MANCHESTER-Manchester City retained the Carabao Cup with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Following a fairly even start, City created the half’s best opening when Sergio Aguero volleyed over the crossbar near the 30-minute makr.
In the first-ever league cup final between the two sides, chances on either ends were few and far between for most of the half.
Just before the halftime break, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s delivery picked out Nicolas Otamendi at the back post but the centre-back fluffed the half-chance.
Two minutes from the break, Fernandinho volleyed over the top after creeping off a free-kick on the edge of the area as the Citizens upped the ante.
After being quiet much of the game, the Blues began probing as Eden Hazard crossed to N’Golo Kante, but the World Cup winner dragged the opportunity wide of the mark on 67 minutes.
With the game extremely drawn out, Ross Barkley tried an audacious right-foot curler, but was unsuccessful as extra time reigned in.
Both teams were on the attack earlier on, with Jorginho’s curling effort from outside the area dragging wide of the intended target.
The Citizens nearly stole the winner late in the affair after Aguero produced a solid save from Kepa Arrizabalaga following a quick counter attack.
Arrizabalaga then became a big talking point when he refused to be substituted for Willy Caballero just before the penalty, much to the displeasure of Maurizio Sarri.
With no goals, the winners were decided on penalties. Chelsea missed two of the spot-kicks, which allowed Raheem Sterling to convert the winner. Kickoff