Man City take Carabao Cup on penalties
published : 25 Feb 2019 at 02:54
LONDON: Manchester City won the Carabao Cup for the second successive season as the beat Chelsea 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the Wembley showpiece had ended 0-0 after extra time.
City had been largely frustrated throughout the 90 minutes and the extra period as Chelsea grew into the game.
But it was Pep Guardiola's City who proved more clinical with their penalties and Raheem Sterling struck the decisive blow past Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to win the trophy, also known as the English League Cup.
Extra time had finished in farcical circumstances.
Chelsea goalkeeper Arrizabalaga enabled the Manchester City victory after the Spaniard undermined manager Maurizio Sarri by refusing to be substituted.
Near the end of extra time, with the final locked at 0-0, Kepa was troubled by hamstring problems and Sarri tried to replace him with Willy Caballero.
But Kepa, the world's most expensive goalkeeper after joining Chelsea in August for €80 million (then $93 million), would not leave the field - wildly indicating to the touchline that he wanted to continue.
Publicly humiliated, Sarri was furious on the touchline and initially headed down the tunnel before returning just in time for the end of 120 minutes.
In the shootout, Kepa made only one save from Leroy Sane and Sterling completed a 4-3 victory on penalties against the stubborn goalkeeper.