Manchester City are through to semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after a 3-1 away win at League 1 side Oxford United. Raheem Sterling scored a brace, while full-back Joao Cancelo picked up his first goal for the club. Oxford’s Matt Taylor equalised immediately after the break, belting past Claudio Bravo from a quick free-kick.
But in truth, City dealt with the tough conditions at the Kassam Stadium and a spirited display from the home side, who created plenty of opportunities in the second half. City will now play Manchester United in the semi-finals, which is a two-legged tie, with a chance to play either Aston Villa or Leicester City in the Final.
Claudio Bravo: 7
A fine performance from City’s number two, including some brilliant point-blank stops keeping City’s lead.
Joao Cancelo: 7
Much, much better from the Portuguese international. A slice of luck for his goal, but a measured display. In both attacking and defensive terms, he showed there’s still plenty to come from him in the future.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis: 7
Both him and his centre-back partner Eric Garcia do not look out of place in this City side. Another accomplished performance from the youngster, who looks extremely confident on the ball and calm in defence. Dealt with the long balls and set-pieces well, and was only beaten by a bit of brilliance from Oxford striker Matty Taylor.
Eric Garcia: 7
Another great display from the Spaniard. On a tough night in horrible conditions, he marshalled the back four brilliantly providing some crucial interceptions with his head and feet.
Oleksandr Zinchenko: 7
Surprisingly played at left-back even with Angelino on the pitch. Linked up well with the forwards as he steadily builds up minutes returning from his injury.
Excellent passing throughout the first half and controlled the game well in midfield on a blustery evening. Came off for Gundogan early in the second half for a deserved rest with big games coming up.
Phil Foden: 7
He’s starting to look like a senior player in the side, always making the most of his opportunities when he starts. Picked up another assist when he played a beautifully weighted ball to Cancelo.
Bernardo Silva: 6
Another okay game for Bernardo, who is still struggling to find his best form from last season. He did play slightly deeper than usual, therefore limiting his creativity going forward.
Raheem Sterling: 8
In the right place at the right time yet again. Scored two ‘Raheem Sterling’ goals by getting into great positions and timing his runs to perfection. Created multiple opportunities throughout the game and led the team very well.
In an unfamiliar position on the left-wing, the Spaniard had a fine game creating numerous chances for his teammates. Produces a perfect cross for Sterling to tap in to regain City’s lead. Frustrated to come off, but he can be happy with his performance tonight.
Riyad Mahrez: 6
All he needed tonight was his shooting boots. Time and time again he was able to cut inside onto his strong left foot, but just failed to stick the ball in the back of the net or find a teammate in the middle. On another night he could have had a few for himself.
Ilkay Gundogan: 6
Steady as ever; he just doesn’t give the ball away. Back in the number 6 and didn’t put a foot wrong, as he rarely does there.
Gabriel Jesus: 7
Didn’t have too much to do, but took the most of his runout by providing Sterling for his third with a delicate ball across the box.
Adrian Bernarbe: N/A
Great to see him get more minutes with the first team, but too late for a mark.
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