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Sergio Aguero comes to Manchester City's rescue

Aguero's hat-trick saves City from FA Cup upset after trailing 0-2 in the first half

London: Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City escaped a huge FA Cup upset by coming from behind to win 4-2 at home to second-tier Watford on Saturday.

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (in blue) scores his second goal against Watford on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero (in blue) scores his second goal against Watford on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images

Beaten Championship play-off finalists last season, Watford went 2-0 up inside 30 minutes through Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney to leave free-scoring City at risk of a shock defeat.

However, Aguero struck three times in the last half an hour, with Aleksandar Kolarov also on target, to send last season’s beaten finalists into the fifth round. With Watford 15th in the Championship, they were given little chance of pulling off an upset at the Etihad Stadium, but they took the lead in the 21st minute when Forestieri beat Costel Pantilimon.

It was a reward for the visitors’ bold start to the game and nine minutes later they made it 2-0, with Deeney finishing off a sweeping move involving Sean Murray and Ikechi Anya.

Liverpool cruise
Daniel Sturridge struck his third goal since returning from a two-month injury lay-off as Liverpool beat Championship outfit Bournemouth 2-0 on Saturday to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

Victor Moses scored Liverpool’s opening goal against the run of play midway through the first half and Sturridge, back in the team after ankle surgery, added a second for the visitors on the hour. That was enough to kill off Bournemouth's hopes, but Eddie Howe's side, currently 16th in the second tier, made life difficult for their Premier League opponents.

Podolski scores twice
Lukas Podolski struck twice as Arsenal eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a comfortable 4-0 victory over League One side Coventry at the Emirates Stadium on Friday. With 54 league places separating the two clubs, an upset was unlikely and late goals from substitutes Olivier Giroud — his 13th of the season — and Santi Cazorla confirmed Arsenal’s superiority.

Other FA Cup results

Bolton 0-1 Cardiff City
Birmingham City 1-2 Swansea City
Southampton 2-0 Yeovil Town
Southend United 0-2 Hull City
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Crystal Palace

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