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szdaily -> Sports
Man City on best home run in decades
    2018-January-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

MANCHESTER City beat Bristol City 2-1 in the first leg of the League Cup semifinal Tuesday and equaled a staggering record in the process.

Pep Guardiola’s men have now won 16 matches in a row at home in all competitions, equaling the previous record set between 1920-21.

City’s victory will also have fans dreaming of a Wembley final, with the club primed to face either Chelsea or Arsenal after the side’s win over the Championship outfit.

Indeed, City has reached three of the last four League Cup showpieces in which the side has won the first leg of the semifinal.

And the side owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin De Bruyne, who scored City’s equalizer at the Etihad Stadium.

The Belgium international has been directly involved in nine goals for City in the tournament in just eight appearances.

It’s been a year of records for Guardiola’s side.

Back in September the club recorded its largest thrashing of Liverpool in 80 years with a 5-0 thumping, followed that up with a record winning run in the Premier League and ended 2017 with the largest New Year lead in the league’s history.

City will have a chance to extend its home run against Newcastle on Jan. 20, but must navigate a tough road fixture against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side at the weekend.

The tie may still have some life in it yet but Sergio Aguero’s 92nd minute winner for City was a cruel sucker punch for Bristol and will leave the Championship side facing an enormous task trying to prevent Guardiola’s side from reaching Wembley in a fortnight.

There were 20 minutes left when Aguero entered the fray. Bristol had been excellent up to that point and good value for the 1-1 scoreline but tired legs can lead to tired minds and their concentration lapsed at the crucial moments. John Stones pushed the ball out to Bernardo Silva and from there the Portugal playmaker whipped a cross over the head of the despairing Aden Flint for Aguero to head home.

Would Frank Fielding, the Bristol goalkeeper, have had a better chance of keeping out the header had he not come careering off his line? Probably, but he succeeded only in clattering Nathan Baker as Aguero wheeled away in celebration. City had once again left it late, but once again they had found a way to win.

It was clear from quite early on that Bristol was not going to be overawed. There was no doubting the scale of the challenge facing the Championship promotion chasers but Lee Johnson had no intention of setting his team up solely to defend. If they were to lose, so be it, and this Manchester City side is always capable of flicking the switch and taking games away from opponents in quick bursts. (SD-Agencies)

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