Carabao Cup: Man City down Leicester

REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Holders Manchester City held their nerve to beat Leicester City 3-1 on penalties and reach the League Cup semi-finals after an entertaining last-eight tie ended 1-1 on Tuesday.

City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko fired home the winner in the shootout after Leicester missed three of their four spot kicks.

City had taken the lead through Kevin De Bruyne’s rifled finish early in the match but Leicester clawed their way back into the encounter with a brilliant finish from Marc Albrighton.

With no extra time in League Cup matches this season, the game went straight to penalties where Leicester’s Christian Fuchs, James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu all failed to score.

Manchester City and Leicester fielded heavily-changed sides although the visitors looked far more potent on paper with Sergio Aguero and De Bruyne returning to the starting line-up, having only just returned to action after injury.

”In the end the keeper helped us,” said De Bruyne. “He’s got veins of ice. He did what he had to do in the shootout.”

City will be joined in the last four by Burton Albion after the third-tier side shocked Championship (second-tier) team Middlesbrough with a goal after the break from Jake Hesketh.

REUTERS/Reporting by Toby Davis; editing by Ken Ferris

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