Yaya Toure triggers Manchester City goal romp
African Footballer of the Year and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was among the scorers in English FA Cup last-16 ties atÃ‚Â the weekend.
Toure, voted the best footballer on the continent for the past two years,Ã‚Â struck after five minutes as Manchester City romped to a 4-0 home win overÃ‚Â second-tier Leeds United.
Fellow Ivorian Arouna Kone went one better with a brace as Wigan triumphedÃ‚Â 4-1 at Huddersfield while Nigerian Victor Anichebe was on target for EvertonÃ‚Â in a 2-2 draw at giant-killers Oldham.
YAYA TOURE (Man City)
The Ivory Coast midfielder gave his side the perfect start to their FA CupÃ‚Â fifth round tie against Leeds, scoring in the fifth minute with a fine strikeÃ‚Â after good build-up play from David Silva and Carlos Tevez. His goal sparked aÃ‚Â 4-0 win that lifted the gloom around Eastlands after the champions’ recent
struggles in the Premier League.
VICTOR ANICHEBE (Everton)
The Nigeria forward scored Everton’s equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Oldham inÃ‚Â the FA Cup fifth round. Anichebe showed great strength to work space for hisÃ‚Â blistering strike from just inside the penalty area. But David Moyes’ sideÃ‚Â were forced to settle for a replay at Goodison Park after Matt Smith scored aÃ‚Â stoppage-time equaliser for the third-tier minnows.
DEMBA BA (Chelsea)
The Senegal striker was restored to Chelsea’s starting line-up and helpedÃ‚Â his team cruise into the FA Cup fifth round with a 4-0 win over League OneÃ‚Â minnows Brentford. Ba was selected ahead of misfiring Fernando Torres and itÃ‚Â was his aerial challenge that allowed Juan Mata to run on to the loose ballÃ‚Â and fire Chelsea into the lead in the 54th minute at Stamford Bridge.
AROUNA KONE (Wigan)
The Ivory Coast striker scored twice as Wigan swept into the FA CupÃ‚Â quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory at Championship club Huddersfield. Kone’sÃ‚Â last goal came back in December, but he was restored to the Latics’ attack andÃ‚Â responded with a 40th-minute tap-in for Wigan’s second goal and then added theÃ‚Â fourth in the 89th minute with a powerful finish.
The Ivory Coast forward endured another match to forget as the GunnersÃ‚Â suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Championship team Blackburn in the FA Cup.Ã‚Â Back from Africa Cup of Nations duty, Gervinho missed a golden chance to giveÃ‚Â Arsenal the lead and was eventually hauled off in the 70th minute in a matchÃ‚Â that marked the first time Arsene Wenger lost to lower league opposition inÃ‚Â the FA Cup.
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