Manchester City eased into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, courtesy of a 5-1 win over Huddersfield Town.
Former City youngster Harry Bunn put Huddersfield ahead in the opening minutes, but that was cancelled out by Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Pablo Zabaleta, and it could have been more with plenty of handball appeals for City.
Pep Guardiola was visibly irritated in the first half when City fans jeered Claudio Bravo for making a successful save late in the first half, having made a poor effort for Bunn's shot.
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In the second half, City continued to stretch Huddersfield and dwell on the ball, but they added two more when Aguero finished at the near post, and Kelechi Iheanacho added a late fifth.
Manchester City will now play Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals, but Huddersfield can be proud of their efforts considering they put out a second string eleven.

TALKING POINT - Will Guardiola tolerate the boos of Claudio Bravo?

In the first half, Claudio Bravo received ironic praise from his own fans for saving two shots in quick succession. Guardiola looked in despair, as he should do. He must wonder how he can convince the best in the world to join him at this club if a goalkeeper is mocked by his own fans less than a year into his time with them.

Manchester City's Claudio Bravo celebrates

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Raheem Sterling (Manchester City): Sterling is a player who has received plenty of abuse from most of football, not just his own fans, and he again showed what he can do. It is obviously easy to take on Huddersfield, but he is direct, full of confidence, and dangerous from the wings. He could become world class if Guardiola sticks around.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero after the match

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Manchester City: Bravo 6, Zabaleta 7, Clichy 6, Stones 6, Otamendi 6, Fernandinho 6, A Garcia 6, De Bruyne 6, Sterling 8, Sane 7, Aguero 7. Subs: Navas 7, Delph 6, Iheanacho 7.
Huddersfield Town: Coleman 6, Whitehead 6, Hudson 6, Billing 7, Holmes-Dennis 6, Bunn 7, Cranie 6, Payne 6, Lolley 6, Quaner 6, Stankovic 6, Subs: Smith 6, Hogg 6, Van La Parra 6.


7' - GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 Huddersfield. Bunn scores - Huddersfield comes forward, the ball is worked to Bunn on the left of the box, and his strike goes past the invisible Bravo.
30' - GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 Huddersfield. Sane scores - Huddersfield are pinned back in their own haf. The ball is whacked out to Sterling, who drives into the box, stands up his man with several step-overs, and he drills his cross into the box for Sane to tap in.
35' - GOAL! Manchester City 2-1 Huddersfield. Aguero scores - A calmly placed shot is fizzed high into the top left corner from the penalty spot, after Otamendi is dragged down in the box.
39' - GOAL! Manchester City 3-1 Huddersfield. Zabaleta scores - Aguero strikes the post after robbing Cranie, but City come straight back, keeping the pressure on. Zabaleta sets up Aguero for a shot on the right, and he wallops it at the 'keeper. It's beaten away and back to Aguero, so he pulls it across the box for Zabaleta to tap in.

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta celebrates scoring their third goal

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74' - GOAL! Manchester City 4-1 Huddersfield. Aguero scores - Sterling is on the right wing, lurking, and he drills in a shot from the right to the near post, and Aguero flicks it past the 'keeper.
90+1' - GOAL! Manchester City 5-1 Huddersfield. Iheanacho scores - Navas receives a pass from Zabaleta, drills a cross into the near post, and Iheanacho has an easy finish.


Harry Bunn has scored two goals in his last three games for Huddersfield having scored just once in 31 games previously
Four of Leroy Sane's five Manchester City goals have been scored at the Etihad
Sergio Aguero has been involved in six goals in his last two appearances at the Etihad (four goals, two assists).
Manchester City have scored three first half goals at the Etihad for the first time since Boxing Day 2015 against Sunderland.


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