Manchester City dumped out of Carabao Cup by Premier League strugglers Southampton without having shot on target as Pep Guardiola loses domestic quarter-final tie for first time

    Southampton stunned Manchester City to seal their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, winning 2-0 at St Mary’s.

    First half goals from Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo proved to be the difference as the Premier League strugglers outclassed City.

    Mara broke the deadlock for Southampton against City in the 23rd minute

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    Mara broke the deadlock for Southampton against City in the 23rd minute

    Djenepo doubled the hosts’ lead with a dipping lobbed effort shortly after

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    Djenepo doubled the hosts’ lead with a dipping lobbed effort shortly after

    It is the first time in Pep Guardiola‘s managerial career that he has lost in a domestic cup quarter-final.

    But his side didn’t deserve to progress into the last four where they were second best down on the south coast having failed to register a shot on target.

    The hosts took a deserved lead in the 23rd minute through French forward Mara, who expertly tucked away his first goal for the Saints.

    Mara – signed from Bordeaux last summer – fired low into the bottom right corner from the centre of the box.

    The 20-year-old peeled away from Kyle Walker where he was picked out by Lyanco, with City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega given no chance.

    But there were question marks over his role in Southampton’s second after he was lobbed from 30 yards out by Djenepo five minutes after Mara’s strike.

    Mara found the bottom right corner to open his account for the south coast side

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    Mara found the bottom right corner to open his account for the south coast side

    Djenepo spotted Ortega off the line with his strike nestling into the back of the net

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    Djenepo spotted Ortega off the line with his strike nestling into the back of the net

    Ortega was well off his line, with Djenepo taking full advantage after dipping an effort over him into the back of the net.

    Speaking on talkSPORT commentary, Stuart Pearce remarked: “He’s got it out his feet, and he’s got so much loft on it, you thought it was going way over the goal.

    “The goalkeeper’s position was misleading slightly. City now have a real fight to stay in this game.”

    Chris Iwelumo meanwhile said on talkSPORT 2: “As a goalkeeper you can’t expect to be on your penalty spot when a player has the ball 30 yards from goal.

    Nathan Jones’ side were nothing short of fantastic at St Mary’s

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    Nathan Jones’ side were nothing short of fantastic at St Mary’s

    Guardiola’s side were outclassed by Southampton down on the south coast

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    Guardiola’s side were outclassed by Southampton down on the south coast

    “That’s a really poor starting position, but take nothing away from Djenepo.”

    Guardiola turned to his bench in the second half, with Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji all coming on.

    But it proved to be ineffective as City were still reduced to scraps, as they failed to trouble Gavin Bazunu.

    Southampton had lost their last six Premier League games going into the match, though they were buoyed by the recent FA Cup third round win away at Crystal Palace.

    For Guardiola, Wednesday night’s result will be the worst possible preparation ahead of Saturday’s derby clash against Manchester United.

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