West Ham United v Manchester City – Carabao Cup fourth round – London Stadium – Report
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester City
(West Ham United won on 5-3 on penalties)
Ice-cool Said Benrahma sent West Ham United through to the quarter-final stages of the Carabao Cup after the East Londoners won a dramatic penalty shootout to see of serial winners, Manchester City at the London Stadium.
Facing a City side unbeaten in the Carabao Cup since October 2016, David Moyes made eight changes to the side that had sunk Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League three days previous.
Most notably, Issa Diop returned to the starting line-up, registering his 100th appearance for the East Londoners and partnering Craig Dawson at the of the Hammers defence.
Despite City enjoying a greater percentage of the ball, it was West Ham who carved out the first clear cut opportunity. Zack Steffen fisted away Mark Noble’s stinging strike from distance. City were quick to show their teeth – Alphonse Areola sticking out a boot to divert Cole Palmer’s close-range effort. after Riyad Mahrez had fashioned an opening.
It was competitive and compelling. West Ham were content to soak up what City had to offer while eyeing up outlets on the break – the visitors’ constantly pressing but left largely frustrated by a well-drilled Hammers rearguard.
Nathan Ake perhaps should have broken the hosts’ resistance, nodding wide on the stroke of half-time after Marhez had picked him out.
Arthur Masuaku’s angled effort was too high as West Ham returned spritely. Meanwhile, Iikay Gündoğan fizzed across the face of goal after the busy Palmer had created an opening.
Areola was forced into a smart save from De Bruyne at the foot of his near post. Seconds later, the French gloveman turned aside John Stone’s powerful header as City began to turn the screw.
West Ham countered – Tomas Soucek frustrated as his scuffed strike drifted wide. The sides, at this stage, continue to match each other blow-for-blow. Nevertheless, David Moyes sensed an opportunity – Jarrod Bowen, Benrahma and Pablo Fornals threw on for the final half an hour in place of Andriy Yarmolenko, Nikola Vlašić and Masuaku. The move almost paid immediate dividends as Lanzini fired over after Bowen had teed him up.
Man of the Match, Areola somehow diverted away as Gündoğan looked set to pull the trigger and then spectacularly turned over Oleksandr Zinchenko’s 25-yard drive – the home side, dogged and determined, hanging on gamely.
Soucek was again wayward – Phil Foden a whole lot closer as the tie moved towards penalties. The East Londoners holding their nerve with Noble, Bowen, Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell and Benrahma all successful from the spot, while City’s Foden missed the target with the holders’ initial kick.
West Ham United return to Premier League action on Sunday, October 31 when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park (4:30pm).
West Ham United: Areola, Johnson, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell, Noble (Capt), Souček, Vlašić (Benrahma 62′), Lanzini (Coufal 82′), Masuaku (Fornals 62′), Yarmolenko (Bowen 62′) Subs not used: Randolph (GK), Coufal, Ashby, Baptiste, Zouma, Chesters
Manchester City: Steffen, Walker (João Cancelo 46′), Stones, Aké, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (Capt), Gündoğan, Palmer (Gabriel Jesus 76′), De Bruyne (Grealish 83′), Mahrez (Foden 72′), Sterling Subs not used: Carson (GK), Dias, Laporte, Rodri, Edozie
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry and Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner