By James Agberebi:
Manchester City booked their place in the semifinals of the Emirates FA Cup in Wembley with a 2-0 away win against Middlesbrough in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
A goal in each half by David Silva and Sergio Aguero sealed City’s passage into the last four.
Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho was introduced for Aguero on the stroke of 90 minutes.
The win was City’s second in their last six FA Cup games against Middlesbrough.
City’s last FA Cup game at Wembley was their surprise 1-0 loss to Wigan in the 2013 final.
City had the best of starts as they took the lead in the third minute through David Silva who calmly finished off Pablo Zabaleta’s pass.
In the 22nd minute, Middlesbrough almost grabbed the equaliser but Zabaleta cleared off the line after Claudio Bravo had initially saved Rudy Gestede’s header.
Middlesbrough were forced to make a change on 27 minutes as Gestede went off injured and was replaced by former Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, Yaya Toure almost doubled City’s lead but his header off Kevin De Bruyne’s cross narrowly missed the target.
In the second half, Aguero had a chance to make it 2-0 for City only to see his effort off Raheem Sterling cross hit the post.
Aguero finally got on the score sheet on 67 minutes after coolly putting away Sterling’s superb pass to make it 2-0 to City.
Former Manchester United defender Fabio thought he had reduced the deficit for Boro with less than 15 minutes left but John Stones cleared the ball off the line.