EFL Cup - 2nd Leg
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West Ham United 0-3 Manchester City

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
West Ham v Manchester City

Manchester City strolled into their first League Cup final in 38 years with a record 9-0 aggregate victory against semi-final opponents West Ham.

Holding a seemingly impregnable 6-0 first-leg lead, City strikers Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero combined to complete the formalities at Upton Park.

An unmarked Negredo nodded in, Aguero clipped past Jussi Jaaskelainen and the Spaniard barged through to net.

City will face either Manchester United or Sunderland at Wembley on 2 March.

Cross-city rivals United host Sunderland in their semi-final second leg on Wednesday as they try to overturn a 2-1 home win in the reverse fixture.

Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has targeted the unprecedented 'quadruple' of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League in his first season at the Etihad.

And City, as expected, are already just 90 minutes from lifting their first trophy of the campaign after recording the biggest aggregate win in the League Cup semi-finals.

Pellegrini made sweeping changes to the side which smashed through the 100-goal barrier in only their 34th match of the season on Saturday.

Pellegrini proud to get to Wembley final

But, to the chagrin of West Ham, the Chilean reunited Negredo and Aguero in a fearsome-looking attack, while injury-hit £22m summer signing Stevan Jovetic made his first substitute appearance since October.

Going into the game, the pair had scored 21 goals apiece - with the whole West Ham team netting only 31 - but had not started together since Argentina striker Aguero injured his calf against Arsenal on 14 December.

Negredo needed just 154 seconds to open the scoring when he planted in Portuguese teenager Marcos Lopez's pinpoint cross with the freedom of the Hammers penalty area.

Then, Aguero kept pace with his strike partner by pouncing on more calamitous Hammers defending to clip beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

And, after collecting a neat one-two from Aguero, Negredo surged through a pair of flimsy Hammers challenges to tuck past Jaaskelainen.

With West Ham needing almost a miracle to reach Wembley, Allardyce urged his players to restore pride in front of a sparse 14,390 crowd in east London.

But the home fans had little to cheer with City keeper Costel Pantilimon only stretched on a handful of occasions.

Mohamed Diame, who was later carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury, slashed an angled shot wide and substitute Carlton Cole was denied by the feet of the giant Romanian.

However, the hosts were boosted by an encouraging 45-minute display from Andy Carroll, who was making his first Hammers start since the final game of last season after a foot injury.

The England striker was the Hammers' most potent attacking threat before being replaced by Cole at the break, although showed his rustiness by heading over the City crossbar when well-placed.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce:

Timing of first goal disappoints Allardyce

"The most disappointing thing was our defensive unit doing what it did in the first few minutes. Manchester City are a super, super team but it was not a super, super opening goal.

"It was bog-standard defending, which was disappointing. You cannot make the amount of mistakes at this level that we did.

"Obviously we were disappointed to lose Joe Cole and Mo Diame to injuries, but we'll have to see how serious they are. Mo's injury might not have been as serious as it first looked."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini:

"It was a very professional performance. It was easy to think the game was finished from the 6-0 in the first leg, but it was important to reach the final winning all the games.

"For Sergio Aguero, it was useful match as he played 60 minutes.

"Alvaro Negredo has a problem with his shoulder. He has pain at the moment and we will see if it is serious on Wednesday."


West Ham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 14Taylor
  • 8Rat
  • 15Morrison
  • 28Johnson
  • 5Tomkins
  • 21DiaméSubstituted forCollisonat 89'minutes
  • 18DiarraBooked at 38mins
  • 9CarrollSubstituted forColeat 45'minutes
  • 4Nolan
  • 26ColeSubstituted forDowningat 47'minutes


  • 7Jarvis
  • 10Collison
  • 13Adrián
  • 16Noble
  • 23Downing
  • 24Cole
  • 37Chambers

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Pantilimon
  • 38Boyata
  • 22ClichyBooked at 64mins
  • 14García FernándezSubstituted forRodwellat 63'minutes
  • 6Lescott
  • 33Nastasic
  • 15NavasSubstituted forKolarovat 79'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 16AgüeroBooked at 31minsSubstituted forJoveticat 65'minutes
  • 9Negredo
  • 64Rony Lopes


  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 10Dzeko
  • 13Kolarov
  • 17Rodwell
  • 26Demichelis
  • 35Jovetic
Chris Foy

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamMan City
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    Match ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 0, Manchester City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Jack Collison replaces Mohamed Diamé because of an injury.

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    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

  9. Post update

    Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Matija Nastasic.

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    Attempt blocked. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

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    Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (West Ham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

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    Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Razvan Rat.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Jesús Navas.

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    Attempt missed. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a through ball.

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    Attempt missed. Carlton Cole (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Taylor with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

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    Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.