By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
Manchester City eased past Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Riverside to book an FA Cup semi-final date at Wembley Stadium next month.
David Silva scored the first goal for City after three minutes, but they failed to extend their lead after missing some glorious chances.
However, Sergio Aguero finally added City’s second in the 67th minute, shooting home from close range following Leroy Sane’s cross.
City become the first team to go in the pot for the semi-finals, and they will discover their opponents when the draw takes place on Monday.
Middlesbrough came within inches of equalising midway through the first half as Claudio Bravo spilled Rudy Gestede’s header, but thankfully for the City goalkeeper, Zabaleta was on hand to clear off the goal-line.
Christian Stuani spurned a great opportunity to level the game, heading straight at Bravo from Marten de Roon’s pinpoint cross.
Boro almost reduced the deficit with 15 minutes to go, but Bravo got a hand to Fabio’s header before clearing it off the line.
City are now unbeaten in 11 games under Pep Guardiola, and now just one game stands between them and an FA Cup final.