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Thursday , January 23 , 2014
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Man City enter final

Alvaro Negredo

London: Manchester City completed a resounding demolition of West Ham United by winning the second leg of their League Cup semi-final 3-0 on Tuesday to book their place in the final at Wembley 9-0 on aggregate.

With the tie effectively over after West Ham’s leaky defence shipped six goals in the first leg two weeks ago, City dished out an extra helping of humiliation with Alvaro Negredo scoring twice and Sergio Aguero also netting.

“It was a very professional performance,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said after his side reached their first League Cup final in 38 years. It was easy to think the game was finished from the 6-0 in the first leg, but it was important to reach the final winning all the games.”

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce might have hoped to see City field a reserve team as he looked for a morale-boosting, if purely academic, victory but his luck was out as Negredo and Aguero spearheaded a potent lineup.

The home side’s hopes of salvaging some pride after the first-leg mauling were shattered after two minutes and 36 seconds.

Boos rang around the Upton Park stadium as West Ham’s comically disorganised defence did little to prevent Negredo opening the scoring for the visitors.

Eighteen-year-old Marcos Lopes was given a free run down the left and his cross found the Spain international completely unmarked to head low into the net with West Ham’s nearest defender James Tomkins caught hopelessly off guard.

After West Ham’s Nolan had a goal rightly chalked off for offside, the home team’s shambolic rearguard cost them dear again after 24 minutes.

Lopes was again the creator, cutting through the heart of the defence largely unchecked before feeding Aguero.

He jinked into the area and chipped the ball over West Ham ’keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as two defenders made a slapstick effort to tackle him, tripping each other up in the process.