English FA Cup and Spanish King's CupThursday, January 16, 2014
Agüero scores in his comeback
Sergio Agüero netted a minute after coming on for his first appearance following a month-long injury absence in Manchester City’s 5-0 win at the FA Cup while Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal as Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0.
MANCHESTER, England — Álvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko grabbed two goals each and Sergio Agüero scored on his return from injury as Manchester City swept to a 5-0 win over Blackburn in an FA Cup third-round replay yesterday.
In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team — Watford.
City’s largely second-string lineup took a while to get going, with Negredo opening the scoring in first-half injury time, but the Premier League side was irrepressible after the break.
Agüero scored within a minute of coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute following a month out with a calf injury, capping a perfect night for City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“You saw the difference between a (League) Championship and a Premier League team,” Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said. “That was clinical ... It’s phenomenal.”
The 1-1 draw at Ewood Park on January 4 was the only time City had failed to win in its last 10 matches and this replay will have been an irritation for Pellegrini, with his team’s fixture schedule clogged up due to its continued involvement in four competitions this season.
Agüero, who has been out since December 14, came on to a great reception and was soon celebrating a goal as he swiveled to shoot low into the net from Dzeko’s pass.
MADRID REACHES QUARTERS. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Ballon d’Or triumph by scoring from one of his trademark free kicks as Real Madrid beat Osasuna 2-0 to reach the KIng’s Cup quarterfinals.
Ronaldo smashed a swerving shot from 25 metres around the defensive wall and straight at goalie Andrés Fernández. The keeper tried to punch it out but ended up sending it down off the ground and between his legs into the net.
Ronaldo’s 22nd-minute strike effectively sealed the contest, with Osasuna having lost the first leg 2-0.
Osasuna forced Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas into a number of saves to close the half after having rarely threatened before Ronaldo’s opener.
Ángel Di María capped a quick counter in the 56th by sweeping home Jese’s cross following a long run from the halfway line, securing a 4-0 aggregate victory at El Sadar Stadium.