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EPL sides dominate Capital One Cup quarter-finals as Manchester City, Everton, Stoke progress

Photo Courtesy: Goal.com
Photo Courtesy: Goal.com

The first three quarter-final fixtures of the Capital One Cup did not provide any upsets as Manchester City, Everton and Stoke City were all able to progress to the semi-final of the competition, following wins over Hull City, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

Manchester City 4-1 Hull City

Manchester City, who have been very dominant in the Capital One Cup this season recording big-margin wins against Sunderland (4-1) and Crystal Palace (5-1) in the third and fourth round respectively, continued their impressive form as they thumped Hull City 4-1 at the Etihad.

Wilfried Bony opened the scoring in the 12th minute, before a 80th minute strike from Kelechi Iheanacho coupled with a double from Kevin de Bruyne in the dying embers of the game sealed City’s spot in the semi-finals of the competition. Hull City were only able to get a consolation through Andrew Robertson in extra time.

The game started with Bony putting his side ahead in the 12th minute, finding the nets from the rebound after De Bruyne’s initial effort came off the post.

Apart from early opener from the Ivorian striker, the first half did not see much action as the Tigers sat back and defended deep to avoid conceding further goals.

Their tactic worked as the score still read 1-0 in City’s favour at the break. Steve Bruce’s side continued using the same tactic in the second half and they were very successful up until the final ten minutes of the game, where the hosts scored three goals in quick succession.

Substitute Iheanacho was the first to find the nets in the second half as he managed to turn home a curling cross from Raheem Sterling from the left flank.

Two minutes later De Bruyne added another after a poor back pass from Robertson allowed him to sprint forward and poke the ball past Eldin Jakupović.

The former Chelsea man doubled his money at the Etihad in the 87th minute, curling an excellent strike past the Hull goalkeeper to put the game beyond any doubt.

Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton

After barely managing to scrape past Norwich City in the last round (beating them on 4-3 penalties following a 1-1 draw), the Toffees were a bit more convincing in the quarter-finals, recording a comfortable 2-0 win over Championship side Middlesbrough.

First half strikes from Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku proved enough as Boro were unable to get back into the game despite their best efforts.

The former Barcelona man broke the deadlock in the 20th minute of the game, stabbing an excellent effort past Boro’s goalkeeper after doing brilliantly to get past both Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter.

Eight minutes later, Deulofeu was again in the thick of action as he evaded Amorebieta in the left flank, before sending a perfect cross towards Lukaku, who made no mistakes as he glanced a header into the far corner of the net.

Stoke City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Stoke, who reached the final eight of the League Cup after knocking out last season’s winners Chelsea in the previous round, recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Championship side Sheffield Wednesday to book their spot in the semi-finals of the competition.

Ibrahim Afellay broke the deadlock at the half hour mark, before Phil Bardsley added another in the latter stages of the match to put the game beyond Sheffield Wednesday’s reach.

Liverpool and Southampton will be locking horns at the St Mary’s Stadium on Wednesday as both sides look to seal the final semifinal spot.

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