january 26, 2013 • 10:42 AM

Man City edges past Stoke 1-0 to reach FA Cup fifth round

Pablo Zabaleta celebrates after opening up the score against Stoke City.
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Manchester City on Saturday qualified for the fifth round of the FA Cup (FA Cup) with a goal in the final minute by the Argentine right back Pablo Zabaleta against Stoke City.

The reigning English champions, who had never won in their six previous visits to the home of Stoke City, dominated the game and couldhave had an early lead, but the shot of Spanish midfielder David Silva crashed into the post.

Zabaleta broke the tie, initiating and finishing the scoring play in the 85th minute on what was an all Argentinean setup.

The Argentine back recovered a ball in defense gave the ball  to Silva, who went on a quick counterattack in depth to Sergio Aguero. The Albiceleste striker, put a ball down the left and crossed into the area, where Silva failed at first to finish, Zabaleta did behind him with his right foot.

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