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Aguero lifts Man City into FA Cup quarters

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/03/2017 STEVE DOUGLAS

Manager Pep Guardiola praised the performance of striker Sergio Aguero as Manchester City cruised into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Huddersfield.

The result put a dampener on Aaron Mooy's chances of a deep FA Cup run with second-tier Huddersfield, as the Socceroo was forced to sit out the tie against his parent club.

But it was Aguero who was at his best after winning a reprieve at City following injury to new signing Gabriel Jesus.

The Argentinian, who netted a brace for the second straight game after his double against Monaco in the Champions League last week, got Guardiola's seal of approval.

"The best Sergio I have ever seen," Guardiola said.

"His performance was amazing," Guardiola said. "Not just his runs, but he runs at the right moment, the right tempo. When that happens, he is involved in the game. He is so precise with the ball, his dribbling."

"When he plays like that," Guardiola added, "Sergio is unstoppable."

City bounced back from falling behind in the seventh minute at Etihad Stadium as Guardiola's decision to play a virtually full-strength team paid off.

Leroy Sane started the fightback with a 30th-minute tap-in and City were 3-1 ahead within eight minutes thanks to Aguero's penalty and a close-range goal from right back Pablo Zabaleta, which was set up by Aguero.

Aguero steered in a cross from Raheem Sterling to make it 4-1 in the 73rd before being taken off by Guardiola, who gave his striker a smile and a pat on the back. Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho added a fifth goal in second-half stoppage time.

"I just try to do my best, what the manager asked me to do," Aguero said through a translator. "Help the team and try to make Guardiola happy."

Ultimately, Huddersfield were outclassed, which was to be predicted after making nine changes from their first-choice line-up.

For their German-born coach David Wagner, promotion from the League Championship remains the priority - and it's a distinct possibility, with the team currently in third place.

FA CUP QUARTER-FINALS DRAW:

Middlesbrough vs Manchester City

Arsenal vs Lincoln

Tottenham vs Millwall

Chelsea vs Manchester United

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