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City outclass United in Manchester derby to reach League Cup final

Thursday, 2021-01-07 09:04:36
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Soccer Football - Carabao Cup - Semi Final - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, UK - January 6, 2021 Manchester City's Fernandinho celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates. (Reuters)
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Manchester City reached their fourth straight League Cup final as goals from John Stones and Fernandinho gave Pep Guardiola's side a 2-0 win over Manchester United in Wednesday's semi-final at Old Trafford.

* Lionel Messi was at the top of his game as Barcelona earned a 3-2 win at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to move up to third in La Liga.

* Paris St Germain were held to a 1-1 Ligue 1 draw at St Etienne in coach Mauricio Pochettino's first game in charge on Wednesday as the French champions failed to make their possession count.

* Former France coach Raymond Domenech made a low-key return to the bench as Nantes were held to a 0-0 draw at home by neighbours Stade Rennais in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

* Juventus inflicted a first Serie A defeat of the season on league leaders AC Milan as a Federico Chiesa double led the Italian champions to an exhilarating 3-1 win at San Siro on Wednesday.

* Relegation-battling Spezia came from behind to earn a shock smash-and-grab 2-1 win at Napoli in Serie A on Wednesday despite being reduced to 10 men.

* Borja Mayoral scored twice including a wonderful long-range strike as AS Roma brushed aside bottom team Crotone 3-1 in Serie A on Wednesday to narrow the gap on second-placed Inter Milan to three points.

* Inter Milan's eight-match winning run in Serie A came to an end as two of their former players, Antonio Candreva and Keita Balde Diao, struck to give Sampdoria a shock 2-1 win in Genoa on Wednesday.

* La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey after a shock 1-0 defeat away to third division side Cornella on Wednesday.

* Barcelona's women side celebrated their first league match at the Camp Nou stadium by hammering city rivals Espanyol 5-0 on Wednesday.

* AC Milan have announced that Ante Rebic and Rade Krunic tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Wednesday’s Serie A game against Juventus. The two players, who featured in Sunday’s 2-0 league win away to Benevento, underwent molecular swab tests on Tuesday before the home clash with the Italian champions.

* Fenerbahce will sign German midfielder Mesut Ozil from Arsenal for three and a half years for an undisclosed fee, Turkey's private Demiroren news agency and other Turkish media reported on Wednesday.