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Man City 0-0 Wolves (aet, 4-1 on pens)

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Claudio Bravo was Manchester City’s hero as they beat Wolves on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.Bravo, who made three key saves against the Championship leaders in normal time, continued his heroics to deny Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady in the shootout after the game finished goalless.City scored all four of their spot-kicks, with Sergio Aguero coolly sealing their victory with a Panenka penalty.

Defeat was harsh on a Wolves side who had become the first team to stop the Premier League pacesetters from scoring this season.Roared on by more than 6,000 travelling fans, the visitors had not only frustrated City for long periods, they created the best chances in open play too.But the much-maligned Bravo came to his side’s rescue on three occasions in one-on-one situations, denying Helder Costa in between two saves from Bright Enobakhare.”Last season was not easy for Bravo, but he is a goalkeeper of a high level. He deserved that performance,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.Relive how the penalty shootout was wonNot Aguero’s night – until the endAfter equalling Eric Brook’s club record of 177 goals with his penalty against Burnley on Saturday, the stage appeared set for Aguero to take the record outright when he was named in Guardiola’s starting line-up and made skipper for the night too.It was not to be. Aguero peppered Will Norris’ goal with shots in the first half but was mostly off target and his finishing did not get any better after the break.

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Norris gifted the Argentina striker a golden opportunity to score with a weak clearance early in the second half, but then redeemed himself by diving at his feet to save as Aguero tried to take the ball around him.It was not Aguero’s night in terms of his attempt to break the record, but he still had the final word with his penalty in the shootout that sent City through.”Sooner or later Aguero is going to score,” added Guardiola afterwards. “Relax, he is going to break the record. The situation is going to happen.”Guardiola also suggested that Aguero would have scored but for the ball used during the game.”The ball was a different ball,” added the Spaniard. “If we played with a different ball he would break the record. To score with that ball is a miracle. It is impossible. “The ball is not acceptable to play with at this level. It is not a serious ball for a professional game. I can say that after we win. If we don’t win and I say that it is an excuse. “We get one day or two days [to use it in training] but if a ball is bad it is bad two days, one week, one month, one year, two years. If it is bad, it is bad.”Wolves the first team to shut out CityWolves, who are two points clear at the top of the Championship table, have impressed with their own brand of free-flowing passing football, but much of their success has been built from the back.Before arriving at Etihad Stadium, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side had conceded only 13 goals in 16 games this season and they demonstrated why with a brilliantly organised defensive display.

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The default position for Wolves on a wet night in Manchester was to have all their players in their own half and behind the ball but, when they broke forward, they did so with menace.Despite City’s dominance, Wolves had the best chance of the first half when Enobakhare barged Eliaquim Mangala off the ball and made for goal, only to see Bravo save his shot with his legs.Bravo had to rush from his line again to deny Costa after the break but made his best save in injury time at the end of the 90 minutes, when Enobakhare galloped clear but again failed to beat him.”I am proud of the team and proud of the fans,” said Nuno. “There were 6,200 singing and shouting for Wolves all night long.”The boys worked so hard and stuck to the plan. We had chances to win the game and came into it more in the second half.”The win could yet prove costly for City.Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan completed the 120 minutes but Guardiola revealed afterwards the German had “finished with some problems”. “I don’t know how serious – we’ll see tomorrow,” he added.Gundogan, 27, only returned to action last month after tearing cruciate knee ligaments last December.What next? City are at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday (15:00 BST) looking to maintain their impressive start to the Premier League season. Wolves are also on the road in the Championship, playing QPR at Loftus Road at the same time on the same day.Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsMan City1Bravo3DaniloSubstituted forWalkerat 103’minutes24AdarabioyoSubstituted forStonesat 90’minutes15Mangala35Zinchenko42Y TouréBooked at 93mins8Gündogan7Sterling20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forSanéat 95’minutes33JesusSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 82’minutes10AgüeroSubstitutes2Walker5Stones17De Bruyne18Delph19Sané31Ederson43NmechaWolves31Norris6Batth16Coady30Hause5BennettBooked at 84mins4N’Diaye19PriceBooked at 82mins29Vinagre12MarshallSubstituted forRonanat 72’minutes26EnobakhareSubstituted forBonatiniat 90’minutes17CostaSubstituted forCavaleiroat 78’minutesSubstitutes2Doherty7Cavaleiro13Burgoyne20Ronan25Miranda32Deslandes33BonatiniReferee:Kevin FriendMatch StatsHome TeamMan CityAway TeamWolvesPossessionHome64%Away36%ShotsHome25Away7Shots on TargetHome6Away5CornersHome10Away4FoulsHome7Away8Live TextPosted at Match ends, Manchester City 0(4), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1).Penalties overPosted at 128′ Penalty Shootout ends, Manchester City 0(4), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1).Goal!Posted at 127′ Goal! Manchester City 0(4), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.Goal!Posted at 126′ Goal! Manchester City 0(3), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Leroy Sané (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.Posted at 125′ Penalty saved! Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 125′ Penalty saved! Alfred N’Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.Goal!Posted at 124′ Goal! Manchester City 0(2), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Yaya Touré (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.Goal!Posted at 123′ Goal! Manchester City 0(1), Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.Goal!Posted at 122′ Goal! Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0(1). Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.Penalties in progressPosted at Penalty Shootout begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.Posted at 120’+2′ Second Half Extra Time ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.Posted at 120’+1′ Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 120′ Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 118′ Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.Posted at 118′ Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 118′ Foul by Alfred N’Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 117′ Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kevin De Bruyne.Posted at 115′ Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Eliaquim Mangala.Posted at 112′ Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.Posted at 111′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.Posted at 111′ Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.Posted at 111′ Attempt saved. Yaya Touré (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 108′ Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 108′ Foul by Alfred N’Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at 108′ Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.Posted at 107′ Hand ball by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Posted at Second Half Extra Time begins Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.Posted at 105’+1′ First Half Extra Time ends, Manchester City 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.SubstitutionPosted at 103′ Substitution, Manchester City. Kyle Walker replaces Danilo.Posted at 102′ Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).Posted at 102′ Alfred N’Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 101′ Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jack Price.Posted at 101′ Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 101′ Attempt saved. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 100′ Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.Posted at 100′ Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.Posted at 99′ Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.SubstitutionPosted at 95′ Substitution, Manchester City. Leroy Sané replaces Bernardo Silva.Posted at 95′ Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 95′ Foul by Alfred N’Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers).Show more updatesgoal
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