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Man City hit back to reach FA Cup semis after Swansea scare

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus celebrate with manager Pep Guardiola after the match against Swansea City. — Reuters pic Man City come from two goals down to reach FA Cup last four
Rita Gibson | 17 March, 2019, 12:32

The Premier League side struggled to break Swansea down after the break, but Bernardo Silva's goal in the 68th minute got the visitors back in the match.

After City's shock exit to League One Wigan Athletic in last season's FA Cup, Guardiola's side were facing another humbling at lower league opponents after Matt Grimes penalty and a brilliant strike from ex-Academy player Bersant Celina.

City piled on the pressure in the second half and Bernardo Silva halved the deficit after 69 minutes before Aguero's penalty hit a post and rebounded off goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt and then City snatched a late victor.

The Premier League leaders mounted a stunning recovery to overcome the daunting deficit after Sterling and Aguero entered the fray either side of the hour mark but the win was achieved in controversial circumstances with the equaliser and Aguero's victor hotly disputed.

Substitute Aguero beat Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt with a diving header off Bernardo Silva's low cross at the end of a superb move in the 88th minute.

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Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. Bencic's victory set up a semi-final against eighth seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus celebrate with manager Pep Guardiola after the match against Swansea City.

No-one was hurt as a result of the boys' actions, but they follow a number of high-profile incidents involving supporters running on to the pitch during games recently.

Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota sent Wolves into the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 21 years with two goals in six second-half minutes, with United only having Marcus Rashford's late consolation to show for their efforts.

"They asked all the clubs if they want VAR and we said we want VAR all season". I don't like to win in that way.

Guardiola, whose side have already won the League Cup and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, added: "When you fight for all the titles you don't have rest and every three days there is a game, it is so, so healthy to win these kind of games. We know every game we lose, we lose the competition".

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