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Football | Laporte the hero as Man City defeat Spurs in Carabao Cup final

Aymeric Laporte scored the only goal of the game as Manchester City defeated Spurs 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

The French defender rose highest in the box to power home a header from a Kevin De Bruyne free kick in the 82nd minute as City claimed their fourth successive Carabao Cup title in front of 8,000 fans in London.

City, who remain on course for a potential treble, have now equalled Liverpool's overall record of eight Carabao Cup titles.

Pep Guardiola's side dominated throughout against Spurs, whose 13-year wait for a trophy goes on following their sixth successive loss at Wembley in all competitions in what was just Ryan Mason's second match as manager.

Raheem Sterling went close early on for reigning champions City, but Eric Dier was on hand to make a crucial block for Mason's challengers.

Spurs' first attempt of the game saw Toby Alderweireld fire a speculative low effort wide of the post in the 20th minute, before the Belgian made a brilliant sliding block to deny Phil Foden a certain goal at the other end five minutes later.

Lucas Moura was causing Laporte all kinds of problems when Spurs did break, with Laporte booked for hauling down the Brazilian attacker.

João Cancelo then forced Hugo Lloris into a fine diving save with a curling effort from 20 yards in first half stoppage time.

Spurs fashioned the first chance of the second half within two minutes of the restart, with Giovani Lo Celso curling a wicked effort towards the far bottom corner from just outside the area.

Man City goalkeeper Zack Steffen, the 26-year-old American who has started all of the club's domestic cup matches this season, made an excellent save to divert the Argentinian's effort behind for a corner.

Ilkay Gundogan was the next player to go close; the German firing a first-time volley wide from 12 yards in the 71st minute after a neat one-two with the marauding Sterling down the left.

Moments later, Lloris made a smart stop to keep out Riyad Mahrez' bending effort after a dazzling run by the Algerian.

City finally made the breakthrough in the 82nd minute through Laporte's well-placed header, and held on for a deserved victory at Wembley.

"It's much better, much better [with fans]," Guardiola said afterwards.

"We play to score, that's what's important. Today we're incredible. Happy to win the first title, In the past 33 games we won 30, that's incredible." 

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