EFL Cup! Incredible Manchester City Beat Leicester City On Penalties To Advance To Semi-Final
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he was “so, so, so, so so, happy” after his side reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup following a penalty shootout victory over Leicester.
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who saved two spot-kicks in the previous round against Wolves, was again the visitors’ hero – keeping out Riyad Mahrez’s effort after Jamie Vardy had hit the post.
The home side had taken the game into extra-time and then penalties after scoring in the final minute of time added on.
Vardy slotted home a penalty after Demarai Gray was harshly adjudged to have been brought down by Kyle Walker.
Guardiola said: “What I liked the most is how we reacted and overcame that situation. It is a good indication for the future.”
With both teams fielding second-string sides at the King Power Stadium, visiting winger Bernardo Silva scored the opener in the first half, slotting home his second goal of the season following Ilkay Gundogan’s powerful run from the halfway line.
Arsenal also made it through to the last four by beating West Ham, while Chelsea host Bournemouth (kick-off 19:45 GMT) and Manchester United travel to Bristol City (20:00 GMT) on Wednesday.
The draw for the semi-finals is scheduled to take place after full-time in the latter game, with the two-legged home and away ties to be played in January.