Half-Time Report: Manchester City cruising at break

Manchester City cruise into a 3-0 lead at the halfway stage of their FA Cup tie against Barnsley.

Manchester City have raced into a 3-0 lead at the halfway stage of their FA Cup match against Barnsley this afternoon.

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez scores his side's first goal in their match against Barnsley on March 9, 2013© PA Photos

The hosts almost took the lead in the ninth minute as Samir Nasri's cross found Edin Dzeko unmarked in the box, but the Bosnian put his header over the bar from close range.

They were ahead just a minute later, however, as Carlos Tevez tapped in a simple rebound after Luke Steele had tipped David Silva's effort onto the post.

Tevez had a chance to get a second in the 18th minute when he rose highest to meet Aleksander Kolarov's cross, but his header went high over the bar.

Dzeko was the next guilty party to miss a good headed chance, turning his effort wide from eight yards out having met Nasri's corner.

City did double their lead in the 28th minute when Tevez drilled a ball across goal which Kolarov met to bury into the bottom corner.

It was 3-0 just two minutes later and again Tevez was involved. The Argentine was found by Silva in the box before turning and firing his effort past Steele from six yards out.

Tevez almost bagged a first-half hat-trick with seven minutes left, but his shot from the edge of the area was tipped over the top by Steele.

Manchester City's Carlos Tevez celebrates scoring his hat trick in his side's FA Cup match with Barnsley on March 9, 2013
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