League Cup: Man City, Liverpool ease through; Everton out
Manchester City’s players fell behind during a game in the English League Cup for the first time in almost four years on Tuesday, as they attempted to win the tournament for the fifth consecutive season.
They quickly rectified the situation.
After surrendering an early goal against third-tier Wycombe Wanderers at home in the 22nd minute, City replied by scoring three times before halftime and cruising to a 6-1 victory.
Kevin De Bruyne was one of City’s scores as he continues to regain match fitness after injury.
Pep Guardiola’s side hasn’t lost in the League Cup since October 2016 and hasn’t trailed in the playoffs since the first leg in January 2018.
Liverpool, like City, utilized the tournament to give peripheral players starts and senior debuts to a number of talented teenagers,
including a 16-year-old in Kaide Gordon, and they won 3-0 against fellow Premier League side Norwich.
Takumi Minamino of Japan began and completed the scoring.
Liverpool and City have a record eight League Cup triumphs between them. Six of City’s came in the previous eight seasons.
Everton was one of three Premier League clubs to be forced into a penalty shootout against lower-league opponents, losing 8-7 to Queens Park Rangers after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes.
Southampton and Leeds both beat clubs from last season’s Premier League – Sheffield United and Fulham, respectively.
Burnley strolled through another third-tier opponent, Rochdale, 4-1, while Brentford hammered Oldham 7-0.