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West Ham United Knock Manchester City  Out of the Carabao Cup on Penalties!


West Ham United Knock Manchester City Out of the Carabao Cup on Penalties!

West Ham United Knock Manchester City Out of the Carabao Cup on Penalties!

Current cup holders Manchester City were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in stunning fashion on Wednesday, as West Ham United won 5-3 on penalties.

The fourth-round tie ended goalless after 90 minutes and went straight to penalties with Said Benrahma scoring the winning spot-kick.

West Ham netted all five of their penalties, and have now knocked out both Manchester clubs on their way to the last-eight after winning at Old Trafford in the third round. Their season continues to gather momentum under David Moyes.

For City, the penalty shootout was a disaster. Phil Foden fired his penalty wide to give the Hammers an advantage in the shootout, and the Hammers capitalised.

Both sides made 17 changes in total from their weekend Premier League games, and it largely showed in terms of the quality in the first half.

The Hammers had an early chance when Mark Noble made keeper Zack Steffen save a shot from the edge of the area, while City player Cole Palmer found space in the box to make Alphonse Areola make a routine save.

In the second half, Tomas Soucek had a chance on goal but dragged it over the bar, and substitute Gabriel Jesus crossed to an unmarked Raheem Sterling, but he fired the ball into the arms of Areola.

The Man of the Match was Alphonse Areola, who made multiple stops in the second half to keep the tie goalless. In the aftermath of the match, commentators praised his performance as too good for a back-up goalkeeper in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s side arrived at London Stadium having not been defeated in the Carabao Cup since 2016, going a massive 1827 days without a defeat.

After the match, West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce commented on the character of his team: “The team showed so much resilience over 90 minutes. We missed a couple of decent chances and with the honesty of the team, we deserved to get over the line. It was a really good night for this football club, with 60000 in the stadium. It was absolutely superb.”

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