Soccer-Man Metropolis win record-equalling fourth straight League Cup By Reuters



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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester Metropolis claimed a record-equalling fourth successive League Cup triumph as Aymeric Laporte’s late header sealed a deserved 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Spurs had soaked up intense Metropolis strain for many of the recreation to by some means keep in competition at Wembley Stadium.

However Metropolis lastly made the breakthrough within the 82nd minute from an unlikely supply as defender Laporte met Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick and headed previous goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

A mix of Lloris, last-ditch defending and a few poor Metropolis ending had saved the 8,000 crowd on tenterhooks however ultimately Pep Guardiola’s facet bought their reward.

They’ve now matched Liverpool’s feat of profitable the competitors for 4 seasons in a row, and likewise be a part of Liverpool with probably the most League Cup wins on eight.

Tottenham, who had rookie supervisor Ryan Mason on the touchline after Jose Mourinho’s sacking final week, produced a disappointing efficiency and their anticipate a primary trophy since profitable the 2008 League Cup continues.

After Metropolis’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea final weekend, they chalked off the primary a part of what they hope will probably be a treble, with the Premier League title virtually within the bag and a Champions League semi-final to return towards Paris St Germain.


Whereas the League Cup is decrease down Guardiola’s priorities there was no disguising his pleasure as he turned the primary supervisor to win the League Cup in 4 successive seasons.

It had added significance as the ultimate was performed in entrance of the most important crowd since Britain went into a primary COVID-19 lockdown final March — one of many authorities’s check occasions to get followers safely again into venues as restrictions ease.

“It is not full, however it was an excellent noise,” stated Guardiola, who now has received 30 trophies as a supervisor since taking on at Barcelona in 2008.

“At this time we’re extremely pleased that we have now 4 in a row on this competitors. We tried to win the sport, created a variety of probabilities. That they had some probabilities on the counter however normally we had an excellent recreation.”

Metropolis’s permitted 2,000 followers serenaded their workforce on the finish with the membership’s Blue Moon anthem though they’d have had a extra enjoyable afternoon within the sunshine had their workforce turned their overwhelming first-half dominance into targets.

How the ultimate reached halftime nonetheless at 0-0 was mystifying with Phil Foden taking pictures huge from shut vary after which seeing one other effort deflected onto the put up.

Raheem Sterling tormented Tottenham’s defence and he was denied when his goalbound shot was stopped by Toby Alderweireld’s determined block.

Riyad Mahrez despatched an excellent angled drive agonisingly huge though it was not till first-half stoppage time that Lloris made his first save, diving to claw away Joao Cancelo’s roller.

Tottenham improved marginally after the break with England striker Harry Kane, declared prepared to start out after an ankle harm put his place unsure, lastly moving into the sport.

Giovani Lo Celso virtually gave Spurs an unlikely lead when he picked his spot however Metropolis’s Zack Steffen was equal to his effort, pushing the ball across the put up.

The zip went out of Metropolis’s assaults barely however Lloris was nonetheless a busy man, maintaining out efforts from Metropolis skipper Fernandinho and Mahrez and skipper Fernandinho.

Tottenham’s rookie supervisor Mason despatched on Gareth Bale with round 25 minutes remaining and the stage appeared set for the Welshman to supply an unlikely twist.

However justice was served ultimately as Laporte discovered area to go De Bruyne’s good supply into the web for under his second aim of the season.

Tottenham’s solely gripe was that Laporte was maybe a little bit lucky to flee punishment for a first-half sort out and was then booked within the second half.

In fact, although, they have been second finest by a good distance.

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