Manchester City won the League Cup for a record fourth time in succession with a deserved victory over a disappointing Tottenham Hotspur side at Wembley.
City defender Aymeric Laporte, arguably fortunate to be on the pitch after escaping a yellow card in the first half before being cautioned after the break, rose above Spurs substitute Moussa Sissoko to head home Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick eight minutes from time.
It was reward for City creating a host of chances and dominating Spurs, who did not benefit from any sort of positive reaction after sacking manager Jose Mourinho on Monday and replacing him with caretaker Ryan Mason.
The final was played in front of 8,000 supporters, including 2,000 from each club – and it was a delight to hear noise inside Wembley’s vast arena once more.
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- 3Rúben Dias
- 14LaporteBooked at 45mins
- 25FernandinhoBooked at 59minsSubstituted forRodriat 84′minutes
- 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 87′minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 24AurierSubstituted forBergwijnat 90′minutes
- 3ReguilónBooked at 27mins
- 5HøjbjergSubstituted forAlliat 84′minutes
- 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forSissokoat 67′minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forBaleat 67′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 6D Sánchez
- Paul Tierney
Match ends, Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
Offside, Manchester City. João Cancelo tries a through ball, but Phil Foden is caught offside.
Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Bergwijn replaces Serge Aurier.
Attempt missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Serge Aurier.
Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Kevin De Bruyne.
Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.
Substitution, Manchester City. Rodrigo replaces Fernandinho.
Goal! Manchester City 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a set piece situation.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur).
Foul by João Cancelo (Manchester City).
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.