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Man city face villa shock

Man city face villa shock
Manchester City suffered a surprise exit from the League Cup as Aston Villa clinched a 4-2 third round win at Eastlands, while Chelsea welcomed back  controversial captain John Terry with a 6-0 rout of Wolves.

City manager Roberto Mancini made 11 changes from the side held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal on Sunday and the Premier League champions weren’t able to win with their stand-ins.

Italian striker Mario Balotelli fired City ahead in the 27th minute, but Villa equalised in the 59th minute when their former midfielder Gareth Barry deflected the ball into  his own net.

City regained the lead when Aleksandar Kolarov clipped a free-kick past Shay Given in the 64th minute, but Gabriel Agbonlahor restored parity six minutes later.

And in the sixth minute of extra-time, Agbonlahor fired in a shot that City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon couldn’t hold and Charles N’Zogbia was on hand to slot home before  Agbonalahor completed the upset with seven minutes remaining.

At Stamford Bridge, Terry skippered Chelsea just hours after appearing at the second day of the FA disciplinary hearing into charges he racially abused QPR defender Anton  Ferdinand last October.

It took Chelsea just four minutes to welcome Terry back as his central defensive partner Gary Cahill headed home from Juan Mata’s free-kick.

Ryan Bertrand doubled Chelsea’s lead with a close-range finish four minutes later and Mata increased the hosts’ advantage when he slotted home in the 17th minute.    


Roberto Mancini has expressed frustration with the treatment he receives from rival managers after his latest touchline altercation during Tuesday’s League Cup defeat to Aston Villa.

The Italian exchanged words with Villa counterpart Paul Lambert following a heavy tackle on Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry by Joe Bennett in the 4-2 extra-time defeat.  ‘I only asked the fourth official if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, and he [Lambert] comes over to me.’

‘I am very tired with their behaviour. Sometimes these managers go to the big stadiums, and the other manager says everything and they say nothing.’

When they go to [Old] Trafford, they say nothing. When other managers talk about the referee they always sit on the bench,’ said a frustrated Mancini.
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