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MANCHESTER---Sergio Aguero s late
hat trick rescued Manchester City
from FA Cup humiliation at the hands
of second-tier Watford, ushering the
Premier League title favourites into
the fifth round along with Liverpool
and Everton yesterday.
The biggest shock of this season s
competition was on when Watford took
a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes at Etihad
Stadium, only for a remarkable Aguero-
led comeback by City in the final half-
The Argentina striker produced clin-
ical finishes in the 60th and 79th min-
utes to level the score before Aleksandar
Kolarov put City in front in the 87th.
Aguero completed his hat-trick in injury
time, keeping Manuel Pellegrini s side
in contention for silverware on four
fronts this season.
"I wanted to change all of my players
at halftime, all 11 of them," Pellegrini
said. "The whole team was a disaster
in the first half."
There were no such worries for Liv-
erpool, which beat second-tier
Bournemouth 2-0 away courtesy of
goals by Victor Moses and Daniel Stur-
ridge, and Everton, which eased past
third-tier Stevenage 4-0 largely thanks
to Steven Naismith s first-half brace.
Everton s victory was marred by a
suspected broken left leg suffered by
Coast Rica international Bryan Oviedo,
which could rule him out of the World
Cup this summer.
Premier League teams Southampton,
Cardiff, Swansea, Hull and Sunder-
land---a 1-0 winner over non-league
side Kidderminster---also advanced but
Crystal Palace, which is fighting rele-
gation in the top flight, was eliminated
after losing 2-1 at defending champion
Wigan. With Watford s starting lineup
costing 500,000 pounds ($825,000)
and City s bench alone worth 84 million
pounds ($140 million), few gave the
visitors a chance at the Etihad even
though City fielded a weakened starting
team ahead of Wednesday s Premier
League match at Tottenham.
Yet Watford, a 33-1 shot with British
bookmakers to beat City, stunned home
fans by going into a 21st-minute lead
through Fernando Forestieri before Troy
Deeney made it 2-0 after 30 minutes.
By the time Aguero scored his first
goal, City had four players up front and
had resorted to an all-out attack mode.
The striker then produced another
superb finish to equalise with 11 minutes
left and Watford s hopes of a replay
were dashed when its goalkeeper,
Jonathan Bond, let Kolarov s shot drib-
ble from his grasp into the net.
Aguero capped the fightback by
heading in Jesus Navas cross for his
25th goal of the season, keeping up
City s average of four goals per home
game this campaign.
"People spoke about us losing 10-
0 or 11-0---nobody gave us a chance,"
Deeney said. "This is one of the biggest
teams in the world but we went out
there with no fear."
In 19 matches at the Etihad, only
European champion Bayern Munich
has left with a victory. City has won
the other 18.
Arsenal began the fourth round with
a comfortable 4-0 win over Coventry
on Friday and Liverpool fielded a full-
strength side to also enjoy an easy vic-
tory, with Moses opening the scoring
in the 26th minute.
Luis Suarez set up that goal and also
provided the assist for Sturridge, who
ran onto the Uruguay striker s pass and
slotted into the corner in the 60th.
Sturridge has now scored in three
straight matches since returning from
nearly two months out through injury.
At Stevenage, Johnny Heitinga and
Magaye Gueye were the other scorers
for Everton, whose manager Roberto
Martinez won the FA Cup with Wigan
last season. The result was overshad-
owed, though, by the horrific-looking
injury to Oviedo in the 14th minute.
Oviedo was taken to hospital and
Everton tweeted that he has a suspected
Non-league Kidderminster s run to
the last 32 has been the feel-good story
of this season s competition but it came
to an end at Sunderland, which was
playing three days after beating Man-
chester United on penalties to reach
the League Cup final against Man City.
Charis Mavrias scored the only goal
in the fifth minute.
Southampton beat Yeovil 2-0,
Swansea won 2-1 at Birmingham, Hull
defeated Southend 2-0 and Cardiff was
a 1-0 winner at Bolton. (AP)
Aguero rescues City
from disgrace in FA Cup
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, right, scores the first of his three goals past
Watford's goalkeeper Jonathan Bond during their English FA Cup fourth round
soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
coach Laurent Blanc criticised his
team s sloppy defending at set
pieces after narrowly avoiding a
second straight defeat in a scrappy
1-1 draw at mid-table Guingamp
Brazil centre half Alex headed
home from a corner in the 87th
minute after striker Mustapha
Yatabare had done the same three
minutes earlier to give Guingamp
PSG lost 2-1 at home to Mont-
pellier in the French Cup on
Wednesday and was outplayed by
Guingamp for much of the match.
Second-place Monaco can close
the gap at the top to three points
if beats Marseille at home today.
With PSG star striker Zlatan
Ibrahimovic having a rare off day,
Yatabare caught the eye and rose
impressively to head Guingamp in
front from Rachid Alioui s corner
in the 84th minute.
PSG was missing captain Thiago
Silva of Brazil, who sat out the
match with an ankle injury and was
replaced at centre half by country-
man Marquinhos---who was again
out of sorts after a poor match
The match between Toulouse
and Bastia was postponed because
of the local river s rising water lev-
els.Toulouse s stadium is situated
on an island and the city s prefect
has banned any access due to the
threat from the Garonne river, the
French league said in a statement.
No new date has been set.
In today s other games, Bordeaux
hosts Saint-Etienne and resurgent
Lyon faces Evian. Third-place Lille
was held to a 1-1 home draw by
struggling Rennes on Friday night.
MANCHESTER---Juan Mata has
arrived at Manchester United s
training complex by helicopter
to undergo a medical examina-
tion before sealing his club-
record move to the Premier
League champions from Chelsea.
The Spain midfielder was
greeted by United manager David
Moyes after landing at the training
ground, a day after the club con-
firmed it has reached an agree-
ment with Chelsea.
Although financial details
weren t disclosed, United made
a bid of 37 million pounds ($61
million) this week. Its previous
record transfer was Dimitar
Berbatov, who joined for 30.7 mil-
lion pounds from Tottenham in
United is banking on the arrival
of Mata, who fell out of favor at
Chelsea this season, to spark an
upturn in fortunes with the team
struggling to qualify for next sea-
son s Champions League. (AP)
Mata arrives at United for medical ahead of move
French leader PSG labours to 1-1 draw
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