Carabao Cup 2020... All Roads Lead To Wembley
Carabao Cup 2020... All roads lead to Wembley
Last season, Manchester City went on to retain the Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea in a cagey affair that went to a penalty shootout. Will they add a seventh trophy to their cabinet this time round?
They took a huge step towards Wembley after the 3-1 victory over fierce rivals Manchester United last night. With a return leg at the Etihad to come on the 29th January, they will be hoping to secure their place in the final and a chance to make it a hat-trick of League Cup trophies.
Ahead of the second semi-final tonight, where Leicester City host Aston Villa in a Midlands derby, we take a look at some of the most memorable moments in the League Cup to feature the 4 remaining clubs.
Some of English football’s most memorable moments have occurred in cup competition—and yes, that includes the League Cup.
Founded in 1960, the tournament has often been used by many of the country’s biggest clubs to blood in new talent, and some unforgettable moments have occurred as a result.
1961: Aston Villa 3 – 0 Rotherham United
The first-ever League Cup final was a two-legged affair, and it included Aston Villa and Rotherham United, who were toiling in the old Second Division at the time. Still, it was Rotherham who took the aggregate lead after a 2-0 win at Milmoor thanks to a pair of goals in the space of four minutes from Barry Webster and Alan Kirkman. Villa, however, managed to tie things up at Villa Park through Alan O’Neill and Harry Burrows, and Peter McParland won the trophy for the hosts in extra time.
1994: Aston Villa 3 – 1 Manchester United
The 1994 League Cup final saw Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson go up against Manchester United—the club he had left upon Sir Alex Ferguson’s arrival in 1986. Wearing their appalling yellow and green strip, United were already 2-0 down by the time Mark Hughes pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute, but Dean Saunders completed his second-half brace and sealed the victory for Villa with a stoppage-time penalty.
2000: Leicester City 2 – 1 Tranmere Rovers
Not a particularly memorable match on the field, but Leicester City does have the privilege of being the final winners of the League Cup at the ‘Old Wembley’ following their 3rd final appearance in 4 years.
2010: Manchester United 3 – 1 Manchester City
The 2010 League Cup semi-final between Manchester rivals United and City was made all the more intriguing by City’s poaching of former United striker Carlos Tevez the previous summer. Incidentally, Tevez scored both goals in a 2-1 City win at Eastlands in the first leg, but United prevailed 3-1 in the return to progress to the final. Wayne Rooney scored the winning goal in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.
2010: Aston Villa 1 – 2 Manchester United
Following their victory over rivals Manchester City in the Semis, the final couldn’t have got off to a worse start for the Reds as Leeds lad James Milner scored a penalty in the 5th minute to give Villa the lead. It only lasted 7minutes though, as Michael Owen levelled the scores in the 12th minute.
A 74th minute Wayne Rooney goal was the eventual winner for the side from Lancashire. Could these be the two sides lining up for the 2020 final?
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