Manchester City have booked a place in the semifinals of the English Football League Cup after seeing off Leicester City on penalty shootout. Bernardo Silva gave the Cityzens a 1-0 lead at the break, after a brilliant run and pass from Ilkay Gundogan.
However, Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score a 90th minute equaliser, which took the game to extra time.
With both sides failing to add to the scoreline in the extra 30minutes, the game would be decided via a penalty shootout, with Pep Guardiola’s side emerging 5-3 winners following Riyad Mahrez miss.
Claudio Bravo was the hero once again, having also saved spot kicks in the previous round.
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City are through!
Claudio Bravo saves from Riyad Mahrez to send @ManCity to the Semi-Final draw. pic.twitter.com/N1d47bPx6T
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) December 19, 2017
Despite making a wholesale of changes, City maintained their momentum to remain on course four titles this season, including the Premier League, where they top the table by 11points.
City manager, Guardiola was expectedly excited by his side’s win, after making at least eight changes to his side.
“I’m so so so so happy, a lot of young players played and they played really good,” Guardiola said. “And we’re happy with the way we did it.
“The players today have not played too much in the last period and they’ve shown me very, very good things and it is not easy to do that when there have been lots of changes.”
Elsewhere, Arsenal also joined City to confirm their place in the last four of the Carabao Cup semifinals at the Emirates stadium.
Danny Welbeck’s first half strike proved decisive in a game of few chances as the Gunners were made to fight hard to overcome a difficult West Ham United side.
On Wednesday, Manchester United take on Bristol City while Chelsea face Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.