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2018 Football League Cup Final
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Report
EventEFL Cup 2017-18
Date25 February 2018
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchVincent Kompany (Manchester City)
RefereeCraig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Attendance85,671
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The 2018 EFL Cup Final, or 2018 Carabao Cup Final, was a match that took place on 25 February 2018 at Wembley Stadium. It was the first League Cup final contested under the "Carabao Cup" name following the sponsorship of Carabao Energy Drink. It was contested between Manchester City and Arsenal. The winner will enter the Second Qualifying Round of the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League.

The match was Manchester City's sixth League Cup Final, and their third in five seasons – qualification for the final also marked the first time Pep Guardiola reached a final with Manchester City. For Arsenal, the final was their eighth total in the competition, and their third of Arsène Wenger's managerial reign.

Route to the final

Main article: EFL Cup 2017-18

Manchester City

Round Opposition Score
3 West Brom (A) 2–1
4 Wolves (H) 0–0 (4–1 p.)
QF Leicester City (A) 1–1 (4–3 p.)
SF Bristol City (H) 2–1
Bristol City (A) 3–2
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue.

Manchester City, as a Premier League team involved in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, started the EFL Cup in the third round, where they had been drawn away at fellow Premier League West Bromwich Albion. At The Hawthorns, they won 2–1 after two goals from Leroy Sané. In the fourth round they drew Football League Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers at home. At their Etihad Stadium, the match finished 0–0 after extra time but Manchester City advanced by winning the resulting penalty shoot-out 4–1.

In the quarter-finals, they were drawn away at fellow Premier League Leicester City. At the King Power Stadium, the match finished 1–1 aet however Manchester City won the penalty shoot-out 4–3. In the two-legged semi-final they drew Championship side Bristol City. In the first leg at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City won 2–1 due to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Agüero. In the second leg at Ashton Gate Stadium, Manchester City progressed to the final after a 3–2 result, which led to a 5–3 score on aggregate.

Arsenal

Round Opposition Score
3 Doncaster Rovers (H) 1–0
4 Norwich City (H) 2–1 (a.e.t.)
QF West Ham (H) 1–0
SF Chelsea (A) 0–0
Chelsea (H) 2–1
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue.

Arsenal, as a Premier League team involved in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, started in the third round. They were drawn at home against Football League One side Doncaster Rovers. At their Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won 1–0 due to a goal from Theo Walcott. In the next round they drew Football League Championship Norwich City at home. Arsenal progressed to the next round after a 2–1 win after extra time with two goals from Eddie Nketiah.

In the quarter-finals, Arsenal drew fellow Premier League and London team West Ham United, where they won 1–0 at the Emirates Stadium due to a goal from Danny Welbeck. In the semi-finals, they drew their Premier League and London rivals Chelsea. After a 0–0 first leg at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge, Arsenal progressed to the final after a 2–1 win at the Emirates Stadium due to an own goal from Chelsea's Antonio Rüdiger and a goal from Granit Xhaka. As a result, Arsenal reached the final without leaving London as four of their five games were at home, with the away leg of the semi final being played in London.

Match

Preview

Two players who were definitely ruled out for Arsenal are Alexandre Lacazette, who recently underwent surgery on a knee injury and Santi Cazorla, who has been troubled by an ankle complaint. There had been concerns over whether Aaron Ramsey would be available, but the Wales international looked likely to be involved in some capacity.

Pep Guardiola had a number of injury concerns to deal with such as Raheem Sterling, who suffered a strain in the Champions League and could be unavailable. Gabriel Jesus could potentially return to the matchday squad having resumed training, but Fabian Delph was suspended and Benjamin Mendy remained out with an injury.

Summary

In the 18th minute of the match Sergio Agüero opened the scoring when he ran in on goal and lobbed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper David Ospina with his right foot from the edge of the penalty area after an initial clash with Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi who appealed for a foul.

Vincent Kompany got the second in the 58th minute. A corner from the right by Kevin De Bruyne found İlkay Gündoğan on the edge of the penalty area, and his low shot was diverted into the net by Kompany with his left leg from seven yards out. David Silva got the third in the 65th minute when he shot low across and past the goalkeeper with his left foot from inside the left of the penalty area from seven yards out.

Details

25 February 2018 (2018-02-25)
16:30 GMT
Arsenal 0–3 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 85,671
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Report Agüero Soccerball 18'
Kompany Soccerball 58'
D. Silva Soccerball 65'
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Arsenal
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Manchester City
GK 13Flag of Colombia David Ospina
CB 21England Calum ChambersYellow card 47' Sub off 65'
CB 20Germany Shkodran Mustafi
CB 6 Flag of France Laurent Koscielny Captain Symbol
RM 24Flag of Spain Héctor BellerínYellow card 24'
CM 10England Jack WilshereYellow card 88'
CM 29Switzerland Granit Xhaka
LM 18Flag of Spain Nacho Monreal Sub off 26'
RW 11Germany Mesut Özil
LW 8 Flag of Wales Aaron Ramsey Yellow card 32' Sub off 73'
CF 14Flag of Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Substitutes:
GK 33Flag of Czech Petr Čech
DF 4 Germany Per Mertesacker
DF 31Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac Sub on 26'
MF 30England Ainsley Maitland-Niles
MF 35Flag of Egypt Mohamed Elneny
FW 17Flag of Nigeria 001 Alex Iwobi Sub on 73'
FW 23England Danny Welbeck Sub on 65'
Manager:
Flag of France Arsène Wenger
Arsenal vs Man City 2018-02-25
GK 1 Flag of CHI Claudio Bravo
RB 2 England Kyle Walker
CB 4 Belgium Vincent Kompany Captain Symbol Yellow card 80'
CB 30Flag of Argentina Nicolás Otamendi
LB 3 Brazil Danilo
CM 8 Germany İlkay Gündoğan
CM 25Brazil Fernandinho Yellow card 36' Sub off 52'
CM 21Flag of Spain David Silva
RW 17Belgium Kevin De Bruyne
LW 19Germany Leroy Sané Sub off 77'
CF 10Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero Sub off 89'
Substitutes:
GK 31Brazil Ederson
DF 5 England John Stones
DF 14Flag of France Aymeric Laporte
MF 20Flag of Portugal Bernardo Silva Sub on 52'
MF 35Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Zinchenko
MF 47England Phil Foden Sub on 89'
FW 33Brazil Gabriel Jesus Sub on 77'
Manager:
Flag of Spain Pep Guardiola

Man of the Match:
Belgium Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

Assistant referees:
Gary Beswick (Durham)
Adam Nunn (Wiltshire)
Fourth official:
Graham Scott (Berks & Bucks)
Fifth official:
Ian Hussin (Liverpool)
Video assistant referee:
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Peter Kirkup (Northamptonshire)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out (ABBA) if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

Statistics

Arsenal Man City
Possession ball
43% 57%
Shots
5 12
Shots on target
2 3
Corners
2 7
Fouls
13 10
Offsides
1 2
Yellow cards
4 2
Red cards
0 0

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