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Kevin De Bruyne returns, Man City survive penalties to advance to Carabao Cup semis

Kevin De Bruyne returns, Man City survive penalties to advance to Carabao Cup semis

It was another penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup for these two sides and it was the same result as City squeezed through, barely.

Aro Muric making just his third appearance was the hero as he saved from James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu as City went through 3-1 on spot kicks.

They weren’t the greatest penalties but the 20-year-old Kosovo international kept his calm to steer City through to the last-four as they continue their defence of their trophy.

It was a hardly a memorable shootout and Raheem Sterling probably gave the young keeper the biggest hug after his horrible Panenka spot kick floated over the bar.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

City had looked in control for the opening 70 minutes with the returning Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings for the reigning cup champions.

Pep Guardiola’s side haven’t missed him terribly this season but, somehow on just his third start of the season, he showed he can still add even more to City.2

The Belgium midfielder took just 14 minutes to dance his way past young midfielder Hamza Choudhury and fire a 20-yard strike that beat Danny Ward at his near post.

It would be expected that De Bruyne would be rusty after two injuries that have forced him to miss the bulk of the season. But he looked effortlessly back to his best as he retook the role of creator-in-chief with Berando Silva and David Silva left out of the squad.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

He glided all over the pitch, leading the high press and working dangerous moments — whether it was through short, sharp interchanges with Sergio Aguero and Phil Foden or a long crossfield ball to Brahim Diaz with his wrong foot. His goal was the standout moment of quality in the first half.

Both managers had decided to make plenty of changes to their starting lineups, resting players for the busy Christmas schedule, but it was City that started the most lively, pushing the home side back, ultimately culminating in the Belgian’s opener.

Leicester were slow to threaten City’s makeshift defence featuring 17-year-old debutant Eric Garcia, although Demarai Gray forced a good save from rookie goalkeeper Muric before the interval.