Manchester City outclassed Leeds United as they enjoyed an easy 4-0 win in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the Eithad Stadium.
City used a blistering start to take control and were 2-0 up after just 15 minutes thanks to a lovely team-goal finished by Yaya Toure and a Sergio Aguero penalty.
Second-half goals from Carlos Tevez and Aguero padded a scoreline that City were full value for against a Leeds outfit who, in truth, never really showed up.
It was always going to be a tough ask for Neil Warnock's men against the Premier League champions and the uphill task became a mountainous one after just five minutes when Yaya Toure gave City the lead.
It was a superb team goal that cut Leeds apart with the Ivory Coast international starting and finishing the move. First he played a one-two with David Silva and then repeated the trick with Tevez; Tevez's little dinked pass behind the defence was particularly audacious and allowed Toure to go around Jamie Ashdown in the Leeds goal and fire into the net.
City then went two in front just 10 minutes later as Aguero was pulled back by Tom Lees inside the box. There wasn't much contact, and Lees probably often gets away with much worse in the Championship, but there was a tug, and the way Aguero stopped in his tracks convinced Mark Clattenburg to award the spot kick.
Aguero himself took the penalty and he confidently put Ashdown the wrong way despite Michael Brown trying to distract him by making him re-spot the ball before the kick.
The rest of the half was a bit of an anti-climax with Leeds offering very little going forward. City had a few chances to make it three with Yaya Toure's fizzing half-volley tipped over by Ashdown and Javi Garcia flashing a header from a corner just wide.
Leeds' large away support were in good voice but there was little for them to cheer on the pitch. A Ross McCormack free-kick just before the break that was punched away by Costel Pantilimon being the best they could offer.
McCormack and Brown were taken off at half-time and replaced by David Norris and Steve Morison, but it made little impact to the pattern on the pitch.
City continued to casually stroke it around the pitch and they ensured it was game over in the 51st minute when Tevez made it three from close range. Aguero was the creator this time as he cut in from the left before playing a one-two with Silva. His next touch tightened the angle but he digged across a sort of half-cross, half-shot that Tevez was on hand to bundle in.
It remained one-way traffic and substitute Jack Rodwell headed onto the crossbar in the 66th minute after Toure had a shot saved by Ashdown.
They had their fourth in the 74th minute though as Silva scooped a lovely pass in behind the Leeds defence. Aguero then let the ball bounce, shaped his body, and side-footed in off the post for another nice goal.
The goal was greeted with great delight by Aguero's young son Benjamin who was watching in the stands. With the youngster counting Diego Maradona as his grandfather, Lionel Messi as his godfather and Aguero as his dad he certainly comes from good stock.
City were able to give Javi Garcia, Tevez and eventually Aguero rests before the end as they continued to dictate proceedings.
They could have more before the end with Edin Dzeko and Pablo Zabaleta amongst those going close but four was more than enough against a Leeds side that barely got forward.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – He scored two and set up another in a superb performance for City.
Manchester City: Pantilimon 6; Zabaleta 7, Kolo Toure 6, Nastasic 7, Kolarov 7; Yaya Toure 8, Garcia 6, Milner 7; Tevez 7, Silva 8, Aguero 8.
Subs: Maicon 6, Rodwell 6, Dzeko 6
Leeds: Ashdown 7; Byram 6, Lees 5, Peltier 6, Warnock 6; White 6, Brown 5, Austin 5, Varney 5; Diouf 6; McCormack 5.
Subs: Morison 5, Tonge 5, Norris 5
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