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Man City Clinch Third Straight League Cup Title

Carabao Cup Final

Result: Manchester City 2-1 Aston Villa

Date: 01 March 2020

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Manchester City have been crowned League Cup champions for a third straight season after defeating Aston Villa in Sunday's final at Wembley Stadium.

Click through the gallery to see images from City's cup final win at Wembley.

Pep Guardiola made wholesale changes with only IIkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and Rodrigo remaining from the UEFA Champions League win over Real Madrid but there was a return for Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Villa were fashioning chances in the early stages but it was the Citizens who drew first blood in the 20th minute after Aguero fired home a volley into the far corner from Phil Foden's headed knock down.

Guardiola's charges were two goals up ten minutes later after Rodrigo guided home a towering free header in the six-yard box from Gundogan's corner.

Just when many though City would run over Villa, Dean Smith's side pounced on a mistake by John Stones at the back with five minutes left of the first stanza as Anwar El Ghazi delivered a well-weighted cross to Mbwana Samatta, who nodded past Claudio Bravo.

City were unable to find passing rhythm early in the second stanza which resulted in Guardiola introducing Kevin De Bruyne just before the hour-mark in place of Gundogan/

De Bruyne gave the Citizens a new dimension after coming on as Rodrigo almost restored City's two-goal advantage with 16 minutes left after but Nyland produced a superb save to keep out the midfielder's header.

Aguero had a chance to wrap up the game for Guardiola's men in the last ten minutes after Bernardo Silva, who had just come on, made a galloping run on the left channel and dinked a pass on the far side but the Argentine's volley hit the side netting.

Villa came very close to snatching the equaliser in the last two minutes after Bjorn Engels powered a header towards goal from a corner but City shot-stopper Claudio Bravo tipped his effort into the outside of the post.

The game stretched from end to end in the latter stages, with Villa pressurising City and threatening to snatch the equaliser but Guardiola's men held on to clinch a 2-1 win and were crowned champions for a third straight year.

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