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EFL Cup: Southampton beat sloppy Man City to reach semi-final

Southampton have knocked out Carabao Cup favourites Manchester City to reach the semi-finals as the Saints pulled off a remarkable 2-0 win to book a last-four clash with Newcastle.

Nathan Jones side played with a verve and energy that belied their status as the Premier League’s bottom side and were sent on their way by Sekou Mara’s fine finish after City sloppily squandered possession.

Jones’ men didn’t stop there and continued to press Pep Guardiola’s lacklustre side all over the pitch and Moussa Djenepo scored a sublime second with a 30-yard lob that caught goalkeeper Stefan Ortega out.

City later finished the game with Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland on the pitch as both started on the bench but the expected siege on the Southampton goal never materialised as City failed to even register a shot on target in the game.

This was the first time a Guardiola side has failed to progress from a domestic quarter-final tie having previously won the last 15, including the last nine since taking the City job.

Southampton will play Newcastle United in semis while Nottingham Forest will host Manchester United in a two-legged tie.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas