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17 February 2013
• Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 46849
Y. Touré 5'
S. Agüero 16', 74'
C. Tévez 52'
It's all over at the Etihad Stadium, and it was nothing more than a stroll for the home side, who were ruthless from the start against Leeds, leaving little to no chance of an FA Cup upset.
FULL TIME: Manchester City 4-0 Leeds United
90' + 1'
We're into two minutes of stoppage time now.
Zabaleta rifles a volley at goal after being teed up by Dzeko, but it bounces wide. Into the final seconds of normal time now.
Roberto Mancini gives the crowd a wave as they sing his name. The Italian must be relieved that there was never even a sniff of an upset on the cards today.
Leeds try to press for a consolation, but Manchester City break and Silva finds Dzeko, who fires low at the near post and Ashdown tips away.
And Dzeko is on in place of Aguero, who has been a constant threat to Leeds this afternoon.
Manchester City are still not finished. Silva tries his luck from range but shoots wide. Meanwhile, Edin Dzeko is warming up.
Substitution for Leeds, as Michael Tonge replaces Rodolph Austin. The former Stoke man has to come to terms with Yaya Toure straight away.
Goal Sergio Agüero
GOAL!!! Manchester City 4-0 Leeds, and it's Aguero, who collects a lifted SIlva pass and shifts the ball out of his feet and beyond Ashdown. That pairing have combined more times than I can remember in this game. Wonderful stuff.
Well now. Diouf wants a penalty after dribbling into the box and running into a half-challenge from Kolarov, but referee Clattenburg disagrees.
Maicon is into the action now, bursting into the box and attempting to chip Ashdown, but it's easy for the goalkeeper to catch. Manchester City are coasting and are nearly punished as Luke Varney gets above Kolo Toure at the other end but heads over.
Manchester City continue to press and Aguero tries his luck on the turn, but fluffs his shot at Ashdown.
OOH! Manchester City should have a fourth as Ashdown parries a Yaya Toure effort onto the head of Rodwell, but the midfielder rattles the bar from close range.
Tevez is coming off to cheers from the home crowd, and is replaced by Maicon. Worryingly, meanwhile, Byram doesn't appear to have stopped bleeding yet.
Norris has a go from distance - why not? - but it's wayward. Pantilimon, once again, is treated to goading from the Leeds fans.
We're in for a rare sighting of Jack Rodwell now, who replaces Javi Garcia and will play the final 30 minutes of this game.
Manchester City go close to scoring a fourth. Silva and Aguero again combine to open up to stretch the Leeds back four, but this time the low cross is just out of the reach of Tevez's outstretched boot.
Poor Costel Pantilimon. The Romanian has to wait an age to see the ball returned by Leeds fans behind the goal so he can take a goal kick, and when he does, he gets berated by the visiting support.
This tie is surely over in terms of the result now, but Manchester City are still pressing as Yaya Toure tries his luck, but his shot is deflected into the arms of Ashdown.
Goal Carlos Tévez
GOAL!!! 3-0 now to Manchester City, and it's Carlos Tevez with the goal. More intricate passing from the hosts sees Silva and Aguero combine, before the striker crosses and Tevez forces the ball over the line.
Byram has been given some cotton wool to chew on - or rather stem the bleeding - and we're back underway.
There's an early stoppage here in the second half as Leeds attempt to clear a ball into the box, but Austin catches Byram in the face with a boot. The teenager appears to be bleeding.
There's been a double substitution for Leeds at the break. Steve Morison has replaced Ross McCormack and David Norris is on Michael Brown and we're back underway, with the hosts getting the game restarted.
Time for a quick break before the second half, but here's Ryan Benson at the Etihad with an update: "Half time at the Etihad Stadium and Manchester City go into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero got the goals, and although they could have had several more, the hosts definitely stepped down a gear after the second goal. Nevertheless, they are comfortable."
A comfortable afternoon so far for Roberto Mancini's side, who stroll into the dressing room two goals up after an early Yaya Toure goal and a soft penalty, converted by Sergio Aguero. It's going to take a huge effort from Leeds to get back into this game after Manchester City stamped their authority on the game from the start.
HALF TIME: Manchester City 2-0 Leeds United
45' + 3'
The corner comes to nothing as referee Clattenburg blows for a foul.
45' + 2'
Late chance for Manchester City as Milner wins a corner. Kolarov will take it.
45' + 1'
Ross McCormack has tested Pantilimon with a free kick which the goalkeeper easily keeps out, though he elected to palm the ball away rather than catch it. We're into three minutes of stoppage time in the first half.
Byram has been something of a bright spark for Leeds. He tried to create an opening, but is forced into the corner by Kolarov and ends up with nothing.
