The second-legs of the Carabao Cup Semi-Final took place Tuesday and Wednesday night, and well, what can we say, they were ones to remember!
Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City
It was a night to remember for Aston Villa as they booked their place in the League Cup Final for the first time in 10 years, thanks to a 93rd minute winner from Trezeguet.
After drawing the first-leg at the King Power Stadium 1-1, it was set up nicely for a spectacular second 90 minutes, under the lights at Villa Park.
Dean Smith’s side took the lead in the 12th minute after Matt Targett found a way past Kasper Schmeichel. Villa ‘keeper Orjan Nyland had to be alert throughout the first period, but made sure the hosts went in ahead at the break following a string of outstanding saves.
His resolve finally broke in the 72nd minute as Kelechi Iheanacho notched to level up the score on the night, as well as the overall aggregate score-line.
Both teams were crying out for a hero and it was Villa’s Egyptian king that answered the Holte End’s call. A stunning delivery from Ahmed Elmohamady teed Trezeguet up perfectly to guide the ball into the Foxes net. Villa Park went wild as the club secured a third Wembley visit in as many seasons.
Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester City made it through to the Carabao Cup Final for a third consecutive season following a 3-2 aggregate win over fierce local rivals Manchester United.
After sealing an impressive victory at Old Trafford, Pep Guardiola said ahead of the game that he was wary of the threat from the Red Devils on the counter-attack, and had to make sure his team were ready for a battle.
The opening exchanges belonged to the Citizens as Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez tested Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea in the United goal, but it would be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that would open the scoring on the night to put the pressure back on City.
A free-kick from Fred was only half cleared by the City defence before a sweetly struck-half volley from Nemanja Matic Claudio Bravo at the near post, giving the travelling support a glimmer of hope in the tie.
Missed chances from Raheem Sterling and David Silva could have cost Guardiola’s side late on, but the holders held on to become only the third team in the competitions history, after Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, to make it into three consecutive finals.