FA Cup: Sergio Aguero scores twice as Manchester City thrash Burnley

first_imgManchester City stayed right on their path to winning four trophies this season with a comeback victory against Burnley in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.Ashley Barnes scored Burnley’s first but City scored all their four goals in the second half to shut out Burnley.City are currently leading the Premier League table by a huge margin and are in the Round of 16 of Champions League and semi-finals of the EFL Cup.A mis-kick from John Stones led to Burnley’s first goal but Sergio Aguero opened the City floodgates with his doubles early in the second half.Aguero scored two goals in two minutes early after the second half began as City stamped their control in the match.ALSO WATCHThereon, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva joined the party with their goals in the 71st and 82nd minutes respectively as City cruised to victory.STOKE CITY CRASHES OUT, PRESSURE BUILDS ON MARK HUGHESStoke City manager Mark Hughes came under even more pressure as his Premier League side were beaten 2-1 in the FA Cup third round by League Two (fourth-tier) Coventry City on Saturday.Many Stoke fans have been demanding a change after their team dropped into the relegation places, losing seven of their last 10 league games.Now a change may prove hard to resist, supportive as the board have been so farHughes, an FA Cup winner with Manchester United and Chelsea as a player, was appointed in May 2013. Stoke finished ninth in each of his first three seasons but dropped to 13th last term.advertisementSaturday’s game was the Weshman’s 200th in charge, of which 71 have been won and 81 now lost.Coventry, who are back in the fourth tier for the first time since 1959, took the lead through Jordan Willis after 24 minutes but he conceded a penalty in the second half that allowed Charlie Adam to equalise.In the 68th minute, however, full back Jack Grimmer beat Stoke’s England goalkeeper Jack Butland to get the winner.Hughes, who made four changes, sent on all three substitutes but Coventry — who famously lifted the Cup in 1987 — held out despite coming under late pressure.”Credit to Coventry,” he said. “They deserved the win for defending manfully and putting bodies on the line.”We’re all under pressure. I can take the pressure and the focus. I’m not naive and I realise people will talk about my position.”But we’ve got good owners who will make the right decisions for the club.”Coventry manager Mark Robins, who once scored a famous FA Cup third round goal for Manchester United that supposedly saved Alex Ferguson’s job, was thrilled with his team.”We could have been 3-0 up in the first half,” he told reporters. “They put pressure on us in the second half and were able to bring on a wealth of experience from their bench.”But then we got the second (goal) on the counter.”WIGAN ATHLETIC HELD 2-2 BY BOURNEMOUTHPremier League Bournemouth survived a giant-killing in the FA Cup third round on Saturday by equalising in added time at home to League One (third tier) leaders Wigan Athletic.Cup winners in 2013, the year they were relegated from the top flight, Wigan led 2-0 at halftime.Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg put them ahead in only the fourth minute and just before the half-hour mark a free kick by former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell was deflected in by Bournemouth’s American Emerson Hyndman.The home side, who have only just moved out of the Premier League relegation places, had risked making eight changes.They made two more with substitutions for the second half and got a goal back through Frenchman Lys Mousset.Ryan Fraser’s free kick then came back off a post, but defender Steve Cook earned a replay in the 92nd minute.last_img read more

ATP Finals: Djokovic breezes past Anderson to set up title clash vs Zverev

first_imgNovak Djokovic produced a masterful display to outclass South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 on Saturday to set up an ATP Finals title showdown with Alexander Zverev.The world number one was immaculate from start to finish against the 32-year-old as he put himself within touching distance of a record-equalling sixth title at the year-ender.He offered up a mere 14 unforced errors and not a single break point as he again proved too good for Anderson, who he beat to win Wimbledon this year.”I think it was the best match I’ve played so far this week — it came at the right time,” Djokovic, who has been almost unstoppable in the second half of the year, said.ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev stuns Roger Federer in semis”Kevin has been playing great tennis this week. He lost his serve in the first game which was big because he relies so much on his serve. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible. It worked very well.”I’m very happy to reach the final.”Still. Unbeaten.Can anyone stop @DjokerNole?Don’t miss the final showdown live on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/dxa6mbnTSIATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 18, 2018Djokovic found his range immediately and the writing was on the wall for Anderson when he dropped serve in the opening game.Anderson, the first South African to reach the semi-finals in the tournament’s 48-year history, simply had no answer to the relentless accuracy of Djokovic’s groundstrokes and had to save two break points in his next service game.advertisementATP Finals: Djokovic storms past Zverev to enter the semi-finals, Cilic beats IsnerBreezing through his own service games — he is yet to be broken this week — Djokovic was able to exert maximum pressure on Anderson’s delivery and his opponent buckled to drop serve again as Djokovic pocketed a one-sided opener.There was no let-up at the start of the second set for Anderson as he double-faulted to go 0-40 in his opening service game, Djokovic duly breaking again as the world number six dumped a forehand into the net.Anderson received a code violation for an audible obscenity but it was hard to blame him for losing his cool as Djokovic continued to turn the screw.Also Watch – After Ronaldo watches Djokovic at ATP Finals, Kroos cheers for FedererBreaks were arriving with the frequency of London buses for the Serb and a rasping crosscourt forehand gave him another one as he romped into a 5-1 lead.Anderson nicked one game back but it was a hopeless task and Djokovic put him out of his misery with a netcord on matchpoint to claim a 35th win in his last 37 matches — a run including the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles to swell his collection of Grand Slam titles to 14.MATCH POINT: Destructive @DjokerNole reaches another #NittoATPFinals title match after defeating @KAndersonATP in two [email protected] pic.twitter.com/skJqsKcnQCATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 17, 2018Not bad for a man who began the year plagued with an elbow injury that needed surgery and who slumped to 22nd in the ATP rankings as recently as June.Should he win against the 21-year-old Zverev, who he beat convincingly in the round-robin stage here, the 31-year-old will become the oldest player to claim the title.Roger Federer, the previous oldest, was beaten 7-5 7-6(5) by Zverev in the day’s first semi-final.(With Reuters inputs)Also Watch – Virat Kohli’s Team India out to script history in Australialast_img read more