Very difficult to see a way back for Leeds in this one. Steve Morison, a January signing from Norwich, is warming up, and they will need him if they are to continue to test the hosts with crosses into the box.
Leeds win a free kick as Byram is brought down late by a clumsy Kolarov challenge. Diouf delivers, but again it's easily cleared.
Another corner and another chance for Manchester City. Javi Garcia rises to meet a Kolarov cross and glances it across goal, but just wide of the far bottom corner.
Two more chances for the hosts through Yaya Toure and Kolarov. First, the midfielder hammers over the bar from distance before Kolarov tries to catch out Ashdown at his near post, but the goalkeeper keeps the abll out, despite fumbling.
Here's more from Ryan Benson at the Etihad: "A break in play allows the fans time to entertain. The Leeds support do 'the Poznan', and then the home fans join in. Just afterwards, City fans are celebrating another goal, but the ball only hit the side netting, much to the amusement of the visitors."
Manchester City nearly take a 3-0 lead through a Byram own goal as an Aleksandar Kolarov free kick skims off the youngster's leg, but the ball hits the side netting.
Ouch. That looks a sore one for Stephen Warnock, who has taken a kick to the lower regions and takes a minute to collect.
Chance for Leeds, as Aidan White creates enough space to cross on the right, but despite his best efforts, Lees fails to connect with an attempted header.
Leeds have their first corner and Diouf takes it, but it doesn't beat the first man and is easily cleared. The hosts have pushed Neil Warnock's side all the way back after that attack.
Manchester City have just settled down now, having established a commanding lead, and are passing the ball comfortably. The Leeds fans are in full voice, but have little to be cheerful about at the moment.
Leeds muster their first effort on goal, as El Hadji Diouf latches onto a cross and heads at goal, but it's too high even for the towering Costel Pantilimon to collect and flies over the bar.
Here's our reporter, Ryan Benson, from the Etihad Stadium: "This is already threatening to be a spanking for Leeds. Sergio Aguero bursts into the box and is pulled back by Tom Lees after going past him. Mark Clattenburg points to the spot and Aguero doubles their lead. Too easy for the Premier League champions."
Penalty Goal Sergio Agüero
GOAL!!! 2-0 to Manchester City, as Aguero sends Ashdown the wrong way and powerfully places into the top right corner.
PENALTY TO MANCHESTER CITY. It's a soft one but it's the correct call by Mark Clattenburg, as Lees pulls back Aguero by the arm after being beaten for pace by the Argentinian. Aguero to take it...
The home side go close yet again, and it's Tevez who blasts wide this time, after Aguero gets in behind Rodolph Austin and squares for his compatriot inside the penalty area.
Leeds are definitely looking in for a tough afternoon here. Sergio Aguero tries to combine with David Silva, but Tom Lees makes a vital tackle. From the resulting corner Yaya Toure sees a shot blocked, before Silva flashes wide.
We're nine minutes in and Michael Brown has made himself known to Yaya Toure, fouling the midfielder before urging him to get to his feet.
That really was a fine goal from Roberto Mancini's side. Tevez's flicked pass to set up Yaya Toure was a sublime piece of skill.
Goal Yaya Touré
GOAL!!! Manchester City lead and it's Yaya Toure with the goal. A lovely move from the home side, as David Silva finds the Ivorian, who exchanges passes with Carlos Tevez before beating Ashdown and finishing into an empty net. 1-0!
Early crosses for both sides, as Sam Byram send in a hopeful delivery from the right to no effect, and Pablo Zabaleta can only pick out Jamie Ashdown at the other end.
And we're underway!
Out come the teams at the Etihad. We're just moments away from kick-off now!
Meanwhile, if Leeds are to have any success today, much will depend on the work of El Hadji Diouf, who has won over a fair few fans since moving to Elland Road, while Ross McCormack caused Tottenham all manner of problems in the fourth round.
So a number of changes made by Roberto Mancini today. Most notably, Joe Hart is a substitute as Costel Pantilimon continues FA Cup duty, while Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez are preferred to Edin Dzeko.
Leeds: Ashdown; Byram, Lees, Peltier, Warnock; Varney, Austin, Brown, White; Diouf; McCormack. Subs: Kenny, Pearce, Morison, Norris, Tonge, Habibou, Hall.
Manchester City: Pantilimon; Zabaleta, Kolo Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Garcia; Milner, Tevez, Silva; Aguero. Subs: Hart, Lescott, Clichy, Maicon, Rodwell, Nasri, Dzeko.
Roberto Mancini will recognise the FA Cup represents the best chance of clinching some silverware this season, but has shuffled his pack this afternoon. Team news to follow...
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the LIVE play-by-play commentary of Manchester City's clash with Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round on Goal.com!
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