Bravo the hero as City edge Wolves in shootout

Championship side Wolves took Manchester City all the way at the Etihad on Tuesday night before losing 4-1 on spot kicks after a remarkable Carabao Cup tie.

Manchester City 0-0 Wolves (City win 4-1 on penalties)

  • Bravo makes a good save from Enobakhare
  • Norris saves from Aguero after poor clearance
  • Bravo makes two more great saves
  • Sub Sane shoots inched wide
  • Bravo saves from N’Diaye and Coady in shootout

Match Summary

Claudio Bravo was the hero for City, saving three one-on-ones and then spot kicks from Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady as the Premiership leaders beat the Championship leaders to advance to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Full Report

Pep Guardiola’s team dominated possession for the first half an hour but an organised Wolves backline resulted in few clear-cut chances.

Aguero was the obvious dangerman but he wasted a good chance early on, firing wide from 12 yards.

The Argentine, who was looking to break City’s goalscoring record, then tested Wolves keeper Will Norris with a 20-yard curler before going close with two more efforts.

City were enjoying lots of possession, but the visitors grew in confidence as the half progressed, and had the best chance of the half just before the break.

Young Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare outmuscled Eliaquim Mangala and was clean through, but Bravo saved his low effort with his boot.

The first 20 minutes of the second period was even, as the 6,000 visiting fans cheered on the Championship leaders.

Wolves then had a second clear chance when Ben Marshall slipped in Helder Costa, but the Portuguese winger’s chip was saved by Bravo.

Norris then almost presented city with a goal when a clearance dropped at the feet of Aguero, only for the keeper to make a great recovery and palm the ball away as Aguero looked to go around him.

Norris was having a great game for the visitors, saving shots and catching crosses as City ramped up the pressure.

But it was the visitors who should have snatched it at the death as Connor Ronan played in Enobakhare, who advanced from inside his own half only to be denied by Bravo once again.

Extra time yielded few chances although substitute Leroy Sane almost won it for the hosts with a shot that was deflected inches wide with five minutes left as Wolves did what no other club had done so far this season and shut out the attack attack.

And so it went to penalties where Bravo wrapped up a fine night, saving from N’Daiye and Coady as De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, Sane and Aguero converted.

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