Friday, February 3, 2023

Southampton surprise and knock City out of the League Cup

Southampton beat Manchester City on Wednesday to book their place in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

The Premier League’s bottom line pulled off the biggest upset of the season by beating the defending champions 2-0 at St Mary’s and will face Newcastle in a two-legged series.

Nottingham Forest beat Wolverhampton 4–3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw and will face Manchester United in the other semi-final.

But it was Southampton who delivered the surprise goal against City.

With first-half goals from Sekou Mara and Moussa Djinepo, the home side were able to brush aside concerns in their battle for non-relegation and gave fans a reason to celebrate.

City, who have won eight titles in this tournament, were the undisputed favorites to advance to the semi-finals after dominating the competition in recent years. They have lifted the trophy six times in nine years.

Coach Pep Guardiola has won it four times since taking the reins in 2016.

Southampton edged closer to the final at Wembley Stadium with a most impressive win for manager Nathan Jones, who arrived in November.

“I’m very proud of the players and myself and the coaches. We’ve been through a lot lately, people are questioning a lot of things. The justification for why we’re here and what the team wants to build,” Jones said. Proves

In the night’s game, Willy Boli scored in the first half as Forest moved into the Premier League in a duel between two teams fighting for relegation. Mexican Raul Jimenez equalized just after halftime.

Dean Henderson saved the decisive shot to deny Wolves’ Joseph Hodge a goal in the penalty shootout.

pep pays the price

Perhaps Guardiola was thinking of Saturday’s league derby against Manchester United, but with a different lineup, City were unable to respond to Southampton’s strong start.

Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Ederson were some of the players they left out of their starting lineup.

They still had plenty of talent, including Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and world champion Julián Álvarez of Argentina, but Southampton were deserved winners with two goals before the 28th minute.

United Espera Al One

Forest’s reward for defeating Wolves was a two-match semi-final series against in-form United. The teams met at Christmas and United won 3–0 at Old Trafford.

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