Manchester City down Leicester in League Cup shootout

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus (right) celebrates with goalkeeper Arijanet Muric on the pitch after the League Cup quarter-final match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester. (AFP pic)

LEICESTER: Holders Manchester City held their nerve to beat Leicester City 3-1 on penalties and reach the League Cup semi-finals after an entertaining last-eight tie ended 1-1 on Tuesday.

City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko fired home the winner in the shootout after Leicester missed three of their four spot kicks.

City had taken the lead through Kevin De Bruyne’s rifled finish early in the match but Leicester clawed their way back into the encounter with a brilliant finish from Marc Albrighton.

With no extra time in League Cup matches this season, the game went straight to penalties where Leicester’s Christian Fuchs, James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu all failed to score.

City will be joined in the last four by Burton Albion after the third-tier side shocked Championship (second-tier) team Middlesbrough with a goal after the break from Jake Hesketh.