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Gunners Cruise Into Round 6

English FA Cup

Result: Arsenal 2-0 Middlesbrough

Date: 15 February 2015

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup after beating Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday evening.

The Gunners controlled proceedings from the onset and came close to breaking the deadlock in the third minute, as Santi Cazorla's curling free-kick was parried away by Mejias Osorio.

Giroud gave the home side a deserved lead in the 27th minute, as he turned home a cross from Keiran Gibbs, after some good build-up play from the Gunners.

The French forward was on target yet again two minutes later, he took advantage of a napping Boro defence and volleyed home from six-yards out.

Middlesbrough struggled to keep a hold of the ball for large periods of the game and only registered one effort on target, as Albert Adomah forced Wojciech Szczesny into a low save in the 39th minute.

Arsenal continued to dominate in the second half and nearly got a third in the 62nd minute but Mejias was on hand to keep out Gibbs' powerful effort from 12-yards out.

Theo Walcott should have added a third in the 87th minute, the pacy forward latched onto fine pass from Tomas Rosicky, before seeing his low effort palmed away by Mejias.

Adomah nearly grabbed a consolation in the closing stages but his powerful effort from distance sailed just wide of the upright, while Kike struck the woodwork in stoppage time.

Other results:

Goals Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair earned Aston Villa a 2-0 win over Leicester City to secure their spot in Round 6.

While, Bradford City's fairy-tale run continued, as they dumped Sunderland out of the Cup with a 2-0 victory at Valley Parade. 

 

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