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Aguero gives Man City Carabao Cup advantage

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero scored an injury-time winner as Manchester City came from behind to beat Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.

The Championship side were excellent, especially in the first half, and led from Bobby Reid’s penalty, awarded after John Stones chopped down the Robins player.

But Kevin de Bruyne equalised for the unbeaten Premier League leaders after a one-two with Raheem Sterling.

And as the underdogs looked set to take a draw and an away goal back to Bristol for the second leg, substitute Aguero headed in Bernardo Silva’s cross.

But Bristol City – who knocked out their hosts’ neighbours Manchester United in the previous round – produced a performance that will give them encouragement for the return at Ashton Gate on Tuesday, 23 January (19:45 GMT).

Heartbreak for brave Bristol City

Lee Johnson’s Bristol City have had a season to remember. As well as challenging for promotion to the top flight, they have beaten four Premier League sides on their run to the last four – Watford, Stoke, Crystal Palace and famously United in the quarter-finals.

Impressively in a season where many Premier League sides have adopted defensive tactics against Manchester City, who are yet to lose a domestic game all season, the Robins played some brave, risky attacking football.

Joe Bryan had a shot saved by Claudio Bravo at his near post and then Marlon Pack’s 20-yard shot from Oleksandr Zinchenko’s clearance was straight at the keeper.

They deserved to lead when Josh Brownhill won the ball off Eliaquim Mangala and played in Reid, who was brought down by Stones’ mistimed tackle.

The Robins were more subdued in the second half, but almost scored a famous winner when debutant Liam Walsh fired wide from the corner of the box late on. And he was made to regret that miss all the more when Aguero popped up seconds from the end.

Full report to follow.

Line-ups

Man City

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Danilo
  • 5Stones
  • 15Mangala
  • 35ZinchenkoSubstituted forWalkerat 79′minutes
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 42Y TouréSubstituted forAgüeroat 70′minutes
  • 8Gündogan
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 7Sterling
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 10Agüero
  • 18Delph
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 31Ederson
  • 55Diaz

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 5Wright
  • 4FlintBooked at 56mins
  • 6Baker
  • 23MagnussonSubstituted forWalshat 72′minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21Pack
  • 7SmithBooked at 58mins
  • 3BryanBooked at 60mins
  • 20Paterson
  • 14Reid

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 12Walsh
  • 15Steele
  • 16Engvall
  • 19Eliasson
  • 25Kelly
  • 26Vyner
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
43,426

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home26
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 2, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Bristol City 1.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 2, Bristol City 1. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo Silva with a cross.

Attempt missed. Liam Walsh (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Attempt blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a headed pass.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.

Foul by Leroy Sané (Manchester City).

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Kyle Walker replaces Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Danilo (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Stones.

Offside, Bristol City. Aden Flint tries a through ball, but Bobby Reid is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Liam Walsh replaces Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson.

Offside, Bristol City. Joe Bryan tries a through ball, but Bobby Reid is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Sergio Agüero replaces Yaya Touré.

Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Offside, Bristol City. Marlon Pack tries a through ball, but Hördur Bjorgvin Magnusson is caught offside.

Offside, Bristol City. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Bobby Reid is caught offside.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Korey Smith.

Booking

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Booking

Korey Smith (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Aden Flint (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 1, Bristol City 1. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

goal

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