Wednesday, 26 September 2012

City, Everton out of Carling Cup

Manchester City suffered an early exit from the League Cup on Tuesday as Aston Villa clinched a 4-2 third round win at Eastlands. City manager Roberto Mancini made 11 changes from the side held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal on Sunday and the Premier League champions weren't able to win with their stand-ins. 

Italian striker Mario Balotelli fired City ahead in the 27th minute, but Villa equalised in the 59th minute when their former midfielder Gareth Barry deflected the ball into his own net. 

City regained the lead when Aleksandar Kolarov clipped a free-kick past Shay Given in the 64th minute, but Gabriel Agbonlahor restored parity six minutes later. 

And in the sixth minute of extra-time, Agbonlahor fired in a shot that City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon couldn't hold and Charles N'Zogbia was on hand to slot home before Agbonalahor completed the upset with seven minutes remaining. 

Leeds caused the biggest upset of the night as the Championship club defeated Everton 2-1 at Elland Road. 

Toffees boss David Moyes made six changes to the side that beat Swansea 3-0, but his reserves weren't up to the task. 

Aidan White rocked Everton in the fourth minute as the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international weaved his way past several challenges before curling a shot past Jan Mucha. 

Everton squandered several chances to equalise before Rodolph Austin poked home Danny Pugh's pass in the 70th minute and Sylvain Distin's 81st minute goal was too late to spark a comeback. 

"The atmosphere and the rain made it a real old fashioned cup tie," Leeds boss Neil Warnock said. "We deserved it and we should have scored two or three other goals." 

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