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Published: 18:28 | 28/2/16

Caballero the hero in City Wembley win


Willy Caballero saved three spot-kicks as Manchester City secured their fourth League Cup with a 3-1 penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool at Wembley.

The Argentine saved kicks from Lucas Leiva, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho to hand Manuel Pellegrini his third trophy in his third and final year at the club.

Caballero's performance was in marked contrast to his opposite number Simon Mignolet, who at fault for Fernandinho's opening goal in the 1-1 draw, then failed to stop any of City's penalties in the shoot-out after Lallana had equalised to take the game to first extra-time, then penalties.

Liverpool were forced into an early change when Mamadou Sakho was taken off, much to the French defender's frustration and annoyance, following a clash of heads with team-mate Emre Can midway through the first half.

Jurgen Klopp fielded an impressive attacking trident of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge, but Liverpool struggled to break down a City defence superbly marshalled by captain Vincent Kompany, and failed to get a first-half shot on target for the first time in 87 matches.

City, playing their 14th match since the turn of the year, were also off the pace, and it took Mignolet's howler to break the deadlock at Wembley.

The Belgian goalkeeper, who signed a new five-year deal at Anfield in January, let a speculative Fernandinho shot squirm under his body and into the net.

City really should have doubled their advantage on the hour mark, but former Liverpool forward Sterling failed to beat Mignolet from close range after being set up by Yaya Toure's rolled pass.

Pellegrini's side were then denied a penalty two minutes later, when Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno seemed to trip Sergio Aguero in the area, but referee Michael Oliver ruled in favour of the Spanish defender.

Sterling, who joined City from Liverpool in a £49m transfer last summer, wasted another golden opportunity to sink his former team 10 minutes from the end, shooting wide from Aguero's pass from 15 yards out.

And City were made to pay, as Liverpool levelled three minutes later with their first shot on target, as Coutinho drilled home after substitute Lallana's shot from Sturridge's cross had hit the post.

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