The full-time whistle goes at the City of Manchester Stadium, and the hosts prevail 3-0 with goals from Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, and David Silva against an under-strength Aston Villa! City are through to the quarter-finals where they will take on Reading. Thanks for joining us.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Manchester City - Aston Villa
The Emirates FA Cup - 2 March 2011
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City keep the ball in their half with ease, and this is very frustrating for all Villa fans.
City will be eyeing their quarter-final clash with Reading at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 13.
Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half.
Mancini has been unmoved from the dugout all match, but he will be very content with his side's display.
City pass the ball around with consummate ease, and the Villa fans remain in full voice!
The Villa fans are thoroughly engaged in throwing around two balls in the stand, and they are in very fine spirits!
Tevez blasts a fierce shot wide after a strong run down the right, and that doesn't trouble Friedel.
The home fans are in full voice as an image of a blue moon is brought up on the big screen!
Micah Richards is also withdrawn as Boyata is introduced for the hosts.
Dunne is taken off accompanied by a standing ovation from the home fans, and that is good to see!
Tevez looks to slip in Jo down the right, but the forward is caught offside.
Barry dictates the play in midfield as he combines with Silva, and City are strolling around now.
Jo comes on to replace Yaya Toure, and the first goalscorer departs to a very warm ovation.
Mancini has a host of his subs warming up vigorously on the touchline about to come on.
This is the way round managers are supposed to rest key players: after the result has been ensured.
Bannan finds Young out on the right, and the ball is blocked away for a corner as Villa press.
City are keeping the ball with consummate ease now as the hosts stroke the ball around at the back.
Kolarov drives a low shot agonisingly wide of the near post with Friedel diving to his left.
Michael Bradley and Nathan Delfouneso are the players to have been taken off by Houllier.
Right, it's never too late: Stewart Downing and Ashley Young are introduced, and it's a question of 'after the horse has bolted!'
GOAL!!!!!! SILVA MAKES IT THREE! Zabaleta lofts a high ball into the Villa box which Herd can only head to Silva on the edge of the box, and the Spaniard drills a low, unerring effort beyond Friedel into the corner of the net!
Delph blocks the ball away superbly as Tevez takes a free kick short out on the left wing.
Tevez breaks with Silva for company, before Bannan trips the winger in untidy fashion.
Barry tugs back Delfouneso as the young forward rampages forward, and the visitors are showing good guts.
Petrov lashes a wild volley over the crossbar as it drops to him on the edge of the City box.
Kolarov finds Tevez in the middle of the Villa half, but he cannot beat Clark.
Kolarov and Tevez combine out on the left, before Zabaleta crosses beyond the back post.
When will Houllier make a change or two? Tevez shows a sprightly turn of fresh legs as he attacks Dunne.
Balotelli is wisely withdrawn by Mancini, sensing further fireworks, and Carlos Tevez is introduced.
Clark is booked for a very cynical barge on Balotelli, and the striker is walking a tightrope as he reacts!
Balotelli is booked for a leading elbow on Herd, and that is no surprise to anyone!
Zabaleta backtracks furiously as he turns the ball out of play, and Delph is thwarted as he charges forward.
Toure takes on a hugely ambitious drive from range as he wellies a half-volley over the bar, and that was never going to trouble Friedel.
Friedel lumps a long ball upfield to halfway, and Bannan again shows his class in taking the ball neatly down into his stride.
Balotelli chases down a stray ball in the Villa half, but it runs out of play as the visitors prepare to build from the back once more.
Bradley and Petrov combine in midfield, but the pair cannot make their mark on the match.
Silva finds Toure with a slick through ball, but the midfielder cannot make a decent contact.
Agbonlahor challenges with Zabaleta on halfway, and the Villa forward is very frustrated.
Delfouneso holds the ball up superbly for Villa, but he lacks any support and the move peters out.
Dunne comes up for a corner, and he makes his presence felt as he jostles with Toure.
The second half is underway, and Villa have it all to do after the break.
The half-time whistle goes at the City of Manchester, and the hosts take a 2-0 lead in at the break courtesy of goals from Yaya Toure and Mario Balotelli!
City continue to keep the ball patiently in midfield, and many Villa fans have already seen enough of this half.
Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half, as Balotelli volleys wide direct from a Kolarov corner.
Vieira has been a towering presence in midfield for City, and he links up the play brilliantly.
Villa do not look like getting back into this game unless Houllier decides to inject some talent from his illustrious bench.
Bradley races back to dispossess Silva, and that is good tracking from the midfielder there.
City keep the ball at the back without looking to press forward too swiftly with a two-goal cushion.
Petrov and Bradley combine in midfield for Villa, and the pair are battling very hard indeed.
Heskey is again caught outwide as a cross is driven into the box with no Villa forward there.
Bannan has been hugely impressive in the middle of the park this evening, but he is lacking support.
City battle extremely hard for the ball as the hosts regain possession, and you cannot fault their application.
Villa stroke the ball around at the back patiently, but the visitors need to show some urgency.
Boateng shepherds the ball out of play superbly under pressure, and that is good defending.
