City, who have dished out a string of maulings in a stellar league campaign, found the Championship side a tough nut to crack and had to wait until the 92nd minute to grab the winner when Argentine substitute Aguero darted in to head home. The visitors had opened the scoring with a penalty just before halftime after central defender John Stones had fouled Bobby Reid, who dispatched the spot kick with aplomb.
Man City's last 16 home results in all comps: W5-0 W5-0 W2-0 W7-2 W2-1 W3-0 W4-1 pens W3-1 W1-0 W2-1 W2-1 W4-1 W4-0 W3-1 W4-1 W2-1 Equal the @ManCity club record of successive home wins, set between 1920-21 pic.twitter.com/Eg6boYMdK7— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 9, 2018
With Manchester City unbeaten domestically all season and streaking clear in the Premier League it was hard to imagine them facing much of a test at home to Lee Johnson's side, who are 14 points off the pace in the second division. Yet the visitors had beaten four top flight sides en route to the semi-finals, including City's arch rivals Manchester United in the last round, and were in no mood to lie down and wait for Guardiola's City juggernaut to mow them over. The hosts enjoyed the majority of early possession and came close to taking the lead when Bernardo Silva's deflected effort rippled the side netting in the 15th minute, before De Bruyne forced visiting keeper Frank Fielding into a sharp save.
Manchester City have now won 16 consecutive home games in all competitions equalling their previous record set in the 1920s. Home sweet home. ?️ pic.twitter.com/1HLVCcGIIDJanuary 9, 2018
The lead lasted until the 55th minute when De Bruyne drove forward and fed Sterling, who pulled the ball back for the Belgian to lash home from 15 metres. Sterling fluffed another chance when he struck the ball straight at Fielding from close range with 20 minutes remaining, while Leroy Sane dragged an effort wide before Guardiola summoned Aguero off the bench. It proved decisive as Silva dinked in a cross and the diminutive Argentine nipped in front of Fielding to power home a header from close range. English champions Chelsea host Arsenal in a London derby on Wednesday in the other semi-final first-leg clash.
Great sides tend to win games late and Manchester City do that frequently. Fabulous effort from Bristol City. Well played.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 9, 2018