Fo­den’s goal helps City, Spurs get bye

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

LON­DON: Hold­ers Manch­ester City needed a Phil Fo­den goal 15 min­utes from time to see off Bournemout­h 2-1 and reach the fourth round of the League Cup, while Liver­pool ran riot in a 7-2 win at Lin­coln on Thurs­day.

City have won the com­pe­ti­tion for the past three years, but Pep Guardi­ola ad­mit­ted he had been forced to name a youth­ful side to pri­ori­tise their Premier League cam­paign due to a short­ened pre-sea­son and a se­ries of pos­i­tive coronaviru­s tests.

Liam De­lap, son of for­mer Stoke mid­fielder Rory De­lap, took just 18 min­utes to score on his City de­but with a fine fin­ish into the top cor­ner from Fo­den’s pass.

“He’s a dif­fer­ent striker to what we have in terms of phys­i­cal­ity. We see in train­ing how good a fin­isher he is,” said Guardi­ola of the 17-year-old.

How­ever, the lead lasted just four min­utes as Bournemout­h’s Sam Stur­ridge spun in­side the City box be­fore fir­ing into the far cor­ner.

Guardi­ola in­tro­duced the ar­tillery he had on the bench af­ter half-time in Kevin de Bruyne and Ra­heem Ster­ling, but it was an­other first-team reg­u­lar in Fo­den who made the break­through.

City will travel to Burn­ley in the last 16.

Liver­pool will face Arse­nal twice at An­field in three days next week af­ter Juer­gen Klopp’s much-changed side hit Lin­coln for seven with Takumi Mi­namino and Cur­tis Jones both scor­ing twice.

Meanwhile, Tot­ten­ham were yes­ter­day awarded a bye into the fourth round of the League Cup af­ter Tues­day’s tie with Ley­ton Ori­ent was called off fol­low­ing a spate of coronaviru­s cases at the League Two club.

Fourth-tier Ori­ent tried to re­ar­range the game but League Cup rules mean that they must for­feit the tie, al­low­ing Spurs to go through to play Chelsea.

AFP

Man City’s Phil Fo­den, left, cel­e­brates his goal against Bournemout­h.

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