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Hart makes a fine stop! Heskey powers down the left and drives a low shot on target, but the England keeper parries wide for a corner!
On the Villa bench: Marc Albrighton, Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Nigel Reo-Coker, and Robert Pires!
Toure and Silva exchange passes in midfield, and Villa cannot get the ball back off the pair.
Boateng and Hart combine to clear under pressure from Agbonlahor, and City are coasting.
The Villa fans look utterly crest-fallen already with their side two goals down, and Houllier is glum in the dugout.
GOAL!!!!! BALOTELLI SCORES! City break after Herd loses the ball in the hosts' half, and Toure finds Balotelli with an incisive through ball, and the Italian strokes a quite stunning first-time finish beyond Friedel with the utmost composure!
Bannan is full of industry as he powers forward with the ball from halfway, but City regain the ball through Silva.
Kolarov again looks inventive as he skips down the left and whips over a testing delivery, but this time Friedel collects.
Villa build from the back as Delfouneso is beaten by Lescott as he looks to hold the ball up.
Balotelli makes good ground with a powerful run down the left, but his end product is poor as he fires wide of the near post from a tight angle!
Boateng shows his pace by outstripping Agbonlahor to sweep up at the back and find his goalkeeper.
Delph makes a very sturdy challenge on Richards to dispossess the City defender who is playing more like a striker at present!
Petrov is booked for a cynical trip on Silva as City look to break at pace, and that is a yellow card.
Kolarov hurtles down the left in menacing fashion, but this time Clark tracks him all the way.
Toure attempts an absurdly optimistic Hollywood pass over to Silva, but the ball runs comfortably wide away for a goal kick.
City win another corner out on the left, and Villa need to defend this one much better...
Herd, Delfouneso and Bannan combine superbly before the midfielder fires over the bar, but that was a lovely move.
Friedel lumps a long ball which bounces in the City box, but Hart commands his area well to claim.
Villa break from deep through Agbonlahor, but he fails to find a black shirt when out on the left.
Silva drops deep and links the play superbly for City, who occupy the Villa half threateningly.
Heskey works exceptionally hard to chase down a loose ball and put Kolarov under pressure, but the City defender does well to clear.
Agbonlahor skips inside from the left and curls a decent effort narrowly wide of the far post!
City clear the set piece through Zabaleta, and the hosts can break through Boateng.
Villa go straight up the other end and win a corner which Albrighton will whip over into the box...
GOAL!!!! Kolarov whips over a testing corner which Vieira heads towards goal, only for Clark to block the ball with his arm - City don't need to appeal for a penalty, however, as Toure lashes the ball home from close range!
City start with real vigour and purpose, and the hosts have a corner out on the left as Clark turns the ball away.
Vieira and Toure combine in midfield, and the pair battle fiercely to regain possession from Delph.
Barry forces his way down the left and whips over a cross, but it's blocked by Clark.
The first half is underway at the City of Manchester, and the hosts stroke the ball around patiently at the back.
Right, we're just five minutes from kick off now, and the players emerge out of the tunnel with a decent atmosphere being generated at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Man City: Hart, Richards, Boateng, Lescott, Zabaleta, Barry, Vieira, Toure Yaya, Kolarov, Silva, Balotelli. Subs: Taylor, Michael Johnson, Dzeko, Jo, Tevez, Boyata, Wabara
Aston Villa: Friedel, Herd, Clark, Dunne, Delph, Agbonlahor, Petrov, Bradley, Bannan, Heskey, Delfouneso. Subs: Marshall, Downing, Ashley Young, Pires, Albrighton, Reo-Coker, Walker
Marc Albrighton is targeting FA Cup glory with Aston Villa but insists Birmingham's Carling Cup success is not an extra spur to clinch a Wembley final spot. "I've not really thought about whether Blues being at a final will inspire us to do the same," he said. "It would be great to get to a cup final - no matter whether Blues have been there or not."
The winner of this match will host Reading in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup!
Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier admits the 4-0 defeat by Manchester City in December was "the lowest point of my career" ahead of tonight's FA Cup clash between the clubs at Eastlands. "It was the poorest performance of any team I have had in my life," said Houllier. "There was no soul, no attitude. In sport, you can be beaten but you never give up. "It was the low point of my career. I never in my life, never, had a team that has given up so quickly."
TEAM NEWS: Manchester City duo David Silva and Micah Richards could return. Silva missed the draw with Fulham because of an ankle injury while Richards was absent with a calf problem. However, manager Roberto Mancini will again be without Vincent Kompany (hip), Nigel de Jong (ankle), Adam Johnson (ankle) and goalkeeper Shay Given (shoulder).
Aston Villa full-back Nathan Baker, 19, has been ruled out with concussion after a collision with Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson on Saturday. Fabian Delph, who replaced Baker, may again deputise as Ciaran Clark will be required to play at centre-back with Carlos Cuellar (hamstring) and James Collins (calf) still ruled out. Midfielder Jean Makoun is again suspended after his red card against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Manchester City's search for silverware sees Roberto Mancini's side host Aston Villa in their FA Cup fifth-round clash at Eastlands.