Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town Line Up – 26/11/2017 – Nigerian Fans0
Sergio Aguero struck twice as Manchester City came from behind to ease into the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 5-1 win more than Championship Huddersfield.
A mistake by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo permitted former City youngster Harry Bunn to fire the Terriers into a surprise early lead at the Etihad Stadium, but the hosts roared back with 3 objectives before half-time.
Leroy Sane equalised just before an Aguero penalty and Pablo Zabaleta effort place Pep Guardiola’s guys firmly in command. Aguero and substitute Kelechi Iheanacho completed the job in the second half.
City will now play Middlesbrough for a spot in the semifinals though Huddersfield, whose manager David Wagner was starting a two-match touchline ban, can concentrate on their promotion challenge.
Even though Wagner made nine changes, Guardiola made clear his determination to progress by naming a robust side. City had been soon on the front foot as Sane cracked a shot against a post within four minutes.
But, as noticed repeatedly in last week’s exhilarating game against Monaco, City can be vulnerable at the back when sides attack them with pace.
The Terriers did just that and snatched a surprise lead following seven minutes. Philip Billing identified space and flicked the ball into the path of Bunn, who took a touch and then lashed a low left-foot shot underneath the slow-to-react Bravo’s body.
It was a horror moment for the considerably-maligned Chilean goalkeeper on his return to the side after sitting out five of the preceding six games.
It was also potentially uncomfortable for Guardiola, who has backed the keeper. He needed his group to respond to take off the heat and, immediately after a subdued spell, they obliged.
As they picked up the pace, they had two penalty appeals for handball rejected, the initially being the stronger claim following Jon Stankovic appeared to divert a Kevin De Bruyne cutback.
Raheem Sterling teed-up Sane for the leveller just after some dazzling footwork on the suitable and there was no doubt about the penalty award that followed after Stankovic bundled over Nicolas Otamendi.
Aguero made no error as he rifled the spot-kick into the roof of the net and the Argentinian practically had a second as he hit the woodwork moments later. He went close once again as he tested Joel Coleman from close variety but immediately adjusted to collect the rebound and set up the third for Zabaleta.