Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City That's it! Manchester City win the Carabao Cup for the third year in a row! They were much the better side, although Rodri’s decisive goal came from a corner that was wrongly awarded. Sergio Aguero got City’s first, with Ally Samatta’s superb header bringing it back to 2-1 at half-time. Villa lost with honour – and with a what-might-have-been when Bjorn Engels’ late header was pushed onto the post by Claudio Bravo.
- 2nd Half
- El GhaziHourihane70'
- GündoganDe Bruyne58'
- 1st Half
Aston Villa - Manchester City
League Cup - 1 March 2020
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It's all over!
The corner comes to nothing, and Walker puts the ball out of play.
Hourihane wins another corner for Villa. This really is it. The keepe Nyland is forward...
Mings is booked for a foul on the halfway line. Villa know their race is run.
Five minutes of added time.
Good save from Nyland! City almost sealed it on the break. Sterling picked out Bernardo Silva, whose low shot was kicked away by Nyland.
Engels hits the post! Targett's inswinging corner was headed towards goal by Engels on the six-yard line, and the diving Claudio Bravo pushed it onto the inside of the post. It went through his hands a little bit, but it was still a priceless save.
Grealish wins a corner for Villa. This is their chance...
City are passing Villa to death, and whenever they lose the ball they are winning it back straight away. It's a masterclass in how to use attack as the best form of defence.
- OffSergio AgüeroManchester City
- OnGabriel JesusManchester City
City substitution: Gabriel Jesus replaces the limping Sergio Aguero.
City continue to press for a third goal, with Bernardo Silva's deflected shot going over the bar. Villa are on their last legs.
Aguero hits the side netting! Bernardo Silva danced down the left of the box and stood up a lovely deep cross to Aguero, who smashed an acrobatic volley into the ground that bounced up into the side netting. He was caught by Targett after hitting the shot and is limping a bit.
- OffMbwana SamattaAston Villa
- OnKeinan DavisAston Villa
Villa make their third change, with the goalscorer Aly Samatta replaced by Keinan Davis.
For all their endeavour - they really have worked so hard - Villa are struggling to get a foothold in the game. City are just too good.
- OffDavid SilvaManchester City
- OnBernardo SilvaManchester City
City substitution: Bernardo Silva replaces David Silva.
De Bruyne shoots well wide from 20 yards with his left foot.
Good save from Nyland! De Bruyne's deep corner was headed down by the unmarked Rodri, who plunged to his left to make a smart save. That was almost a second goal from a corner for Rodri.
- Yellow cardMarvelous NakambaAston Villa
Nakamba is booked for a very strong tackle on Aguero. City wanted him sent off, but his studs were low enough to the ground for it to be just a yellow card.
This is a decent spell for Villa, who have decided to go for broke in an attempt to grab an equaliser. They could end up losing 4-1, but at least they won't die wondering.
- OffAnwar El GhaziAston Villa
- OnConor HourihaneAston Villa
A double substitution for Villa: Trezeguet, the hero of the semi-final, and Conor Hourihane replace Ahmed Elmohamady and Anwar El Ghazi.
- Yellow cardAhmed Al-MuhamadiAston Villa
Elmohamady is booked for leaving one on Rodri.
A rare Villa attack almost leads to a chance, with Elmohamady's cross from the right skimming off the head of the leaping Samatta at the near post. It was just too high for him.
Villa are hanging on desperately to their one-goal deficit. Foden plays a lovely pass to the underlapping De Bruyne, whose low cross into the six-yard area is put behind by the sliding Mings.
- Yellow cardRodrigoManchester City
Rodri is booked for a brazen tactical foul on Douglas Luiz.
Chance for City! De Bruyne's cross finds its way through to Foden, whose close-range half-volley is desperately - and brilliantly - blocked by Targett.
- OffIlkay GündoganManchester City
- OnKevin De BruyneManchester City
City substitution: Ilkay Gundogan is replaced by a genius named Kevin De Bruyne.
- Yellow cardRaheem SterlingManchester City
Guilbert shoves the ball into the chest of Sterling, who is waiting to take a throw-in. There's no booking for Guilbert - but there is for Sterling when he fouls Guilbert a few seconds later.
Although he has been very tidy in possession, Grealish has not influenced the game as he would have hoped. Villa just haven't had enough of the ball.
Villa will be happy enough if it's still 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining. They need to take it deep and hope human nature takes over.
Chance for City! Mings' poor header, from Gundogan's free-kick, goes straight to Foden on the edge of the box. He hits the bouncing ball into the ground and it bobbles just wide of the far post.
A fairly quiet start to the half. Villa are trying to press City higher up the pitch though.
Foden's long-range shot is blocked by Mings. City have made a relaxed start to the second half.
- 2nd Half
Peep peep! City begin the second half.
- End of 1st Half
Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City Peep peep! City were all over Villa for most of the half and looked like they would run away with it, but Ally Samatta's goal just before half-time has given Villa an outside chance of a miracle.
One minute of added time. The Villa fans are making a helluva noise.
To say that Villa's goal came against the run of play would be a serious understatement. But it was superbly taken. Stones fell over 40 yards from goal, and three touches later Villa were level.
- GoalMbwana SamattaAston Villa
GOAL! Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City (Samatta) Villa are back in it with a fine goal! John Stones made another mistake, falling over and giving the ball to El Ghazi. He headed the ball into space down the left and curled a terrific half-volleyed cross into the middle, where Samatta powered a diving header past Bravo. That was a brilliant finish.
