MANCHESTER – Sergio Aguero scored twice, ending a run of six domestic games without a goal, as Manchester City advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Championship side Huddersfield.
Leroy Sane, Pablo Zabaleta and Kelechi Iheanacho also scored for Pep Guardiola s side who booked a place in the last eight of the competition, where they will travel to take on Premier League rivals Middlesbrough.
However, City were forced to respond to an early scare after the visitors, who made nine changes with an eye on their efforts to win promotion to the Premier League, took the lead through Harry Bunn.
City finally gained a foothold with Sane s equaliser on the half hour, took the lead four minutes later from Aguero s penalty and made it three goals in eight minutes via Zabaleta.
Despite making nine changes from their last league performance, Huddersfield took a surprise lead with just seven minutes gone after year another disastrous example of City s defending and goalkeeping.
Philip Billing was allowed to make a long run deep into the home half before his pass was touched by Collin Quaner into the path of Bunn whose drive went through the legs of recalled keeper Claudio Bravo.
City had already struck the post, after Sane cut in from the left and struck a thunderous effort against the right-hand upright.
And after falling behind, the only surprise was that it took until the 30th minute for the Premier League side to equalise.