Man City Win League Cup, Beat Liverpool On Penalties

Man City Win League Cup, Beat Liverpool On Penalties

Manchester City Sunday evening defeated Liverpool 3-1 in a penalty shootout to claim the 2016 Capital One Cup title at the Wembley Stadium.
Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute as he won his first trophy in his first senior season at the club.

Both sides had ended their breathtaking contest 1-1 after 120 minutes.

Much of the talking points was on the fact that Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling was facing his former Manchester City teammates.

It was also a confrontation of the Toure brothers; Yaya for Manchester City and Kolo at Liverpool.

Liverpool created the first real chance of the game within five minutes of kick off but Alberto Moreno’s resultant cross was saved by Willy Caballero.

Sergio Aguero fired a close shot to the bottom right corner in the 23rd minute but his effort was tipped over for a corner.

The first ended scoreless but it was not short of intriguing moments.

Man City grabbed the opener in the 49th minute when Fernandinho’s shot from the right flank went under the hands of Simon Mignolet.

James Milner spurned a great scoring chances after a promising build-up by his teammates in the 56th minute.

Raheem Sterling had the goal at his mercy in the 61st minute after a pass from Sergio Aguero but sliced the ball agonisingly off target.

Alberto Moreno fouled Aguero at the edge of the Loverpool after the Argentinean had dribbled him but the referee refused to hand the Citizens the penalty they craved for soon after.

The second half proved to be better for City who asked more questions of the Liverpool defence.

Raheem Sterling missed a glorious chance with 12 minutes left on the clock much to the frustration of Manuel Pellegrini.

Liverpool equalised in the 83rd minute when Phillipe Coutinho scored from a rebound after a shot had initially hit the under of the City post.

Yaya Toure thought he had scored in the 89th minute through a goal-mouth scramble but the former African Footballer of the Year only won his team a corner on that occasion.

The game went into extra time after 1-1 at full time with Sergio Aguero going closest in the first half of the added period but his effort just before the break was kept out by Mignolet.

James Milner almost cost his side when he nodded the ball backwards but Sergio Aguero, unmarked in the Liverpool box, was unable to connect his foot to the ball.

The game went into penalty shootout and Manchester City scored thrice through Jesus Navas, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.

Liverpool’s Emre Can scored their only spot kick.