Another chance for City! Zinchenko's very sharp cutback finds Sterling, who dances past a couple of players near the penalty spot but overruns the ball. It comes to David Silva, who is crowded out on the six-yard line.
Walker blasts well wide from distance. This is turning into a miserable afternoon for Villa, who desperately need to get to half-time only 2-0 down.
Chance for City! Sterling almost makes it three with a fierce shot that is blocked on the six-yard line by Mings.
It should have been a goalkick to Villa, with the ball clearly hitting Gundogan before going out of play. Dean Smith is fuming on the touchline. VAR is being used in this match, but not for restarts. It was a really bad decision, although that doesn't change the fact that Villa's defending at the corner was dreadful.
- GoalRodrigoManchester City
GOAL! Aston Villa 0-2 Manchester City (Rodri 30) City score from a wrongly awarded corner. That's surely a killer blow. It's really harsh on Villa, but their defending at the corner wasn't good enough. Gundogan's simple outswinger was met by Rodri, who got in front of Guilbert and planted an accomplished downward header into the net.
Engels heads Foden's cross straight to Sterling. He finds Aguero, whose vicious shot is superbly blocked by the sliding Engels.
Villa have had a little bit more of the ball since going behind, though that's a double-edged sword as it could expose them to counter-attacks. City are just too good at the moment.
Sterling hits the side netting from the edge of the box. Nyland had it covered.
In other news...
Phil Foden is having an excellent game. He receives a crossfield pass from Zinchenko, cuts inside from the right and hits a deflected shot that bounces just wide of the far post.
Grealish plays a nice disguised pass to El Ghazi, whose shot from the left edge of the area is held by Bravo at the near post.
Villa didn't do much wrong there, it was just a good City move: the run from Foden, the ball from Rodri and the header from Foden were all immaculate.
- GoalSergio AgüeroManchester City
GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester City (Aguero) City take the lead with an excellently worked goal. Rodri curled an angled pass over the defence to Foden, who headed it down into the path of Aguero on the six-yard line. He twisted his body to hit a first-time shot that took a slight deflection off Mings and beat Nyland.
The good thing for Villa is that, for all City's increasing dominance, the keeper Nyland has had nothing to do.
Villa are working so hard defensively, shuffling from side to side as City move the ball. It's starting to look a little bit ominous for Villa.
City are into their work now, and Villa have been pinned back in their own half for the last couple of minutes.
Grealish has had some nice early touches. Simple stuff, mainly, but he uses the ball so well.
A half chance for Aguero, who flicks a header onto the roof of the net from Foden's inswinging cross. It was an excellent effort, as he was moving away from goal.
Foden gets City moving by beating three players near the halfway line. Eventually Zinchenko's mishit shot deflects behind for a corner.
It's been a rousing start from Villa, with most of the game taking place in City's half.
Chance for Villa! That was an excellent opportunity for El Ghazi. Elmohamady lifted a good cross over the head of Stones, and El Ghazi, 10 yards from goal, headed it onto the roof of the net. He might have done better.
... and Bravo punches it away.
A good start for Villa, who win a corner on the right. Targett will take it...
- 1st Half
Peep peep! We're underway. Villa are in claret and blue; City are wearing their black away strip.
It's time for the national anthems. There's a cracking atmosphere at Wembley.
Pep Guardiola has a monstrous record in major finals: played 13, won 12. His only defeat was to Jose Mourinho/Real Madrid in the 2011 Copa del Rey final.
Prince William has been in the Villa dressing-room, giving them a pep talk before the game. Dean Smith met him at a function in the week and invited him.
Aston Villa have reverted to a back four for this game. Their manager Dean Smith says he has been thinking about doing it for a while.
And Wolves came from behind twice to secure a brilliant win at Spurs.
Everton and Manchester drew 1-1 at Goodison Park in this afternoon's Premier League match.
City are huge favourites to win today, which is no surprise given the league positions of both sides. City are second, Villa are second bottom. And CIty beat them by a combined score of 9-1 in their Premier League meetings.
This match will probably be Jack Grealish's last opportunity to win a trophy with his beloved Villa.
City are aiming to win the competition for the third season in a row. That would be one short of the record set by Liverpool, who reigned supreme in the League Cup from 1981-84.
Villa's last major honour - unless you count the 2001 Intertoto Cup, and you shouldn't - was the League Cup: they won it in both 1994 and 1996, when they beat Manchester United and Leeds United respectively.
Phil Foden starts for Manchester City, who have made eight changes from the side that won at the Bernabeu in the week. Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez are all on a very strong subs bench.
Aston Villa make three changes from the team that lost at Southampton last week. The most notable inclusion is the keeper Orjan Nyland, who starred in the semi-final victory over Leicester. He replaces Pepe Reina.
The teams are in...
ASTON VILLA: Nyland, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett, Douglas Luiz, Nakamba, Elmohamady, Grealish, El Ghazi, Samatta… Subs: Reina, Konsa, Taylor, Hourihane, Lansbury, Trezeguet, Davis. /// MANCHESTER CITY: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, D Silva, Sterling, Aguero… Subs: Ederson, Jesus, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mendy, Mahrez, Otamendi.
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