League Cup • Final
  • 2nd Half
  • Manchester City
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • AurierBergwijn
  • De BruyneSilva
  • HøjbjergAlli
  • FernandinhoRodri
  • Laporte
  • Lo CelsoSissoko
  • MouraBale
  • Fernandinho
  • 1st Half
  • Manchester City
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Laporte
  • Reguilón

Manchester City - Tottenham Hotspur

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  • End of 2nd Half

FULL-TIME: Foden has the ball in the back of the net but he's offside... and there's the final whistle - MANCHESTER CITY HAVE WON THE CARABAO CUP!

  • Steven Bergwijn
    OffSerge AurierTottenham HotspurSpurs sub: Steven Bergwijn comes on for Aurier.
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Spurs sub: Steven Bergwijn comes on for Aurier.


THREE minutes of added time to be played. City are looking very, very comfortable. Don't expect any late surprises here.


City keep coming, they're not finished just yet as they force another corner. Foden picks out that man Laporte but this time he can't keep his header down.

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    OffKevin De BruyneManchester CityCity sub: De Bruyne gets a standing ovation as he's replaced by Bernardo Silva.
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City sub: De Bruyne gets a standing ovation as he's replaced by Bernardo Silva.


Dier makes yet another block to deny Sterling!

  • Dele Alli
    OffPierre-Emile HøjbjergTottenham HotspurSpurs sub: Dele Alli comes on for Hojbjerg for the last five, can he make a difference?
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Spurs sub: Dele Alli comes on for Hojbjerg for the last five, can he make a difference?

  • Rodri
    OffFernandinhoManchester CityCity change: Fernandinho makes way for Rodri as City look to protect their lead.
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City change: Fernandinho makes way for Rodri as City look to protect their lead.

  • Aymeric Laporte
    GoalAymeric LaporteManchester CityGOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham (Aymeric Laporte): There's the breakthrough and this is controversial! Laporte, the man who could have been sent off in the first half, scores what could be the winner! He gets in front of Sissoko and heads in from De Bryune's free-kick delivery!
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GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham (Aymeric Laporte): There's the breakthrough and this is controversial! Laporte, the man who could have been sent off in the first half, scores what could be the winner! He gets in front of Sissoko and heads in from De Bryune's free-kick delivery!


Eleven minutes of normal time remaining and Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero are still sat on the bench.


Jeers from Spurs fans as Paul Tierney allows play to continue after Reguilon goes down under a challenge from Walker having got the wrong side of the City defender.


A goal now would surely win the cup. This game could go either way.


Shot! Mahrez dances away from a challenge or two before unloading a shot from the edge of the box towards the bottom corner, but Lloris is equal to it, pushing it wide with a strong one-handed save.


Gundogan sets Sterling free on the left flank, he continues his run to get on the end of the latter's cross but with a first-time effort he shoots wide.


Dier throws himself in front of another De Bruyne cross as City win another corner. Tottenham clear, but Pep's men keep it alive with De Bruyne swinging in a devilish cross to the far post where Fernandinho heads straight at Lloris.


City win a corner which De Bruyne plays short, exchanging a pass with Mahrez before curling his cross out of play.


It's been a much more even contest since the restart, but Pep has yet to look to his substitutes - it can only be a matter of time.

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    OffLucas MouraTottenham HotspurDouble Spurs sub: Moura and Lo Celso make way for Bale and Sissoko.
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Double Spurs sub: Moura and Lo Celso make way for Bale and Sissoko.


Bale is preparing to come on for Spurs.


Spurs counter, Kane leading the charge with a driving run through the middle. He switches it to Hojbjerg on the left, but he overplays his pass to Reguilon on the overlap and the chance is gone. To make matters worse, Kane goes down holding his knee, but he's going to be OK to continue.


City are beginning to find their groove again after a slow start to the second half. Mahrez delivers a deep cross but Gundogan just can't climb high enough to get his header under control.

  • Fernandinho
    Yellow cardFernandinhoManchester CityYellow card! Fernandinho is booked for a cynical foul on Hojbjerg in midfield. That's what you call a tactical foul.
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Yellow card! Fernandinho is booked for a cynical foul on Hojbjerg in midfield. That's what you call a tactical foul.


