for the third time this decade (2011 and 2013), having neglected to make any in the 2000s.

- Pep Guardiola has now achieved a semi-last in every one of the eight of his seasons in club administration.

- David Silva's objective was the speediest Manchester City had scored in any opposition this season (2:06) and the fastest Middlesbrough had surrendered an objective this term.

- Raheem Sterling has two objectives and five aids his six FA Cup recreations for Man City. No player has a larger number of helps than Sterling in the FA Cup this season (4).

- Middlesbrough have neglected to score five of their last six matches in all rivalries.

- In all, Boro have neglected to score in 14 diversions this battle in all rivalries, with seven of those coming since the turn of the year.