Soccer-man city win record-equalling fourth straight league cup

    london, 25 april (reuters) – manchester city claimed a fourth successive league cup win, a record they equaled, as aymeric laporte’s late header sealed a deserved 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

    spurs had absorbed intense pressure from city for most of the game to stay in contention at wembley stadium.

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    But City finally made the breakthrough in the 82nd minute from an unlikely source when defender Laporte found Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick and headed past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

    a combination of lloris, a last-minute defense and a poor definition from the city had kept the 8,000 spectators on tenterhooks, but in the end pep guardiola’s team got their reward.

    They have now equaled liverpool’s feat of winning the competition for four seasons in a row, and also join liverpool with the most league cup wins at eight.

    tottenham, who had rookie manager ryan mason on the touchline following the sacking of jose mourinho last week, put in a disappointing performance and their wait for a first trophy since winning the league cup in 2008 continues.

    following city’s fa cup semi-final loss to chelsea last weekend, they scored the first part of what they hope will be a treble, with the premier league title almost in the bag and a semifinal of the champions league to face paris st germain.

    the joy of guardiola

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    although the league cup is lower in guardiola’s priorities, he could not hide his joy at becoming the first manager to win the league cup in four consecutive seasons.

    had added meaning as the final was played in front of the biggest crowd since britain went into a first covid-19 lockdown last march, one of the government’s test events for fans to return safely safely to places as restrictions ease.


    “It’s not full, but it was a big noise,” said Guardiola, who has now won 30 trophies as a manager since taking over at Barcelona in 2008.

    “Today we are incredibly happy to have four games in a row in this competition. We tried to win the game, we created a lot of chances. They had some chances against us but overall we played a good game.”

    The city’s 2,000 permitted fans serenaded their team at the end with the club’s blue moon anthem, though they would have had a more relaxed afternoon in the sun had their team turned their overwhelming dominance in the first into goals. part.

    how the final went to half time still 0-0 was unnerving with phil foden shooting wide from close range and then seeing another effort deflected off the post.

    raheem sterling tormented the tottenham defense and was denied when his shot on goal was stopped by a desperate block from toby alderweireld.

    riyad mahrez sent a superb angled shot agonizingly wide, though it wasn’t until first-half injury time that lloris made his first save, diving in to deflect joao cancelo’s curl.

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    Tottenham improved marginally after the break with England striker Harry Kane declared ready to start after an ankle injury put his place in doubt, eventually entering the game.

    giovani lo celso nearly gave spurs an unlikely lead when he picked his spot, but city’s zack steffen lived up to his effort, slamming the ball around the post.

    The zipper came off slightly from the city attacks, but Lloris was still a busy man, fending off the efforts of city boss Fernandinho and Mahrez and boss Fernandinho.

    tottenham rookie manager mason sent gareth bale off with around 25 minutes to go and the stage seemed set for the welshman to produce an unexpected twist.

    but in the end justice was served when laporte found room to head in de bruyne’s perfect delivery into the net for his second goal of the season.

    Tottenham’s only complaint was that Laporte was perhaps a bit lucky to escape penalty for a tackle in the first half and then was booked in the second half.

    In truth, though, they were second best by far.

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