CM – Phil Foden missed out on City’s extraordinary five-year career in the League Cup



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Manchester City’s Phil Foden reacts after missing his penalty kick during the Carabao Cup fourth round match at the London Stadium. Photo: John Walton / PA

West Ham United’s remarkable rise continues after becoming the first team to beat Manchester City in this competition in more than five years.

It took a fierce penalty shoot-out to do that. Phil Foden was absent and Said Benrahma scored the decisive kick, but for the first time since 2017 there will be a new name in the League Cup.

When Benrahma celebrated after West Ham converted all five penalties, it sparked an explosive reaction.

After beating Manchester United in the preliminary round, West Ham has now fought for a place in the last eight and will not fear anyone. They are a determined, determined team and while City scorned the better odds, West Ham couldn’t win.

Carabao Cup specialists Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi fired Liverpool into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Preston, but not before the championship team faced a big surprise at Deepdale.

The memories of the 5-0 destruction of Manchester United on Sunday were still in the minds of the traveling Liverpoolers, but there were few traces on the pitch when Jürgen Klopp switched all 11 players and thus received a radically different portrayal .

When Minamino converted Neco Williams’ cross in the 62nd minute, it was Liverpool’s first shot on goal after Preston had made several saves from Adrian in the first half.

Origi snapped six minutes from the end, but the gap between Klopp’s unscrupulous stars and their more humble backups was evident as Liverpool barely bared their teeth against a 19th in the championship and had several changes of their own.

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Preston had never reached the quarter-finals, but that carrot wasn’t enough to stop Frankie McAvoy from swapping nine of the players who started the weekend’s 2-0 loss to Blackpool – with Sepp Van Den Berg as the Loan one of two survivors had received permission to face his parents’ association.

Liverpool broke the impasse with his first shot on goal shortly after an hour. Pushed forward by Conor Bradley’s arrival, Williams pulled the ball back so Minamino tossed it out of reach of Declan Rudd and scored his fifth Carabao Cup goal in as many games.

Preston seemed to sense their chance had passed when the heads fell, and Origi soon confirmed their fears when he scored his usual Carabao Cup goal – eleven of his ten starts in the competition.

When Kostas Tsimikas’ flank hit the bar from below, it ricocheted off for Williams. His shot was blocked, but Origi was able to shoot the ball in with an acrobatic twist of the leg.

Minamino should have added a third as he sped on goal moments later, which Rudd denied, but more goals would have been tough for Preston.

Moura’s 68th-minute header cleared a matter from low quality against Burnley, where both teams fought in the attacking third for most of the game.

It was a much needed win for Nuno Espirito Santo, who is under pressure after an erratic start to the season, but a good cup run in this competition could help.




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