Manchester City win Carabao Cup on penalties after Chelsea’s Kepa chaos

first_img 11 Pedro Share on WhatsApp 10 Aguero Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri: Kepa substitution row a ‘misunderstanding’ – video Manchester City Read more Possession Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to leave the pitch after his manager attempted to substitute him. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian 13 Caballero (s 46′) Ederson, City’s goalkeeper, saved from Jorginho with the first kick of the shootout and David Luiz hitting the post with Chelsea’s fourth effort was the decisive miss. César Azpilicueta and Emerson had beaten Ederson and Eden Hazard did so with the most outrageous chip. Yet the occasion will be remembered for the refusal of Chelsea’s goalkeeper to leave the pitch, the public show of rage from his manager and the unmistakable feeling that we were witnessing something unprecedented in a Wembley final.Sarri was so incensed he stormed down the tunnel and, briefly, it was not entirely clear that he would even return. He thought better of that one – but it needed Antonio Rüdiger to hold him back from getting to the Spaniard before the game went to penalties. Share on Messenger Pinterest 20 Hudson-Odoi Sarri and Kepa try to play down substitution ‘misunderstanding’ Hazard had looked the most threatening player and Chelsea appeared to have learned from their Manchester ordeal. They were quick to the ball, they chased down their opponents and played with a collective understanding that, before anything else, they had to find a way to disrupt City’s rhythm. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 7 Sterling 19 Sane Topics 2 Rudiger Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Goal attempts Play Video 47 Foden 21 Silva Facebook Lineups 9 Higuain 4 7 7 Chelsea Off target 11 Man City 0 Chelsea On target 2 Man City 49 Muric 17 De Bruyne Fouls Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Chelsea 8 Gundogan 28 Azpilicueta Share via Email 7 21 33 Emerson Palmieri 2 Walker 12 Loftus-Cheek Thank you for your feedback. 2:17 Substitutes Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channelscenter_img Substitutes 20 Bernardo Silva 18 Giroud Show (s 89′) Read more Hide 17 Kovacic Once they had managed that, Chelsea started to look increasingly dangerous in the second half, whereas their only threatening moment in the opening 45 minutes came when N’Golo Kanté set off after a long ball through the middle and looked as though he might get a clear run behind the defence.As often happens with this referee, Moss was some way behind play when Oleksandr Zinchenko cut across Kanté and the Chelsea player went down. A free-kick in that position would have meant a red card and that was certainly what the end of the stadium wearing the darker shade of blue wanted. Instead, Moss waved on play and, more by luck than anything else, that was probably fair given that Kanté had controlled the ball on his hand as he ran between Aymeric Laporte and Zinchenko.Laporte went off at half-time and when Fernandinho was injured later on that meant City, with all three substitutes used, had to wait until extra time before they could bring on a fourth, Danilo, in place of the Brazilian.Ultimately, though, the game will be remembered for the substitution that never was and, knowing what we do about Roman Abramovich, a farce that could have serious repercussions for the man who, for now, holds the title of Chelsea manager. (s 79′) 22 Willian 27 Christensen Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe 5 Jorginho 7 Kante 3 Danilo MNC CHE 8 Barkley 25 Fernandinho 60 40 Share on Facebook 30 Luiz To his credit, the goalkeeper did manage to keep out Leroy Sané’s penalty. Not that it mattered, ultimately, when he also let one from Sergio Agüero go beneath his body, preceded by some failed Grobbelaar‑esque silliness to put off the scorer, and could not keep out the ones from Ilkay Gündogan and Bernardo Silva either. When the final kick was delivered, who would have wanted to be in the boots of Kepa Arrizabalaga? Raheem Sterling was setting off on his victory run, the trophy was back in Manchester City’s possession and Pep Guardiola had another piece of silverware for his collection. Yet that told only part of the story bearing in mind the incredible scenes involving Maurizio Sarri, his headstrong goalkeeper and the public show of disobedience that could conceivably accelerate the process of Chelsea looking for another manager.It was a remarkable finale and an unorthodox one, too, bearing in mind Sarri’s failed attempts to substitute Arrizabalaga just before the game headed into the penalty shootout. Arrizabalaga had gone down twice with cramp in extra time and Sarri wanted to bring on Willy Caballero, a goalkeeper who had saved three penalties for City when they won this competition in 2016 with a shootout victory against Liverpool. 14 Laporte (s 91′) 1 Arrizabalaga Match stats match reports 10 Hazard (s 95′) (s 86′) Corners Man City 26 Mahrez Kepa’s shootout mutiny emblematic of Sarri’s sinking ship at Chelsea Carabao Cup Chelsea 30 Otamendi 31 Ederson MNC60CHE40% Arrizabalaga clearly had other ideas, signalling that he was fit, making it absolutely clear he had no intention of going off, then holding his ground and leaving Sarri close to the point of spontaneous combustion on the touchline. Caballero, the penalty specialist, was stripped from his tracksuit, ready to come on, but Arrizabalaga did not care. It was a staring contest – and Arrizabalaga’s refusal to blink meant he was always going to be the hero or villain in the shootout. 4 Kompany 35 Zinchenko (s 79′) Twitter To describe Sarri as livid would be an understatement. Justifiably, too, because it would be rare at any level to see a manager being disobeyed this way. For it to happen in a final, with his job potentially on line, was a calamity. The referee, Jon Moss, should have been firmer and told Arrizabalaga his number had flashed up on the electronic board and, frankly, that he needed to get off the pitch. Worse for Sarri, not enough Chelsea players backed up their manager. David Luiz tried to talk some sense into Arrizabalaga with no success. But where was Azpilicueta, the captain? Or the other senior players?Not that City will care about those kind of details after winning this trophy for the fourth time in six seasons. It was their sixth victory overall and that means there is only Liverpool, with eight, who have been more successful in this competition. Pep Guardiola continues to insist a quadruple will be impossible, but it will not be for the lack of trying and, judging by the scenes at the end, they will have a lot of fun trying to find out.For now, it should be enough that they have secured the season’s first silverware with a performance that was below their best – and certainly a long way short of the six-goal rampage in Manchester a fortnight ago when they inflicted Chelsea’s heaviest defeat since 1991.The last time they played one another, Chelsea were four goals down after 24 minutes. This time City managed one shot on target throughout the first 90 minutes. There was even the strange phenomenon of Kevin De Bruyne misplacing several passes before being substituted. David Silva was also replaced. Reuse this contentlast_img

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