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Manchester United vs Manchester City, Capital One Cup semifinal Highlights: City crush United 3-1 in 1st leg

Manchester United vs Manchester City, Capital One Cup semifinal: A dominant first-half performance by Manchester City helped them secure a thumping 3-1 victory against their local rivals Manchester United.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 8, 2020 3:41:44 am
Manchester United vs Manchester City: Marcus Rashford scored the only goal for United in their 3-1 defeat. (AP/File Photo)

Manchester United vs Manchester City, Capital One Cup semifinal highlights: A dominant first-half performance by Manchester City helped them secure a thumping 3-1 victory against their local rivals Manchester United in the first leg of the semifinal clash in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the match, as his effort from the edge of the D dipped inside the United goalpost after ramming the crossbar.

The other two goals for City came in quick succession, with Riyad Mahrez netting the second and Andreas Pereira deflecting the third inside his own goal. However, the Red Devils put up a great fightback in the final forty-five minutes as they maintained the possession. Marcus Rashford brought some hope among the United supporters when he scored their only goal in the 69th minute and came extremely close from completing his brace in the 88th minute.

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Manchester United vs Manchester City Highlights:


    03:30 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Manchester City wins!

    It's all over at the Old Trafford and after a phenomenal first half show, Manchester City complete a 3-1 routing against their local rivals Manchester United. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring and Riyad Mahrez followed it up with a classy finish. However, the hosts did put up a great fightback in the final 45 minutes, but they had to be content with a solitary goal by their skipper Marcus Rashford. FT: MUN 1-3 MCI  

    03:21 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    That was close!

    Rashford with a screamer towards from 25 yards but Bravo manages to keep the ball out from his goalpost. United get a corner and City don’t clear the first one but they deal with the second one easily. MUN 1-3 MCI (88') 

    03:14 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Anthony Martial is introduced in the contest!

    United with another tactical move as Anthony Martial is introduced in the contest. However, time is running out for the hosts and they need to act quickly.  MUN 1-3 MCI (84')  

    03:10 (IST)08 Jan 2020

    Pep Guardiola makes his first substitution of the night as Kevin De Bruyne makes way for Gabriel Jesus. MUN 1-3 MCI (80')  

    03:03 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Rashford brings Old Trafford back to life!

    After nearly scoring their fourth goal of the evening, City's lead is suddenly reduced to two. Complacency in the midfield leads to a goal from United and it's their skipper Marcus Rashford, who takes a silky touch, strides into the box and slots it behind Bravo into the bottom left corner. With a little over 20 minutes, can they find another two to square things off? MUN 1-3 MCI (69')

    02:55 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    United produce some decent show!

    A little less than 30 minutes left in the contest and United have so far produced a decent show in the second half. They are holding the possession and are not allowing City to penetrate through their defence. However, time is running out for the Red Devils at Old Trafford as they make their first substitution of the match. Daniel James makes way for Angel Gomes. MUN 0-3 MCI (64') 

    02:49 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    United finally spend some time with the ball inside City's half

    United finally spend some time with the ball inside City's half as the defending champions are holding their nerves not allowing the Red Devils with a clear sight of the goal. Meanwhile, the referee halts the play as Otamendi goes down after a challenge by James. MUN 0-3 MCI (58') 

    02:43 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Old Trafford erupts in boos!

    De Bruyne once again dribbles down from the left and finds Sterling right at the edge of the D. He takes a shot which is blocked by the United defenders as they head the ball towards Pereira, who is taken down by a sliding challenge by Fernandinho. The United supporters don't welcome such behaviour by the opposite rank as the entire Old Trafford erupts in boos against the Brazilian. MUN 0-3 MCI (51') 

    02:37 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Action resumes!

    The players are back in the middle and United start off with positive intent. Pereira plays a through ball towards Rashford on left, who plays it back to Fred. A few passes outside the box and Williams takes an attempt but not very effective as Bravo gathers the ball comfortably. MUN 0-3 MCI (46')

    02:24 (IST)08 Jan 2020

    The story so far: Goals from Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and an own-goal by Andreas Pereira help City claim a 3-0 advantage at the end of 1st half. Can United bounce back in the remaining 45 minutes? MUN 0-3 MCI

    02:14 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    This is getting embarrassing for United!

    This is getting embarrassing for United in front of their home fans. It all starts in a similar fashion with Silva slipping a pass towards Mahrez down the middle. The Algerian then plays the ball towards De Bruyne on the left, while Jones charges at the Belgian. Jones fails to handle De Bruyne's pace and falls down in the process, providing De Bruyne with a chance to strike from close range. However, his effort is blocked by De Gea, but unfortunate for United as Andreas Pereira deflects the ball inside the goalpost. City lead the proceedings 3-0.  MUN 0-3 MCI (38') 

    02:08 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    City double their advantage!

    It all starts from the City goal as Bravo clears the ball and Bernardo Silva picks it up in the centre circle. He then plays it down the middle and Mahrez rushes towards the ball, gets to it, goes past De Gea and slots it inside the goalpost to double City's advantage. It's all smiles in City camps. MUN 0-2 MCI (34')

    02:06 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    One-on-one duel: Sterling vs Wan-Bissaka

    30 minutes in the clock and Bravo gets involved in the contest but not with a save. He lofts the ball towards Sterling, who finds himself one on one with Wan-Bissaka. However, Sterling fails to capitalise as he ends up losing his balance, eventually kicking the ball out for a goal kick. United fans burst in cheer, a rare moment for the home supporters. MUN 0-1 MCI (30') 

    02:01 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    City try to double their advantage!

    Another opportunity for City but Sterling fails to find the nets. It was another simple execution between De Bruyne and Walker, who gets involved in a one-two, as the latter rolls the ball straight to Sterling inside the D. Sterling, this time doesn't waste too much of time and goes for a shot but unfortunate for him as it is intercepted by Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof as United clear the ball away from danger. MUN 0-1 MCI (24') 

    01:52 (IST)08 Jan 2020

    Bernardo Silva scores the first goal of the evening and he makes it look so simple. De Bruyne plays the ball to Kyle Walker, who finds Silva in the middle. The Portuguese after a couple of touches lashes the ball from the edge of the box and it rams the crossbar and dips inside the goalpost. David de Gea can do nothing about it as the defending champions get off to a flying start. MUN 0-1 MCI (17')   

    01:49 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    City dominates possession!

    City are comfortably tossing the ball around the park, with United continuously pressing them. Meanwhile, Mendy tries to play it down to Sterling on the flank but a poor touch by him and they lose possession. City with 57% possession so far. MUN 0-0 MCI (13')   

    01:43 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    City does, what it does best!

    After some great execution in the middle by the Manchester City players and Bernardo Silva with an important touch to Mahrez on the flanks. The Algerian rushes with the ball and plays it to Sterling on the left, who had plenty of time to take a shot at the goal. However, he loses the ball as United players crowd the D, leaving the City forward with no chance to get a clear sight of the goal. MUN 0-0 MCI (9')  

    01:39 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    John starts off with a sliding tackle!

    First five minutes and already plenty of action out in the middle. It starts with Phil Jones going for a sliding tackle, which nearly ends up giving possession to City's best option in the midfield, Kevin de Bruyne, however, the United defender recovers and ushers the ball away from danger. MUN 0-0 MCI (5')

    01:33 (IST)08 Jan 2020

    The referee blows the whistle and Manchester City will get the ball rolling in the much-anticipated first-leg semifinal clash between arch-rivals, City and United. Here We Go!  

    01:20 (IST)08 Jan 2020
    Derby day prep...

    Meanwhile, the opposition rank are warming up in full swing. Check the video below: