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Middlesbrough 0-2 Man City: Guardiola’s men ease into semis

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Manchester City reached the FA Cup semifinals on Saturday as they comfortably beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium.

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The quarterfinal clash between the Premier League duo was incredible one-sided as City scored early through David Silva and then midway through the second half via Sergio Aguero. They also had numerous chances to score but were wasteful in front of goal and U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Brad Guzan made some fine stops.

Guardiola’s side will now play in their first FA Cup semifinal since 2013.

City started superbly as Leroy Sane went close and then Silva fired home from Pablo Zabaleta‘s cushioned cross with just over two minutes on the clock. 1-0 to City who had scored their quickest goal in any game this season.

Boro battled to get back into the game with Adama Traore’s pace their main threat on the break as City dominated possession.

Rudy Gestede then went close twice from headers as the first was fumbled by Claudio Bravo but Zabaleta cleared and the second then landed on top of the net.

Raheem Sterling then crossed for Sane who scuffed his shot and moments later Sane returned the favor after gliding past two defenders but his cutback couldn’t find Sterling in the six-yard box.

Despite their dominance City only led 1-0 at the break.

City battered Boro’s battered backline in the second half as Bernando went off injured and teenager Dael Fry came on. First they almost scored an identical goal to their first as Yaya Toure cliped the ball into Zabaleta and his cross was missed by Sterling but this time Silva’s shot went just over the bar.

Moments later USMNT goalkeeper Guzan produced a fine instinctive save from Aguero as the Argentine striker nipped in at the near post but his effort was deflected onto the far post by Guzan’s foot.

Somehow Boro hung in there as Guzan tipped Silva’s shot wide and then moments later he saved well from Sane too.

City finally got their second goal with 25 minutes to go as Sane’s cross from the left found Aguero and he slotted home his 24th goal of the season. 2-0 to City.

Fabio had a header cleared off the line by John Stones late on and Guzan saved well from Sterling, but Pep’s boys eased to victory and are heading to Wembley.

At long last, Butland returns to full training with Stoke

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Stoke City’s long-coming goalkeeping dilemma will come to a head soon, as Jack Butland is back in training.

A year ago today, the Potters confirmed that star backstop Butland would miss EURO 2016 with a broken ankle. He’d need multiple surgeries as recovery dragged on and on.

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That was more palatable thanks to the play of Lee Grant, who arrived on loan from Derby County but became a permanent Potter in January. Grant has been a key part of Stoke’s season.

Butland is contracted to Stoke through 2021, and he’ll ascend to the starting gig sooner rather than later. But Grant is in the catbird seat for now, and at least will have made himself attractive to other clubs seeking a keeper.

Report: Everton linked with $4 million swoop for Canada’s Larin

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The Sun only hits on a few of the many transfer rumors it tosses around, but this one bears a second look for fans of Everton, MLS, and Canada.

Everton is already eyeing replacements for Romelu Lukaku, according to the report, and is hunting for a bargain in Canadian national teamer Cyle Larin.

Larin, 21, was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City SC after an electric career at UConn.

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He’s since scored 35 goals in 63 matches for the Lions, picking up three in his first two matches of the 2017 season. The 6-foot-1 Ontario native has five goals for Canada in 19 caps.

The Sun says Larin would cost close to $4 million, a fraction of what the Toffees will get if they sell Lukaku.

Fan dies after falling off football stadium in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) A Brazilian football fan has died after falling 25 meters from the top of Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo onto a parking lot.

The height is equivalent to an eight-story building.

Bruno Pereira da Silva, aged 23, suffered head injuries and died upon arrival at a local hospital on Sunday.

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He and other fans were attempting to jump to a section of the stadium where they could get a better view of the Sao Paulo state championship match between Sao Paulo and archrival Corinthians. The game ended 1-1.

Friends of da Silva told Brazilian media Silva was attending his first football match.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers: CRC, Honduras get off the mat

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The two traditional CONCACAF powers are riding high following Friday’s round of World Cup qualifiers, while the two other sides to qualify for Brazil 2014 are licking their wounds.

Honduras and Costa Rica both found themselves on the wrong side of shutout losses to the United States and Mexico, while Trinidad and Tobago injected itself into the discussion with a home win over Panama.

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What’s cooking for Tuesday? Read on:

Honduras vs. Costa Rica — 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Two sides which love to play physical, on-the-edge soccer meet on the heels of Friday losses. Expect Jorge Luis Pinto’s Catrachos to adapt after a 6-0 beatdown at the hands of the U.S., but they’ll have to do much, much better at home.

The dates at Estadio Morazan have to be the key for Honduras to climb into the Top Three, and it’ll be buoyed by memories of its 3-1 win over T&T two rounds ago. As for Costa Rica, Los Ticos aim to respond from conceding their first two goals of the Hex.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico — 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Kevin Molino’s strike gave T&T its first three points of qualifying, but its odds of getting a result against visiting Mexico aren’t nearly as good. The Soca Warriors desperation will be easy to see, as June’s qualifiers include trips to the U.S. and Costa Rica.

El Tri now has wins in two of its trickier Hex matches after adding Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica to its upset of the Yanks in Columbus. Ten points through four matches would be exemplary; A draw or loss leaves the door open for Costa Rica to summit the Hex table.

United States vs. Panama — 10:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Read our extensive preview here, but the upshot is this: The United States can rise into the Top Three by beating Panama, while Los Canaleros will be happy to scoop a draw to stem any bleeding cause by Molino and T&T.