Again it's nice, patient build-up from City but the final ball is lacking, as Cancelo's cross is rolled straight into the arms of Lloris.


Sterling opens his body up but shoots wide of goal. It has been that kind of day in front of goal from City so far.


Mahrez leads a City counter attack, he tries to find space for a shot inside the box but his effort is blocked.


After giving up trying to play out from the back in the first half, Spurs are now taking their goal-kicks short, which is a sign of their new-found confidence.



Spurs look much brighter since the restart, much more positive. Whatever Mason said at the break seems to have worked.


City break from Tottenham's corner, Mahrez feeding De Bruyne, who carves inside... but then Lo Celso slides in and he's caught by the Belgian as he tries to shoot. Ouch.


Tottenham chance! Spurs start the half on the front foot and Steffen is called into action for the first time this afternoon, diving low to keep out Lo Celso's curler from 25 yards.


Kick-off! Tottenham get things moving in the second half.


Have a look at City's best chance...


City had 10 attempts to Spurs' one in the first half. Ryan Mason has a heck of a job on his hands at the break if his side are to have any chance of winning this cup tie.


Half-time: It's Manchester City 0-0 Tottenham at the break.


Save! Cancelo takes aim with a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area, Lloris scrambles across and makes a one-handed stop!


There will be one minute of added-time to play at the end of a one-sided first half.


Yellow card! Laporte, who somehow escaped a booking earlier in the match, is now finally shown a yellow card for a foul on Moura.


It looks like Tottenham are going to make it to the break with the scores still level, somehow. They need to be much, much braver after the restart. It's a minor miracle their clean sheet is still in tact.


De Bruyne is searching for the run of Sterling in behind Dier with an outrageous cross with the outside of the boot, but the England international just can't get there.


Spurs' best chance at the moment is to score from a set-piece, and now they have a corner. Lo Celso's delivery is poor and cleared at the near post.


Close! Mahrez again! He's aiming for the top corner again with a shot from distance but it's the same end result as the ball flies over the bar... but this one was even closer!


Mahrez... no! The City wideman carves inside before swinging a left foot at the ball. It's close and I'm not sure if Lloris is getting there but it drifts just wide of the far post.


Somehow, after over half an hour of total City dominance, it's still goalless.


Dias challenges Kane and gets a foot on the ball but the referee Paul Tierney awards Tottenham a free-kick.


Close! Fernandinho unlocks the Spurs defence with a through ball into the path of Sterling, he lifts it over the onrushing Lloris but the ball spins away from goal.


De Bruyne's free-kick delivery causes panic in the Tottenham penalty area but the referee spots a foul and awards Spurs a free-kick of their own.

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    Yellow cardSergio ReguilónTottenham HotspurYellow card! Reguilon is having a torrid time out there and he's the first player to be booked after a foul on De Bruyne.
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Yellow card! Reguilon is having a torrid time out there and he's the first player to be booked after a foul on De Bruyne.


City hit the post! Tottenham are almost the makers of their own undoing as Dier gives the ball away with a really poor pass. De Bruyne drills a low cross in, it falls to Foden, whose shot is deflected onto the post by Alderweireld!


Laporte loses the ball to Moura and is fortunate not to go into the book for a cynical foul made to stop the Spurs forward.


There's a slight disagreement about City's wall, which is set up less than a metre away from Tottenham's. When that's all sorted out, De Bruyne's shot is blocked by the head of Kane.


De Bruyne is shoved to ground by Lo Celso, conceding a really cheap free-kick in a very threatening area...


Son's corner delivery is pushed away by Steffen. Spurs recycle it, but Alderweireld shoots well wide from the edge of the penalty area.


Spurs have been just hanging on but they finally launch an attack and give their fans something to shout about when Aurier's cross is headed behind for a corner by Dias.


De Bruyne's free-kick delivery is poor and Spurs break before Lo Celso is brought down in his own half.


Foden spins beautifully and accelerates away before he's caught by Reguilon, winning the free-kick on the right flank.


Important block! Foden races down the left, centres it and finds Sterling. He unloads a shot but Dier makes a crucial block to keep the scores level! That was going in!


Spurs have barely had a touch in the opening stages and they're really struggling to get out at the moment. Hojbjerg blocks a cross at the expense of another corner, which De Bruyne will take.


