West Ham United v Manchester City – Football Match Report – October 27, 2021
The Manchester City supporters were knocked out of the League Cup by West Ham United after a penalty shootout at London Stadium on Wednesday, ending Pep Guardiola’s four-year domination of the competition.
The game ended with a penalty shootout after going scoreless and the Hammers triumphed 5-3 on penalties to end Pep Guardiola’s four-game winning streak in the Coupe de the league.
With Manchester United knocked out in the previous round, also by West Ham, that means the Cup will be won by a club other than Manchester for the first time since 2015.
Guardiola and West Ham boss David Moyes made large-scale changes to the lineup for the weekend’s Premier League games, but there was no shortage of desire for competition on both sides.
City should have taken the lead in the first half when defender Nathan Ake headed a header but missed the opportunity. Defender John Stones moved closer later in the game, although he was turned down as West Ham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola saved to keep the scores level.
Substitute Phil Foden missed the first penalty for City and Said Benrahma converted the last kick to give West Ham the victory.
Guardiola praised West Ham and reflected on his club’s remarkable record in the competition.
“An incredible race ended. We finished the right way. We played really well, creating chances against a team that defended in depth,” he said.
“On penalties they were better. Congratulations to West Ham. Next year we will be back.”
West Ham assistant manager Stuart Pearce has said his side deserve to win after showing character to stay in the game.
“You win, you lose, but with the resilience and honesty that we’ve shown, we deserved to cross the line,” Pearce said.
“A very good night for this football club with 60,000 in the stadium. The players deserve all the credit and a little to our manager also who runs this club on a daily basis.”