Manchester City reach League Semi-Finals Cup on Penalty

Manchester City survived a penalty shoot-out to reach the League Cup semi-finals as young ‘keeper Arijanit Muric starred in the dramatic finale to the holders’ win over Leicester on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead when Kevin De Bruyne marked his return from injury with a fine finish in the first half at the King Power Stadium.

City had taken the lead through Kevin De Bruyne’s rifled finish early on but Leicester clawed their way back into the encounter with a brilliant finish from Marc Albrighton.

The game went straight to penalties and each side converted their opening kicks before their second shooters both missed the goal. It was a brief reprieve as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the shootout with only Raheem Sterling failing to convert .

Muric then saved poor attempts from James Madison and Caglar Soyuncu, while Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko converted the winning penalty as City beat Leicester 3-1 in the shoot-out at the King Power Stadium.

The Leicester fans had their hearts in their mouths when City appealed for a penalty with five minutes remaining as Gabriel Jesus looked to burst clear before Hamza Choudhury dived into a last-ditch tackle and just got a toe to the ball.

They are the first team from the third tier to reach the semis since Sheffield United, who were then coached by current Burton boss Nigel Clough.

The final two semi-final places will be determined on Wednesday when Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea visit Bournemouth.