It's all City and now Tottenham have a corner to defend as Walker sees his cross blocked. Foden's cross is overhit and Lloris pushes it away from danger. Sterling keeps it alive but Spurs usher him out of play.


Another chance for City! Spurs are too passive and Pep's men are having it all their own way at the moment. Mahrez whips in a cross, Sterling gets in front of Aurier but can't direct his header on target.


Chance for City! Sterling runs onto a pass down the left, he dances past Aurier at the by-line and finds Foden with a cross, but his first-time effort is wide.


It has been a cagey affair so far and that poor pass from Son a minute ago is another indicator of nervousness in the ranks of Spurs.


Sterling latches onto a loose pass from Son but as he drives into the penalty area he's successfully challenged by Aurier. The tackle is absolutely fair but that doesn't stop the City forward appealing, half-heartedly, for a penalty, but the referee isn't interested.


There may be only 8,000 fans here today, but it feels like 80,000.


Patient build-up by City as they work the ball to left flank where Cancelo delivers a deep cross but can't pick out anyone.


Kick-off! The players take the knee before Manchester City get us underway at Wembley in the 2021 Carabao Cup final!


Well, this is certainly different, seeing actual fans in a stadium. A choir made up of NHS workers sing the National Anthem, which is a lovely touch.


There are now just FIVE minutes until kick-off! Will City clinch a record-equalling eighth League Cup or will Spurs spring a surprise and land boyhood fan Ryan Mason a trophy in just his second game in charge?


City are aiming to win their first cup of the season as they target a treble. They're on the verge of the Premier League title while a tantalising Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain is just around the corner.


It's a huge day for Mason, who has the chance of lifting silverware in just his second game in charge at the age of 29. To have Kane involved from the start is a massive boost for everyone involved with Spurs. But having lost their last three finals, failing to score a goal, the omens aren't good for the club.


Opta stat: Tottenham's last major trophy win came in this competition back in 2008, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley under Juande Ramos. This is their third appearance in the final since then, losing against Manchester United in 2009 and Chelsea in 2015.


Ryan Mason: "I’ll be honest, the first three days I didn’t sleep at all. I want this to go well for the football club. They’ve given me this responsibly to sit here and lead a team and a group of players for this football club. It’s a huge deal and I want to give it my all."


Spurs are being cheered on by their lucky 2,000 fans as they warm up. The sun is shining at Wembley and today definitely feels like a step back in the right direction.


Opta stat: This is the second time Tottenham and Man City are facing off in a major domestic cup final, with Spurs winning the 1981 FA Cup against the Citizens following a replay. Tottenham v Man City will be the 17th different fixture to have been played in the final of the both the League Cup and the FA Cup.


Pep Guardiola: "It is a final we have to play, we have to win but one eye is on the Champions League, one eye is on Crystal Palace. The Carabao Cup is nice, we have won three, we want to win four and we are going to play to win the title. But PSG is there, and Crystal Palace is there, and PSG is there. We will see what happens on Sunday."


The big news for City is that De Bruyne starts despite limping off in the FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea. It's a strong team from Pep, who will also have half an eye on the Champions League semi-final against PSG in midweek, as Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan both start. The out-of-form Raheem Sterling spearheads the attack, with Sergio Aguero only fit enough for the bench. Zack Steffen takes the gloves from Ederson.


Kane has been passed fit and comes in for Gareth Bale, while Tanguy Ndombele makes way for Harry Winks in midfield, as Mason makes TWO changes to the Spurs side that defeated Southampton 2-1 on Wednesday night.


TEAM NEWS - Man City XI: Steffen, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Sterling.. subs: Ederson, Ake, Jesus, Aguero, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Torres, Mendy /// Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Lo Celso, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane.. subs: Hart, Sanchez, Tanganga, Sissoko, Dele Alli, Ndombele, Lamela, Bergwijn, Bale.


The early team news suggests that Harry Kane will start for Tottenham and Kevin De Bruyne will also feature for Manchester City from the off. Full line-ups to follow...


Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of the Carabao Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham. Pep Guardiola is targeting a fourth consecutive League Cup trophy to equal Liverpool's record of the eighties while Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason is hoping to spoil the party and end the club's 13 year wait for silverware. Who will come out on top? Kick-off is just an hour away!