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Man City advances to the FA Cup Final (video)

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Gabriel Jesus‘ early goal was enough as Manchester City beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 in an FA Cup semifinal on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

Man City has already won the League Cup and is alive for the Premier League and UEFA Champions League in addition to the FA Cup.

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Benjamin Mendy made his first appearance since November for Manchester City, with left back issues trailing the club into several competitions.

Jesus was the beneficiary of a tremendous cross from Kevin De Bruyne when the Brazilian planted a flag for City with a diving header in the fourth minute.

That was it for a while, though Man City rarely looked trouble and appeared on the verge of a second goal for some time.

Kyle Walker was fortunate to stay on following a head-to-head scenario with Alireza Jahanbakhsh, but it probably shouldn’t have been a sending-off.

Brighton managed a pair of shots on target before all was said and done, but couldn’t draw level. Man City will face the winner of Watford and Wolves in the Final on May 18.

Man City obliterates Schalke to reach UCL quarters (video)

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  • City makes third quarterfinal in four years
  • Aguero bags brace
  • Sane, Sterling produce electric displays

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City leveled Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie on Tuesday.

Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, and Bernardo Silva also scored as City collected a 10-2 aggregate win over its Bundesliga opposition to reach the quarterfinals.

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Man City opened up the match with control of the ball and the chances, even seeing a goal chalked off for interference as Raheem Sterling’s interference with Schalke’s Ralf Fahrmann is what allowed Aymeric Laporte to slot home.

That’s when City did the thing which would make life mathematically improbable for Schalke: Score a goal.

Jeffrey Bruma took down Bernardo Silva in the box to give City a chance from the spot. Aguero’s conversion meant Schalke would need to score three goals without conceding again to Man City. Tall order.

Fahrmann stopped Aguero from making it 2-0 moments later on a dribble inside the box, but couldn’t manage to repeat the feat when the Argentine was set-up by Sterling in the 38th minute.

Sane helped City to its 3-0 halftime lead with a run past USMNT midfielder Weston McKennie, playing right back for Schalke, to beat Fahrmann.

But that wasn’t all. Sterling used VAR to overrule the linesman when he blasted City in front by five on aggregate just after the break. Sane again played the role of maestro on the goal.

Then Foden became the the youngest player ever to score a Champions League goal for Manchester City, again from Sane, and Gabriel Jesus made it 7-0 before long.

Pep, Jesus react as Man City goes top of idle Liverpool

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Manchester City may have to wait for a Liverpool loss that may not come, but that isn’t changing their hunger to go back-to-back.

The reigning champions scored in first- and second-half stoppage time to beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday, going ahead of the Reds on goal differential having played one more match.

[ RECAP: Everton 0-2 Man City ]

Gabriel Jesus scored the second goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time off a Kevin De Bruyne feed, adding to the lead opened up by Aymeric Laporte in the second minute of first half stoppage.

“We know that it is going to be difficult,” Jesus said. “We want to play well in every game and at the end of the season we want the title.”

Pep Guardiola was happy for his side’s performance, its second match in four days compared to Everton’s second in five.

And the momentary move atop the table feels like a just reward.

“Goodison Park is always tough,” Guardiola said. “We didn’t concede one shot on target. It’s a good victory. We have a lot of games in our legs and minds. … Top of the table – we have to wait for Liverpool to go to Old Trafford (on 24 February) and if they win we are not top. We have a tough game against Chelsea, it is non-stop.”

Life is odd for a Liverpool supporter as the Reds seek a first Premier League crown. After rooting for hated Everton on Wednesday, they’ll turn their attention to hoping Chelsea gets a result Sunday at the Etihad Stadium. Liverpool hosts Bournemouth on Saturday.

Laporte header sends Man City top (video)

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  • Laporte nods in D. Silva free kick
  • Jesus adds goal at the death
  • City outshoots Everton 14-4
  • MCFC second team to breach 60 points this season

Manchester City went atop the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The visitors, who got a late marker from Gabriel Jesus after Aymeric Laporte opened the scoring, have played one more match than leaders Liverpool. Both have 62 points.

Everton probably deserved a point on the merit of its second half, but remains ninth with 33 points.

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Leroy Sane nearly continued Man City’s run of scoring very early in matches, snapping a left-footed shot wide of the far post.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford came out for a corner kick and missed it, but Aymeric Laporte nodded wide in the 16th minute.

Sane and David Silva set-up Aguero in-tight, but the Argentine hit the cross bar as City kept pouring forward toward an opener.

It wasn’t all City, as Bernard won a corner when he headed a Theo Walcott cross off the back of Kyle Walker.

City got its goal before halftime, with Laporte getting a header past Pickford off a spinning David Silva free kick.

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Second-half sub Raheem Sterling became the focal point of all things City, influential at both ends of the pitch.

City could not kill off Everton, and Marco Silva introduced Gylfi Sigurdsson for the last 30 minutes and Richarlison off the bench as the match neared its final quarter-hour.

Jesus then collected a Kevin De Bruyne through ball in the seventh minute of stoppage time, nodding the ball over the line after Pickford slapped it into the air.

Man City comfortable in win over 10-man Wolves (video)

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  • Jesus scores inside 10 minutes
  • Wolves’ Willy Boly sent off in the 19th minute
  • Sterling won penalty kick in first half
  • Own goal in second half puts the game on ice

Gabriel Jesus scored a brace and Kevin De Bruyne made his Premier League return for the first time this calendar year as Manchester City comfortably swept aside 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers, 2-0. After allowing an early goal, Wolves evening went from bad to worse when centerback Willy Boly was sent off in the 19th minute.

It was Wolves’ first red card of the season in any competition.

With the win, Manchester City moves to within four points of Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table, as the title race heats up this frosty January.

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Controlling the tempo early, Manchester City showed that the club’s recent form, with 16 goals scored in the last two cup matches, could carry over into the Premier League. In the 10th minute, it only took three touches for Man City to go from the backline to the back of the net.

Aymeric Laporte split the Wolves backline with a brilliant pass down the left channel, right into the run of Leroy Sane. Sane played a one-time pass across the face of goal, providing Jesus with a perfect pass that he re-directed home sliding towards the goal.

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While Wolves had a pair of half-chances following the goal, the match became just about out of hand in the 19th minute. Boly, in trying to win the ball off Bernardo Silva, slid in with his studs up, going through Silva in the process. Boly was quickly shown a red card, putting his team in a real hole.

Manchester City continued to attack in the first half as time went by, and in the 39th minute, the Cityzens got their just rewards. Silva played Sterling into the box, and after beating his defender, Ryan Bennett, the latter pulled down Sterling to set up a penalty kick. Jesus stepped up and sent Rui Patricio the wrong way for a 2-0 lead.

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The second half was more of the same, with Man City dominating possession, holding the ball for 75 percent of the time while looking for another goal. Once de Bruyne was brought on for David Silva, a new attacking dimension was added. It ended up leading to Man City’s third goal of the night, as defender Conor Coady turned in a darting cross from de Bruyne in the 78th minute.