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   League Cup: Juan Mata strike sinks Manchester City

League Cup: Juan Mata strike sinks Manchester City

AP
Published : Oct 27, 2016, 11:24 am IST
Updated : Oct 27, 2016, 11:24 am IST

In the London derby, Wesh Ham got the better of their illustrious opponents Chelsea, who fielded a few fringe players on Wednesday night.

(Photo: AP)
 (Photo: AP)

In the London derby, Wesh Ham got the better of their illustrious opponents Chelsea, who fielded a few fringe players on Wednesday night.

Manchester

 

: Jose Mourinho got his own back on managerial rival Pep Guardiola as Manchester United beat a weakened Manchester City 1-0 in the fourth round of the English League Cup on Wednesday, with Juan Mata scoring the second-half winner.

Six weeks after City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League, United got a measure of revenge as Mourinho's decision to play a virtually full-strength team paid off.

Mata sidefooted home a low shot from 10 meters in the 54th minute following a lay-off by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ensuring City is now winless in six games under Guardiola – the worst run in the Spaniard's distinguished coaching career.

Guardiola rested most of his key players - starting 19-year-olds Aleix Garcia and Pablo Maffeo among his fringe players – and City faded after a decent start, failing to have a shot on target in an error-strewn match.

 

"No regrets," Guardiola said, referring to his team’s lineup.

It was Mourinho's fourth win in 18 meetings with Guardiola and an important victory psychologically for United, coming three days after a 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League – Mourinho's heaviest loss in English football.

"It was a big defeat and numbers that the history of this club does not deserve," Mourinho said, adding: "We had to give something back."

United's more physical and powerful players had more of an impact as the match wore on. Paul Pogba, who was relatively quiet again, had a left-foot shot tipped onto the post by City goalkeeper Willy Caballero five minutes before Mata made the breakthrough.

 

The titleholders are out – although Guardiola said the League Cup was the least of his priorities this season and that was reflected in his starting lineup. Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling were brought on as substitutes in the second half, but to little effect.

Vincent Kompany, City's injury-prone captain, started for the second straight game but was substituted at halftime.

"He told us he is tired and not ready to play the second half," Guardiola said.

West Ham stun Chelsea in London derby

s West Ham's Edimilson Fernandes scored the second, to end Chelsea's chances of progressing to the League Cup quarterfinals. (Photo: AP)

Objects were thrown and there were scuffles between both sets of fans behind one of the goals at the London Stadium as West Ham advanced in this derby match.

 

There has been crowd trouble at previous matches this season at the stadium, West Ham's new home following their move from Upton Park. For this game, supporters faced enhanced security checks and a larger police presence than normal.

West Ham are starting to look more at home on the field after this second win there in four days.

Cheikhou Kouyate headed in Mark Noble's cross in the 11th minute and Edimilson Fernandes added a second in the 48th to see off a weakened Chelsea lineup.

Gary Cahill scored a late consolation goal for the visitors.

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