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    Southampton 2-0 Man City: Player ratings as Saints spring Carabao Cup shock

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    Southampton pulled off a huge shock against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals for only the second time in 35 years.

    The Saints did get to the final as recently as 2017, but few gave them a chance of advancing against City given how poor their league form has been this season.

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    Pep Guardiola opted for a rotated side and ultimately paid the price. The City boss even resorted to a number of changes at half-time, including the introduction of Erling Haaland, but to no avail.

    Southampton started the stronger and had the first chance when Stefan Ortega tipped away a goal-bound volley from Saints centre-back Duje Caleta-Car. It was a warning sign and the decisive quickfire first half double followed not too long after.

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    Sekou Mara got his first goal for the club after Lyanco won the ball and whipped the ball into the box, a sublime clinical finish. Moments later, Moussa Djenepo doubled that lead when he drove infield and lofted a curling effort over the head of Ortega to send St Mary’s into a state of delirium.

    As well as Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne was also among those City stars to come on at half-time, but the hosts did enough to soak up the pressure without giving away much in the way of chances. Julian Alvarez had a late opportunity but goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu was equal to it.

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    GK: Bazunu (7); RB: Lyanco (8), CB: Caleta-Car (7), CB: Salisu (7), LB: Walker-Peters (7); CM: Lavia (8), CM: Diallo (7); RM: Djenepo (8), AM: Ward-Prowse (7), LM: Armstrong (6); ST: Mara (8)

    Subs: Perraud (7), Elyououssi (7), Adams (7), Orsic (N/A)

    GK: Ortega (5); RB: Cancelo (5), CB: Walker (5), CB: Laporte (6), LB: Gomez (6); CM: Palmer (5), CM: Phillips (6), CM: Gundogan (6); RW: Foden (6); ST: Alvarez (5), LW: Grealish (6)

    Subs: Ake (6), Akanji (6), De Bruyne (6), Haaland (5), Rodri (6)

    Player of the match – Lyanco (Southampton)

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