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Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham: Citizens win Carabao Cup for the FOURTH time in a row as Aymeric Laporte’s late header finally breaks the deadlock against resilient Spurs

Manchester City win the EFL Cup with a 1-0 win over Spurs! Guardiola’s side dominated throughout and it was Laporte’s late goal that separated the sides in the end.

De Bruyne curled a free-kick across the Tottenham box in the 81st minute of the Carabao Cup final, but Manchester City will not care one bit.

Laporte rose highest to nod De Bruyne’s cross past Hugo Lloris, the defender scoring the only goal of the game.

Foden, Sterling, Mahrez and Gundogan all had great chances to score, but couldn’t find a way through.

So, that’s a record-equalling eighth EFL Cup win for City and their fourth consecutive season lifting the trophy.

City last lost a Carabao Cup tie in October 2016 while captain Fernandinho – who lifted the trophy alongside fellow stalwart Sergio Aguero – has now won the competition a record six times.

The joy at claiming the trophy in front of the 2,000 City fans inside the stadium was matched by relief that they did not have to play for another 30 minutes after game that they really should have had wrapped up inside the first half.

Spurs, though, were right to feel a little hard done by after Laporte was twice caught out by the pace of Lucas Moura during the first half, with his only way of stopping the Brazil international to pull him back.

Both offences would normally have warranted yellow cards, and yet only the second was punished with a booking by referee Paul Tierney.

They can take a step towards another piece of silverware next time out when they face Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Spurs’ wait for a trophy goes on and it’s back to the Premier League for them next when they face Sheffield United.

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