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League Cup round-up: Villa stun City in extra-time thriller
Sep 25, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
Premier League champions Manchester City bowed of the League Cup after Aston Villa recorded a 4-2 extra-time win at Etihad Stadium.
Mario Balotelli put the home side in front before Gareth Barry turned an Andreas Weimann cross into his own net for a Villa equaliser. Aleksandar Kolarov put City back ahead but Gabriel Agbonlahor scored Villa's second equaliser
In extra-time, Charles N'Zogbia scored after a parried shot by Agbonlahor, who then sealed the victory.
Roberto Mancini, the City manager, says he is "very tired" with the behaviour of opposing managers after a row with Aston Villa's Paul Lambert. "I didn't say anything to him [Lambert]," he said. "There are some managers it is better to shut up."
Lambert played down the incident: "It was nothing. If that's what he said then fine. I respect him as a manager and an ex-player."
The City boss was upset by a tackle from Villa's Joe Bennett on Gareth Barry, the former Villa midfield player, which led to his confrontation with Lambert. "I asked the fourth official if there was a yellow card, without moving my hands, and he comes over to me," Mancini said. "I can understand if I was talking to him but I didn't say anything. 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."
Leeds got off to a brilliant start at home when Aidan White scored in just the fourth minute and looked to have victory all sewn up with 21 minutes to play thanks to Rudolph Austin's goal.
But Distin's header in the 81st minute gave Everton, who are second in the EPL, some hope of a late comeback but Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic failed to score an equaliser when presented with the opportunity.
Premier League leaders Chelsea scored three goals in each half as they destroyed Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-0, Swansea City came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 over Crawley Town and Wigan Athletic thumped West Ham United 4-1.
In other League Cup results, Southampton defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-0, Middlesbrough knocked out Preston North End 3-1, Sunderland won 2-0 away to MK Dons and Swindon Town triumphed 3-1 against Burnley.