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2020 Football League
Cup Final
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Report
EventEFL Cup 2019-20
Date1 March 2020
VenueWembley Stadium, London
RefereeLee Mason
Attendance82,145
2019

The 2020 EFL Cup Final was the final of the 2019–20 EFL Cup. It was played at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on 1 March 2020, and contested by Aston Villa and Manchester City. It was Aston Villa's first EFL Cup final since 2010, and Manchester City's third successive EFL Cup final and fifth in the last seven seasons.

City won the match 2–1 to claim their third consecutive EFL Cup title. As winners, City would have qualified for the second qualifying round of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League; however, they were banned from all UEFA club competitions for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons by UEFA due to Financial Fair Play breaches, though the decision is pending appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Route to the final

Main article: 2019–20 EFL Cup

Aston Villa

Round Opposition Score
2 Crewe Alexandra (A) 6–1
3 Brighton & Hove Albion (A) 3–1
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 2–1
QF Liverpool (H) 5–0
SF Leicester City (A) 1–1
Leicester City (H) 2–1
Key: (H) = Home; (A) = Away

Aston Villa, as a Premier League team not involved in European competition, started in the second round where they played EFL League Two club Crewe Alexandra away. At Gresty Road, Aston Villa won 6–1 with two goals from Conor Hourihane as well as goals from Ezri Konsa, Keinan Davis, Frederic Guilbert and Jack Grealish. In the third round, they played fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion away at the Falmer Stadium. Villa won 3–1 with goals from Jota, Hourihane and Grealish. In the next round, they drew Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers at home. At Villa Park, they progressed to the next round with a 2–1 win thanks to goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady.

In the quarter-finals they played Premier League side and European champions Liverpool at Villa Park. Liverpool played their youth team due to their senior team competing in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, and Villa won 5–0 with goals from Hourihane, two from Jonathan Kodjia, Wesley and an own goal from Morgan Boyes. In the two legged semi-final they played Premier League side Leicester City. After a 1–1 draw in the first leg away at the King Power Stadium, Villa reached the final after a 2–1 win at Villa Park with goals from Matt Targett and a 93rd minute winner from Trézéguet to complete a 3–2 aggregate victory.

Manchester City

Round Opposition Score
3 Preston North End (A) 3–0
4 Southampton (H) 3–1
QF Oxford United (A) 3–1
SF Manchester United (A) 3–1
Manchester United (H) 0–1
Key: (H) = Home; (A) = Away

2019 EFL Cup holders Manchester City, as a Premier League team involved in the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, started the competition in the third round. They were first drawn away at EFL Championship side Preston North End. At Deepdale, City won 3–0 with goals from Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and an own goal from Ryan Ledson. In the next round, they drew fellow Premier League team Southampton at home. At the City of Manchester Stadium, they won 3–1 with two goals from Sergio Agüero and one from Nicolás Otamendi.

In the fifth round, they played against League One side Oxford United away at the Kassam Stadium. City won 3–1 with two goals from Sterling and one from João Cancelo. In the two-legged semi-final, they drew Premier League and Manchester derby rivals Manchester United. City earned a 3–1 victory in the first leg at Old Trafford, with goals from Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an own goal from Andreas Pereira. Despite a 1–0 loss at home in the second leg, they reached the final with a 3–2 aggregate score. City will be looking to retain the EFL Cup for the third consecutive year.

Match

Summary

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola made eight changes to his side, who had beaten Real Madrid in the Champions League four days earlier, including leaving midfielder Kevin De Bruyne on the bench. Aston Villa manager Dean Smith began with a defensive-minded 4–5–1 formation.

Manchester City dominated the first half of the game, and they took the lead after 20 minutes; Phil Foden headed a chipped ball from Rodri back across goal into the path of Sergio Agüero, whose shot deflected off Tyrone Mings and into the goal. Ten minutes later, they extended their lead from a corner kick, as Rodri lost his marker, Frédéric Guilbert, and headed past goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland. Reports noted that the corner that led to the City goal may have been unjustly awarded, but City remained dominant and enjoyed their strongest spell of the game in the 10 minutes following Rodri's goal. A comeback appeared a remote prospect, but Aston Villa got a goal back against the run of play in the 41st minute, when John Stones slipped to allow Mbwana Samatta to score with a diving header.

Manchester City played with less dominance in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but regained control after De Bruyne was brought on in place of İlkay Gündoğan. They then remained the dominant team throughout most of the final half-hour, having the majority of the possession as well as being disciplined when they lost the ball, winning the ball back and preventing dangerous attacks by Villa. But Villa defended well, their players risking injuries to make important tackles, and despite City's dominance they were unable to score a third goal. Villa almost equalised in the 88th minute, when Björn Engels headed the ball towards the goal from a Conor Hourihane corner, but City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pushed the ball onto the post to maintain his team's lead. Despite another corner in injury time, Manchester City held on for the 2–1 win, and lifted the trophy for the third successive year.

Match

Details

1 March 2020 (2020-03-01)
16:30 GMT
Aston Villa 1–2 Manchester City Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 82,145
Referee: Lee Mason
Samatta Soccerball 41' Report Agüero Soccerball 20'
Rodri Soccerball 30'
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Manchester City
GK 25Flag of Norway Ørjan Nyland
RB 24Flag of France Frédéric Guilbert
CB 22Belgium Björn Engels
CB 40England Tyrone Mings Yellow card 90+2'
LB 18England Matt Targett
CM 6 Brazil Douglas Luiz
CM 11Flag of Zimbabwe Marvelous Nakamba Yellow card 72'
RW 27Flag of Egypt Ahmed Elmohamady Yellow card 68' Sub off 70'
AM 10England Jack Grealish (c)
LW 21Netherlands Anwar El Ghazi Sub off 70'
CF 20Flag of Tanzania Mbwana Samatta Sub off 80'
Substitutes:
GK 29Flag of Spain Pepe Reina
DF 3 Flag of Wales Neil Taylor
DF 15England Ezri Konsa
MF 8 England Henri Lansbury
MF 14Flag of Republic Ireland Conor Hourihane Sub on 70'
MF 17Flag of Egypt Trézéguet Sub on 70'
FW 39England Keinan Davis Sub on 80'
Manager:
England Dean Smith
GK 1 Flag of CHI Claudio Bravo
RB 2 England Kyle Walker
CB 5 England John Stones
CB 25Brazil Fernandinho
LB 11Flag of Ukraine Oleksandr Zinchenko
CM 8 Germany İlkay Gündoğan Sub off 58'
CM 16Flag of Spain Rodri Yellow card 60'
RM 47England Phil Foden
AM 21Flag of Spain David Silva (c) Sub off 77'
LM 7 England Raheem Sterling Yellow card 57'
CF 10Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero Sub off 84'
Substitutes:
GK 31Brazil Ederson
DF 22Flag of France Benjamin Mendy
DF 30Flag of Argentina Nicolás Otamendi
MF 17Belgium Kevin De Bruyne Sub on 58'
MF 20Flag of Portugal Bernardo Silva Sub on 77'
MF 26Flag of Algeria Riyad Mahrez
FW 9 Brazil Gabriel Jesus Sub on 84'
Manager:
Flag of Spain Pep Guardiola

Man of the Match:
Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Assistant referees:
Ian Hussin (Liverpool)
Harry Lennard (East Sussex)
Fourth official:
David Coote (Nottinghamshire)
Video assistant referee:
Mike Dean (Wirral)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Neil Davies (London)

Match rules

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

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