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Capital One Cup Semi-Finals: Team of the Round

28 January 2016

The Capital One Cup Final line-up has been confirmed! Liverpool and Manchester City are going to Wembley, but all four clubs played their part in two thrilling Semi-Finals. Here's who stood out...

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Mignolet proved to be the hero as Liverpool progressed to the 2016 Capital One Cup Final following a penalty shoot-out success over Stoke City.

The Belgian produced two saves from the spot as the Reds made it to a 12th Final – more than any other club in the competition's history.

Defender: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City)

Zabaleta played his part as Manchester City reached the Capital One Cup Final after a thrilling 4-3 aggregate win over Everton.

The ever-reliable defender was typically solid, while getting forward at every opportunity to provide his side with an extra attacking outlet.

Defender: Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)

Sakho produced a solid display at the back for Liverpool in the Semi-Final second leg as they held out against an attacking Stoke outfit.

The Potters gave their all, but Sakho, who blocked a clear-cut attempt from Jonathan Walters, and his fellow defenders put their bodies on the line as the Reds held firm to progress.

Wembley here we come !!! #YNWA#LFC#Liverpool 👍🏿

— Mamadou Sakho (@mamadousakho3) January 26, 2016
Defender: Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City)

Wollscheid stepped into Stoke's defence for both legs against Liverpool, and was outstanding throughout as the Potters narrowly missed out on a place in the Wembley showpiece.

The German stood out in the second leg as the Potters recorded a 1-0 win at Anfield, before suffering penalty heartbreak after the aggregate scores had finished level.

Defender: Jon Flanagan (Liverpool)

Flanagan excelled in the second leg at Anfield, despite Liverpool slipping to a 1-0 defeat against Stoke, receiving special praise from manager Jurgen Klopp.

The full-back's performance was even more notable for the fact that it was his first start after a 20-month injury lay-off.

Midfielder: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Fernandinho impressed at the heart of the midfield in both legs of the tie for City, breaking up play and driving forward at every opportunity.

And it was the Brazilian who led the comeback, firing home the first goal in City's 3-1 win at the Etihad.

It was his all-round play over the two legs that impressed though, standing out at the heart of the midfield.

Midfielder: Ross Barkley (Everton)

Barkley shone at Goodison Park and the Etihad, but his efforts proved in vain as Everton narrowly missed out on booking a Merseyside derby at Wembley.

The attacking midfielder provided the assist for Ricardo Funes Mori to put the Toffees on their way in the first leg, and scored a brilliant goal at the Etihad which had given Everton a 3-1 aggregate advantage.

Midfielder: Joe Allen (Liverpool)

Allen was instrumental in both legs of the Semi-Final, playing a key part in the build-up to Jordon Ibe's goal which gave Liverpool a 1-0 first-leg lead.

Then, in the second leg, the Welsh international showed nerves of steel to tuck away the decisive spot-kick which sent the Reds to Wembley.

Forward: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

The Semi-Final second leg ended in worrying fashion for De Bruyne, who had to be stretchered off with a knee injury.

However, he had a major impact on proceedings, coming on to score one and set one up as City turned the tie on its head to reach the Final.

Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Aguero grabbed the crucial goal which completed the comeback and sent Manchester City back to Wembley.

The Argentine striker created Jesus Navas' first-leg goal, but made sure it was his name in the headlines in the reverse fixture.

We played like we had to play to reach a final and with the support of everyone at Etihad we did it. Off to Wembley it is! C'mon, City!

— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 27, 2016
Forward: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

Firmino has enjoyed a successful tournament so far, and the Semi-Finals were no different, particularly impressing in Liverpool's first-leg triumph at the Britannia Stadium.

The Brazilian was kept quieter in the second leg, but he retained his cool to slot home from 12 yards in the decisive penalty shoot-out.

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

Watching his side trail Everton with time running out in , Pellegrini's substitutions changed the course of the tie.

The introduction of Jesus Navas gave City a more attacking edge, as did bringing on Kevin De Bruyne in the 66th minute. Ten minutes later, and City were in front – a lead they never relinquished.

So here's the #CapitalOneCupFinal line-up; a first major final between @LFC and @MCFC!

— Capital One Cup (@CapitalOne_Cup) January 27, 2016

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