Manchester City secured their spot in the Capital One Cup semi-finals as they securely defeated Leicester three goals to one. Edin Dzeko led City with an impressive pair of goals in what turned out to be a rather exciting match.
City heavily tested the resilience of Leicester keeper Schmeichel for the duration of the 90 minutes. The goalkeeper was forced to make several crucial saves from all around his goal-box. Right from the beginning, it looked to be a long day for the Leicester number-one.
The first goal came early for Manchester City when left-back Aleksandar Kolarov fired in a powerful and swerving free-kick from around 25 yards away from goal. The Serbian has always possessed an impressive boot from spot-kicks, but this shot will rank pretty high on his “best goals” reel.
City bullied the Championship-side for the remainder of the half. They were eventually rewarded for their relentlessness with just four minutes remaining in the half. James Milner sent in a cross that was deflected towards the head of Edin Dzeko and the striker buried the ball in the net with his head.
Shortly after halftime, the Manchester City pair struck again. This time, Milner swung in a low cross to the Bosnian striker. Dzeko showed another display of his scoring abilities as he scored with a clever shot with the outside of his foot.
Leicester did manage to take back a goal later on in the 77th minute. In what was the teams only troubling attempt on goal of the match, Lloyd Dyer drilled a shot in at the near post. The ball bounced off of City defender Vincent Kompany’s leg and into the goal.
That goal did lift Leicester for the final ten minutes of the match, but Manchester City were far to professional to give up their lead.
Manchester City have now reached the League Cup semi-finals for the third time in the past five seasons. However, it has still been 37 years since City have won the League Cup.
This season looks promising in terms of trophies for City. They have won every match in tournament play this season and look hungry to establish their dominance in England.
Meanwhile, Leicester will now have to focus their efforts towards the Championship, where they currently sit in third place.