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Laporte heads Man City to EFL Cup final glory

25 Apr 2021
Aymeric Laporte, Man City

Defender seals a 1-0 victory over Spurs as City win the trophy for fourth successive season

Manchester City have won the EFL Cup for the fourth successive season after Aymeric Laporte secured a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in front of 8,000 fans in the final at Wembley Stadium.

The centre-back headed in from Kevin De Bruyne's free-kick on 82 minutes to win the trophy for City, who could add the Premier League title next weekend if they beat Crystal Palace and second-placed Manchester United lose to Liverpool.

Pep Guardiola's men had the best chances throughout. In the first half, Raheem Sterling's close-range shot was blocked by Eric Dier before Toby Alderweireld deflected Phil Foden's goalbound strike on to the post.

Alderweireld had fired just wide from long distance for Spurs, who started Harry Kane after he recovered from an ankle injury, with their best chance early on.

After the break, Hugo Lloris saved well from Riyad Mahrez before Laporte scored the decisive goal to earn the club's eighth EFL Cup final win, the joint-most by any club.

See: Man City report | Spurs report

As City have already guaranteed UEFA Champions League football for next season, their EFL Cup victory means qualification for the new UEFA Europa Conference League will now go to the next-highest ranked team not qualified for UEFA competitions in the Premier League.

See: Qualification for UEFA competitions explained

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