West Ham – Manchester City – Citizens eliminated on penalties


The quadruple defending champion on the mat! After 21 consecutive unbeaten matches in the League Cup, Manchester City was eliminated by a valiant West Ham team this Wednesday in the round of 16 of the competition (0-0, 5-3 tab). Unable to force the decision during regulation time, the Citizens stumbled on penalties, Phil Foden having missed his attempt. If Pep Guardiola’s men took the door, Tottenham and Liverpool have validated their ticket for the quarterfinals.

This poster between West Ham and Manchester City, in other words the current 4th and 3rd in the Premier League, had something to salivate. The public, moreover, had invested in numbers the spans of the Olympic stadium in London. But it must be admitted: this shock was a knockout. Especially in the first half, where scoring opportunities were extremely rare. There was a strike from Mark Noble, repelled by Zack Steffen (19th), as well as an attempt by Cole Palmer, diverted by Alphonse Areola (25th). It was far too little, obviously, to hope to vibrate.

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Despite the presence of Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez or Raheem Sterling in a reshuffled starting XI, the domination of Manchester City has remained hopelessly sterile. In their defense, let us at least recognize that the Skyblues fell on an Areola of the great evenings. More often requested after returning from the locker room, the goalkeeper loaned by PSG defeated De Bruyne (57th), John Stones (58th) or Oleksandr Zinchenko (83rd). And as, on the side of the Hammers, Tomas Soucek did not manage to settle the sights (59th, 88th), the decision was made on penalties.

The Hammers executioners of Manchester clubs

In this still a little cruel exercise, it was the locals who stood out. None of the five hitters designated by David Moyes trembled. Opposite, Phil Foden saw his attempt slip by just off the frame. A serious failure because it is now accepted that, for the first time since 2017, City will not put the League Cup in its trophy cabinet. After being offered United in the previous round (0-1), West Ham therefore brings down the other Manchester club. And is only two laps from Wembley …

The other penalty shootout of the evening smiled at Leicester, who dismissed Brighton (2-2, 4-2 tab). Thanks to goals from Takumi Minamino (62nd) and Divock Origi (84th), Liverpool defeated a very catchy Preston formation (0-2). Tottenham was satisfied with an even more narrow success, on the ground of Burnley (0-1). Finally, Brentford qualified for the quarterfinals. The Bees have disposed of Stoke City, resident of Championship (1-2).

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