London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Sergio Aguero recorded a hat-trick in the second half as Manchester City avoided an upset with a 4-2 triumph over Watford in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round showdown at Etihad Stadium.
Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney had Watford a 2-0 lead at break but Aguero waxed hot in the second half while Aleksandar Kolarov provided the other goal as Manchester City booked a spot in the fifth round.
“It’s normal in the FA Cup and every cup that the teams from the lower divisions have a lot motivation. If you don’t play with 100 per cent concentration and intensity you will not win the game,” said City boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Watford took a two-goal lead into the break through Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney but Aguero scored on a volley from close range to put City on the board. Aguero then leveled matters in the 78th with a left-foot effort from the edge of the area.
With just three minutes remaining, Watford goalkeeper Jonathan Bond spilled Kolarov’s low shot from range before Aguero completed the comeback and his treble, in added time.
Meanwhile, James McClean scored late in the game as FA Cup defending champion Wigan Athletic booked a spot in the fifth round with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at DW Stadium.
Ben Watson put Wigan ahead in the 36th minute before Aaron Wilbraham tied the count for the Eagles in the 69th minute.
However, former Sunderland winger McClean had the final say with 12 minutes remaining to lift Wigan to victory.
In other FA Cup matches, Liverpool blanked Bournemouth, 2-0; Sunderland downed Kidderminster, 1-0; Cardiff City prevailed over Bolton, 1-0; Southampton beat Yeovil, 2-0; and Charlton defeated Huddersfield, 1-0.
Brighton defeated Port Vale, 3-1; Hull City blanked Southend, 2-0; Sheffield prevailed over Rochdale, 2-1; Swansea downed Birmingham and Everton blanked Stevenage.
In the German Bundesliga, Hannover 98 defeated VfL Wolfsburg, 3-1, for its first road win of the season at Lower Saxony.
Artjoms Rudnevs scored in the 28th minute for Hannover before Ivica Olic tied matters for Wolfsburg in the 35th minute. Then, Leonardo Bittencourt scored in the 50th and 72nd minute to carry Hannover to victory.
In other matches, Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsbugh settled to a 2-2 draw; Nurnberg blanked TSG Hoffenheim, 4-0; SC Freiburg beat Bayer Leverkusen, 3-2; Mainz beat VfB Stuttgart, 2-1; and Eintracht Frankfurt downed Hertha Berlin, 1-0.