Thursday 17 October 2019

City book Wembley spot in Burton stroll

League Cup semi, 2nd leg: Burton 0 Man City 1 (City win 10-0 on aggregate)

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero

Manchester City completed the formality of victory in their League Cup semi-final with a routine 1-0 win at Burton.

Sergio Aguero scored the only goal on a freezing night at the Pirelli Stadium, completing a comprehensive 10-0 aggregate success for the holders that sends them to the final on February 24.

City fielded a side with a mixture of youth and experience as they went through the motions against their League One hosts, while Benjamin Mendy returned to action after more than two months out injured.

Nigel Clough's side did create the odd threat as they sought a consolation on what was still a momentous night for the club, despite the one-sided nature of the tie, but City held firm.

Pep Guardiola gave Phil Foden another run-out while there was a debut for winger Ian Poveda-Ocampo and further chances for promising defenders Eric Garcia and Philippe Sandler.

None of them looked out of their depth but they benefited enormously from playing alongside the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Aguero.

Burton could not be faulted for enthusiasm as they ran at City willingly but with little joy and the difference in quality was evident as Mahrez and De Bruyne took charge.

Aguero scored after 26 minutes. Mahrez, who had already shot wide twice, collected a fine through ball from De Bruyne and laid back for the Argentinian to finish with a neat low strike.

The Argentinian should have doubled City's lead on the hour but uncharacteristically missed the target from close range after being presented with a gilt-edged chance from a Foden cutback.

It proved his final act of the night as he made way for Gabriel Jesus soon after, while Mendy was also introduced.

Sandler almost allowed Burton in for a consolation when he slipped and Liam Boyce pounced but Aro Muric blocked his shot and Garcia cleared Will Miller's follow-up effort off the line.

Jesus, who scored four in the first leg, almost added a second for City late on but his close-range effort was blocked and Bradley Collins pushed over a Danilo free-kick.

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