Manchester City resume the second half of the season with a magnificent 3-2 victory against Liverpool to reach the last 8 of the Carabao Cup in a 5 goals thriller.
The scoring account was opened just 10 minutes into the game by Erling Haaland with an excellent assist from Kevin De Bruyne. A partnership a lot of Manchester City fans have missed and were waiting for following the Word Cup break.
Just ten (10) minutes later, Liverpool youngster – Fábio Carvalho equalized by converting a pass from former Manchester City playmaker – James Milner.
WATCH MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Man City 3-2 Liverpool – a 5 goals Carabao Cup thriller
Riyad Mahrez restored City’s lead just a minute into the second half but the Blues were again pegged back moments later, this time via the left boot of Mo Salah.
The knockout cup tie was filled with constant action with both teams trying to reach the last eight of the Carabao Cup. This was expected as most games between Manchester City and Liverpool are of such a competitive nature.
Though both teams were taking turns to attack, It was City who made it count however when Ake met De Bruyne’s clipped cross with a powerful downward header with just over half an hour left on the clock. This goal was the match winner and made a significant difference between the two sides.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kevin De Bruyne – The Belgian does not appear to be suffering any World Cup hangover.
As well as covering every blade of grass on the immaculate Etihad surface, he produced the moments of quality that truly made the difference in this one.
First, his cross for Erling Haaland got the Blues up and running before he outdid that with the beautiful delivery for Nathan Ake’s winner in the second half.
WHAT IT MEANS
Manchester City are through to the last eight of the Carabao Cup for the fifth time in Pep Guardiola’s seven seasons at the Club.
Man City will face Southampton away in the last-eight of the Carabao Cup. A fixture is set to take place in the week commencing 9 January, 2023.
FULL CARABAO CUP DRAW
Manchester United v Charlton Athletic
Southampton v Manchester City
Nottingham Forest v Wolves
Newcastle United v Leicester City