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Football | Manchester City beat Aston Villa to win Carabao Cup

Manchester City have all but conceded their Premier League title, but the reigning champions will end the trophy with silverware nonetheless.

Pep Guardiola's team have beaten Aston Villa 2-1 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

Sergio Aguero and Rodri fired the heavy favourites into a two-goal lead, before Mbwana Samatta pulled on back for Villa before half time.

City, winning their seventh League Cup, become just the second side to win three consecutive League Cup titles after Liverpool between 1980-81 and 1983-84.

Guardiola has now won the tournament three times, with only Alex Ferguson (4), Brian Clough (4) and Jose Mourinho (4) boasting more triumphs.

🏆 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ 🏆 🔵 #ManCity #CarabaoCup — Manchester City (@ManCity) March 1, 2020

City took the lead in the 20th minute.

Man of the match Phil Foden, who has now been directly involved in nine goals in his 10 starts for Manchester City this season in all competitions, headed the ball back across the box to Aguero from the back post.

The Argentinian striker made no mistake from eight yards, volleying the ball into the net with the help of a deflection.

City's second goal was a controversial one.

Guardiola's men were incorrectly awarded a corner on the half hour mark, which Rodri rose highest to meet, powering an excellent header into the bottom corner to double the champions' lead.

Villa hit back four minutes before the interval, capitalizing on a huge error from John Stones.

The England international fell over the ball in his own half, surrendering possession to Anwar El Ghazi, who crossed for Samatta to head home.

Chances were few and far between in the second half.

Bjorn Engels forced Claudio Bravo into a good stop with a late header as Dean Smith's men chased a second goal, nut City held on to win the cup for the third successive year.

"Three times in a row is a big success. It's the consistency, incredible," Guardiola told Sky Sports.

"It was awesome. We struggled in the first minutes and the last ones. They had two clear chances in the first minutes but we played really well, especially in the second half.

"We've won a lot. I tried when we arrive, every game we play we try to win it, every competition we try to win it, and three times in a row, being here and winning is great."

🔵⚪️ The Carabao Cup goes home with @ManCity once again! #EFL | #CarabaoCupFinal — Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) March 1, 2020

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