Newcastle United emerged victorious against Manchester City in the third round of the Carabao Cup, securing a 1-0 win that knocked out the eight-time Carabao Cup winners, News About Nigeria reports.
Despite dominating in the first half, the reigning Premier League and Champions League champions, struggled to find the back of the net against last season’s finalists. The match remained goalless at halftime.
The second half saw Newcastle come out with renewed vigor, and Alexander Isak scored the decisive goal in the 53rd minute, capitalizing on Joelinton’s low cross.
Manchester City’s frustration was evident as they failed to mount a comeback. Manuel Akanji and Kalvin Phillips received yellow cards for fouls in quick succession, while the manager, Pep Guardiola, also found himself booked for letting his frustrations overwhelm him.
Meanwhile the social media was agog, with many describing Manchester City as “rattled” during the second half, referring to the team’s struggles to regain control in the match.
Guardiola’s post-match conversation with referee Chris Kavanagh further identified City’s frustration, but no additional sanctions were imposed on the manager.
This defeat marked an early exit from the Carabao Cup for Manchester City, who had previously won the competition four times in a row between 2018 and 2021.
On the other hand, Newcastle United, after losing to Manchester United in the final last season, will be hoping to make it to the finals again this season, believing to win.
Aside the Carabao Cup, Manchester City are still very much in other competitions like the Champions League and FA Cup which they won last season. The Etihad club also occupy the top position in the Premier League currently.