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Sunday 17 February 2013

FA Cup: Man City, Chelsea and Wigan stroll on

Four-goal romps for Chelsea, Man City and Wigan; Blues may face Man Utd or Reading in quarter-final

  • John Terry marks his return from injury with Chelsea's fourth goal against Brentford

  • Sergio Aguero scores Manchester City's first goal against Leeds from the penalty spot

  • Callum McManaman scores Wigan Athletic's opening goal against Huddersfield Town

Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Leeds United, while Chelsea face a possible FA Cup quarter-final against either Manchester United or Reading after overcoming Brentford by the same scoreline in the fourth round.

Man City never really looked in trouble against Leeds as Yaya Toure helped them take control early on with a fifth-minute goal at the Etihad Stadium. Within 10 minutes the hosts were two goals to the good as Sergio Aguero fired a penalty past Jamie Ashdown after being brought down in the area, and the match was all but over once Carlos Tevez had scored seven minutes after the interval. Aguero struck again with a smart finish on 72 minutes to set up a last-eight encounter with Barnsley.

"If Sergio [Aguero] is like this I think the championship is not finished"
Roberto Mancini

City manager Roberto Mancini was particularly pleased with the two-goal performance of Aguero, whom he believes may yet reignite his side's Barclays Premier League title challenge. "I hope Sergio will be like this from now until the end," he said, "because if Sergio is like this, and our strikers continue to score a lot of goals from now until the end, I think the championship is not finished."

Wigan are through to the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since 1987 after a comprehensive success at Huddersfield Town. Callum McManaman was one of the Latics’ star performers and the 21-year-old winger opened the scoring on 31 minutes with an angled finish before Arouna Kone doubled the visitors’ lead five minutes before the interval when latching on to McManaman’s cross.

James McArthur produced a third early in the second half, and although Lee Novak's header gave the Championship outfit hope, Kone added a second a minute before the end to set up a quarter-final trip to Everton or Oldham Athletic.

Earlier in the day Chelsea reached the fifth round of the competition with a 4-0 fourth-round replay victory against Brentford. Though the holders were frustrated during a goalless first half, Juan Mata broke the deadlock with a low strike on 53 minutes and further efforts from Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry, making his return from a long-term knee injury, sealed the result. 

A fifth-round trip to Middlesbrough beckons for Rafa Benitez's side and should the Blues overcome Tony Mowbray’s charges they face an away trip to either Manchester United or Reading, who meet on Monday night, in the last eight.

FA Cup quarter-final draw

Oldham Athletic or Everton v Wigan Athletic
Manchester City v Barnsley
Manchester United or Reading v Middlesbrough or Chelsea
Millwall v Blackburn Rovers

FA Cup fourth round replay result

Sunday 17 February
Chelsea 4-0 Brentford

FA Cup fifth round results/fixtures

Sunday 17 February
Manchester City 4-0 Leeds United
Huddersfield Town 1-4 Wigan Athletic

Saturday 16 February
Luton 0-3 Millwall
Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
MK Dons 1-3 Barnsley
Oldham Athletic 2-2 Everton

Monday 18 February
Manchester United
v Reading (8pm)

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Key Points

  • Chelsea reach fifth round of FA Cup win 4-0 defeat of Brentford at Stamford Bridge
  • Manchester City trounce Leeds United 4-0 and Wigan Athletic seal 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town to reach quarter-finals
  • Chelsea must overcome Middlesbrough to set up last-eight encounter with either Manchester Utd or Reading