Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City booked their place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals with an impressive display against Leicester.

Left-back Aleksandar Kolarov scored the visitors' opener with a fantastic 25-yard free-kick, before Dzeko headed in his first from James Milner's cross.

The Bosnian striker netted his side's third after the break when he side-footed in from another Milner ball.

Lloyd Dyer scored a late consolation when he drove in at the near post.

That strike, 13 minutes from time, was the only effort that troubled Joe Hart in the visitors' goal, as the players picked by Manuel Pellegrini performed at near-optimum level to quell any possibility of an upset.

Man City's semi record

Manchester City have reached their third League Cup semi-final in the past five seasons but have not played in the final since 1976

Despite eight changes, they gave the third-placed Championship club little time to settle, with Kasper Schmeichel forced into an uncannily accurate impression of his father Peter just five minutes in, when he raced out and spread himself to thwart Jack Rodwell.

But two minutes later, the Dane was beaten by a powerful free-kick from Kolarov, who also scored against Leicester in the FA Cup almost three years ago.

Schmeichel then made another splendid stop to deny Dzeko from point-blank range following a scintillating move involving Kolarov and David Silva.

However, the Bosnia forward finally got the better of Leicester's number one when he judged Milner's deflected cross perfectly to head in at the far post.

The visitors did not relent after the break, with Schmeichel needing strong hands in the opening minutes to prevent Milner and Dzeko from scoring with fierce shots.

But, in the next attack, he was beaten by accuracy rather than power when Dzeko stroked in the third from Milner's pull-back.

The Premier League side, who have now won all five of their away matches in cup competitions this season, slackened off in the closing stages - and their hosts took advantage.

Winger Dyer, the Foxes' biggest attacking threat, was played in by full-back Paul Konchesky before smashing home off the legs of Vincent Kompany.

Nigel Pearson's side threw everything they had into the final minutes, but the visiting side saw the game out comfortably.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"We had a very good first half, and then we had the possession and dominated the game until they scored.

"It is an important competition, it is important to win every game you play in and to get to the final at Wembley would be wonderful for the supporters.

"I think the League Cup is different to normal because we could have Tottenham or Manchester United also in the semi-final so that would be beautiful for the fans."

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson:

"They were probably too good for us. Looking at the first goal, it was a great strike, but the the second and third goals were disappointing from our perspective.

"When you play against sides as good as Man City you have to give yourself the best chance. We got punished for small mistakes."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 27 Wasilewski
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 05 Morgan
  • 23 Miquel
  • 24 Knockaert (Vardy - 45' )
  • 10 King
  • 35 Nugent (Schlupp - 68' )
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher (James - 45' )
  • 11 Dyer

Substitutes

  • 02 de Laet
  • 07 Hammond
  • 08 James
  • 09 Vardy
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 18 Moore
  • 25 Logan

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta (Boyata - 12' Booked )
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 17 Rodwell
  • 04 Kompany
  • 06 Lescott
  • 15 Jesús Navas Booked
  • 14 Javi García
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 21 Silva (Nasri - 70' )
  • 07 Milner

Substitutes

  • 08 Nasri
  • 09 Negredo
  • 25 Fernandinho
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 38 Boyata
Ref: Roger East
Att: 31,319

Match Stats

Shots

7 18

On target

4 10

Corners

2 8

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leicester City 1, Manchester City 3.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Manchester City 3.

90:00 +2:17

Attempt missed. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

89:41

Offside, Leicester City. Paul Konchesky tries a through ball, but Lloyd Dyer is caught offside.

88:39

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross.

85:10

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Manchester City).

85:10

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:14

Joleon Lescott (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:14

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

83:22

Foul by Joleon Lescott (Manchester City).

83:22

Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:21

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:21

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

80:55

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

80:55

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:46

Attempt saved. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

79:18

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:18

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Leicester City).

76:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 1, Manchester City 3. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

72:13

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

72:13

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:58

Attempt saved. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matthew James with a cross.

71:21

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

71:21

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

70:18

Attempt blocked. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

69:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Samir Nasri replaces David Silva.

67:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces David Nugent.

60:30

Attempt saved. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Milner.

60:07

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Daniel Drinkwater.

59:44

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

59:01

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

52:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Manchester City 3. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Milner.

50:37

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

50:01

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Silva.

48:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:38

Delay in match Andy King (Leicester City) because of an injury.

47:19

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

47:19

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:06

Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:06

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

45:00

Second Half begins Leicester City 0, Manchester City 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Jamie Vardy replaces Anthony Knockaert.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Matthew James replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leicester City 0, Manchester City 2.

45:00 +0:56

Attempt saved. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Milner.

44:57

Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

44:12

Attempt saved. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Rodwell.

41:38

Attempt missed. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Nugent with a cross.

41:22

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

41:22

Andy King (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Manchester City 2. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from very close range to the top right corner following a fast break.

38:27

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner.

34:24

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

33:45 Booking

Booking Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:28

Foul by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City).

33:28

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:31

Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

28:11

Attempt missed. David Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

27:16

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Andy King.

27:12

Attempt blocked. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

26:46

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

26:43

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

26:07

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

25:45

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:45

Foul by David Nugent (Leicester City).

24:52

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

24:52

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:31

Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

23:29

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

22:48

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

22:48

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:40 Booking

Booking Jesús Navas (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:29

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

21:29

Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:55

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

16:50

Offside, Leicester City. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

15:44

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:44

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

11:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Dedryck Boyata replaces Pablo Zabaleta because of an injury.

7:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leicester City 0, Manchester City 1. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

7:06

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City).

7:06

Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:06

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

5:04

Attempt saved. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

2:55

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

2:50

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:30

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

1:30

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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